Many want long, voluminous locks, but growing out your hair can take some time. In many cases, it can’t even naturally reach the thickness that you desire! While many hair extension methods may seem out of your price range, tape extensions are affordable, beautiful, and non-damaging.
How Do Tape Extensions Work?
Using remy human hair and a tape made of medical grade materials, tape extensions are taped at the root by your stylist. The tape does not leave any residue, and contrary to many misconceptions, they do not fall out easily. After nine to twelve weeks, the extensions will have to be moved back up to the root, but these extensions can be reused for up to a year.
You can see the application process in the video below.
Does it Have to be Remy Hair?
Remy hair is the highest quality of hair available. With proper care, it will last much longer than cheaper alternatives, making it well worth the investment. You will find that remy hair does not carry an unnatural sheen and it will be the easiest type of hair to match to the rest of your marvelous mane.
Rather than being made of non-human hair, remy hair is sourced mostly from men and women in China and India. Unlike cheaper methods, the cuticles of remy hair stay perfectly aligned after it is received from the donor.
Since the tape is so thin and flexible, you may not even remember you have extensions! Remy tape-in extensions will start to feel like your own hair after you have had them for awhile, as they are light and do not require much attention.
After six to eleven weeks, once your roots grow out, you will have to get the extensions moved up again. However, because they last so long with proper care, you shouldn’t have to pay for new ones! If you take care of your extensions, you can expect them to last between nine to twelve months.
Many types of hair extensions deter you from wearing the hairstyles you love. Since tape hair extensions are seamless and invisible, you can do all kinds of things with them that you never thought you could do with extensions! Want a high ponytail? Go for it! Cute up-do? Can do! Braids? Absolutely! The possibilities are endless with tape extensions.
How to Care for Your Extensions
While tape-in extensions are easier to maintain than some other alternatives, they are still extensions and they still require special care. If you want to keep your extensions for a long time, you should always:
- Gently brush them with a hair extension brush several times a day
- Have them moved up when they need to be (how often this is will depend on how fast your hair grows)
- Use a wide-tooth comb to keep tangle-free
- Condition and oil only from the mid-shaft to the ends
- Use heat protectant when using hot styling tools
- Use high-quality hair products
You should never:
- Apply hot styling tools directly to the tape tab
- Brush your extensions while wet
- Sleep on your extensions while wet
- Bleach your hair extensions
- Color your hair extensions any more than two shades darker than their original color
- Condition to the scalp
While some hair extension methods can cause damage to your natural hair, tape extensions are quite non-damaging. You may see some fallout hair when the tape is removed, but this is only collected pieces of fallout that would have come out even if the tape had not been there.
Because the tape tabs are made of medical grade materials, it does not even hurt to remove them! Unlike other more damaging methods, tape extensions can be used over and over again and will leave you with no hair loss.
Many people are concerned about the price-tag when it comes to getting hair extensions. Fortunately for those on a budget, tape hair extensions are one of the more affordable methods. Since the application process does not take as long as many other hair extension installations, stylists are able to charge much less for tape-ins.
Since tape-ins are one of the most affordable semi-permanent hair extension methods, it is a great alternative to fusion extensions if you need to save time and money. With tape-ins, you don’t have to have a million bucks to look like a million bucks.
Tape-Ins vs. Clip-Ins
Another popular type of hair extension is the clip-in. While many swear by clip-in extensions, anyone that has had them knows of the damage it causes to your natural locks. Heavy clip-in extensions weigh down the hair, oftentimes causing breakage at the site of application. Some have even reported bald spots from long-term clip-in wear.
If you would like to avoid your own hair horror story, semi-permanence is your best bet. Unlike clip-in hair extensions, seamless tape extensions will not leave your hair thinning or balding. For anyone with thin hair, this is one of the safest possible methods. If you have been looking for hair extensions but cannot afford other semi-permanent methods, ask your hair stylist about tape-ins! Safe, cost effective, and low maintenance, tape extensions may be the best option for you.
A Simple Solution for All
If you have been struggling to find the right hair extensions for you, seamless tape may be the answer to all of your hair woes. Whether you want to add some volume or several inches, you and your stylist will find the best tape-ins for you.