Microbead Hair Extensions – Are They Right For You?

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People are always so surprised when I say that I have hair extensions. It’s not something that I bring up in conversation but I have absolutely ZERO problems admitting that I have them!


The extensions that I have are Dream Catchers microbead hair extensions and today I’m dishing ALL the details to help you decide if they’re the right option for you.


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All About My Microbead Hair Extensions

A Little Back Story

I’ve had my hair extensions in for about 8 years. YES! 8 Years!


I am naturally blessed with SUPER thin hair. Thanks, Dad. It always bothered me. If I curled it, it looked like I had 1 curl on each side of my head. If I pulled it up I looked like I had the same amount of hair as a 2-year-old. I could never get it to look good no matter WHAT I did.


SO, when I got pregnant with my daughter in 2012 I decided I wanted to do something to feel really good about myself. My friend Ashley who happens to be my hairstylist suggested I try hair Hair Extensions.


The extensions that I have are called “Dream Catchers“.


I’m going to break down how they are installed, how much they cost, what the maintenance is like, and the pros and cons.

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Microbead Hair Extensions

Microbead Hair Extensions – The Hair

What are Dream Catchers hair extensions?

Dream Catchers Hair is 100% Remy Hair and silicone-free, unlike the glue-in systems. Remy Hair is real human hair and the hair cuticle is preserved unlike synthetic hair. Synthetic hair cant always take heat styling and also won’t blend well like the Remy Hair. The quality of Remy Hair is the best in my opinion and I’m sure your stylist will agree.


Dream Catchers also use an I-Tip System that allows your hair to lay flat against your head (picture below) creating a seamless look.


You can choose from over 40 colors and the hair can still be dyed with your natural hair. For example, I get the color that most closely matches my natural hair color but if I wanted to dye my whole head once they are in I can do so.


You can also choose between straight, wavy, medium curl, or tight curl.


To install the hair your stylist will also need micro-cylinders. The micro-cylinders are what keep the hair in place. You need one pack of micro-cylinders per pack of hair.


I personally use 4 packs of hair (25 strands per pack) but you can use whatever you need. I originally started with only 2 packs and slowly worked my way up lol. My natural hair is actually just as long as the extensions but I use them for fullness, not length.

Microbead Hair Extensions – The Process

The process of getting your hair extensions should go like this:

1.) Schedule a consultation. It will be impossible to get a real idea of what you need without one. Your stylist will help you determine if you are a good candidate and if so decide how many packs and what style you need to order.

2.) Have your Extensions installed. Depending on how many packs of hair you decide to put in this could be anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. It will all depend on how quickly your stylist likes to work.


How is the hair installed? Each strand of hair slides into a microbead and the microbead is then clamped down onto the hair (see photo below). The placement of each strand will be at the discretion of your stylist and can be moved based on where it makes the most sense and is the least visible. 


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Microbead Hair Extensions – Maintenance

Every 4-6 weeks you will need to have your extensions “adjusted”. The extensions are attached to the hair at the scalp. As the hair grows the extensions grow with it. Your stylist will open up the bead, slide the hair back up to the scalp and close the bead back up.


If you wait too long to have your extensions adjusted the beads start to twist and the hair between the scalp and beads can start to tangle aka dreadlock. You don’t want that.


If you get your hair dyed then you’re probably in the salon every 4-6 weeks anyway. On average I would say you can add about 45 minutes to an hour of salon time for the adjustments.


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Microbead Hair Extensions – The Price

What is the cost of microbead hair extensions?

Let me just start by saying this is not going to be EXACTLY the same from salon to salon. However, it is a VERY good estimate.


Ok so let’s say you want 4 packs of hair. Each pack is $100 so that brings us to $400. Now you need 4 packs of microbeads (one for each pack of hair) at $3.75 each. That’s $15. Now factor in tax, which is roughly $31.50 plus shipping which is about $15. Lastly, you need to factor in the cost for them to be installed. Generally, it’s $100 per pack. That’s another $400. So, overall your initial cost to purchase your hair and have them installed is about $861.5. Plus tip.


Now you need to think about the monthly maintenance. I personally have to get back into the salon within 5 weeks to have my hair adjusted. By 6 weeks they feel pretty far from my scalp and I don’t like that feeling.


It’s approximately $50 per pack to have your extensions adjusted. So if you have 4 packs in you’re looking at $200. Then of course if you color and cut (who doesn’t cut their hair? lol) you’ll start to see that number creep up pretty quickly!


Microbead Hair Extensions Pros & Cons


  • You can add as much length as you want
  • You can add as many packs for your desired fullness
  • You can still use hot tools such as curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, etc.
  • You can still pull your hair up in a bun, top knot, etc.
  • They are much safer for your hair than other types of extensions.



  • They are more expensive than other extensions
  • You have to keep up with the maintenance every 4-6 weeks
  • You shouldn’t put conditioner on your scalp (I don’t do that anyway because my hair is so thin)


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Microbead Hair Extensions – Q & A


  • Do microbead extensions fall out? The short answer to that is no, not normally. There are occasions where I will have a strand fall out but it’s not like you’ll be walking in the food store and it will just fall out. Generally, if a strand comes out it’s for a reason.


For example, if the extension it wasn’t clamped in tight enough or you put conditioner on the bead (which you should never do) it could fall out. Usually, before it falls out you will feel that it’s loose. If this happens, I normally just slide it out myself. (However, you can not just take these out yourself – only if a strand is loose you may be able to gently slide it off).


  • How long do Dream Catchers hair extensions last? The Dream Catchers website says hair will last up to 2 years if properly taken care of. However, I find that after about a year I need new hair. After about a year the hair starts to become dry and the adhesive on the ends which keeps it in the bead becomes unusable. How well you maintain it will also have an impact on how long they last. 


  • Can I sleep like I normally would? YES! I do everything as I normally would. You don’t even know the extensions are there.


  • Do I need to use certain shampoo & conditioner for my hair extensions? No, but I would suggest asking your stylist which products she suggests as you should stay away from shampoos with sulfates, oils, or too many moisturizing agents. Milkshake makes great products that are safe for hair extensions and they smell amazing.


  • Will it be noticeable to others that I have microbead hair extensions? No. The microbeads used are the same color as the hair you choose so everything will blend together. Depending on your hair there are also different ways your stylist can attach them. However, if your hair is exceptionally thin, your hairstylist might recommend another style of extensions such as DonnaBella. 


  • What other types of hair extensions are there? Fusion, Tape-In, Sew-In (weave)


  • Can I brush my hair like normal? Yes. You just need to be careful around your scalp. For the top of my head I usually just tilt a bit to the side and brush. For the rest of my hair, I will usually just hold my hair at the nape of my neck and brush the rest. It’s very simple.



  • Are microbead extensions bad for your hair? I have personally found these extensions to cause ZERO damage. The unique system was specifically developed to avoid hair damage. 


  • How do you wash your hair with microbead extensions? I wash my hair as I normally would. The only difference is that you should stick to only applying conditioner towards the bottom half of your hair. You never want to put conditioner on your roots (or the beads).


  • How do you sleep with microbead extensions? I sleep the same way I would without them. There is no special way you need to treat microbead extensions. Other extensions might require you to put your hair in some sort of wrap or keep it braided. This is another huge pro to the microbead method. 


  • How often can you wash microbead extensions? Every day! If I wanted to wash my hair 3 times a day it wouldn’t affect them.


  • What’s the best brush for hair extensions? A wet brush is the best brush to use for hair extensions. I recommend brushing it as soon as you get out of the shower. If I curl my hair and want to brush out the curls I use the XL ionic antimicrobial, but never directly on the roots.


  • What length do microbead extensions come in? Dream Catchers offers hair in 20″ and 24″ lengths. You can cut them to whatever length you’d like. 


If you’re wondering which microbead hair extensions are the best, I would 100% recommend Dream Catchers. Find a certified Dream Catchers stylist in your area (there is a specific certification for this exact type of hair extensions) to set up a consultation.


I hope you find this microbead extensions review helpful. There are a lot of options for hair extensions and I know it can be overwhelming. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected]


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Lauren is a wife, mom of 3, and personal trainer with a passion for fitness, fashion, and blogging. She shares affordable fashion finds, fitness tips, and helps you learn how to make money with YOUR blog!


  1. November 3, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Interesting! I have never seen how they are put in. Thanks for sharing the info.

    • Fit Mommy In Heels
      February 8, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Sorry I somehow missed your comment here. I’m glad you liked the post. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jen
    February 22, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Several of my extensions same type as yours have fallen out and I can see where it ripped hair from the scalp I am worried that this will thin my hair even more. Have you found that? Also how often do u do the maintenance closer to 4 or 6 weeks?

    • Fit Mommy In Heels
      March 9, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Hi Jen! I try to get to the salon by 5 weeks. The absolute longest I’ll wait between appts is 6 weeks because after that they are just too far from my scalp. I haven’t had the same problem as you with the the hair ripping from the scalp. I’ve had mine for over 5 years and my hair hasn’t seemed to be any thinner that it ever was. What kind of products do you use? That could also be the issue!

  3. Amber Camper
    January 19, 2019 / 11:52 pm

    Can you still wear your hair like half up half down or braid your hair or do the micro beads show through?

    • Lauren
      January 20, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      Hey Amber! I’m able to do my hair however I like. The beads are matched to your exact hair color so they don’t stand out at all. It will also depend where your stylist places them. I’ve had her start them further down and sometimes up a bit higher. As long as you find someone who’s experienced with this particular type they should be able to figure it all out for you! I have super thin hair and still don’t have issues. If you follow me on instagram you can see I wear my hair in top knots, down, low ponys, etc.!

  4. Monique
    May 31, 2019 / 10:42 am

    How often can you wash your hair with this extension method?

    • Lauren
      May 31, 2019 / 5:05 pm

      Hi Monique,

      I can (and do) wash my hair every day 🙂

  5. Dwight Doane
    July 14, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    Thank you for posting this – I am on the fence about getting hair extensions – I love my long hair but as I have aged it is not as thick as I would like nor as long. I started to research but it was all so confusing and different people told me different things. I really appreciate the financial aspect. Sad to say that is a real part of the equation – I currently get my hair cut twice a year – no color (for the most part) I did dye my braid sapphire blue which really looked wonderful with out standing screaming.

    But Gigantic hug and thanks for publishing this

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2019 / 9:09 am

      you’re so welcome! I totally get it about the cost. It is definitely a HUGE investment. I can honestly say my hair isn’t damaged in the least and now I’m going on over 7 years straight having them! I think as long as you keep up with the maintenance it is highly unlikely they would damage your hair. If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. August 8, 2019 / 6:10 am

    Thanks for posting this amazing blog. It consists of very useful information. The language you used in this is very simple & easy to understood. Post some more blogs related to “best hair extensions for fine hair” It would be really helpful for those girls who want to look gorgeous in party or any other function.
    Thanks & Regards.

    • Lauren
      August 8, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I’m glad you found it useful!

  7. Raquel R
    August 12, 2019 / 11:09 am

    How about having the extensions and working out? Does the sweat cause them to fall out?

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2019 / 8:12 pm

      Hi Raquel,

      I’m a personal trainer and I compete as well so I’m in the gym 5-6 days per week sweating like crazy. The extensions are totally fine with sweat – it has no impact on them at all!

  8. December 20, 2019 / 3:33 am

    Thanks for posting this amazing blog. It consists of very useful information. The language you used in this is very simple & easy to understood. Post some more blogs related to “Hair Extensions Reviews”. It would be really helpful for those girls who want to look gorgeous in party or any other function.
    Thanks & Regards.

  9. Tammy Campbell
    January 23, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    Thanks for this! I’ve got very fine hair and I just never feel like my hair looks good. I think this is the way I would like to go…now to figure out how to pay for them haha! 🙂

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      It’s definitely an investment, but I would give up everything else if I had to LOL. I love that I can actually have hairstyles with them in. My hair is so thin if I curled it on its own I’d have like 1 strand!!!!

  10. Nicole
    June 4, 2020 / 1:34 pm


    I’m about to get some, woo July 1st come on! Mine are already on order, but I was curious what length you had installed?

    Recent follower on Instagram (after finding you here) – Enjoying your content, thanks much!


    • Lauren
      June 4, 2020 / 1:59 pm

      Hey Nicole,

      I’m so excited for ya! I love them so much. I think mine are the 18 inch but I’ve had them in for so long I don’t remember lol!

      Thanks so much for reaching out and for following along over on IG! I hope I can provide you with some great inspo! xo

  11. Mindy
    June 15, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience! This was really helpful as I’m new to extensions. I just ordered from https://www.bestwigoutlet.com if you’re in the market.

    • Lauren
      June 15, 2020 / 3:36 pm

      Hi Mindy! Thanks for dropping by. Best of luck with your new extensions!

  12. Toby Lee Graham
    October 24, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    I’m a barber stylist ‘n convinced one hairdresser friend to take the dream catcher extension course .. my hair is fine n doesn’t grow …I really loved it .. well I moved from Alberta to New Brunswick , Canada..so my new hairdresser was willing to take the course..nobody is getting back to her n I’m very disappointed cause I love the hair n Ididn’t know I was moving so I’m Looking ratty ..n paid lots for the hair n …very disappointed ..also a friend in Edmonton Alberta took the course because of me n I’m stuck with needed my hair done starting to look like a rat … 😩

  13. Marissa Escobar
    February 8, 2021 / 6:00 am

    Hello! Thank you for writing this very helpful. It’s my first time having microbead extensions. Is it normal to feel a little discomfort when moving your hair around to put it in pony tail?

    • Lauren
      February 20, 2021 / 3:42 pm

      hi!! I’ve never had discomfort putting my hair in a ponytail. Does it hurt?

  14. October 8, 2021 / 12:29 pm

    Luv the write up on your personal experience. Very helpful with my quest to get extensions put in my hair. A lot to consider.

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