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How much do you know about caring for tape in hair extensions? They need to be treated a little differently to other types of hair extensions, which is why we’ve written a blog about it! And in case you missed it, here’s our last tape in hair extension blog – all about choosing the right hair extensions for your hair type.
If you've not yet bought you tape in extensions then you can read our tape in basics guide and FAQs that will help give you everything you need to know before buying.
Should I wash my hair before getting tape extensions?
Your hair needs to be squeaky clean before you get your tape in fitted. So wash your hair before you get your tape ins fitted and make sure you steer clear of hair treatments and dyes.
Yes! You’ll get best results with new tape extensions if you have freshly washed hair. Just remember to not use any oils or leave in products; you want to have a clarified and clean scalp and hair which will help the tape in extensions bond properly.
You should also steer clear of hair treatments and dyes in the 24 hours before getting your tape ins fitted. Hair treatments and dyes leave a chemical residue in your hair which may stop your tapes from bonding or sticking to your hair properly.
Can I wash, dye or treat my hair after the tape in extensions are put in?
Wait 48 hours before washing or dyeing your hair and they’ll stay looking good for longer. Washing or dyeing your hair any sooner may damage the bond and cause your bonds to slip.
You want your gorgeous new tape ins to stay at their best? Then you need patience! We strongly recommend you wait at least 48 hours after installing tape ins before washing, dying or treating your hair. Leaving your hair for this length of time gives the tapes a decent chance of bonding without being interrupted by chemicals.
Washing your hair in a couple of days immediately following fitting will stop the bonds from working. They’ll get wet and slip out while you’re washing your hair or brushing it. Since a lot of chemicals in the dyes and other treatments can cause the tapes to deteriorate and slip, which is why we advise all our customers to let their tape ins bond for a good couple of days first.
Can you wash your with tape in hair extensions in?
You can shower as much as you like, but make sure you’re using a shower cap to keep your tape in bonds dry unless you’re planning on shampooing them.
Yes, you can shower with tape in hair extensions, but you’ll need to cut down on how often you wash your hair. Treat yourself to a pretty shower cap and use it! Over washing will loosen your bonds and cause the quality of your hair quality to deteriorate more quickly. Remember – your extensions aren’t “live” hair and so you need to care for them more carefully than you would care for your own hair.
Can I wash my hair everyday with Tape In Extensions?
Washing your hair every day is a bad idea when you have tape in hair extensions. Stick to washing them no more than three times a week.
Like it or not, washing your hair every day is a big no when you’re wearing tape hair – you shouldn’t wash your tape ins any more than three times a week. Twice a week is even better. That’s because wetting your extensions on a daily basis will soften the bonds and may cause them to slip. It will also cause your lovely locks to dry out more quickly and significantly shorten the life span of your extensions.
Can you brush wet Tape Hair Extensions?
Don’t brush wet tape in extensions unless you want to damage the hair and pull at the bonds.
Wet hair? Stay away from your hairbrush. And that goes for your own hair as well as hair extensions of any sort. Wet hair breaks much more easily than dry hair, and with tape ins there’s another reason to keep that brush at bay. Wet tape in are soft tape in and brushing your hair when wet will cause the softer, weaker tapes to slip, spoiling your look.
Can you leave Tape Extensions to dry naturally?
Don’t leave tape-in extensions to dry naturally as this can damage the bonds. Instead, dry the roots with a hairdryer and leave the lengths to dry naturally.
You’ve probably heard time and time again that it’s best to leave your hair extensions to dry naturally. But that’s not quite true when it comes to tape in extensions. Leaving your tapes wet for too long will soften and weaken the tapes which can make them slip. So what should you do?
It’s simple really. Use your hair dryer dry your roots and the area where the tapes are fixed to your hair but leave the lengths to dry naturally. This means you keep your tapes strong without damaging the rest of your hair. The result? Tapes that stay in place with luscious locks that keep their healthy shine for longer.
Can you sleep with wet Tape Hair Extensions?
Sleeping with wet tape in extensions can damage the hair and cause the bonds to slip. So dry your hair before your head off to the land of nod.
Sleeping with wet hair is never a good idea. Wet hair is brittle hair and your locks will be more prone to pulls and tugs, causing your beautiful hair to break. And because your tapes will be wet too, their bonds will be weakened and may slip off during the night. Let’s face it, waking up and leaving your extensions on your pillow isn’t part of the plan for anyone!
And there’s a more sinister reason for making sure your hair is dry before you hit the hay. Mould. Yes, the water from your wet hair will soak into your pillow. That dampness combines with the dust in your pillow and your body heat and encourages mould to grow. Horrifyingly, that mould can even start growing in your hair extensions. And mould isn’t just unpleasant to look at; it can cause serious health issues. So keep things clean and make sure you go to sleep with dry hair.
As you’ll see, tape in extensions need slightly different care to other types of hair extensions, but they’re still easy to care for.