How to Install Micro Loop and I-TIP Extensions Yourself

When it comes to hair extensions, there are many popular installation methods: sew-in, tape-in, clip-in, Micro loop, and I-Tip. If you hope to learn more about the latest and greatest in self-installation hair extensions, you are in luck. This article will describe one method you can use to install Micro Loop and I-Tip extensions yourself using a straightforward process that is relatively easy to follow.

What are Micro Loop Hair Extensions?

Micro loop hair extensions are used to add length or volume. These extensions have a microbead on the tips with a silicone drawstring loop that supports the installation of the hair.

What are I-Tips Hair Extensions?

I-Tip is the term used to describe the shape of the hair extension at the tip, which resembles a shoelace. Therefore, some people may refer to them as shoelace hair extensions. These extensions are another approach to enhancing the thickness of your hair’s appearance and length.

Like other hair extensions, I-Tips and Micro Loops are available in various hair textures, including loose wave, kinky straight, and amazingly straight styles.  

Benefits of Wearing I-Tip/Micro Loop Extensions

These two types of hair extensions are popular among wearers. Although the installation process can take several hours, the fabulous results are undeniable.

Keep Costs Low

Professional Micro Loop and I-Tip Hair Extension installation can be costly, ranging from $200 to $500. Learning how to install these hair extensions yourself saves you a lot of money.

Easy Access to Your Scalp

Scalp care is critical when wearing hair extensions. You want to ensure that your scalp does not become dry or irritated, as this can cause inflammation. Scalp irritation or inflammation can trigger more extensive problems such as shedding or disruptions to the hair growth cycle. I-Tips and Micro Loop Hair Extensions provide easy access to your scalp, allowing for much-needed scalp care throughout the wear of this hair.

Duration of Wear

With proper I-Tip or Micro Loop installation care and maintenance, you can get upwards of four to six months of wear before having to make adjustments to your hair extensions. This benefit is a fantastic upgrade compared to sew-in weaves that may only last a few weeks.

How to Install I-TIp and Micro Loop Hair Extensions

Before you start I-Tip or Micro-Loop installation process, you will need the following tools:

  • I-Tip Hair Extensions
  • Micro Extension Pliers
  • Hand-held mirror
  • Silicone loop threading tool
  • Silicone microbeads
  • Duckbill clips hold your hair up in sections during the installation process


To install your extensions, you will want to follow the steps in the below table.


Rationale (if any)

1. Start with clean hair.

It is always good to start with a clean base to minimize the risk of hair damage.

2. Section your hair into three to four rows of hair. Use duckbill clips to hold your hair in place.

Sectioning your hair will allow for better manageability throughout the installation process.

3. Next, leave an inch of hair out around the perimeter or hairline of your head. Braid it or use a holder to restrain this hair before installing it.

This action is critical to allow for ponytail styling or updos that will not give away the presence of your micro loop extensions. You will not place hair extensions here.


1. I-Tip: Slide all of your beads on the silicone loop threading tool for the row of installation.


2. I-Tip/Micro Loop: Place two fingers through the loop or use your threading tool to grab a “box” section of your hair and pull it through the loop.

If you are unsure of how hair to grab, envision box braids. Your hair sections should, for each extension, mimic that of box braids.

3. Micro Loop: Your hair will slide through the loop. Pull the bead up towards your scalp.


4. I-Tip: Push the I-tip extension piece into the bead below with your fingers.


5. I-Tip/Micro Loop: Using your micro extension plier, slide the bead closer to the desired position (if necessary) before clamping down on the dot to secure the hair, being careful not to close it too tightly.

If you clamp too tightly, it can damage the hair, causing it to break.

6. When your entire head is complete, do not forget to blend the hair as needed. If wearing straight hair, this may be done with a flat iron.



Upon completing your I-Tip or Micro Look Hair Extension installation, it is essential to note that you should not feel any scalp pain, pulling, or tightness. If you feel pain or discomfort, something is wrong and needs to be corrected.

In closing, Micro Loop and I-Tip hair installation is a straightforward process. If these hair extensions match your ultimate hair goals, then YG Wigs has a beautiful selection of Micro Loop and I-Tip Hair Extensions from which to choose. Whether you need just a few strands or want all over fullness, we have what you need! We hope this article was informative. Learning how to install micro loop hair extensions at home can make such an enormous difference in terms of cost, convenience, and time.

1 comment

  • Michelle Crawford

    Do you all have symmetrical bob wigs and ponytail

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