The hair extension industry is a fast-growing one and we love supporting our new trainees as they grow their businesses. One of the most important things to understand is which kind of hair extension will best suit each client, and which ones you will choose to offer. Those students who enrol in our Essentials Training can choose to study any three methods; here is our guide to everything you need to know about Nano Rings to help you to decide.
The Smallest Hair Extension Bond
Most clients want their hair extensions to be undetectable, and hiding tapes or rings can be difficult on very thin hair or with some styles. Nano rings were created to be as small as possible; 90% smaller than micro rings. In fact, they are as small as the nib of a ballpoint pen and very unlikely to be seen.
Nano tip hair has a keratin tip with a tiny metal or plastic loop, and the loop goes inside the nano ring along with a few strands of the client’s hair. Nano rings can be either unlined copper which gives a flatter finish, or lined with silicone which slips less. Which one you use really depends on how often the client wants to wait between maintenance appointments.
Advantages of Nano Rings
The main advantage of nano ring extensions is their size, being almost invisible they give clients a lot of freedom to style their hair any way they choose and have a natural look and feel. Clients can enjoy longer, fuller hair without worrying about the bonds being visible. So long as your client commits to regular maintenance their nano ring extensions can last for three to four months, longer than other methods.
Nano rings are also one of the least damaging types of hair extensions. No heat or chemicals are used to either apply or remove them, so the client’s natural hair is protected. Silicone lined rings also prevent damage.
Disadvantages of Nano Rings
Nano rings are so small that only a few hairs are caught in each one, which means there’s less natural hair to support the weight of the extensions than with micro rings. That means the natural shedding of hair can cause more loss or slipping, especially for clients who have very soft or oily hair. To keep your client’s tresses looking great they will need maintenance appointments every three or four weeks, more often than with other methods, so it’s important that they commit to that before having nano rings applied.
It’s also important to know that the tiny nano rings don’t cover the keratin bond at the tip of the extension. A micro ring does cover the bond, protecting it from natural hair oil, products and even heat damage when blow-drying or straightening. Without that protection, the keratin bond may get damaged over time.
So there it is, everything you needed to know about nano rings in a nutshell. They are a wonderful way to apply extensions that are almost undetectable and don’t damage your client’s natural hair. But, as with any method, they aren’t right for everyone and need very frequent maintenance.