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Hair trends: What you need to know about microlinks

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 Microlinks are currently the hottest hair trend in town (Photo: Courtesy)

 Microlinks are the newest and hottest hair trend right now. They’ve really been getting popular from around 2020 and now there are more ladies booking their appointments to get them installed.

Basically, micro links are individual hair extensions that are attached to your own hair with special tools. They’re meant to seamlessly blend into your own hair and it’s a new concept that can give you a break from sew-ins and glued-on extensions.

Since it’s still kind of new, people still have many questions about them before they consider getting them installed.

Hopefully, these five points will give you a rough idea of what to expect and whether it is a good option for you or not:

They are costly to buy and install

The first thing you should know about them is that they are not cheap at all. The options you might come across are human hair and the longer you want them, the more expensive it will be.

It’s also expensive because of the delicate installation process. The stylist has to attach small bunches of hair at a time, carefully, and this might take up to five hours.

In total, you might pay up to Sh 15000 or more depending on where you’re getting them done and the type of hair you choose.

You can get a variety of textures

Micro links aren’t only for people who have straightened or relaxed their hair. If you like a more natural look, you can get kinky textures that are close to your own hair texture.

The only challenge with getting coily afro textured extensions is that they might be hard to find. So if your hair is kinky and you’re considering getting a different texture installed, it might be a challenge to blend them properly once it gets humid because your hair will revert back to its natural state.

 They are very easy to style and will last up to two months (Photo: Courtesy)
They are easy to style

If you install good quality hair, you can style it in so many different ways. You can blow-dry it if you want it straight, dye it different colours, tie your hair in a ponytail and part it in different ways and, you can wash your hair too.

This is an added advantage because good quality microlinks don’t limit you when it comes to styling.

They can last up to two months

Micro links might be costly but they sure do come through when you want something that will last a long time. An experienced stylist should attach them correctly first for them to stay in place then you need to do maintenance.

Although they’re usually secure, you still need to be gentle when handling them because they might fall out if you’re too rough.

They are not recommended for damaged hair

Micro links are not a protective style. Your hair is exposed the whole time so if your hair is not in good shape, you could end up with more damaged hair by the time you’re taking them out.

The other thing that you might need to know is that, if they’re installed too tight or the wrong way, it could also damage your hair.

That is why you first need to ensure your hair is healthy and it can handle two months of being exposed, and that whoever is installing them knows what they’re doing.

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