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How to Make your Tape-in Hair Extensions Last Longer

As women, we grow up yearning for long, luscious hair. We watched Disney movies full of Princesses with tresses tumbling down castle towers and we were convinced that great hair was the way to a great life.

…Then we grew up. 

Having great hair is definitely a plus but we were unlikely tricked into believing this as little girls. Having flawlessly flowing locks is far from reality. Let’s talk split ends, frizz, and a lack of length, shall we? Fortunately, we also grew up in an era where a solution is always right around the corner and that solution is tape-in extensions.

What are Tape In Hair Extensions?

So, what are these beautiful strips of hair that have taken over the beauty industry? Tape in extensions are unlike all the rest. They’re a healthier and safer alternative to hair extensions that don’t put an abundance of stress on your scalp. Instead of sewing in strips of hair into your roots or tacking hair extensions on with some toxic glue, you’re simply sticking them on like a sticker – a really, strong, non-slip, durable sticker!

Tape in hair extensions are designed to give a natural, flawless look and feel. They’re partially-permanent, meaning you don’t have to attach them every morning nor do you have to commit to them for an entire year. They last approximately 5-6 weeks on average but with proper maintenance and hair care, you can rock tape-in hair extensions for up to two months. So, what’s the secret? We’ve got it.

1. Wash Your Hair Before Installation

Before the installation of your tape-in extensions, shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo. This will enable a clean installation of your tape bonds, ensuring that they are not affected by any chemicals, oils, or buildups. We wouldn’t want to make mistakes from the very beginning.

2. Don't Wash Your Hair Right Away After Installation

After getting your tape-ins installed, it is recommended that you wait 24 hours to 48 hours before washing your hair. This will enable the tape bonds to settle and bond to your hair, so that your extensions won’t easily fall off. 

3. Brush Your Tape in Hair Extensions Properly

While brushing your hair seems like such a simple, mundane task, it’s actually much more elaborate than you may think. This is especially true when wearing tape in hair extensions. Here are some things to remember the next time you brush your tape in tresses: 

  • Brush your extensions at least twice a day (morning and night).
  • Brush your hair before the showering as it becomes weaker when wet. It also helps remove any tangles which will make it easier to bathe.
  • Remember to always brush from the bottom up to deter tangles, pulling, and stress.

Always use a hair extension brush as it uses loops to gently glide through your hair, which will prolong the life of your extensions.

4. Don't Wash Your Hair Everyday

It is not recommended to wash your hair everyday. The natural oils your scalp produces are removed from your hair when you over wash them. We recommend washing your hair for only twice or thrice a week. Since you're massaging and scrubbing near the tape bonds, it may also cause the tape to loosen, so make sure to be gentle.

When washing your hair, tilt your head backwards in the shower and let the water just run through your hair. This will lessen the chances of your hair getting tangled while washing.

5. Use Of High Quality Products Are Important

It’s not just brushing that could make your tape-in hair extensions last longer. Let’s not forget about this one as it is very important. Using the right and high quality products can make your extensions look beautiful and extend its lifespan. 

  • Make sure to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to avoid damaging the hair and extensions. Using regular products can dry the hair as it can strip moisture and natural oils of the hair which could lead to damage.
  • Use a leave in condition to deter tangles.
  • When using conditioner, condition from the mid-shaft down to the ends only. 
  • Do not use conditioner on your scalp as this could loosen the grip of your tape bonds.

6. Never Sleep With Wet Extensions

Ensure to dry your hair and extensions before going to bed. It is never a good idea to sleep with wet hair extensions because it is possible to harm both the roots of your natural hair and the extensions. When they are wet, your hair and the tape's adhesive can both become quite fragile.

7. Brush Before Sleeping And Tie Your Hair Up

Make sure to lightly brush your hair to get rid of any tangles before going to bed. After that, style your hair or put your hair up in loose braids, pigtails, or a loose ponytail. This will protect your extensions and keep them from tangling and pulling while you're sleeping, relieving stress or pressure on the hair.

8. Avoid Excess Use Of Heat Styling Tools

When styling your hair using heated equipment, be sure to exercise caution. Use a thermal spray protectant first because flat irons, curling irons, and other heat styling tools can melt the tape-in adhesives and potentially harm hair. Avoid using a blow dryer since it can damage or melt the adhesives, which would cause your hair extensions to fall out. Additionally, heat can often damage your hair, so use it carefully. After taking a bath, let your hair naturally air dry rather than using a blow dryer.

9. Apply Natural Oils

Extensions do not receive the nutrients and natural oils that our scalp produces that maintain the moisture and hydration of our natural hair. You can use natural oils like argan, coconut oil, and macadamia oil to restore moisture and maintain the quality of the extensions. Apply them halfway between the middle and the ends, keeping them away from the roots.

10. Don’t Color Your Extensions On Your Own

Although hair extensions can be colored, it is not advisable to dye them yourself. If you intend to do this, be sure to seek professional assistance. Never use bleach or lightener on hair extensions; this cannot be stressed enough. Don't go more than two shades darker when adding color. To see how the hair would look with a new color, always start with a test strand.

11. Maintaining Your Tape-In Hair Extensions

If you want to make your extensions last longer, there are some things you can do to touch them up along the way. After all, your hair isn’t going to stop growing, so the longer you have your tape in extensions, the more touch ups you should be doing. 

  • Visit your hairstylist to reapply tape strips when extensions grow away from your roots every two to three months.
  • Make sure to use high quality products for your hair and extensions.
  • If you want to maintain your hair looking lovely and healthy over time, make sure you follow the aftercare instructions your hairstylist will provide you.

While maintaining tape-in hair extensions is exceptionally easy, these hair care tips will make them last longer. So, if you want them for longer than 5-6 weeks (and who doesn’t?), this is the way to do it.

Perfect Locks has everything you need to keep your tresses worthy of a Disney movie. Shop today and keep those locks luscious.  

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