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Tightening Maintenance


NSBW Method

(Non Sewn Beaded Weft, Beaded Sew In)

If you plan on keeping your extensions long term, get them tightened every 4-6 weeks.

Beaded Sew In extensions cannot be tightened, they must be removed and re-applied, resulting in the same price point as the original install.

The NSBW method can be tightened, prices are listed here.


On average, we lose 50-150 strands of hair per day. Tightenings are especially important because hairs that have already naturally shed will be stuck in the beads until I have a chance to brush them out.  


The sooner you get them tightened, the better. The longer someone waits, the more hair will be stuck in the beads. Waiting long periods of time in between tightening can cause tangling, matting, and stress to your natural hair.


The recommended time to tighten your extensions is every 4-6 weeks. Depending on how strong their hair is, some guests can wait up to 8 weeks. This is not recommended, but some guests do it. 

If I see any scalp irritation during your tightening, I will move that section of the track onto new hair.


IMB Method

(Individual Keratin Shrink Links, Individual Micro Beads)

Hair naturally sheds 50-150 strands of hair per day. That hair which has naturally shed has nowhere to go when IMB or IKSL are installed.


As your hair grows out, individual extensions have a tendency to want to start to join together due to the hair that has naturally shed with nowhere to go. 

It’s important to take each individual extension and separate it from the extension directly next to it. This can be done while watching TV or relaxing on your down time. Start this routine two weeks after installation. 


Individual Keratin Shrink Links cannot be tightened. Typically 3-4 months is the average time guests keep their IKSL in before removing and reinstalling them. They're worn a maximum of 6 months before taking them out and reapplying. Some guests will not be able to wear them the full 6 months depending on their lifestyle, hair type, and products used. Sometimes the hair can be re-used a second time. 


Individual Micro Beads can be tightened, but with each tightening, the bond that holds the hair together inside the bead will get weaker. Too many tightenings can cause the extensions to shed more, so it's best to tighten every 2-3 months.