How Do Tape-In Hair Extensions Work? Tape-in Hair Explained (2019)

All About Tape-in Hair Extensions, from Basics to Structure Breakdown.

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Tape in hair extensions are one of the most popular methods for making your hair longer and adding more volume. There are a couple of pretty good reasons for that. First, tape-ins are very versatile and are compatible with all hair types. Another reason is the ease of putting them in and removing. So, if you want to find out more about tape in extensions and are curious about getting them, here is what to expect and everything you need to know.

1 The Basics

High quality, AiryHair tape-ins are a semi-permanent method. In other words, additional locks will remain in your hair until you remove them. Alternatively, until your hair grows out. This is a more permanent solution that clip-ins or flip-ins.

You are free to experiment and play how you want with the tape in extensions. Like wash your hair, style it, and anything else that you do to your natural hair. Of course, that implies that you bought Remy hair extensions. Those should have just real human hair.

If you have mixed or synthetic hair, then you shouldn’t blow dry it! Nor use hot tools and the extensions will not last you that long to begin with. With Remy hair, you can be relaxed and know that you purchased high quality hair that you can dye and style.

No matter what grade hair you get, one must make sure that you’re not putting anything in it that could potentially loosen the glue on the tape. That means you shouldn’t use any oily products around it, or tapes could fall out.

2 The Installation Process

How Do Tape-In Hair Extensions Work? Tape-in Hair Explained (2019)

Basically, your hair professional will take a very thin layer of hair and two tape-in extensions. Afterwards, one glues them together, so that one extension goes underneath and one on the top. Basically, your hair kind of sits between it.

The whole application process takes about one to two hours and is completely pain-free. Of course, it all depends on the stylist that you have. That’s why we recommend doing research! It does not matter what type of hair extensions you plan to have. You don’t want to go to somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Why? Because they could damage your hair. Getting tape-ins should do no damage to your hair whatsoever, especially if it’s being applied to healthy hair.

Tape-in Hair Extensions Process Breakdown

Did that not make much sense? Let’s break it all down, piece by piece! Look at the picture above.

1. These are our hair extensions with a transparent tape, which we recommend. There is nothing worse than hair connections that are showing.
2. Compare tape on the right and left. Can you guess which one is of lower quality? That’s #2.
3. Here’s how one begins the installation process.
4. This is how tape-in hair extensions look after they are applied.

See our article about tape-in hair installation that has much more detail.

Once the extensions are in your hair, be happy! They are extremely comfortable, much more than clip-ins since those you can sometimes feel. Tape-ins are so flat that you cannot feel them at all. Yes, even when you run your hand through the hair. That makes sleeping with them even more comfortable.

One should be able to go from 6 to 8 weeks without getting them removed and reapplied. You don’t want to leave them in for too long either. Mostly because you can damage tape as you brush your hair once there’s too much space between your roots and the tapes. It will also look way better if you maintain them regularly.

3 The Aftercare and Washing

The Aftercare and Washing

In the initial aftercare, you should not wash your hair for the first 48 hours. Neither should you touch them too much. Give glue some time to properly seal itself and attach to real strands. So, any sort of touching or tugging can loosen the glue and make tapes slip. So, it is best to just leave it alone for the first two days.

Most stylists will recommend brushing your hair at least twice a day. That’s a good advice to follow! It is a good idea to get a special detangling brush which will not do any damage to your hair and will get rid of all the tangling.

These brushes are also much better for your hair since it won’t rip it out or tug at your extensions. Also, those brushes help and prevent matting. Extensions are a little bit more prone to getting tangled than natural hair, so keep that in mind.

You must be a little bit careful when you wash your hair in order not to damage the extensions. Don’t scrub too aggressively or pull on the hair. In other words, just be patient and gentle. We recommend using a moisturizing treatment on the hair. A good choice is a Moroccan oil-based shampoo and conditioner. However, don’t apply any product on the bonds because it will loosen the adhesive.

What about sleeping with extensions? We have written so much about this topic alone! You should go to bed with your hair in a ponytail or a braid. This will keep it together, prevent matting, tangling and it will also be very comfortable during sleep.

4 The Removal

As your hair grows, you will need to re-apply the adhesive tape close to the roots.

How does one remove tape-ins? There is a solution that loosens adhesive once you apply few drops on the tape. Few moments later and you can easily pull out those tapes. Afterwards, a hair stylist will brush out any glue reside, which comes off without any effort.

Please keep in mind that your hair might feel thinner. Assuming your hair stylist had to thin out your hair in order to put in extensions. Of course, it’s not like you’ve lost a lot of hair, it could just feel like that. So, if you have very thick hair naturally, they might need to be thinned out. Just so your own strands blend properly with the tape-ins.

Conclusion

Thinning Hair Extensions

Overall, tape in extensions are a great fit for anyone who wants instant length and volume. They will boost your confidence and it’s just a nice feeling to have luscious hair.

It is not the cheapest option as you should go to a salon. It’s not recommended that you install them yourself, but after the first payment, the reapplication is not as expensive. Most girls find tape-ins extremely comfortable and relatively easy to maintain which is a big plus.

You can style them in different ways and even dye them. One of the most important things is that there is no damage to your hair. So, you can rest be assured that your natural hair will stay intact. Tape-in extensions are really one of the best options out there and you will not regret getting them.

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