5 Common Mistakes to Avoid with Your Nano Ring Hair Extensions


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    For many of us indulging in our hair, nano ring hair extensions are one of the most popular hair extension types on the market right now. From their versatility and discretion to their lightweight feel on your scalp, everyone is opting for nanos when it comes to taking their hair game to the next level. Whether you’re a hair extension veteran, first timer or experienced hair technician, there are some simple mistakes that can sometimes occur when applying and wearing nano rings that you may have overlooked. To save you from these errors next time round, we’re here to give you the heads up on 5 common mistakes often made during the application and wearing process, and how to prevent them in the future!

    Lock It In: Extension Slippage

    Sometimes, less is not always more. One common mistake hair technicians tend to make is not using the correct amount of hair when installing a set of nano ring extensions on a client.

    If too much hair is put into the bead, it will not be as secure and will eventually slip out as the bead cannot hold that weight. At the same time, you need to make sure there is enough hair in the bead, or the ring will not be full enough to hold it tight against the hair and can create slippage, causing your nano rings to fall out. This is why it is absolutely essential to have any professional extensions applied by a qualified extensionist as they are trained to know exactly how much hair needs to go into each ring size. By having your hair applied professionally you will also ensure there is no damage to your natural hair. When it comes to a precise amount, this can often differ from person to person, but the general rule is to match the amount of hair of the extension strand which tends to be 1cm sections within the natural hair.

    Ease The Strain: Scalp Tension

    When wearing a brand-new set of extensions, you want to feel as comfortable as possible, and not have to worry about any form of pain or tension on your scalp. That’s why it’s crucial that your extensions are not applied too tightly. Nanos should be able to be lifted and move flexibly in the hair without causing any discomfort. If your attachments feel stiff or are causing you pain when wearing your hair up or when they are moved around, they will need to be removed and reapplied immediately.

    Make sure that the nano rings are not overlapped or placed too close together during installation. Overlapping can create unnecessary pressure points on your scalp, leading to discomfort and potential hair breakage.

    The Right Tools: Nano Beads

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    Whether it’s due to a lack of stock, confusion, or the final decision of the hairdresser, with so many different types of hair extensions and attachments, it's easy to get mixed up! It’s vital that your nano extensions are applied with nano beads, which are specifically designed to fit nano tip hair extensions, as micro rings and copper tubes are too big, and will likely fall out. The key is in the name!

    If you’re struggling to wrap your head around which extension type may be best for you, you can get the full lowdown of all things nano in our in-depth guide: Nano Ring Hair Extensions 101.

    Say Goodbye To Tangles: Detangling Hairbrush

    Detangling hairbrush

    Due to their tiny size and delicate nature, nano rings must be handled a little more delicately than other hair extension types, that’s why it’s important to use an extension-friendly, detangling hairbrush. Brushes that have very fine teeth or bobbles on the ends of the bristles, like paddle brushes, can snag on the bonds or rings and pull the extensions out. Cliphair’s hair extension brush for nano rings has plastic spikes that glide over the attachments seamlessly, rather than catching inside the knots; a far easier and safer solution to ridding yourself of pesky knots.

    To make your brushing routine as simple as possible, it’s recommended that you also wash and condition your hair with a little extra care too. Paying attention to the products you use, such as a sulphate and paraben-free deep moisture shampoo and conditioner can make all the difference, or simply read our blog Hair Washing Mistakes You’re Making so you’re up to speed with the best TLC techniques for your tresses.

    Regular Maintenance

    You’ll need to add this part to your calendar: maintenance appointments for nano ring extensions are typically needed every 6-8 weeks to ensure they stay secure and healthy. Each appointment is designed to replace the bead and push the extensions back up to avoid matting, tangling and build up between the bonds, providing them with a much-needed refresh for the sake of not only your hair’s aesthetic, but its health – this goes for your natural hair too!

    For full guidance on how to keep your nanos looking their best, browse our expert blog for all the tips and tricks you’ll need for luxurious hair all year round: Nano Ring Hair Extensions Maintenance.  


    Now you’re schooled in the world of nano ring extensions, it’s time to put your new skills to the test! Whether you’re a hairstylist brushing up on hair extension techniques or a nano wearer taking on a new approach to maintaining your hair at home, this guide is sure to have you feeling a million times more confident when you step out into the world with your new locks!

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