There’s a lot of different hair extension types out there, from permanent fusion to temporary clip-ins. Where do tape-ins fall into the mix? Well, tape-ins are handy semi-permanent extensions that are a cinch to install.
But if you’ve just ordered your first pack of tape-in hair extensions and are scratching your head, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Tape-ins are somewhat new to the market, and they might seem like they’re challenging to apply.
The good news is, tape-ins are super easy to install. In fact, you can do it alone in under 20 minutes. It just takes a little bit of a learning curve, and you’re set to go. Let’s take a closer look at how to put in tape-in hair extensions.
How to Apply Tape-in Hair Extensions: 4-Step Guide
Like I said before, tape-in hair extensions are a breeze to install. Think about it – have you ever taped something to a piece of paper? Not too challenging, right? Well, while tape-ins might install a bit differently from tape and paper, the process is still fairly similar and simple.
1. Start By Washing and Brushing The Hair
Your hair shouldn’t have buildup, grease, or grime when installing tape-in hair extensions. Why? Because tape needs something to grip onto, and healthy hair is the perfect platform for adhesion. A clarifying shampoo is recommended!
Also, don’t forget that trying to install extensions of any kind into tousled, ratted locks is obviously a recipe for disaster. That said, follow up with thoroughly brushing your hair. It should be tangle-free and ready to tape!
2. Section Off a Thin Layer of Hair
When installing tape-in hair extensions, the goal is to have the layer of hair as thin as possible. Tape-in hair extensions are designed so that two strips need to ‘sandwich’ the hair in-between. If your sections are too thick, it’s simply not going to work.
Ensure that you’re starting at the bottom of your mane (at the nape of the neck). It will be far easier to apply tape-ins this way instead of working from the top.
When you’re satisfied with the amount of hair in the single layer, clip the rest of the hair away. Remember – you’re working with tape, hon. Tape is sticky, and you don’t want random hairs finding their way onto the tape, ruining your overall hairdo.
3. Apply the Tape-In Hair Extensions
Now it’s time to make the magic happen! Using the tooth of a comb, section off a small area of hair. Apply the tape on top of the section. Then, lift the hair, and apply the second tape-in hair extensions underneath.
The goal here is to sandwich your natural strands in between two tape-in hair extensions. The two will stick together securely.
When applying, make sure to get as close to the root as possible. While you will be able to remove the tape-ins and move them up the hair shaft (when necessary), you want to wait for as long as possible.
Here is a wonderful step-by-step video showing how to install tape-in hair extensions:
4. Repeat Until You’re Satisfied!
Okay, the process is easy enough, right? Seriously. Can you imagine extensions being any easier than that?! Now that you’ve successfully applied your first tape-in hair extensions get moving, girl.
Keep applying tape-in hair extensions in the same method until you’re satisfied with your look.
Some women will like to use a hair straightener to slightly melt the tape-in hair extensions for added security. To do this, you will quickly clamp the straightener on the tape-in hair extension. From there, you can straighten the rest of your locks or just enjoy your new hairstyle.
Love your new look? Of course, you do! Make sure that you keep your tape-in in prime condition by following these simple aftercare tips:
- Brush your hair thoroughly and gently every day, but never while wet.
- When sleeping, pull the hair into a braid (or several) to avoid tangling.
- Condition your hair regularly, but don’t use too much product or apply directly to the tape, or else you may end up with buildup that can damage the tape. Also, refrain from products containing oil, alcohol, or ethanol. Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are best.
- Use a heat protectant spray before using hot tools to protect the hair.
- Reapply the tape every 6 to 10 weeks for the best results, both in appearance and hair/scalp health.
- Get the help of a friend if necessary. Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the back of your head!
Tape-in hair extensions are not only fabulous, but they’re a breeze to install, too! As long as you are working with clean hair and thin layers, you will be able to finally get the mane of your dreams.