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When you’re considering a new type of permanent hair extension, there’s no such thing as too much research! And that goes for tape in extensions too. This is our second blog dedicated to tape hair extensions. Here’s our first tape in hair extension blog in case you missed it.
How many packs of hair do I need?
Talk to a hair extensions specialist before choosing your extensions – they’ll be able to tell you how much hair you need to achieve the results you’re looking for. We’d typically recommend 100g of hair for a full head, but depending on how thick your hair is, you may need more.
As with all hair extensions, the amount of tape in hair you need depends on two factors: how thick your own hair is and how much volume you want.
Understanding your own hair type is the key to deciding what kind of extensions are best for you and tells you how much volume your hair can handle for a natural appearance.
We’d generally say that you need 100g of hair for a full head of extension, but there are factors that might mean this isn’t the case. If you have thick hair, you may need as much as 250g to 300g of hair. For that reason, it’s best to have a consultation with a certified hair extensions expert before choosing your extensions. They can examine your hair and give you a realistic idea of how much hair you’ll need for the look you want.
Are tape-in extensions suitable for all hair types?
Tape ins are very adaptable and especially good for fine hair. They’re not ideal for naturally oily hair as the oils from your scalp may cause the tapes to slip.
There are so many different types of hair extensions out there that it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for you. Tape in hair extensions work well for all hair types but do have their limitations. They are ideal for thin hair as they lie flat, giving you a seamless, natural appearance. But if you have naturally oily hair, the oils from your scalp may cause the tapes to slip. Talk to an expert before you invest in your extensions – they’ll be able to advise you properly and you’ll get the best results.
How long does your hair have to be for tape in extensions?
Your natural hair should be a minimum of 4 – 5 inches long. Any shorter and it will be difficult to blend your extensions into your own hair naturally.
Ideally, the longer your hair, the better your tape extensions will blend in. Really, you’ll get best results if your hair is at least 4 to 5 inches long, so your extensions can be fitted and blended in with your natural hair. Tape in installation is quite technical and if your extensions are fitted poorly, you may find the weaves slip or that they don’t blend with your natural hair, leaving you with visible bonds or an uneven finish. Fitting tape ins into short hair is even trickier, which is why we always recommend you visit a qualified extensions expert for a perfect result.
How long do Tape in hair extensions last?
Tape in hair extensions typically last for between 3 to 6 months but can last for longer if you look after them well. Neglect them and you’ll find they don’t last as long.
The life of your hair extensions – clip in or permanent extensions – always depends upon how well you care for them. We normally say that you should expect your tape in extensions to last between 3 to 6 months, but you can make them last longer by looking after your hair extensions appropriately.
You must adapt your hair care routine for your particular type of hair extension. When it comes to tape ins, there are many things you need to do differently. Take coconut oil for example. It’s amazing for natural hair; reviving and hydrating it from within, but for tape hair extensions coconut oil is a disaster! That’s because it’s incredibly greasy and contains enzymes which loosen the tapes and cause them to slip. That’s just one of the examples – so talk to your qualified hair extensions expert and do lots of research before taking the plunge, and you’ll find your tape in extensions last for longer.
How many times can you reuse tape in extensions?
You can reuse tape in conditions for as long as they remain in good condition. Care for them well and have them professionally removed, and you may find you can reuse them several times.
One of the best things about tape hair extensions is the fact that you can reuse them and save yourself some money. But of course, you’ll only be able to do this if you’ve taken really good care of your hair.
If you have used the hair well and your extensions are in good condition, all you need to do is visit your extensions expert to have them removed. They’ll remove them for you, deep condition them and then retape them ready for reapplication.
How do I sleep with tape in extensions?
Take a little time to care for your hair before bed and you’ll reap the rewards. Loosely braid your hair and use a silk pillowcase and you’ll be rewarded with happier, healthier hair extensions.
How you treat your hair when you sleep has more impact on your hair than you might have thought. You need to be especially careful when you have hair extensions as they tend to knot and tangle more easily than your own hair.
You can prevent night-time tangles with two simple steps. Number one – loosely braid your hair before bed. A loose braid will stop the individual strands of hair rubbing against each other and tangling while you sleep. Number two – sleep on a real silk pillow. Unlike cotton or cotton blend fabrics, silk provides a very low friction surface on which to sleep and prevents pulling, tugging and breakage for longer-lasting and healthier-looking extensions.
As you can see, there’s no mystery to good-looking tape in hair extensions – just good care and professional support. Do you want to know more about caring for tape in hair extensions? Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help. You might even feature in a future blog or email newsletter!
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