Tape In Hair Extensions Guide

By Alice Dawkins Published: Apr 26, 2023

Want luxurious locks in as little as 45 minutes? Tape in hair extensions could be the perfect option for you. Lightweight and lasting up to 6 months, it’s no surprise why many are now switching out traditional extensions for tape ins.

So, before you head to the salon, from application to care, take a look at our complete guide to tape in extensions…

What are the different types of tape ins?

Ranging from Platinum Blonde to Jet Black, our Slim tape ins are made from 100% virgin cuticle Remy hair and are suitable for most hair types. The featherweight wefts hug the roots blending seamlessly into your natural locks, amplifying your volume and length.

Perfect for those with finer hair, our Ultra Slim wefts include a discreet adhesive strip on the outside, masking the wefts even further than our classic Slim tape ins without compromising on grip.

How are tape in extensions applied?

The application of tape in extensions is known to be quite a fiddly process, that’s why we highly recommend getting in touch with your stylist to transform your tresses.

During fitting, the hair is carefully sectioned and semi-permanent wefts ‘sandwich’ the natural hair using sticky, non-damaging tape to give instant length and volume. Ideal for most hair types, tape ins are comfortable and blend effortlessly under your natural locks.

Installed in a brickwork, trickle-down pattern the 1 inch wide tape ins create a natural, but full effect.

After the extensions have grown out a little, which is normally around 4 - 8 weeks from the initial application, you can have your tapes refitted. This normally involves your stylist using a professional tape remover solution and replacement adhesive to refresh and renew your do without causing any damage.

Will tape in hair extensions damage my hair?

With good care and proper application, tape-ins should not damage your hair at all. Making sure you apply the extensions to hair that is healthy enough to support the adhesive is key to avoiding future bad hair days.

Can I treat tape ins like my own hair?

One of the many benefits of tape in extensions is that, unlike clip-ins, you can wash your hair with them in. However, we strongly suggest waiting at least 48 hours before getting them wet to ensure your new look has time to set and seal!

After this period, we recommend washing your hair regularly to prevent oil build up weakening the tape adhesive - we suggest using a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. Our favourites are the Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance shampoo and conditioner for nourished lengths. Be careful not to overwash or this can loosen the extensions.

Can I brush my tape ins?

To get the most out of your new hair, treat your tresses with some TLC and invest in a loop brush. An extra gentle way of combing through your hair, the loop brush will help to maintain your extensions and prevent any damage caused by tangles by smoothing the hair from root to tip. Never brush your hair when wet, as this can cause damage to your natural hair and the extensions.

Can I use heat on my tape ins?

At Milk + Blush, our tape in extensions are made from high-quality, 100% Remy human hair, meaning you can curl and style them with heat up to 185 Celsius/365 Fahrenheit. GHD’s heat tools are our favourites to use, alongside a great heat protectant to shield your hair from any potential damage.

If a sleek, straightened look or a luxe, bouncy blowout is part of your daily routine, our BlueMax Daily Refresher™ Leave-In Silicone Conditioner spray is an essential product to your hair artillery. Reviving and replenishing tired locks, the Silicone Spritz can be a life saver if you’re hooked on the heat.

How many packs do I need?

The amount of packs you need really depends on your desired result, so we would suggest asking your stylist for advice on this. 

For a full head, 100g is standard, however, if your hair is thicker or finer, this amount will vary from person to person.

Can I put my hair up with tape extensions in?

Tape-ins are designed to lay flat to the head, meaning that they are easy to disguise under many hairstyles with a little practice. Whether it’s a ponytail for a visit to the gym, a brunch date bun or an office-ready updo, tape extensions are versatile for whatever you have in your calendar.

What are the pros and cons of tape-in extensions?


  • Added length and volume in as little as 45 minutes.
  • Comfortable and lightweight.
  • Styling freedom.
  • Lasts up to 6 months.
  • Discreet.
  • Suitable for most hair types.
  • Tapes can be refitted and reused.


  • Requires some maintenance.
  • Change of hair wash routine.
  • Takes a bit of time to adjust to your new locks.
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