How To Install And Remove Microlinks?

how to install microlinks

Now you should know what exactly microlinks are and how they work after reading our previous post: Microlinks Pros And Cons. Here in this post, let’s dive into the further part: “how to install and remove microlink hair extensions step by step”. And we will also share some useful tips to maintain microlinks at the end.

How To Install Microlinks? (I-tip method)

Here are some items you need to prepare in advance: 

Shampoo & conditioner;


Soft towel;

A rat-tail comb;

Hair clips or hair ties;


Microlink crochet hook needle;

A hair plier.

how to install microlinks

Step 1: Prepare your natural hair

Comb your hair to loosen knots. And then shampoo and condition your natural hair thoroughly with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you have removed the oils and dirt from your hair. This is vital so that the extensions can be kept on your head for a longer time. Dry your natural hair with the lowest heat setting. 

Step 2: Leave out the hairline and edges

Use a rat-tail comb to section out the hair around the hairline and the edges. Set the hair away from the face by braiding it. This is to create a natural hairline and provide versatility in styling hair. If you pull all the hair into a high ponytail or a messy bun, your extensions will be totally hidden by the leave-out hair.

Step 3: Section your natural hair

Use a rat-tail comb to create a horizontal part about 1 inch above the braid at the nape. Secure the rest of the hair with a clip or a hair tie, and set it away to ensure it can’t interfere with the application. And we’re going to attach microbeads to the horizontal part we just sectioned out. 

Step 4: Apply microlink extensions

Pick out a small hair strand from the sectioned hair, take a microbead through the hair strand and slide the bead close to the scalp. Ensure the microbeads are near the part line but still have a small space so that the bead can lay flatly. Clamp the beads with a hair plier. Repeat to section hair row by row and apply microlink hair extensions strand by strand, until you have applied all the microlinks. Be aware that it’s ok to skip some rows to create a natural-looking result.

Step 5: Style your hair

Now the installation process is complete. And you can style your extensions as if they were natural hair.

microlink hair extensions before and after

How To Remove Microlinks?

The shape of the microbeads is round. And we just use a hair plier to clamp the bead into a rectangle to attach to a natural hair strand. So to take off the extensions, we just need to reverse the bead into a round. 

Here are some items you need to prepare in advance:

Hair clips & hair ties;

A hair plier;

A rat-tail comb;

Hair shampoo and conditioner;

Soft towel;

Essential oil.

Step 1: Part your hair

Part your leave-out hair around the edges and secure it with hair clips or hair ties, so that to expose the Microbeads underneath.

Step 2: Take off the microbeads

Pick up a microlink hair extension and use the plier to hold the beads and slowly clamp it in the opposite direction to reverse the bead into a round. Once the microlink starts to release, slide it out gently. Repeat this procedure until you have taken off all the Microlink hair extensions.

Step 3: Detangle your hair

Use the tail of the rat-tail comb or your fingers to loosen the new-growth hair near your scalp. This step requires some patience. Don’t directly comb the new growth hair which may bring unnecessary tension to the scalp and lead to hair loss. Repeat to do so, until all the roots are not so tangled.

Step 4: Shampoo and condition your hair

Comb your hair with a suitable brush. And then shampoo and condition your hair thoroughly. Use a soft towel to absorb excess water. Blow your hair dry with the lowest heat setting. Apply a small amount of natural essential oil to nourish your hair.

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Microlink Hair Extensions Maintenance Tips

  • Tip 1: Separate the bonds when detangling your hair. Detangle your hair regularly, especially before washing hair and sleeping.
  • Tip 2: Wash your hair no more than 2-3 times per week. Put on a shower cap when your extensions don’t need to be washed. Pick a dry shampoo as an alternative if necessary.
  • Tip 3: Use a mild shampoo that is designed for hair extensions.
  • Tip 4: Do not apply any hair conditioner or essential oil to the bonds.
  • Tip 5: Towel or air dry your hair if possible. Blow dry your hair with the lowest heat setting if necessary.
  • Tip 6: Spray some heat protection before using heat styling tools.
  • Tip 7: Return to the salon for some upkeep every 2-3 months after installation.
  • Tip 8: Do not swim with your extensions on. Put on a swimming cap to protect your hair if necessary. And make a deep condition after swimming.

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