How to Tie Your Hair Up With Tape Extensions

Tape-in extensions are amazing. They can easily last up to eight weeks with proper care, and you don’t need a professional to install them or hassle with clunky clips. However, one thing many people struggle with is being able to tie their hair up with tape extensions.

The good news is that tying your hair up with tape extensions isn’t exponentially tricky. With a comb, a brush, and a hair tie, you can successfully put your hair up into a high ponytail or bun – without any of your tape-in extensions showing.

While I’m sure your hair looks lovely when it’s down, I totally understand that sometimes you just want to put your hair up. (Trust me – I get it. I have my hair in an Ariana Grande-style high ponytail for at least 3 out of 7 days a week). I’ve discovered how to tie hair up without tape-ins showing.

Keep reading to learn how to put your hair up with tape-in extensions!

How to Tie Your Hair Up With Tape Extensions – Two Ways

Ladies, I love putting my hair up. High ponytails and ballerina buns are two of my favorite hairstyles. While it can be a tad trickier with tape-ins, it’s definitely not impossible. Here are the top two ways to achieve tied-up manes with tape-ins.

1. High Ponytail

If you love the high ponytail style – you know, like the ones seen on the hottest celebs like Katy Perry and Beyonce – then follow these simple steps.

  • Start by drying your hair. You always want to put your hair up when it’s thoroughly dried. Wet hair will be a nuisance to work with, and it can cause some damage or make your hair look funky after it’s dried.
  • Spritz with some dry shampoo (optional). I like to do this because it provides a better texture, especially because I have a very oily hair type. This is entirely optional, though.
  • Gather hair up and secure it tightly with your hand. Basically, you’re creating your final look sans hair tie (for now). Use a comb or your fingers to get rid of any tangles.
  • Brush back any baby hairs. If you have a lot of loose strands up front, use a brush to draw them back into or toward the ponytail.
  • Look for any tape-ins and cover them. All you need to do is maneuver your mane around so that the tape-ins are covered. 
  • Secure your ponytail with a hair tie. Make sure that the hair tie is nice and tight. The last thing you want is for your hair to slip and fall halfway through the day.
  • Use hairspray to secure any flyaways or baby hairs. You want to end with a lovely, uniform hairstyle. To do that, bust out your beloved hairspray and secure those pesky flyaways and baby hairs to your head.
  • Use eyeshadow to conceal any tape-in extensions. You shouldn’t need to do this if you do your hair properly. However, I understand that sometimes you can’t seem to get it right. If that’s the case, simply conceal the tape-ins with some eyeshadow.
  • Style as desired (optional). Now that your ponytail is in place, you can style it with some curls or leave it as-is.

Tip: If you’re having too hard of a time concealing the tape-ins with a high ponytail, you can always opt for a low or middle ponytail instead. 

2. High Bun

Buns are also entirely possible with tape-in hair extensions! This is true whether you want a delicate ballerina bun or a more laid-back and casual messy bun. Regardless, you can create your style using these simple steps:

  • Start by thoroughly drying your hair. Remember – you always want to style your locks into a high ponytail or bun when they’re dry. Use some dry shampoo if desired.
  • Gather hair up and secure it with your hand. While gathering it up, use a comb to ensure no tangles. Don’t forget about the baby hairs up front!
  • Conceal any tape-ins. Move your hair around until it fully covers the tape-ins.
  • Secure hair into a high ponytail. This will be the “base” for your bun.
  • Wrap your hair around the ponytail and secure it with bobby pins. You can make the bun look as tight or as messy as desired.

Word of Advice – Don’t Tie Hair Up Too Often

As you can see, tying your hair up with tape-in extensions isn’t too challenging or different from how you usually do it. The most significant difference is that you must ensure that none of the tapes is showing. Luckily, this isn’t too tricky, especially after you’ve done it a few times.

However, just because it’s easy doesn’t mean that you should wear your hair up all the time.

Tying your hair up regularly can put undue stress on the tape-in extensions, which will weaken them and cause them to fall off prematurely.

That said, stick to tying your hair once or twice a week. 

If you want to put your hair back more often, you can always opt for other styles that keep your hair out of your face, such as low ponytails and braids.


Tying hair up with tape-in extensions is a breeze. If you want to learn a little bit more about this topic, here are a couple of frequently asked questions to take a peek at.

How to hide extensions when putting hair up?

When putting hair up, the best way to hide extensions is to conceal it with your natural strands. Maneuver the strands around so that they cover the tape-ins. You can use some hairspray to keep the strands in place. If that doesn’t work, you can always conceal it with matching eyeshadow.

How to hide tape in extensions in thin hair?

Hiding tape-in extensions in thin hair is a little more challenging, but it can be done. First and foremost, ensure that the tape-ins are applied about an inch from the scalp. Use the “bricklaying” technique for application. This will make it easier to conceal when putting hair up.

How to sleep with tape in extensions?

The best way to sleep with tape-in extensions is to braid your hair. This will keep the tape-in extensions secure without any unnecessary tugging or tangling. Also, use a satin or silk pillowcase to keep hair in tip-top condition.

It’s Easy to Tie Hair Up With Tape Extensions!

There you have it, gal pals! The best two methods to tie your hair up with tape extensions. Not too tricky, am I right? The only thing you need to remember is that you shouldn’t tie your hair up too often, as this can have a negative impact on the tape-in extensions.

What’s your favorite way to style your ponytail or bun?

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