Plenty of people (including myself) are looking for ways to get the biggest bang for their buck. And let’s be honest – tape-in hair extensions aren’t exactly cheap, and going with a lower-quality extension can spell trouble for your mane.
With that in mind, many gals are wondering whether or not tape-in hair extensions are reusable. And the good news is that they are. With a little bit of prep, elbow grease, and time, you can successfully re-use your tape-in hair extensions up to three times.
Don’t worry – the process is simple. However, you will need to purchase a couple of items. In the long run, it’s far less expensive than buying a whole new set of tape-in hair extensions.
Let’s get to it, girls!
- How to Reuse Tape-In Hair Extensions in 7 Steps
- How Many Times Can Tape-In Hair Extensions Be Reused?
- You Can Re-Use Tape-Ins in Seven Steps!
How to Reuse Tape-In Hair Extensions in 7 Steps
1. Comb the Tape-In Extensions
The first step is to give your tape-in extensions a good comb-through. You will be washing and conditioning them later, so you want to ensure you don’t run into knots, snags, tangles, or other misfortunes that can cause trouble.
2. Remove All of the Adhesive
The second step is removing all the adhesives using your 2-in-1 remover. I prefer this two-pack because it eliminates any stickiness and oily residues that can be a hassle when trying to re-apply your tape-in hair extensions.
If you don’t want to fuss with two products, you can opt for a one-step adhesive remover.
Regardless of which product you choose, you will need to follow the directions to remove the adhesive correctly. Typically this means applying the product, allowing it to soak for about ten seconds, and removing it by washing the hair (step two).
3. (Optional) Wash the Tape-Ins with Dish Soap
Step three? Bust out your favorite dish soap. I recommend using Dawn because of the grease-fighting power, which is essential for getting rid of oils, grease, and other residues that might be lingering on your tape-in extensions.
Apply a bit of dish soap to the adhesive area of your tape-ins. Allow the dish soap to soak for about five minutes. Then, rinse the soap off.
Tip: You don’t have to use dish soap if you don’t want to. Any type of shampoo will work fine. However, the goal here is to remove buildup. So, if you’re going the shampoo route, at least use a clarifying shampoo for the best results.
4. Shampoo and Condition the Extensions
Now, you will want to shampoo and condition the entire tape-in hair extensions – the adhesive portion and the hair itself. This three-pack is designed to work on hair extensions and will work wonders before and after re-using your tape-in hair extensions.
5. Dry the Tape-In Hair Extensions (Blow Dry or Air Dry)
Once the shampoo and conditioner have been thoroughly removed from the tape-in hair extensions, you will need to let them dry completely before applying the new tape.
You have two options: blow drying and air drying.
Personally, I recommend air drying. The less heat you apply to your tape-in hair extensions, the longer they’ll last. However, if you’re short on time and need your tape-ins dried ASAP, apply a heat protectant and use your blow dryer on the lowest setting.
6. Apply New Tape
Tape-ins nice and dry? Then you’re ready for the final step – applying new tape!
These double-sided tape tabs are going to be the easiest to use. They’re likely the right length, so you don’t have to worry about measuring and cutting. (However, if you find they’re too big, you can always use your shears to cut them to the proper length.)
If you prefer to be in charge of the length, you can opt for a roll of tape instead.
Either way, the key here is to be precise. The tape must line up precisely where the previous adhesives were located. Don’t press down on the tape until you’re sure that the tape is exactly where you want it.
Continue with the rest of the tape-in hair extensions until all hair pieces have adhesive!
Take a peek at this video if you need some visual help.
7. Re-Use Your Tape-Ins!
You did it! You successfully added brand new adhesive to your tape-in hair extensions. Now, all you need to do is have them applied, either at home or by a professional hairstylist.
How Many Times Can Tape-In Hair Extensions Be Reused?
With proper care, tape-ins can be re-used up to three times (which roughly equates to 18 to 24 weeks). Although, many things factor into their longevity. Let’s take a closer look.
1. Purchase Remy Hair
There’s a reason why Remy hair is more expensive; it’s the best. Remy hair is 100% human hair that leaves the cuticles intact. This results in hair that looks and feels fabulous. So, don’t hesitate to shell out the extra dollars – they’ll last longer than cheaper choices.
2. Use the Right Hair Products
When shampooing your mane, opt for silicone-free options. Make sure you’re using a moisturizing conditioner afterward – but only apply it to the mid-shaft downward. You do not want to put conditioner on the adhesive.
While you’re at it, keep shampooing to a few times a week rather than daily. Shampooing too regularly can cause dryness and make your extensions look less than great. If you notice dryness, apply a moisturizing hair mask (commercial or DIY with coconut oil!).
3. Avoid Heat Tools As Much As Possible
I get it, girl – it’s girls’ night out, and you want to rock those tantalizing ringlets to pair with your mini skirt. And that’s perfectly fine. But styling with hot tools every day? Yeah, that’s a problem.
Like your natural locks, tape-in hair extensions don’t love heat and will get damaged. The best thing to do is limit your use of hot tools. When you need to use them, use a heat protectant and opt for the lowest setting – yes, even though it takes longer.
Oh, and one more thing – never use heat directly on the adhesive. This will cause the adhesive to loosen up, which means you’ll be re-taping far sooner than you should have to.
4. Sleep with Hair in a Dry, Loose Braid or Ponytail
Sleeping with wet hair is a big no-no. Sleeping with hair left to its own devices is a big no-no, too.
So, what should you do instead?
For one, ensure your hair is entirely dry before hittin’ the hay. Secondly, twist your locks into a loose braid or tie them into a low, loose ponytail. Doing so will provide structure for your mane, ensuring strands don’t get tugged or tangled while you slumber.
Lots of great info, right? Who knew reusing tape-in hair extensions was such a cinch? (I love when things are easy, don’t you?) But if you’re still itching to learn more about reusing tape-ins, go ahead and check out these FAQs.
How do you Restick tape extensions?
Re-sticking tape-in hair extensions is easy. If they’re still very sticky, you can re-tape them in the same way you originally taped them. If they’ve lost some stick, and it’s been over eight weeks of wear, you’ll need to apply some new tape tabs.
Is 20 pieces of tape in extensions enough?
Twenty pieces of tape-in hair extensions is more than enough to create some serious and lovely length and volume. The minimum amount you should purchase is ten, so 20 should be more than enough to get the look of your dreams.
How often do tape extensions need to be refitted?
Tape-in hair extensions need to be refitted every six to eight weeks. It really depends on how well you take care of them and how fast your hair grows, though. At the six to eight-week mark, tape-ins will need brand new adhesive attached to see through the next six to eight weeks.
You Can Re-Use Tape-Ins in Seven Steps!
Even if you’re not savvy with hair extensions, don’t worry – you can still easily re-use your tape-ins. Make sure all the adhesives are removed before shampooing and conditioning. Then, re-apply the tape tabs (or cut pieces of tape) precisely. Enjoy your tape-in hair extensions again!
Have you ever re-used tape-in hair extensions? How did you do it? Did you use the same process as I’ve mentioned above? Share with us below!