Micro loop hair extensions are a type of hair extension attached by threading sections of natural hair through small loops to hold each extension securely in place. They are also known as micro ring hair extensions, and they are usually added in row patterns about 0.4 inches (roughly 1 cm) away from the scalp for the most natural appearance. The number and thickness of the micro loop hair extensions depends largely on the thickness and length of the natural hair. One main advantage of these hair extensions is that they are not applied with glues or bonding adhesives that can potentially cause hair breakage or even allergic reactions in some clients. These hair extensions also do not require the use of hot flat irons that can also damage natural strands.
The process of threading hair correctly into the micro loop of the extension begins with holding the extension itself in one hand and using a larger guiding loop in the opposite hand. Once finished with the guiding loop, the stylist usually secures the micro loop firmly around the natural hair strand with a small set of pliers. Although it is possible for clients to apply their own micro loop hair extensions, enlisting the help of a professional stylist can prevent uneven or crooked rows of hair extensions. In order to prevent visible micro loops, these extensions can only be applied to certain areas on the back and sides of the head. It is also important not to crimp or bend any of the micro loops with the pliers because they will need to be loosened and readjusted as the natural hair grows longer.
Getting hair extensions can be an involved process, and there are a few considerations when it comes to caring for micro loop hair extensions. Most of these extensions are made from human hair that is best maintained with high-quality shampoos and other products. Human hair extensions are known for their tendency to dry out and become matted if they are not well-conditioned, and micro loop extensions are no exception. Clients with new extensions should look for products without added alcohol, harsh detergents, or fillers.
Before using micro loop hair extensions, potential clients should also consider the current length and condition of their natural hair. Most stylists recommend that the existing hair be at least 3 to 4 inches (about 7.6 to 10 cm) in length for the extensions to blend in well. Hair that has been over-processed often benefits from a conditioning treatment a few weeks prior to getting these types of extensions.