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What is the difference between Fusion & Micro-links?Updated a year ago

These are two popular and very discreet methods for hair extensions that quickly add length, volume, color, and last for months.

So, let’s quickly break down the differences between the two to clear up any confusion you may have and decide which one you’re going to try.

What are micro links hair extensions?

The micro link service consists of attaching stick I-tip hair link extensions to your hair in small strands at a time. Your licensed stylist will use a clamping tool to clamp aluminum or copper microbeads around a small cluster of your hair and the I-tip hair extension at the small keratin tips of the strands. (See an example of the micro link hair tools and accessories here.) A benefit of this method is that heat is not required, so you can avoid any potential heat damage.

Both application and removal should be done professionally because:

  • if the beads are tightened too much, they can cause pressure on your roots
  • if the beads are not removed properly, your hair can be pulled out

You can see a quick demonstration of professional micro links installation on relaxed hair here, or read more in our in-depth post on micro links.

SL Raw Microlink Install Diagram 

What are fusion hair extensions?

Fusion hair extensions are often called pre-bonded or bonding hair extensions. This is a hair extension method where pre-tipped hair extensions are fused to individual strands of your natural hair using an adhesive like keratin glue and a heat tool.

The best types of hair for this extension method are normally stick I-tips or U-tips with non-damaging keratin glue. It’s safest to use 100% human hair for versatility, meaning you can dye it, comb it, wash it, and generally take care of your hair while the fusion extensions are in.

SL Raw Fusion Hair Diagram 

Treatment of micro link and fusion hair extensions

Both extension methods are perfect for ladies who have sensitivity to sew-ins and braids. These two processes prevent irritation of the scalp as they’ll allow you to be able to access and care for your scalp while wearing the extensions. Both methods also allow you to care for your hair extension just as you would your normal hair.

But you should avoid oil-based products near the attachment areas and over-styling.

You also need to remember that both types of extensions may need repositioning every 4-6 weeks as your natural hair grows and the beads or where the hair is bonded moves.

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Both hair extension methods are very versatile. For example, if you want highlights but want to avoid damaging chemicals in your hair, then both processes can allow you to add highlights as extensions to your own hair.

Now, for the best results, you should choose quality natural hair and have the styles professionally installed. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your natural hair, even with the micro link which doesn’t have any glue or heat applied.

But, once they’re in, you can expect them to last anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on your hair growth. They are semi-permanent extensions, so you don’t have to take them out every night like clip-ins.

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