How To Keep Your Tape-in Extensions Lasting Longer

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Tape-in extensions are a popular choice for those looking to add length and volume to their hair, as you've probably learned by reading our ultimate guide to tape-ins. If you're looking for tape-in extensions that will last longer, you're not alone. Many women find that their seamless wefts don't last as long as they'd like, and they end up spending a lot of money on replacement hair. If you're like most people, you also probably don't have a lot of time to waste on caring for your hair. That's why tape-in extensions are such a great option; they're easy to use and last for weeks at a time. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure your extensions last even longer.

Here are some tips on how to keep your tape-in extensions lasting longer and it starts from day one!

How to properly install tape-in hair extensions

Many women opt for hair extensions to add length and volume to their hair. Tape-in extensions are a popular option because they are relatively easy to install and can be worn for up to 6 weeks. However, it is important to note that tape-in extensions must be installed correctly in order to avoid damage to your natural hair. Here are some tips on how to properly install tape-in hair extensions:

  • Start by selecting the right tools. You will need pliers, scissors, and a variety of hair extensions in different colors and lengths.
  • Consult with a licensed hairstylist to determine the best placement for the extensions.
  • Using the pliers, carefully attach the extensions to small sections of your natural hair. Be sure not to pull too tight, as this can cause damage.
  • Use the scissors to trim any excess extension material.

With proper care and installation, tape-in hair extensions can help you achieve the look you desire without damaging your natural hair.


Best shampoo for tape-in extensions

If you're thinking about getting tape-in extensions, there's one thing you need to know: they require a different kind of shampoo than your regular old drugstore variety. No, you can't just use whatever's sitting in your shower caddy. They are often loaded with sulfates and harsh chemicals that will damage the bonds that keep your extensions in place. Instead, you need to invest in a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo that will cleanse your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Remember that those extensions aren't connected to your scalp, so they're more prone to damage if you strip them with harsh shampoos!

How to properly shampoo your tape-in extensions

If you're considering tape-in extensions, there's one important question you need to ask yourself: are you willing to shampoo your hair upside down? Because that's the only way you're going to get those things clean. Just kidding - sort of. Tape-in extensions need to be shampooed in a very specific way to avoid damaging the bonds and ruining your investment.

  1. First, wet your hair thoroughly and apply a small amount of shampoo to your scalp. Gently massage the shampoo into your scalp, then rinse thoroughly. Never "ball and lather" or roughly scrub while you are shampooing!
  2. Next, tilt your head forward and shampoo your hair from the roots to the tips, using a downward motion. When you're finished shampooing, gently squeeze excess water from your hair (don't wring it out), then apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends.
  3. Rinse the conditioner out with cool water, then blot your hair dry with a towel.

If you like using dry shampoo in the summer to give your hair a break, you can absolutely use dry shampoo with tape-ins and it won't hurt them.

How do you properly brush tape-in hair extensions

While tape-ins are generally low-maintenance, they still require some care and attention to ensure that they remain healthy and looking their best. One of the most important things you can do for your tape-ins is to brush them regularly with a hair extension loop brush. This genius tool not only brushes your hair without snagging or pulling, but it also seamlessly attaches extensions to your natural hair. The best part? The bristles are made from super-soft synthetic fibers that won't damage your delicate strands.

  1. Because hair becomes weaker when wet, always brush BEFORE you shower. Start at the bottom and work your way up, gently detangling any knots or tangles.
  2. When you reach the top, be careful not to pull on the bonds too sharply, as this could cause the extensions to come loose.

We recommend brushing at least twice a night, morning and night. When you do, gently press the sandwich of tape together all over your head, it helps ensure a nice firm bond for months to come.

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Can I use styling products with my tape-in extensions?

  • We're often asked if you can style your tape-ins just like your normal hair and the answer is yes, but with some rules.
  • You should avoid using any styling products that contain alcohol as they can weaken the adhesive bond.
  • Scalp oils also if used too heavily or too often can also loosen the tape bond.
  • We strongly recommend leave-in conditioners as they help keep your hair from tangling and frizzing.
  • If you're going to be using curling or flattening iron, ALWAYS use a heat protectant spray.

Can I sleep with my tape-in hair extensions in?

Yes! Tape-in hair extensions aren't like clip-ins, they stay in for 5 to 8 weeks, so don't pick, poke or prod them! Just sleep as normal. You can also use a bonnet or silk pillowcase if you want to make sure your hair or tape-in hair extensions don't become tangled or frizzy.

Can I work out and swim with tape-in hair extensions?

Yes, you can! Sweat, running, jogging, biking or any other kind of workout won't hurt you tape-in extensions at all. If you're planning on swimming with hair extensions, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

  • While clip-in extensions have to be taken out, tape-in extensions can be worn when swimming in the pool or ocean. HOWEVER, make sure to be very gentle when blow-drying your hair afterward.
  • Applying a leave-in conditioner before you take a dip can also help protect your hair from chlorine or salts.
  • Finally, if you have any loose strands of hair, it's best to tie them back or clip them up so they don't get tangled. Taking these precautions will help ensure that your hair extensions stay in good condition even after a dip in the pool or ocean.

How long do tape-in hair extensions last?

If cared for properly tape-in hair extensions will last 5 to 8 weeks (2 months) before you will need to have them uninstalled, re-taped and reapplied. Your hairdresser will need a pack or two of high-quality replacement tape for your tape-in extension.

By following these simple tips, you can prolong the life of your tape-in extensions and enjoy beautiful, long-lasting hair.

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