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.
If you are looking for quality tape ins or you're simply wondering if tape hair extensions are for you, you’re in the right place! In this blog post, we’ll talk about:
- What are tape hair extensions?
- How do tape ins work?
- How to take care of your tape in extensions?
- How to apply tape in hair extensions?
- Other FAQs about tape ins
What Are Tape-In Extensions?
Tape in 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 hair 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-In Hair Extensions Work?
Tape in hair extensions have become really popular because of how quick it is to install them. They are one of the most frequently requested types of hair extensions in salons nationwide. Some hair-extension brands offer pre-taped, peel-and-stick wefts, but if you want the best tape hair extensions, you can buy your own perfect locks and a roll of quality wig and weave tape. With the help of an expert hair 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 a 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.
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How To Take Care Of Your 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. 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. You will need a pack or two of high quality replacement tape for the reinstall.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 may 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.
Applying Tape In Hair Extension
The process of applying tape in hair extensions is fairly quick and easy. Since they come with an adhesive tape, all you need to do is peel away the tape to stick to your natural hair. There is no need to use other chemicals or special tools to install them. You just need a tail comb.
However, it is important to consider the method of applying your extension to avoid breakage of your natural hair. In this case, it’s best to have a trained professional install them. Your stylist will be more knowledgeable about how to apply your extensions based on your hair type. Your stylist may iron your hair before application to make it easier to install the tape ins.
Another great thing about tape extensions made from Remy human hair is that they can be straightened or curled however you like. If you do want to color your natural hair or perform other treatments, it’s advisable to do these treatments before applying your tape extensions. Styling your hair using heat too close to the roots can break down the tape. As much as possible, you need to ensure that your hair is clean from any dirt, oil, or chemicals before installing them.
Since the adhesive needs time to adhere to your hair, it’s also best to keep the tape and your hair dry for 24 to 48 hours after applying them.
Applying Tape In Hair Extensions for Thick Hair
Your stylist can use different methods of applying tape extensions depending on your hair texture. If you have thick hair, your stylist can apply your extensions using the double-sided tape method where two tape-ins will be placed in between your own natural hair. It’s similar to “sandwiching” your hair. This method can also be used for women with normal hair texture.
When installing your tape-ins, it is recommended to follow the same amount of natural hair to the weight of the hair extension you are using. This is to avoid excessive pulling or tugging that may lead to damage when you use only a small amount of your natural hair. You will also want to make sure that your hair is clean from any oils, conditioners, or other products before application.
Applying Tape In Hair Extensions for Thin Hair
If you have thin or fine hair, the sandwich method may also work for you. But if you have very fine hair, another method that your stylist may opt to use is the single-sided tape-in method. This method uses one tape weft and one single-sided tape to attach to your natural hair. This method will help prevent breakage of your natural, thin hair because it will decrease the weight of the weft by half.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about tape hair extensions:
How do I maintain my tape in hair extensions?
There are a lot of things you can do to keep your hair extensions in great condition. You can maintain your tape in hair extensions by ensuring that you clean your hair from any dirt or oil like you regularly would. However, make sure not to rub too much conditioner in your scalp or the area where your hair extensions are attached to avoid your tape ins from being removed. Using a sulfate-free shampoo will also help avoid your extensions from slipping. You can have a trained professional re-apply your hair extension every 4 to 6 weeks for maintenance.
You don’t want to use products that have harsh chemicals because it may ruin the tape wefts.
Want more tips on how to keep your tape-in hair extensions lasting longer? Read our other blog post here!
How do I sleep with tape-in extensions?
Since tape extensions cannot be removed at the end of the day, you can tie your hair on a loose braid when you sleep to avoid too much hair tangling or pulling throughout the night. To avoid dirt buildup on your hair, you can use a hair extension loop brush that is designed to seamlessly glide through both your natural hair and extensions.
How long do tape extensions take to put in?
The time it takes to put tape hair extensions will depend on the style you are aiming for and how thick you want your hair to be. All in all, it takes about 1 to 2 hours for your hairstylist to properly install them.
Can I wash my hair with tape in extensions?
Yes. You can wash your hair with shampoo and water even when you have tape in extensions installed. Since tape ins need adhesive, it’s important to keep your hair clean from oil and dirt to make the extension last longer. Just make sure not to wash your hair excessively to help your extensions last longer. It’s also good to air dry your hair since applying heat can ruin the adhesive. To take care of your hair better, wash your hair using an alcohol-free or sulfate-free shampoo.
Using the right hair care product is essential to maintaining your natural hair and extensions. Perfect Locks’ sulfate-free, hydrating shampoo provides a gentle wash that leaves your hair soft and shiny.
How long do tape in hair extensions last?
How long your tape in hair extensions last will depend on your hair’s growth cycle. But, typically they last for about 4 to 6 weeks. For extensions that are natural-looking for longer, it’s best to buy tape in hair extensions that are of similar texture to your real hair.
How do I remove my tape in extensions?
Tape-ins can be removed gently by using a pintail comb and spraying a special liquid solution or adhesive remover all along the hair tape. Using a pintail comb will make it easier to pull the tape apart without pulling too much so as not to damage your hair. If you feel that there is still too much resistance from the hair tape, you can always spray more solution to it. You should be able to unstick your two locks of hair at this point. Next, you can comb through the section of hair and then use a serum to help remove any tape residue on your hair.
Perfect Locks’ adhesive remover does this job without leaving any oily or sticky residue on your hair.
Can I reuse my tape-in extensions?
Yes! With proper care, feel free to reuse your tape-in extensions. They can be reused up to 3 times and lasts the same amount of time for each application (4 to 6 weeks). After you remove your hair extensions, you can clean your hair, add new tape and then re-apply.
Can I put in tape hair extensions on my own?
When using tape in hair extensions, it’s best to install them professionally by your trusted hairstylist at a salon. A trained professional will help ensure that your hair extensions are installed properly and help prevent hair damage.
Unlike clip-in extensions, you cannot DIY tape ins. It will be hard to put tape-ins on your own because you will not be able to see the back of your head properly. This may lead to incorrect application and removal of your hair extensions, and they can pull your natural hair and cause breakage.
Do tape in hair extensions damage my hair?
With the correct application of tape in hair extensions, they do not damage your hair. Damage is caused only when they are applied or removed incorrectly, and when you overuse them. Tape-ins are designed to be very lightweight, the wefts are just an inch wide, and they are designed to lay flat on your head so they don’t cause any discomfort. It’s also important to care for your hair extensions to avoid long-term damage.
How much do tape extensions cost?
When you’re planning to have tape extensions, the cost will depend on how many wefts you need to achieve the style that you want. And the number of wefts you need will depend on whether you have fine, normal, or thick hair.
Another factor that will determine the cost of your extensions is which material they are made from - synthetic or real human hair. Real human hair extensions will cost more because of its high quality. Lastly , you may also want to consider the cost for having a professional hairstylist apply and remove your tape extensions for you.
Do tape in extensions fall out easily?
When installed properly, tape in extensions don't just fall out. If they ever fall out, it may mean that your hair had too much oil or chemicals at the time when they were applied. Or, you may have excessively used conditioner on your scalp which may cause slippage.
Do they work for short hair?
Yes. Tape-ins can be used for women with short hair. They are great not only to add volume but to add length as well. Also, tape hair is one of the best extension options for you if you have very fine hair because they are light. Their flat design also helps to conceal them and blend more easily with your natural hair.
Can I still wear my hair in a ponytail?
You can still bring your hair up in a ponytail while wearing your tape extensions. The key is to have your tape ins applied correctly where they are blended in your hair well. Tapes are thin and light so it’s easy for them to stay hidden even in a ponytail.
Are tape extensions for me?
More and more women are requesting for tape-in extensions because they are easy and quick to apply. Since they are considered semi-permanent hair extensions, tape-ins are great for women who are always on the go and who don’t have the time to style their hair every day.
Tape in extensions only need to be reapplied every few weeks by your stylist, so if you are someone who doesn’t like to apply and reapply their hair extensions by yourself everyday, then you may wear tape extensions. Tape ins are quick to use, but they are still able to give you a natural look.
Congratulations! Now, you have everything you need to know about tape extensions! You’ve learned that tape-ins are a great semi-permanent extension choice for getting your desired style and volume in less time. They are lightweight and invisible which makes them very comfortable to use. They are also convenient for women who don’t have the time to style their hair everyday since tape-ins don’t need daily maintenance. It’s no wonder that tape-ins are one of the most popular types of extensions in the market today!
Now that you know everything about tape-ins, have a look at Perfect Locks’ tape-in extensions. Our hair extensions come in different textures, lengths, and colors. We also offer tape-in hair bundles for your needs.
If you have tried wearing tape extensions before, or have any questions about tape extensions, we’d love to hear from you. Ask us your questions or tell us what you love about them by leaving a comment below!