If you're a stylist looking to expand your skill set and offer a trendy hair extension option to your clients, installing micro bead hair extensions may be the perfect addition to your repertoire. These extensions require no glue or adhesive and are gentle to work with.
In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of how to install microbead extensions step by step so you can confidently offer this service to your clients.
Materials you’ll need for installing micro bead hair extensions
Before you start the micro bead installation process, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand. The most important thing to keep in mind is choosing high-quality extensions that match your client's hair colour and texture. We recommend our range of mini micro bead extensions for salon use, made from the finest quality double-drawn Remy A+ human hair.
Other essential items include:
- Micro beads
- Sectioning clips
- Rattail comb
- Hair extension tool for threading
- Heat shield (optional)
How to install microbead extensions
Installing microbead extensions can be a bit tricky, especially if you're new to it. However, with practice and attention to detail, you can achieve great results. Here's a beginner-friendly guide on how to install microbead extensions:
Step 1: Consultation
Begin with a friendly and informative consultation. Understand your client's desires, whether it's extra length, volume or highlights. Discuss their hair type, colour and the look they want to achieve with micro bead extensions.
Step 2: Preparation
Section off your client's hair into small, manageable sections using clips. This step helps keep things organised and ensures a uniform result when you're done.
Step 3: Thread the bead
Take a small section of your client's hair and gently thread it through a tiny micro bead using a special hair extension tool. Make sure the bead is close to the scalp but not too tight to avoid discomfort.
Step 4: Attach the extension
Slide the micro bead towards the scalp, and carefully insert the hair extension strand into the bead. This creates a secure connection between the natural hair and the extension.
Step 5: Secure the bead
Use pliers designed for hair extensions to gently clamp the micro bead in place. The idea here is to make it snug but not too tight, ensuring it holds the extension securely without causing any discomfort.
Step 6: Repeat the process
Repeat these steps for each section of hair, moving up the head. Pay close attention to placement so the extensions blend evenly with your client's own hair.
Step 7: Final blending
With all extensions in place, let's make it look seamless. You can use a straightener or curling iron to style and blend the client's natural hair with the extensions, achieving the desired texture and style.
Step 8: Styling
This is where you can let your creativity shine! Style the hair according to your client's preferences, using various tools and techniques to achieve their desired look.
Step 9: Aftercare instructions
Before they leave, provide your client with some easy-to-follow aftercare tips. Explain how to wash and maintain their micro bead extensions for long-lasting beauty. Recommend using sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners, and remind them to be gentle when brushing or styling to avoid any potential damage.
Upgrade your skills as a stylist and learn from Showpony’s team of experts
Keep in mind that installing micro bead hair extensions requires precision and skill. To become a master at it, consider taking a professional class from Showpony. Our classes can provide you with invaluable insights, hands-on training and the latest techniques to ensure you're delivering top-notch results for your clients.
Reach your potential with Showpony Education
Are you a salon owner looking to elevate your team's skills or a freelance stylist eager to stand out in the industry? At Showpony, we have tailored programs to meet your needs, whether you prefer learning online or in-person. Our courses offer hands-on experience with live models and cover essential topics like the 5 Step Showpony haircut for blending in extensions, how to install microbead extensions and easy techniques for glamorous and beachy styling that will impress your clients.
Discover our Showpony education courses for all skill levels
We offer a wide range of courses to cater to beginners, experts and those seeking master-class training:
For beginners — a strong foundation
Our beginner courses are perfect for those who are just starting their journey in the world of hair extensions. You'll gain essential knowledge and hands-on experience that will set the stage for your future success. Here's what you can expect:
- Foundational skills — Learn the fundamentals of hair extensions, from proper application techniques to understanding different extension types.
- Confidence building — Gain the confidence to work with clients and provide them with natural-looking results.
- Marketing techniques — Start building your reputation as a skilled extensionist, attracting new clients and expanding your services.
For experts — elevate your craft
If you're an experienced stylist looking to take your skills to the next level, our expert-level courses are tailored to enhance your expertise. You'll delve deeper into advanced techniques and refine your artistry:
- Advanced techniques — Master intricate extension methods, including creative weft applications and installing micro bead hair extensions.
- Versatile looks — Develop your creativity and styling abilities to offer clients a wide range of looks, from party-ready to laid-back boho.
- Client satisfaction — Ensure your clients leave your salon with stunning results that keep them coming back.
For aspiring masters — the pinnacle of excellence
Our master class training is reserved for those who are truly dedicated to becoming extension experts. Here's what sets this program apart:
- Live model immersion — Experience a full day of hands-on training on a live model guided by a Showpony Global Ambassador.
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