Tape extensions are one of the best methods of boosting your natural locks by adding length, volume, and style. This method is very popular because is not complicated to do, even by yourself, and produces great results even for girls with very thin and low density strands. As with all extensions, we want them to look as natural and realistic as possible. Nobody wants to be in a situation where they’re out and about or on a hot date, only for their extensions to start poking out and revealing all of the secret hair tricks.
Girls have hundreds of little tricks to make them look more attractive and glamorous, but that’s something we don’t want to reveal to just anyone and ruin the magic. And having your extensions stick out is simply not a good look and should not happen, even to beginners. They don’t even need to be showing to look bad; sometimes girls just don’t know how to properly install the tapes, make them look natural or style them properly. And all of that is a big part of wearing extensions. What’s the point of getting them if your locks are going to look completely fake and wig-like? The purpose of extensions is to blend perfectly with your natural strands and enhance them so that it all looks like your own hair.
So if you’re asking yourself how to hide tape-in hair extensions and make them look as natural as possible, learn this simple tricks that will result in immaculate looking locks.
The first step to natural looking tape-ins is the proper installation and placement. In order to completely hide them, you need to where to place them. Going to a salon and having it done by a professional can solve this problem, but that’s a much more expensive option so why not learn how to do it yourself? The first trick is not taping the extensions too close to your scalp. Not only can it prevent your real strands from growing freely, it also limits the movement of your tresses. Placing the tapes about an inch from your scalp allows your natural strands to breathe and also makes the movement of the hair more natural. So when you’re flipping your hair or playing with it, everything looks as it should. Windy weather can also be tricky and if your hair looks rigid and like a big hairy helmet, people will definitely notice that something is not quite right.
Another important aspect is getting the brick laying pattern right. That is the pattern that you should follow when taping your extensions because it ensures the invisibility of the actual tapes. Also, when taping, do not go too high up. The closer the tapes are to the top of your strands or your hairline, the more likely it is that the tapes will not be hidden well. This is another thing that obstructs the natural movement of your locks; you want the top of your hair to be free to move naturally, while the extensions are mostly on the bottom part which is usually pretty motionless. If the placement is done correctly, the tapes can be completely hidden even in the cases of very low density hair.
Applying the right number of tapes is also crucial in order to be able to hide them well. If you have thick and dense hair, you won’t need a lot of tapes so you can place the majority of them on the bottom part, where they surely won’t be visible at all. If you have thinner locks, you will need more tapes in order to get volume, but that also means it’s going to be a bit trickier to hide them. Again, placement plays an important role here.
Styling Your Hair Extensions
If the placement of the tapes is correct, but you still want to be 100 percent sure that they won’t be visible, there are some styling tricks you can try. One of the easiest and most basic ways to make sure that the tapes are concealed is to slightly curl your locks. Making gorgeous wave can not only help you hide the tapes, but it also gives you a lot more volume. If you’re strategic in how you curl your strands, the results can be amazing. Curls are great because they connect and blend the extensions with your natural locks even more so that it won’t be noticeable where one begins and the other ends. But of course, be careful when using hot tools on your extensions. You shouldn’t apply to much heat and it’s imperative that you apply a heat protectant.
Another cool trick that will completely hide your tapes is teasing your strands in strategic places. Find layers of your real hair that are in between the tape rows and tease them slightly. You don’t want to overdo it because then you’ll have weird bulges in your hair. If done right, the teased layers of hair will have a role of a wall that you cannot see through and that’s how your tapes will be completely covered up. And of course, do not tease the top layer of your strands, this section should always have as much movement as possible.
Hairstyles That Cover Up Tape Hair Extensions
Another trick for making sure that the tapes are completely concealed (if you are not doing weave extensions) is making a ponytail, a braid or half up – half down hairstyle. All of those are great because can completely hide the extensions and there’s no way of them poking out. With all of these hairstyles, you can control where each strand goes and make it in a way that looks completely natural, plus they look very trendy and cool.
Suddenly having a lot of hair can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning of wearing extensions, and braids and ponytails also make it easier to manage all those strands and prevent them from getting in the way. If you need more advice on how to hide tape-in hair extensions, consult with your hair professional.