Hair Extensions

What’s The Difference Between Micro Rings And Nano Rings?

Micro rings and nano rings are two of the most popular types of hair extensions available on the market. Either of these is a great choice to add volume or length to your hair, but what’s the difference? In this article, our extension experts at The Hair Alchemist are going to discuss all the differences between micro rings and nano rings and what we believe is the best choice.

So, what’s the difference between micro rings and nano rings? Micro rings and nano rings share a lot of similarities in the sense that they are both virtually identical when it comes to their fitting method. However, the biggest difference is their size. A nano ring is 90% smaller than a micro ring making it a better choice for fine, thin hair. A micro ring would not be suitable for such hair as it is too large.

Read on to find out more about the difference between micro rings and nanorings and which one is the right extension choice for your hair.

What Is The Difference Between Micro Rings and Nano Rings?

Choosing the right hair extension can be a difficult decision. There are so many to choose from but how do you know which is suitable for your hair? Although micro rings and nano rings may seem similar due to their look, they are very different in their purpose. We’re going to outline the differences and similarities between the two and give you the knowledge to make an informed decision about which may be better for you and your hair.

Fitting Method

The main similarity between micro rings and nano rings is their fitting method. Both types of hair extensions are applied by taking a small section of your natural hair and threading it through a copper ring, either nano or micro. The ring is then clamped shut in order to secure the extension in the right place. To protect the hair and prevent slippage, the metal ring is lined with a fine silicone layer. The fitting method does not involve any glue or chemicals so there is no damage done to your natural hair.


The major difference between the two types of extensions is the size of the rings. Nano rings are almost 90% smaller than micro rings, which makes them ideal for thinner hair as they are more discreet than micro rings. Nano rings are so small that they are virtually invisible in any type of hair, whereas micro rings are only suitable for medium to thicker hair.

Maintenance and Aftercare

Typically, after 6 to 8 weeks, micro rings need to be repositioned during a maintenance appointment. Each extension will be individually removed, resealed with a keratin bonding to prevent shedding, and reapplied. During the appointment, we will wash and trim your hair and check the health of your scalp.

The aftercare procedure for both nano and micro rings is exactly the same, this includes:

  • Not going to bed with wet extensions
  • Brushing your extensions from root to tip both in the morning and at night
  • Sleeping in either a bun or a loose plait
  • Investing in proper hair care products

At the Hair Alchemist, we offer both maintenance and aftercare expertise and knowledge for all our clients in order to keep your hair looking as healthy and fabulous for as long as possible.

What Are Better Micro Rings Or Nano Rings?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Both are excellent forms of extensions that are suited to different purposes. A nano ring for example would be a better choice for someone who has thinner hair as they are a lot smaller, so are ultimately more discreet.

Both hold equal value for how they can add volume and thickness to your natural hair but when looking at which one is ‘better’ for you, it may be worth consulting an experienced technician, who will be able to provide you with the best solution.

At The Hair Alchemist, our hair extension technicians have the expertise and knowledge to determine what extension will fit you best. To find out more about how we can help you, book a consultation with one of our team members.

Micro Rings and Mini Micro Rings at The Hair Alchemist

At The Hair Alchemist, we offer a number of hair extension solutions from micro rings, mini-micro rings and even clip-ins. We use only the most premium Russian and Slavic hair in our extensions so that you can have hair that is not only easy to maintain but looks and feels luxurious.

To find out more about our hair extensions contact one of our expert team members who will be happy to help answer any questions you may have.

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