When it comes to the business of hair extensions, there are so many industry words to understand that it can be quite daunting and confusing when getting started. Here we shall be focusing on one stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extensions, to gain a deeper understanding of what this method involves, how and where it is used, and what it looks like.
What Does Stick Tip/I-Tip/Micro Ring Hair Extension Mean?
A stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extension is a method of fitting that involves the use of a fixture, such as a micro ring or micro tube, to keep the hair extension in place without the use of heat or glue. Stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extensions are considered to be one of the safest methods available, and when fitted correctly should cause no damage to the natural hair.
Are Stick Tip/I-Tip/Micro Ring Hair Extensions Different Things?
The terms stick tip/i-tip/micro ring are used interchangeably, but do essentially refer to the same thing, with the exception of a “micro loop” which is often also associated with this type of fitting. The method gets its name from the shape of the hair extension bond, which could be compared to the end of a shoelace, where a hard cylinder shape is found at the top of each strand to allow the hair extension to be inserted into its fixture to stay in place. Depending on what you have read online, where you have done your training, or friends who have had hair extensions fitted, you will find a lot of confusion regarding whether micro ring hair extensions are the same as stick tip or i-tip, and the short answer to this would be yes, with the exception of a “micro-loop”.
What Is A Micro Loop Hair Extension?
A micro loop is also a term used to describe the same type of hair extensions as those listed above, however unlike stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extensions which are all the same, a micro loop does have a small difference. A micro loop hair extension will come with the fixture already attached to the hair, and a plastic loop inserted inside to aid the fitting process. The extensions are fitted in the same way, however there tends to be a difference in the quality of the fitting when micro loops are used, and these are often considered to be a less professional method, often chosen by those not qualified due to the ease of application. As the micro ring/tube comes already attached to the hair, this takes away the opportunity to custom select your ring colour, again lowering the quality of the overall fitting and outcome.
How Are Stick Tip/I-Tip/Micro Ring Hair Extensions Fitted?Stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extensions are fitted by taking a section of an individual’s hair, threading either a micro ring or micro tube onto the hair using a pulling needle, and then securing the hair extension tip inside by using a pair of pliers to press on the ring/tube to close it and seal the hair and bond inside. To perform a hair extension fitting with stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extensions you will need the following items:
How Are Stick Tip/I-Tip/Micro Ring Hair Extensions Removed?This type of hair extension is very easy to remove, which is what makes it such a popular method. To remove you would simply use your pliers to squeeze the ring that has been pushed flat during the fitting process in the opposite direction so that it opens and the hair extension can slip free.
What’s The Difference Between A Micro Ring And Micro Tube?
A micro ring or micro tube is the type of fixture you will need to fit stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extensions. Unlike the term stick tip/i-tip/micro ring hair extension, micro ring and micro tubes are in fact different items, but they are used for the same purpose. The use of either a micro ring or tube for a fitting will come down to your personal preference as to which you prefer the look of, and also the suitability for your hair type. You may also find fixtures referred to as "locks" or "beads", however these are all variations of the classic micro rings, and all perform the same job.
Do You Need To Be Qualified To Fit Stick Tip/I-Tip/Micro Ring Hair Extensions?
Yes, to fit this type of hair extension you must be qualified as this is a professional only product. Fitting this type of hair extension without the correct knowledge can lead to incorrect placement which could cause the wearer discomfort. For advice on finding someone qualified to fit your hair extensions, please click the link.
Are Stick Tip/I-Tip/Micro Ring Hair Extensions Safe?
As the stick tip/i-tip/micro ring method involves no heat or glue, they are considered one of the safest forms of hair extensions currently available on the market. When fitted correctly, stick tip/i-tip/micro ring should cause no damage to the natural hair.