Micro Bead Hair Extensions!

Good Morning all, I'm coming at you this morning with my new longer hair! *happy dance*

I was with a friend last week and she convinced me very easily that I needed longer hair, I had been thinking about it for a while as my hair is in an 'in-between' shoulder length style which I have been HATING, and to top it off, the colour was pulling red as I had recently dyed it with a supposed 'chocolate brown' *side eye*. I was either going to chop my hair or elongate my locks and yesterday  was the day. I really did enjoy having 'sew in hair extensions' in the past but needed a new method which lasted longer. I have about 5 different types of 'clip ins' at home which never get any love whatsoever, that feeling of a clip in coming out? no bueno.

I went for the 'micro bead' method which attaches the extension to your own hair via looping it through and then clamping it shut. My hairdresser which is also a close friend said that the beads vary, and she used the beads which has silicone on the inside to protect the natural hair follicle and metal on the outside to prevent rust. This type of extension is supposed to be non damaging to the hair and very long lasting if you take good care of it. 

She used 100 micro bead  extensions which is 3/4 of a set, they are mainly placed on the back and scattered around the sides. She also dyed my hair a dark ash brown to counteract the redness which is basically my natural hair colour so it will be pretty low maintenance! The bonds aren't visible and I can have my hair out, pulled back or even half up half down and still conceal everything.

The whole process took about half a day but it only took about an hour and a half to attach the actual microbeads which was so quick as I was expecting to sit there for hours, luckily my friend is a pro and has been doing this for years and actually training to be a teacher so it really made my mind at ease. She is a mobile hairdresser based in London so she came to my house and we was able to chill and chat and enjoy the whole process. I couldn't imagine taking Esra with me to a salon and sitting there so this way she was able to take an afternoon nap whilst we got busy. The beads are placed like brickwork and scattered so the result is natural and it all kind of blends in. I was a little worried initially as I didn't want scraggly extensions and was aiming for a natural result which is what I got. We decided not to add choppy layers for now and only added long layers at the front, we will however reevaluate soon to see if I change my mind. If you look carefully you can see some of my top layers from my natural hair are visible but you will only be able to tell if I wear my hair dead straight and I plan on wearing them wavy most of the time. I shall see how I get on, right now I can't wait for boho braids! :) However, I do think that layering it a little more will give a more voluminous effect when curled, I will do another update if I change them.

These extensions can last between 6-12months, depending on how you take care of it, this also heavily relies upon the hair, mine was 'Mixed Eastern European' hair which blends in with my own perfectly as the texture is exactly the same as mine. It also depends on how the extension is applied, like if it's positioned correctly and the correct use of beads. You also have to take very good care of it, and it's recommended you sleep with it in a braid to prevent tangling. You also have to be careful with heat damage and be careful not to apply direct heat to the bonds as the keratin will melt off. I may need to freshen it up in a couple of months but I will see how I get on depending on my regrowth. This is actually a great way to grow out my hair as I can enjoy the process along the way. As for now, apparently I should expect a week of feeling uncomfortable as I need to get used to the extra weight in my hair, but I'm sure I will be fine. They don't feel half as uncomfortable as the first day I got the sew ins done. I will definitely do an update on how I'm caring for my hair, and a full on review once I have them removed whenever that may be!

What are your thoughts on 'micro bead' hair extensions? Would you do it? I'm in LOVE, excuse me whilst I do a little dance and enjoy my hair!

For more info on my hair or to get a quote, contact Chidem 

Tel - 07983 766698
Email - cigdem.unlu@outlook.com
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(I was not paid for this post, and I did not get this treatment for free, I paid and couldn't be happier!)


Unknown said…
It looks lovely, and really natural.
I had bonded extensions and loved them, if you look after them they aren't a problem.
Anonymous said…
The color suits you better. I also think adding layers would be a good idea to blend, but overall they look nice!
Your hair looks so lovely. The colour really suits you :) You're beautiful X
G. said…
I had no idea! These are amazing :) Will def have to see I can find someone who does these!

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Anonymous said…
Chocolate brown always goes reddish on me as well so I just stick with ash dye now. I think your hair looks really pretty in this shade and length. I can picture teal looking beautiful on your eyes now.
alison*elle said…
My friend recently got micro bead extensions and said they were really comfortable. I've been thinking about getting them myself - yours look great!

xo, alison*elle
Lizy said…
I had microbead extensions and I hated them! I took them out after 7 weeks.

I couldn't brush or wash my hair properly and I constantly felt like I had a bird's nest stuck on the back of my head. Because your hair is attached to the bead, the hair that would naturally fall out can't, so you have a build up of that hair.

It hurt when I slept as I had these metal things pushing into my skull. Although I got used to them over time.

I liked the look of them but it took me a while to get used to the weight of them too, although mine were quite a bit longer than yours.

Yours looks great and I hope you don't have as many problems as I did.

Once I took them out, I felt so 'naked'. They didn't damage my hair per se, it was just a big adjustment going shorter and thinner again.
suchie said…
A year back my hair was about the same annoying mid-length hair. I found ti really difficult to style and went in for extensions - clip on ones though. Although they matched my hair exactly & were great for styling, I found them really heavy on the head.

Now I have long hair. I would keep micro-beads in back of my mind for future options though.

Laura said…
Looks amazing and so natural! Definitely tempting!

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Unknown said…
They look so natural. I love the new colour too! Are they uncomfortable at all when you're washing your hair; or throughout the day?
I have heard this about glue extensions but maybe with beads its different.

Katie said…
hey. i saw in your earlier posts that u used to do sew in extensions. i want to try some, but i am looking for a salon that does it. could you send me an address or phone number to the carrebean salon you used to do it at? i will be grateful. thank you

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