What Are Tape In Extensions?

Tape in hair extensions are the most popular hair extension method on the market due to their semi-permanent nature and discreet finish. ​​Unlike clip-in extensions, you must get a trained professional to apply this method of temporary hair extension. Stylists often use tape in extensions to thicken a short bob around the front of the hair, creating a blunt frame to the face. Tape ins are perfect for most hair types; once applied correctly, they are known to give the least long term damage to your natural hair.

Tape in hair extensions typically has a 1-inch wide weft of hair secured with a gentle sticky tab that is attached close to the root. As tape-in extensions are applied to a vast amount of hair, they do not cause as much tension and breakage to the natural hair as other permanent extension methods. Milk + Blush Tape-In Extensions are available in 20-inches in a variety of colours, from blonde tape in hair extensions to highlighted and balayage tape in hair extensions.

How long do tape-in extensions last? 

Tape in hair extensions typically last for up to nine weeks before they’ll need adjusting and refitting by a professional. The full lifespan of your tape in extensions is determined by which extensions you choose and how well you commit to the aftercare process. If you look after them correctly your extension hair can easily be reused if it’s removed professionally and re-taped with fresh tape.

How to apply tape in extensions?

Tape in hair extensions are applied close to the root, where a thin section of natural hair is sandwiched between the extension wefts and secured in place using a low-heated tool or professional tape pliers. Your natural hair will then be cut to blend into the extensions discreetly.

Regardless of what type of tape in extensions you choose - Slim Tape In Extensions or Ultra Slim Tape In Extensions - it’s important to section the natural hair carefully, which is why a professional hand and eye is recommended. As the adhesive base is very thin, tape-ins feel light, lay flat against your head, and blend in easily with natural hair. The Ultra Slim Tape-Ins have a smaller strip on the outside making it more invisible but it still has the same durable size tape on the inside as our Slim Tape-in Hair Extensions so that it maintains full grip.

How long does it take to apply tape in extensions?

Depending on the length and volume you want to achieve (and in turn, how many extensions you need to achieve this look) the application process can take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and a half. It’s best to do your research and find a hair professional who has experience with tape-in hair extensions. They’ll best be able to give you a time frame for your appointment.

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Are tape in extensions bad for your hair?

Tape in extensions are the most popular method of extensions, so, as you can imagine the pros outweigh the cons. Tape in hair extensions will not damage your hair so long as you take good care of them, and get them professionally fitted and removed.

Pros

  • Quick & easy application - up to 90minutes
  • Semi-permanent method lasting up to 9 weeks before a reapplication is needed
  • Lightweight with little to no hair damage
  • Reusable multiple times (if removed correctly) 
  • Suitable for all hair types, particularly fine hair 
  • Tape-in’s can last between 6-12 months

Cons

  • Everyday washing could damage the bonds; excess use of conditioner or serum/oil-based products could see the hair tape slip from the root 
  • No bathing, showering or strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours to prevent bonds from slipping whilst tape cures
  • Need adjusting every 6-9 weeks

Are Tape In Extensions suitable for all hair types?

Tape ins are suitable for all hair types and especially good for fine hair as they lie flat, giving you a seamless, natural appearance. But if you have naturally oily hair, the oils from your scalp may cause the tapes to slip. Talk to an expert before you invest in your extensions – they will be able to advise you properly and you’ll get the best results.