The micro bead technique, also know as micro link, is the smallest and most undetectable non-glue hair extension technique available, which combines strands of natural hair with the extension hair using tiny copper rings.
Why Choose Micro Bead Extensions?
- No glue, adhesive or keratin bonds involved so there is no excessive force applied during removal and therefore no damage
- Micro Bead extensions with high quality Russian hair will last three to four months before requiring maintenance (tightening) due to hair growth, at which point, unlike glued-in extensions 100% of the extension hair can be reused
- Can be worn back-to- back so you never have to ever be without your extensions
It imperative that the micro beads are not visible at any time, with any style under any conditions. To ensure that the extensions remain undetectable and blend seamless with the natural hair we often use 3 different sizes of rings in our Los Angeles salon. Tiny rings, which mimic the size of keratin bonds, around the perimeter, small ones on the sides and standard sized rings in the back. In using 3 different size rings the extensions remain invisible and provide better weight distribution and comfort.
A lot of salons in Los Angeles say that they use Russian hair for their hair extensions but they don’t. The reason for this is simple - Russian hair is not only more expensive it is also more difficult to source while Indian hair is readily available in large quantities and extremely cheap to buy.
Why Choose Russian Virgin Hair Over Indian Hair?
While Indian hair is finer and provides a good match for a Western women’s hair it is only available naturally in dark colors. It is also collected in such large quantities during tonsuring ritual the that the hair invariably gets tangled. To fix the problem of tangling the hair is subjected to an aggressive acid treatment to strip the cuticle layer. Then to get the dark hair light the hair has to undergo a further bleaching process. The hair is then coated with silicone, which gives it an artificial healthy look. In the beginning the hair is shiny and beautiful, but after a month of wear the silicone layer starts to wash away leaving the hair fragile with a dull matt appearance. This is one of the reasons why Indian hair is often paired with keratin bonds, an attachment technique where the hair cannot be reused and must be replaced every 8-10 weeks, as hair quality becomes less important when it has a shorter lifespan.
While Russian hair provides an excellent texture match for Western women’s hair it is considered to be the best because of diet. Diet greatly influences hair quality and the best hair comes from rural Russian communities where the diet is simple, high in nutrients and vitamins and low in fat.
Our unique approach to color blending doesn’t start in or Los Angeles salon but over in Russia in small rural communities where our hair is sourced. With so many different hair colors, textures and lengths on today’s woman the optimal color and texture blend is almost always achieved by combining hair from several different ponytails. In doing this, we can ensure that there is no stringy color separation as often happens when using pre-bonded hair extensions that come in a single texture and a solid color. During the consultation process or before the fitting each client is invited to view our inventory of Russian hair and personally select the ponytails based on grade, color and texture. Once the ponytails are selected, strands of hair are drawn from each ponytail and combined to create individual strands of hair that perfectly match the client’s natural hair. These individual strands are then pre-bonded in house and made available to the technician to fit.
For more information on Tatiana Karelina’s micro bead extensions or to book a consultation please call (310) 734-7110 or contact the salon here.