Micro Bead Hair Extensions

Micro bead hair extensions

Sharing my experience with Micro Bead Hair Extensions

For those that caught my “Beach Vacation Prep” post in March, you’ll have read that I had just tried micro bead hair extensions for the first time. Micro bead hair extensions are a form of ‘semi-permanent’ extensions if you can call it that, and I have had them now for roughly 2.5 months.

Growing up I had beautiful, long and healthy brown hair; I remember my grandma running her hands through my hair and always telling me how thick it was. When I was younger I really did not care, nor appreciate the health of my hair, but now being in my late 20’s it’s a totally different story. If you picked up on the fact I said brown hair, then you’ve also probably realized that I colour my hair to the blonde shade it is now. I’ve also coloured my hair every shade of brown, maroon, plum, red tones, ash blonde, caramel blonde, and ombre… I get bored easily! From the constant back and forth between dark and light, I’ve really damaged my hair and have been spending the last 4 years re-focusing on the health of my hair (will save that for another post on what I use for hair health).

Not only have I coloured my hair a ton, I have also tried multiple different hairstyles, including bangs (?!?!). After University (5 years ago) I decided to chop my nice long hair to just above my shoulders and ever since then my hair just does not grow the same as it used to. *Note to everyone* unless you have weed growing hair, do not be tempted by the ‘lob’ or ‘bob’ or whatever short haircut is trending if you love your long hair.

SO given the years of waiting patiently for my hair to grow, I started using clip-in hair extensions on occasion, not just for length but for thickness. I really had no idea how to use clip-in’s, they felt heavy and fell out often LOL. The first time I met Drew, my boyfriend now, was the first time I wore them actually. We were at the bar and I was wiping around my one hair extension on the dance floor, while my gf’s were trying to get me to put it in my purse. Hilarious. I gave up on the clip-in’s for a bit, and then last Winter I found a great video from Elle Pearls (here) on how she puts in her clip-in and then got hooked on them! Ps. give her a follow on instagram and youtube, she has amazing make-up and hair tutorials!

I got into the micro bead hair extensions at Wink and Wave TO in before my trip to Hawaii in March. One of my gf’s referred me to her, and because I was wondering how I could get away with my clip-ins at the beach, I thought why not try it out! Just recently (beginning of June) was my third time with the micro bead extensions, and I am obviously loving them! I love that they add fullness when my hair is down and curled, and add length to my high pony. They have also become a huge time saver in the mornings and for events! The convenience is everything.

If you are not good at maintaining your hair, and prefer to throw your hair up, then they may become ratted and knotty. I brush mine multiple times throughout the day, and also carry a mini-brush with me. I was unable to wear my hair up with the first two installs, which started to bother me especially going into the warmer months, but this last time we arranged the row so that I can wear my hair in a high pony. 

My hairstylist/colorist initially advised against the micro bead hair extensions as they could be damaging to the hair, but there is no heat or glue involved so I went against her wishes. I took my extensions out for 5 days when I got my hair colored last week, and my hair dresser was surprised by how much my hair had grown since seeing me in March. Now that my hair does have quite a bit of length to it (5 years later WOO), I get the micro bead hair extensions more for volume, to even out the length and of course for convenience.

Quick answers to questions I’ve gotten about micro bead hair extensions:

  1. Price – SAVE $40 if you book with #carlinghair
    • $200 – install + medium grade hair
    • $500 – install + higher grade hair
    • $60 – install (if you bring your own hair, which I did the first time, or after you’ve purchased hers)
    • $40 – tighten
  2. Do they colour match?
    • Yes, Aimee will work with you to find the best shade possible!
  3. How long do they last?
    • Medium grade hair – 5 months, 2 installs (avg. half a pack/install)
    • Higher grade hair – 10 months, 2 installs (avg. half a pack/install)
  4. How often to tighten?
    • Every 5-6 weeks
  5. Can you wear your hair in pony?
    • Yes, depending on where you have the row(s) positioned
  6. Does it hurt?
    • No
  7. How much hair did I use?
    • Half of the medium grade package
Micro bead hair extensions

Before Micro Bead Hair Extensions

Micro bead hair extensions


micro bead hair extensions

Colour Matching


micro bead hair extensions

During Micro Bead Hair Extensions


Micro bead hair extensions

After Micro Bead Hair Extensions

If you have any other questions, let me know or reach out to Aimee at Wink and Wave TO.  SAVE $40 if you book with #carlinghair.

*They also do an amazing job at eye lash extensions (I had the ‘Winks’ set below)*


eye lash extensions

Eyelash Extensions & Micro Bead Hair Extensions

Carling Liski xx

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  • Reply
    Nichole Frazier
    September 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    How do you take them out? Do you have to go back to the shop to get them out or are you they pretty easy to do yourself

    • Reply
      September 15, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Hi Nichole!

      You can do either 🙂 I actually took them out on my own, it took 5 minutes and a set of pliers – very easy. Otherwise you can generally go back to whoever put them in, and have them take out for you!

      Carling x

  • Reply
    November 6, 2017 at 6:15 am

    any advice on types of shampoo to use while they are in ?

    • Reply
      November 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Yes! I was told to use anything that was sulphate-free, so that is generally what I look for. I also try not to wash the actual extensions too often, and use a hair mask (sulphate-free) 1-2 times a week!

      Hope that helps!

      Carling xx

  • Reply
    Vanessa McPherson
    April 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Could you recommend the best brush to use on dry extensions and wet extensions? Would love to know the actual name of them.

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