Protective styling: Microlinks on 4C Hair

My mom tells me all me all that time that I am one of the more adventurous people she knows. This statement is usually followed by a deep sigh coated with a bit of frustration. I don't blame her. I am known for pushing the envelope when it comes to trying new things.

I diligently seek and enjoy trying new and innovative products, services and visiting new places. When it comes to fashion and style, I enjoy mixing things up and trying new things. Once, I was in the elevator at work when a coworker said, "You are always rebranding yourself." If you follow me on social media, then you completely understand when I say this is a #TrueStory. But let's talk hair. Between work travel, working out, head school and late nights, I defer to anything that requires the least amount of work. I have tried everything from wigs, falls, clip-ins, sew-ins, braids and I I-tip extensions. I have colored my own hair (both real and extensions), and have even cut my own hair. (Didn't turn out too shabby). And when perms were popular, I even permed my hair a few times. Nothing was off limits for ya sis. I am also not shy to call one of my girlfriends for some tress related experimentation after watching a YouTube tutorial. Thankfully, my talented friend Jessica was always down and super talented. Did I also say and patient? Mind you. Not all of my experiments were a success, but something was learned after each one. 

Recently, I found a stylist on Instagram who showcased the finishes product of her work. The style was seamless, edges laid and every strand was full of shine. At first, I thought the client's hair she was showcasing was the client’s natural hair. After reading the captions, I quickly realized most of our clients had micro links.  There were a few who had highly textured, tightly coiled hair like myself.  After seeing her pictures I hit her up in the DMS and schedule an appointment.  Tania’s shop was in my hometown of Memphis, which required a weekend drive home. After discussing my tight weekend schedule and the fact that I lived a little over 3 hours away, Tasia advised she could see me on a Sunday. I was stoked! A stylist who was willing to come in on a Sunday dot-dot-dot is this even possible!?   Tasia was friendly, professional and fast! She explained the entire process from start to finish. She washed and conditioned my hair and then proceeded to install the micro links. The entire process took about 3 hours. There was no tension, hair pulling, or no tugging on braids. After reviewing the final results (see below), I was hooked.

But what exactly are micro-links?  To be honest, I’ve heard of micro-links for years. However, thought this procedure could only be performed on Caucasian or silky straight hair.  I always overlooked it because I didn't realize it could be done on African American and or highly textured hair. I was wrong. The micro-link technique is a braidless, threadless, tension-free hair extension technique used to add fullness/length to healthy hair. Micro beads are used to hold hair extensions in place. This lasts for 8-12 weeks with proper maintenance every 2-3 weeks. This technique is lauded as being the most natural looking extensions technique around. How this technique difference from a traditional sew in? With a traditional sew-in, all of the hair is braided and tracks are sewn on top of the braids. On the other hand, the micro-links allows the individual to pull the hair back and wear it in high ponytails. It is lightweight, versatile and requires no braids. Consultations are recommended to ensure your extensions match your natural texture. This ensures the most seamless, natural install!

 

 

 

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My natural hair deep conditioned, blown straight, and trimmed.

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The process.

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Microlinks complete. Wefts attached. Hair blow dried.

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Hair straightened.

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Completed and curled and put in a high ponytail.

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