How to Remove Microlinks Safely at Home

No more microlinks! Thanks to Jen Hair, you can learn how to remove microlinks successfully through this complete guide. Learn the step-by-step process without causing damage to your hair. 

Whether you’re getting ready for a new haircut or just want to give your scalp a break, removing microlinks at home might be a smart and practical decision. But how to remove microlinks easily and safely? Jen Hair’s tutorial will take you through the step-by-step procedure of properly. We’ll talk about everything you need to know, from getting the right tools to being careful at every step, to make sure the removal goes well and doesn’t damage anything.

Explore the step-by-step process of safely removing microlinks at home in our latest guide (Source: InStyle)
Explore the step-by-step process of safely removing microlinks at home in our latest guide (Source: InStyle)

What Are Microlinks?

Microlink hair extensions are a type of hair extension that attaches individual strands of extensions to your natural hair with soft silicone beads. These beads are secured with a unique pliers tool, resulting in a strong and invisible connection. When you use microlinks instead of tape-in or glue-in extensions, you don’t need to use any strong chemicals or glues. Obviously, they are better for your hair and head because of this, especially if you have sensitive skin or hair that is easily broken.

When you use microlink hair extensions, soft silicone beads are used to connect each strand to your natural hair without using heat or glue. They make a powerful connection that is almost invisible, which is great for a natural look and experience.

Benefits include minimum harm to natural hair, durability (three to six months with proper care), versatility in style possibilities, compatibility for sensitive scalps, and adjustable beads for comfortable use.

Though they are more expensive, take longer to put on, need to be maintained regularly to keep them from slipping, need at least four inches of natural hair for a secure connection, can get tangled if not maintained properly, and need to be removed by a professional to protect the hair.

This makes them a gentler option for your hair and scalp (Source: GoSupps)
This makes them a gentler option for your hair and scalp (Source: GoSupps)

How to Remove Microlinks Hair Extensions

Starting to use microlink hair extensions will make your hair look beautiful and give you more styling options. But ultimately, removal is necessary. Don’t be scared or lost! This guide has all the steps you need to do everything.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Microlink pliers (the kind with a small circle in the middle)
  • Conditioner
  • Water
  • Rat tail comb
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Brush
Microlink pliers - the kind with a small circle in the middle (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
Microlink pliers – the kind with a small circle in the middle (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)

Assessing the Situation:

Before delving into the process of learning how to remove microlinks, let’s first assess the current situation. Keep an eye out for any signs of hair growth; if you see some, it’s a signal that adjustments might be needed to keep things looking natural. Also, notice if there are any changes in your hair, like it starting to group together or form mini dreadlocks over time.

Understanding the Microlink Structure:

Consider how the removal process works: microlink begins as a circle and is squeezed into a square during installation. The key to getting rid of it is to turn this process around. Stretch the sides of the square back together with the pliers to turn it back into a circle.Reversing this process is the key to getting rid of it. To make the square back into a circle, gently squeeze the sides back together with the pliers.

Use the pliers to gently squeeze the sides of the rectangle back into a circular shape (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
Use the pliers to gently squeeze the sides of the rectangle back into a circular shape (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)

Removing the microlinks:

  • Loosen the beads:

Using the pliers, firmly grip the bead and ensure that the circular indentation is centered around it. Squeeze the tools gently to slightly squeeze the bead, which will change its oval shape back to a circle. You shouldn’t squeeze it too hard. If you put too much pressure on the bead, it can become flat and hard to remove.

Gently squeeze the pliers to compress the bead slightly (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
Gently squeeze the pliers to compress the bead slightly (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
  • Slide out the I-tip:

Once the bead is free, carefully slide the loop (eye) on the I-tip out of the hole in the bead. Pull the bead all the way down the hair shaft and out of the hair. As you remove the beads and I-tips, always hold the root of your natural hair strand to prevent pulling or breakage. Continue loosening and removing beads and I-tips, section by section, until all extensions are removed.

Once the bead is loosened, gently slide the I-tip's loop (eye) out of the bead's opening (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
Once the bead is loosened, gently slide the I-tip’s loop (eye) out of the bead’s opening (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
  • Detangle gently:

Working in sections, saturate your hair with the conditioner and water mixture. Use the rat-tail comb’s pointed end to carefully loosen and remove any knots or tangles around the beads’ attachment points. Remain calm and refrain from tugging too hard.

Use the rat-tail comb's pointed end to carefully loosen and remove any knots or tangles (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
Use the rat-tail comb’s pointed end to carefully loosen and remove any knots or tangles (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
  • Comb and brush:

Once detangled, gently comb through each section with the wide-tooth comb and brush to remove any remaining tangles.

 Gently comb through each section with the wide-tooth comb (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
Gently comb through each section with the wide-tooth comb (Source: Youtube @SIMONESHARICE)
  • Shampoo and condition:

After you take out all of your extensions and straighten your hair, shampoo and condition it like you normally would. For extra wetness after the cleaning process, choose soft, moisturizing products. After washing and conditioning, add humidity with a leave-in conditioner or hair mask. If you want to keep damage to a minimum, let your hair dry naturally or use a blow drier on your lowest setting.

Revive & Refine Your Hair After Microlinks

So, now that you’ve waved goodbye to those microlinks and welcomed back your natural hair, it’s time to pamper those strands! Let’s dive into the must-do steps to bring your hair back to life after microlink removal, but let’s keep it chatty and real, shall we?

Right After Saying Bye-Bye to Microlinks:

In the initial phase, use a shampoo without sulfates to really clean your hair. It’s like washing away all the bad things you’ve done in the past. Then, do some deep cleaning to show it some love. This is a rich hair mask that will replace all the wetness that was lost and say sorry for the microlink chaos. Take your time and be gentle as you detangle. A wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush will help you do this. Begin at the ends and work your way up. Don’t be in a hurry; we’re here to stay. Also, let’s take a break from the heat tools for a while, even though it might be tempting. 

Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and a deep conditioner (Source: Freepik)
Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and a deep conditioner (Source: Freepik)

Ongoing TLC:

It’s important to condition your hair often to keep it healthy and moisture-laden. You also should rub your hair with a soft-bristled brush to protect your hair from damage. Also, don’t forget about those split ends! Don’t let them do any harm; keep them in check with routine cuts. If your hair is damaged, use protein-rich items to fix it and get it back on track. Don’t forget about what you eat either. To keep your hair healthy from the inside out, eat a lot of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. A good head of hair starts from the inside out. Don’t forget to relax and smile more. Your hair will feel good afterward.

Additional Tips:

  • Avoid harsh chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemical treatments like relaxers or permanent dyes immediately after removing microlinks.
  • Sleep on silk: Use a silk pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent breakage while you sleep.
  • Scalp massage: Stimulate hair growth and promote relaxation with regular scalp massages using natural oils.
  • Hydrate internally: Drink plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated from the inside out.

FAQs

Can Micro Links Harm Your Hair?

Yes, like any hair extension method, microlinks can potentially harm your hair if not installed or maintained properly. Understanding how to remove microlinks is crucial in mitigating these risks.
Potential Risks:

  • Traction alopecia: This type of hair loss can occur if the links are too tight or if the extensions are too heavy.
  • Breakage: Improper installation or removal can cause tears or breakage in your natural hair.
  • Tangling: Microlinks can be prone to tangling, especially if your hair is not properly brushed and detangled.
  • Matting: If left unaddressed for a long time, tangles can develop into matts, which can be difficult and painful to remove.
Improper installation or removal can cause tears or breakage in your natural hair (Source: Women’s Health)
Improper installation or removal can cause tears or breakage in your natural hair (Source: Women’s Health)

How Long Do Micro Links Hair Extensions Typically Last?

With proper care, microlinks can last 3-6 months. However, there are various elements that can influence their lifespan:

  • Hair Growth Management: Continuous hair growth necessitates periodic adjustments or tightening of the microlinks to sustain a seamless and natural appearance.
  • Hair Type Considerations: The nature of your hair, whether fine or thin, may impact the ability of microlinks to hold securely. Thicker hair often provides better support for the links.
  • Styling Practices Impact: Styling habits, including frequent heat application, exposure to chlorinated water while swimming, or the use of harsh chemicals, can contribute to a shorter lifespan for the extensions. It is imperative to exercise caution and adopt protective measures to preserve the integrity of the microlinks.

How Much Do Micro Link Hair Extensions Cost?

On average, the price typically falls within the range of $300 to $800. The cost of micro link hair extensions can vary based on several factors, including the quality of the hair, the method of application, and the salon’s location. 

How Long Does It Take To Remove Microlinks At Salons?

Microlink removal usually takes between one and three hours at the salon. Length of time needed for removal depends on how skilled the stylist is and how many extensions are being taken out. Remember that a good salon will give you a session to go over the process, possible risks, and costs before you decide to get microlinks.

Final Thoughts

Okay, there you go! You now know how to remove microlinks like a hero with hair. Don’t forget that your secret tools are patience, kindness, and a little high-end goods. So go forth and use your detangling magic. Then say hello to your natural hair, which will shine with new health and confidence.

If things are getting tough or those beads just won’t move, come to Jen Hair and let our skilled stylists do their thing. Let’s get rid of those microlinks with a smile. Your hair will feel like silk, and your confidence will soar.

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