In my opinion, the nano ring is the smallest and most innovative way to apply hair extensions. They are tiny, comfortable, and almost impossible to detect—even when you're wearing your hair up in a ponytail. If you are a DIYer like I am, this is a dream come true. The nano ring is applied in the same fashion as its predecessor, the micro ring, and there are many informational videos and how-to guides available on the internet for both.
How Do Nano Rings Work?
The nano ring can only be used to attach nano-tip extensions to your hair. The regular I-tip hair extensions are too big and will not thread through the nano ring. At the end of each hair extension is a tiny wire. This is different than the tip of an I-tip hair extension, which uses a keratin bonding agent to glue the hair together. Because of the wire, nano-tip extensions are lighter and allow your hair more freedom of movement. You attach the extension by threading both the tiny wire and the hair it will be attached to through the nano ring (don't worry, there is a bead application tool that makes this easy) then clamping the two together using pliers to crimp the nano ring.
How Long Will My Extensions Last?
Our hair lasts an average of 12-24 months with good care, and the actual application can last up to six months. Because of this, nano rings make for a very low-maintenance hair extension application method. It is also very easy to fix extensions that have slipped or grown out.
Supplies You Will Need
- Nano-tip Remy human hair extensions: If you are going for a really thick, luxurious look for your locks, purchase about 300 Grams. For a moderate boost, purchase 200 Grams. For a partial application, purchase 150 Grams.
- Nano beads: We have a colour to match everyones base tone HERE
- Crimp pliers: These aren't that expensive, and they're worth owning a pair of, so don't use the pliers from your toolbox—trust me. You need a small pair with little curves to unlock the beads.
- Deep-cleaning shampoo: You are going to want to pull out all the dirt and oil in your hair prior to the application so that your crimps last. Do not use conditioner. I found my deep-cleaning shampoo at my local grocery store.
- leave-in conditioner: Your hair extensions are not attached to your scalp and do not get much exposure to your natural oils, so they can dry out if not properly taken care of. We love Olaplex, and Chi products!
- Hair clips: These are crucial for sectioning your hair during the application process. They can be found at any convenience or beauty store.
- Bead application tool: There are a few types to choose from, but because the beads are so small and such a small amount of your own hair is used, I recommend using the hook applicator tool. This too can be found on the net.
- A good pair of hair-cutting scissors: The safest bet when cutting or trimming extensions is to go to a salon professional who has experience cutting extensions. However, if you are fearless like me, go ahead and cut them yourself—but be sure to use a good pair of scissors. Don't use your kitchen shears on this project.
- A baseball cap: This process takes forever if you are doing it by yourself. I think mine took 6 hours (I applied 300 strands). I have very thick hair, and the world didn't care that I did not want to be disturbed. I had to go pick the kids up from school mid-application, and every salesman and friend knocked on my door that day. Keep some sort of hat nearby. You'll be glad you did.
Tips for Successful Application
- Watch as many Youtube videos and read as many blog posts as you can find about extension application (search micro link/micro bead/micro loop application) before beginning your own. You should also research extension care, dyeing, and cutting. Read reviews of the product you are plan to use before purchasing it. You want to be fully educated before attempting this on your own. That said, it can be done successfully—I promise.
- Understand that you cannot cut hair extensions the same way you would cut your natural hair.
- Get a buddy to help you do the back of your hair. You'll want a nice and patient buddy since they will be spending hours on this process (for this reason, I do not recommend spouses).
- Wash your hair at least twice with your deep-cleansing shampoo and dry it completely before beginning the application.
- Give yourself plenty of time. This is a long process, but the resulting locks of long, beautiful hair are worth it.
- To install nano beads, work from the bottom layer of your hair (near the nape of the neck) to the top layer (the crown of your head). Section off the bottom layer of your hair with the stick end of your comb and clip the rest of your hair up out of the way.
- Load your bead application tool. If you have a hook, simply thread the bead over the hook so that the bead is resting on the stick. You can also load on extra beads to use for subsequent extensions.
- Use the tail of your comb to section off the small amount of hair to which you will be attaching the first extension. Using your bead application tool, hook the hair and pull the first bead up over the hooked hair so that the hair is threaded through the bead.
- Take a nano tip extension. Insert the wire into the bead (if the wire is in a loop, you may need to flatten it first so that it will fit).
- Move the bead and the extension as close to the root as possible without pulling the hair. Using your pliers, crimp the bead so that it holds the extension in place securely.
- Repeat this process until you have reached your desired amount of coverage.
How is the re-adjustment carried out?
The bead is removed, your hair is brushed out and the same extension pieces are re-fitted neatly again back near the roots with a new bead. Maintenance should be kept up every 6-8 weeks for the best results. This involves removing the extensions entirely from your head, then freshly reapplying with new beads securing them once again close to your roots for another 8 weeks of wear.
Keeping the maintenance cycles on-time is best practice when it comes to wearing hair extensions. This helps to keep your hair in the best condition and works towards avoiding any damage from occurring that can be caused by leaving extensions in past their maintenance due date.
Re-usable hair extensions can also be completely removed and kept aside to be re-applied at a later date if you prefer not to wear them constantly. Removal of hair extensions can be done in as little as 10-30 minutes or up to 1hr depending how many you had applied.