Switching up your hair to a longer, fuller, more voluminous style is fun, and it's one of the best (most non-committal) ways to achieve a major hair makeover is experimenting with extensions. Your hairstyle options are practically endless when it comes to extensions—they give you even more freedom to rock unexpected cuts and colors. Trust, once you look in the mirror, you’ll feel like a whole new woman. This is coming from a reformed extensions addict—I hid my natural hair underneath extensions for two years straight at one point in time.
There are a few different types of extensions you can get. One option is sewn-in extensions that are applied with a needle and can last up to three months. If you’re going for a one-night type of hair vibe, clip-in extensions are an easy, non-adhesive option that allow you to clip them in and out of your natural hair. But let’s talk about the happy medium of the crew: tape-in extensions.
Why They're So Cool
“They are incredibly easy to apply and remove, don't damage your hair, and look more natural because they lie almost completely flush against the head, whereas other types have thicker bases that stick out.”
Tape-ins brought the average time for getting extensions down from several hours to as little as 30 minutes,” says Porter. “Tape-in extensions allow for easy removal, the ability to reuse the hair, and the ability to maximize placement options giving the client a more natural, clean look.
Tape-ins are a newer method of applying hair extensions, in which an adhesive tape is used to attach the extension to the natural hair. It is quickly becoming a very popular way of thickening and lengthening your client’s hair.
Tape-ins are sold in wefts instead of individual strands. Each weft is 1 ½” wide and has the same amount of hair as 3-4 keratin strands. Since the hair is spread evenly on the weft, each piece fills in fine/thin hair without looking stringy. When installed correctly, they have a flat, seamless finish.
Tape-in wefts cause less stress on hair than individual strand extensions, which makes them particularly great for thinner, more easily damaged hair. Installation time is also significantly less than fusion or beaded extensions.
How to Apply Tape‐In Hair Extensions?
Part1 Sectioning Your Hair
|1.Wash your hair. Extensions will last longer if you apply them to clean hair. Before applying your extensions, wash and dry your hair as you normally would|
|2Make a part across your scalp. About an inch from the nape of your neck, use your finger or a comb to make a horizontal part. You will apply the extensions near the line made by the part. This way, your upper hair will hide the clips.||
|3.Section off the top hair. You can use a hair tie or hair clips to secure all the hair above the part line. Just make sure it's completely secured. You do not want any hair falling down and getting in the way while you're securing your extensions|
4.Remove a thin portion of your hair from the non-clipped part. The idea is to sandwich a thin strand of hair below your part line between top and bottom extensions. The strand of hair you're sandwiching needs to be very thin, about 1⁄8 inch (0.32 cm). This is so the adhesive tape on both extensions can stick together through the hair. Grab a very thin strand of hair from the hair below your part line about the length of one extension. Make sure the hair is thin enough your fingers can feel one another through the hair
|5.Measure the section. Before attaching the extension, use a cloth tape measurer to measure the section of hair that you parted. This way, you can determine how many pieces of the extension you'll need to add along that section of hair. Do this for every section.|
Part2 Applying Your Extensions
- If the extensions are not sticking, you used too much hair in your strand. Gently brush some hair off the bottom extension.
3.Repeat the process. Move across your side part, repeating this process until you have added all the extensions. The precise number of extensions you are adding depends on the size of your head. You will likely use about 5 rows of hair extensions or more, depending on how voluminous you want your hairstyle to be.
- If you plan to add extensions on the sides of your head, leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) of hair out horizontally, closest to the ear, and then continue applying the extensions.
- If you have a thin hairline, leave about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of hair out across your entire hairline before adding extensions, just to make sure that your hair has enough density to cover the tape-ins without making them noticeable
Caring for Your Hair Afterwards
1.Take extra time for hair care. Hair extensions tangle easily and extra hair means you'll take longer in the shower. Make sure to account for having more hair in the morning. Give yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes to get ready every day.
2.Brush your hair regularly. Extensions are prone to tangling. To keep your hair looking fresh and natural, brush your hair at least twice a day while your extensions are in place.
- Remember, hair care may take extra time when you're wearing extensions.
- Synthetic extensions are more prone to tangle than human hair extensions.
3.Secure your hair overnight. As hair tangles easier, you should secure your hair overnight while wearing extensions. Pull your hair into a loose ponytail or braid it before bed. It can also help to sleep on silk pillows
How long do tape-in hair extensions last?
If they are cared for properly, tape-ins can last 5 months or longer. We recommend moving the hair up every four to six weeks. The hair can be reused two to three times which gives the client three to six months in between replacing the hair.
Although it’s an easier method than some of the others, it’s best to have a professional stylist install and move them up.
In addition, Youngseehair virgin seamless tapes ins hair extensions can last 6-12 months, with higher quality and more natural
Removing Tape-In Extensions
Just as important as installing the hair is removing it properly to avoid damage. Move-ups are more time consuming than the actual installation, since you must clarify and re-tape before installation. We recommend having two appointments each time you move hair up. One to remove, and one to reinstall. You can also have 2 sets of extensions. Re-taping of the newly removed hair can be done when there is spare time. With 2 sets the removal and installation can be done in one appointment.
- Use a clear oil tape-in bond remover (not a keratin bond remover).
- Use a Tape-In Hair Extension Placement Card to hold your extensions and remember where the wefts go.
- Wash and clarify, don’t condition.
- With clean hands, use replacement tape to re-apply the extensions.
How to Care for Tape-In Extensions
- Wash & condition with sulfate-free products only!
- Avoid any conditioners near the tape. Conditioners on the tape may cause slippage.
- Try to air dry whenever possible and be gentle when brushing. Go from the bottom up, holding the extensions to avoid pulling. Use the right brush, & leave-in conditioners, and try to avoid brushing when wet.
- Always use a heat protectant before straightening, curling, or using any form of high heat.
- Don’t go to bed with wet hair.