July 13, 2021

How to Apply I-Tip Hair Extensions?

how to apply i tip hair extensions

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In this article, we will talk about how to apply i-tip hair extensions.

My name’s Katy and I love hair extensions. Over the years, I’ve attended beauty school and tried a lot of hair extension techniques. I-tip extensions are one of my favorites.

Micro Link I-Tip extensions are a more semi-permanent option to clip-ins but easy to remove when you need to. They allow for a more natural to fuller look depending on how much volume you want.

In this guide, I’ll give you the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need if you choose to apply your own I-Tip Extensions.

Sounds good? Keep reading!

Step-by-step Guide to Apply I-Tip Hair Extensions

I-Tip Extensions are an easy choice when it comes to achieving hair greatness. These bonded tips are barely noticeable and oh so easy to style. But how do you put these extensions in any way?

The best method to apply i-tip hair extensions to your hair is to go to a salon and have a professional apply them for you. However, if you have some experience in applying your own extensions and have all the right equipment, you may be able to manage this at home.

Equipment Needed

For applying I-Tip Hair Extensions you’ll need:

  • Hooked Pulling Needle
  • Micro Extension Pliers (These are to clamp the ring closed)
  • Micro Rings (Only if the hair extensions you bought don’t come with them)

After making sure you have the right tools and pliers to attach these to your hair, you can begin the attachment process!

You can find these tools by clicking here.

Detailed Steps

Step 1: The first thing you want to do is section the hair where you’ll want to apply these extensions. Be sure to create neat, straight parts here.

You can do several layers of these, just like you would apply other extensions, so start with where you want your lowest layer to be; you can work your way up!

Step 2: Insert the micro ring on the hook. It can slide down onto the hooked pulling needle and that’s okay.

Step 3: Grab a section of hair with the hook and use your opposite hand to pull the hair through the ring on the hook. Once you have the ring around the piece of hair you want to add the extension to, you’re ready to move on to the next step.

It can take a couple of tries to get the hang of it.

Step 4: Place the ring about a ½ inch from the scalp. It will grow out with your natural hair so you want it close enough to not need immediate upkeep, but not so close that you risk style and comfort.

Step 5: Insert the hair extension strand into the ring so it’s right in the mix with your natural hair.

Step 6: Hold the ring and hair in place and tightly close the ring with the pliers. Be sure to hold the hair in the direction you want it to go when you clamp it; downwards, so it falls naturally, instead of straight out.

Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 until you have applied your desired amount of extensions.


Here are some commonly asked questions regarding the application of i-tip hair extensions.

How Long do I-tip Hair Extensions Last? 

I-tip hair extensions can last anywhere from up to three-six months with routine care and maintenance. The extensions grow out naturally with your own hair growth and can be touched up during this time.

A touch-up usually includes a wash and moving up the i-tip hair extensions that have moved further away from your scalp because of the new growth. This service can be done every 3-4 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

Using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner will help the hair to last longer. Also, purchasing a proper extension brush and using the bottom-up brushing technique will keep the hair from tangling. 

Home styling is something that can be managed, but if you find it difficult, consult your hairstylist.

How do I Wash my Hair with I-tip Extensions in? 

Wash your hair using vertical movements not circular or horizontal to avoid tangles. Be sure that when you brush it that you are holding onto the root of the hair and not accidentally pulling a strand out.

Dry your hair immediately after washing. Never leave it to dry naturally or go to bed with wet hair. Never blow-dry your hair upside down or on high heat, always dry on low to medium heat.

How Much do I-tip Extensions Cost? 

Depending on the hair and the cost of a professional installation, costs can range between $300-$900. Some hairstylists will include the cost of a set number of i-tip hair extensions in their price and charge you additionally if you want more. 

Wrapping Up

By the end of the process, you’ll have long, luscious locks that you can wash, style, and wear however you please!

If the hair is still in good condition when it’s time to take them out, you can always just reattach them through the steps you used above.


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