If you’re considering getting hair extensions, you’re probably researching which method of attachment is best for you. Tape in hair extensions have their benefits, however you can use our ultimate guide to find out everything you need to know before taking the plunge!
What Are Tape In Hair Extensions?
Tape in hair extensions are pre-taped hair wefts. The tape is coated in medical-grade adhesive that allows it to hold steadfast to the natural hair when applied. They should be fitted by a hair extension specialist to ensure that they are applied correctly. When fitted, they should lie flat against the scalp and tapes should be virtually undetectable in the hair.
Tape in hair extensions first became popular in the early 2010s but they quickly fell out of favour due to the low-quality adhesive commonly used to attach the hair extensions to the natural hair. Fast forward to today, with improved methods, they have made a comeback.
A full head of tape in hair extensions can be applied in as little as 45 minutes, making them a great choice for those who don’t want to spend hours upon hours in the salon.
For hairdressers and hair extension technicians, tape in extensions are much quicker to apply than other hair extensions methods such as micro rings and weaves. They are also kinder to the hair than methods such as hot fusion, however, for the least damaging hair extensions, micro ring attachments are the way to go!
How Long do Tape In Extensions Last?
Tape in hair extensions are intended as a non-permanent hair extensions method only. They often require breaks in between fittings to ensure your natural hair does not become damaged.
Tape in extensions generally last around 4-8 weeks before needing to be changed or reapplied. Always listen to your hairdresser if they recommend taking a break from your tape ins.
Great for weddings, nights out and holidays but potentially damaging in the long term. If you are looking for a long-term solution then we recommend micro ring or miniature micro ring hair extensions. They are a great alternative to tape in hair extensions and are completely damage-free!
Do Tape In Extensions Damage Your Hair?
The truth is, tape in hair extensions can damage your natural hair. If you have them applied by a specialist, do not wear them frequently, and ensure that you look after them properly, however, there should be no reason to worry about long term damage.
The average tape weighs 2 grams and whilst they look fantastic, if incorrectly applied they can cause untold damage to the natural hair. This is why you should never try to apply them yourself.
An experienced hair extensions technician will also tell you that they can become sticky quite easily and tying them up can cause the hair to matt. You should always follow the maintenance and care advice given to you when you have your tapes fitted.
There may also be a certain degree of damage during the removal process. Many salons use an acetone-based solvent in order to remove the adhesive. Any solvent applied to the hair can result in damage. Talk to the salon before having your tape in extensions fitted to find out how they remove them. If protecting your natural hair is your priority (as we believe it should be) then try out a different hair extension method such as clip ins or micro rings.
Tape In Hair Extension Maintenance
Hair extension maintenance and aftercare is key to ensuring that your extensions stay looking great for longer! It also helps to make sure that your natural hair is protected as best it can be.
Take a look at our tips to help you look after your tape in hair extensions at home:
- Ensure your extensions do not become tangled by brushing them properly every day. You should do this in the morning and before bed as a minimum. When brushing, support the roots to avoid pulling on the tape.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles
- Do not leave hair wet for prolonged periods of time – this can damage the bonds and cause your tape in extensions to slip or fall out.
- Always use a heat protection spray when styling your hair extensions using hot tools such as straighteners, tongs and hair dryers. Never apply the hot tool directly to the tapes as this can damage the bond.
- When applying hair products including conditioner, serums or oils, apply them to the mid-lengths of your hair and work downwards. Never apply products to the tapes as this can damage the bond and cause them to slip.
- Only use sulphate-free hair products, such as the Neal & Wolf product range, to avoid damaging your tape in extensions.
How to Wash Hair With Tape In Extensions
Washing your hair when wearing tape in extensions is very similar to washing your natural hair. You just need to be mindful of the products you are using and how you apply them.
Only ever use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner on your tape in extensions. Using products that contain sulfates can strip the hair of moisture causing it to become dry and brittle. This reduces the lifespan of your extensions. In addition to this, you should make sure not to apply shampoo or conditioner to the tapes. This could cause your hair extensions to slip. Apply your shampoo or conditioner to the mid-lengths of your hair and work downwards.
Once you have washed your hair, make sure you dry the tapes soon after.
To keep your tape ins looking their best, you will also need to attend in-salon maintenance appointments.
For this method, hair extensions maintenance is advised 5 weekly to prevent the tapes from folding, matting, dropping or causing traction on the natural hair. This is strain on the scalp and can lead to traction alopecia (bald patches, thinning spots and redness).
You should also make sure to ask your salon how they will remove your tape in hair extensions. Maintenance appointments can be time consuming as the tapes must be removed, your hair thoroughly washed and blow dried before the tapes can be reconditioned and reapplied. Removing the tape adhesive is generally the most difficult part and many salons choose to remove them using an acetone-base solvent. The remover can cause damage to the natural hair if not carried out by an expert.
How Much Do Tape In Hair Extensions Cost?
Tape ins are intended as a short-term hair extension solution. They can however be removed and reapplied if looked after properly. You should note that they will not be able to be reused for the length of time that micro ring hair extensions can be.
The cost of tape in hair extensions varies depending on the quality of hair, as well as your aftercare routine and in-salon maintenance attendance.
Russian hair is the highest quality in the world, therefore you can expect Russian tape in extensions to last longer than those made using European or Asian hair. They will also carry a premium price tag.
The price of tape in hair extensions will also depend on the thickness and length you are trying to achieve. You could pay from as little as a few hundred pounds to a few thousand.
The Pros and Cons of Tape In Extensions
- Fast application
- Reduced strain due to flat application
- Seamless blend
- Use of adhesives and solvents
- Potential for slipping, folding and matting
- Flat bonds can cause difficulty styling
- Short term solution
Find out more about the pros and cons of different hair extension methods.
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