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Bob to Lob with Microlink Hair Extensions

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I love my bob but I started to get bored with it. Getting a full sew-in wasn’t an option for me because I didn’t want to pay for all of the hair (I like a lot of bundles) plus the installation and cut. Also I like the feeling of wearing “mostly” my natural hair lol.

Earlier this year, I added fullness to the front of my hair to have a thick looking bob. Stylist Erica Hudson (@ebeauty404) did the installation for me and I loved it! The fullness looked great! The only thing was that I always heard that infusions aren’t healthy for your hair.

Bummer 🙁 So I decided to use this an opportunity to learn about partial weave options. Here’s what I found:

Infusions vs. Microlinks vs. Clip-ins

Infusions – Keratin U-tip bonds lined with silicone are attached to the hair using a heating element.  Your hair is placed between the U-tip and sealed with a hot extension tool that melts the bond to your hair.  The silicone lining of the U-tip creates a barrier to protect your natural hair.  The bonds are attached close to the root, leaving some space to allow natural movement of your hair. 

Microlinks Hair extension method where small sections of your hair are pulled through a small bead or lock and clamped shut with a special tool.  Reputable companies use copper cylinders lined with silicone to protect your natural hair.  This is similar to Infusions except it doesn’t  require heat to the hair and can be applied using the full track of hair. (See video)

Clip-ins – Most suitable for special occasions or events when extensions can be removed before bedtime.  I’m super low maintenance so I didn’t want to have to have to add the clip-ins to my hair each morning.

Source: via Hair Extensions magazine

I decided to go with Microlinks by Danyelle of @TheGlamDistrictAtl. She explained the process to me on camera so that I could share it with you all. Check out the video above and leave a comment with your thoughts on partial hair extensions.



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