Tale of the Tape: Tape-In Hair Extensions Explained
This entry was posted on February 21, 2011.
Does it look natural? When it comes to hair extensions, this is one of the most important questions to answer – and for most women, that answer needs to be yes, no matter what! And one way to ensure seamless integration of luxuriant, perfect locks is to try tape-in hair extensions.
What ARE Tape Hair Extensions?
Tape hair extensions utilize the same technology used to secure lace-front wigs at the hairline. Strips of clear, double-sided tape are attached to the base of a weft of Remy or virgin Indian human hair, and then these wefts are taped to the scalp. Because the tape used is completely flexible and see-through, your natural scalp is completely visible, and because the tape attaches to the scalp, there is no need for bulky braids or clips which may glint in the light. You can part the hair creatively and pull your locks into partial and full updos without fear!
How Do Tape Hair Extensions Work?
Some hair-extension brands offer pre-taped, peel-and-stick wefts, but if you want the best hair, you can buy your own perfect locks and a roll of quality wig and weave tape. With the help of a stylist, you can then apply the hair extensions wherever you want them.
As with any hair extension application, you can do a full-head or partial install. For an extra shot of volume, try “sandwiching” your natural hair between two wefts of hair extensions; simply section off an area of hair and tape the human hair extensions above and below.
How Do I Care for Tape Hair Extensions?
Wig and weave tape does not wash out easily with normal shampoos and conditioners, so you can wash and style your hair as usual with a tape-in weave. Just be careful not to apply scalp oils too heavily or too often, as these do loosen the tape bond, and your tape hair extensions can last for up to two months, if cared for properly. However, it is recommended that you remove the tape and oil the scalp after a month, and then wait at least another month before applying any tape hair extensions again. This will restore the scalp and prevent hair loss from repeated taping and tape removal.
Like any other application method, tape hair extensions have their strengths and weaknesses, and overusing them can lead to hair damage. But as a seamless-looking, semi-permanent weaving method, tape hair extensions can be just the solution you’re looking for. Check it out!
Take care of yourselves,