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I Tried It: Tape-In Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions
Photo: ELLE

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster have a thick head of voluminous, cascading hair, like the celebrities I watched on TV and the models I saw in magazines. Sure, I realized that they probably had some professional intervention to help make their hair look that great. Regardless, my thin, static-prone locks have always been a source of great frustration.

A few months ago, I ran into my friend Kat and my jaw dropped. She’s always been one of the prettiest and most fashion-forward friends I’ve known, but suddenly, she had hair that would make any Victoria’s Secret Angel green with envy. After a little (okay, a lot) of questioning and badgering from me, Kat finally let me in on her glamorous secret: tape-in hair extensions.

Less than a month later, I too finally had the luscious mane I’d been craving my whole life. While I loved many aspects of my new hair, there were also several things that I wished I knew and had considered before getting them.

In this post, I’ll share the story of my experience with my tape-in hair extensions, from pre-installation to how my natural hair fared after I took them out. Along the way, I’ll share some tips and pointers to help out any of you who might be considering a set of your own.

Of course, if you have any experiences, tricks, or stories about hair extensions to share, please leave a comment at the end to add to this discussion!

This is my friend Kat--talk about some major hair envy!
This is my friend Kat — talk about some major hair envy!

Taking the Plunge

I had pretty long hair prior to getting extensions, so my primary goal was to increase the body and volume. My hairdresser recommended that I use only half of a package of extensions, which would not only be less expensive, but easier to care for.

My friend pictured above used a full set, which as you can see looks absolutely amazing. I’m not as skilled in the beauty department as my friend is, though, and I figured half the amount would be as good starting place. Plus, I could always add more if I wanted to later.

Here’s what I learned while my hairdresser installed them:

  • How they’re attached. Basically, the stylist will take a three or four inch hair extension track and attach a special kind of double-sided tape to them. They will then sandwich 10-15 individual hairs between the two extension tracks, adhered together with the double-sided tape. Because the extension is actually glued to another extension, it allows this sort of hair installation last much, much longer than when extensions are just glued to your scalp with that tar-like weft glue you may have seen before at the beauty supply stores. Typical weft glue usually only lasts 2-3 weeks, but the tape-in method lasts around 2 months.
  • Styling. Don’t worry, you can still pull your hair into ponytails and such. The only thing that’s a little difficult is parting your hair down the back for pigtail braids, or something along those lines. Your hair dresser will attach the hair extension tracks on the sides of your head VERY close to your scalp though, so it might be uncomfortable for a day or two.
  • Potential hair loss issues. According to my hairdresser, the only hairs in jeopardy are the strands sandwiched between the extensions. My stylist also said we lose an average of 100 individual strands of hair a day, so comparatively, even the worst-case scenario damage wouldn’t be too big of a deal.
  • Upkeep. My hairdresser told me I would need to brush my extensions twice a day, and always be sure to sleep in a ponytail or a loose braid to keep the extensions from matting. Seemed like a piece of cake to me.
  • Price. My hairdresser charged me for the true price of the extensions, plus $50 to install them. We got a few extra tracks of hair, as well as two different colors since my natural hair was a bit ombre-d. All together, it cost around $200 to get started, and would cost $50 every other month to have them removed and re-installed. Since I had just received a tax return, I could afford the large first-time fee, and planned to set aside $25 dollars every month for to build a budget for maintenance.

After she finished installing my extensions, this is what I looked like:

Hair extensions

Not too shabby, huh?

The Care and Keeping of Tape-In Hair Extensions

As with almost everything you do in life for the first time, the theory of keeping my hair extensions looking great was a little bit more difficult than I imagined. Of course, there were a ton of fringe benefits as well.

Here are a few things that I learned over the next month:

They can get pretty warm.

Suddenly, you have twice as much hair laying on your back and neck than you’re used to. Plus, extensions are attached in thick layers on the lower part of your head. I’m not going to lie, I got pretty toasty wearing them, especially since I had them installed right as when the weather started to get hot. It’s almost feels like you’re wearing an oddly-shaped hat of sorts.

This isn’t always a bad thing though – if you get chilly very easily, the extra hair can almost function as an portable warming device for your shoulders and head!

They were so fun to style.

Having a head full of thick, healthy hair was incredibly exciting when it came to playing with fun hairdos. My hair looked great in its naturally straight state, but looked fantastic curled into loose waves. Fishtail braids looked fancy and dramatic. I could build a bigger top knot than anyone else I encountered. My previous limp, lifeless hair that looked awful air-dried suddenly looked earthy and cool without a blow out. Even lazy high ponytails suddenly looked fashion-forward and chic!

Flexibility.

Nice tape-in extensions are made from human hair, so don’t be afraid to use your straightener or curling iron on them. You can even dye or highlight tape-in extensions!

Time was an issue.

Another thing about extensions that took awhile to get used to was how long it took to detangle and blow-dry my new ‘do. I used to be able to take and shower and finish blow drying in less than thirty minutes. But with my extensions, sometimes I’d go to bed with damp hair and wake up with it still feeling moist in the morning.

Long hair hairdryer
Photo: ELLE

Budget for twice as much time in your beauty routine.

Shampooing (because of the way the extensions are attached to your head, working shampoo in between layers takes quite a bit of effort), conditioning, and detangling once you’re out of the shower (a tedious process as well) all take special attention. Also, I’m used to blowdrying my hair upside down, which isn’t a great option when you have hair extensions. It took almost 45 minutes for my hair to air-dry to the point where it was safe for a blow dry.

Consider your lifestyle

I exercise almost every day. Based on the tedious hair care routine I described above, this made me extremely hesitant about working up a sweat. Although dry shampoo works excellent with hair extensions, it just wasn’t enough to get the grease and stink out of my new hair. So instead of going through the whole hair care dog and pony show, I just settled for, well, not exercising as much. Fun, but probably the less healthy and wise choice.

Be fanatic about brushing your hair.

My hair dresser told me to brush my extensions twice a day every day, but I didn’t understand what she really meant by brushing. Typically, brushing my hair meant detangling with a comb after I showered, and maybe running a paddle-brush through my head to help evenly distribute the white powdery bits of dry shampoo some mornings. If you get tape-in extensions, mentally prepare for brushing each and every layer of your hair from scalp to end. It’ll be a time consuming process, but it’s completely necessary. If you don’t, well — I’ll get to that in just a minute.

Sleep habits.

Once you’re finished thoroughly brushing, throw your hair into a loose ponytail, braids, or pigtails to keep it from getting tangled overnight. I preferred braiding my hair, so I’d wake up the next morning with some texture. Sleeping on silk pillows will help keep your hair from getting roughed-up over night as well.

Other grown-up activities.

We’re all friends here at College Fashion, so we can have a big-girl discussion and well, not giggle too much about it. If you have a special person in your life, and sometimes participate in an activity that encourages friction between your head and your pillows, you’re going to have a crazy bird’s nest of tangles on the back of your head to deal with afterwards.

I’m not saying you should stop said activities — after all, it’s a regular part of many adults’ daily lives — but I am saying that employing braids, a high ponytail, and/or a little bit of creativity to your routine might be a good idea.

Prepare to shed.

This is not an exaggeration — I had to Swiffer my bathroom every other day because of the insane amount of hair that fell out while I (poorly) brushed my hair and styled it. I’m talking a noticeable, gross accumulation of hair in my sink, on my countertops, and covering my bathroom floor every single day. I have no idea what percentage of that hair was my natural locks and what percentage was my extensions, but either way, it was pretty alarming to look at, and definitely freaked out any friends I had over.

The Final Days

Tangled hair
Photo: ELLE

After about a month, the tracks of the hair extensions placed near the crown of my head began peaking through my natural hair. I could tell that a small (yet very scary) dreadlock-esque mess was developing in the layers near the nape of my neck. This final straw came when a track that had detached and folded over itself came out while I ran my fingers through my hair — while I was at work chatting with a customer. Talk about bad timing!

Here are a few things I learned during the awkward two-week period with my extensions while I waited for an appointment with my hairdresser:

They definitely didn’t last 2 months.

For me, at least. This was for a number of reasons, though, and most of them were my own fault. First of all, my hair naturally grows pretty fast, so the extension track had grown about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch away from my scalp.

Secondly, I didn’t brush my extensions in the dedicated manner required, so I had some major matting issues going on, especially at the top of the extension track which got tangled with my new natural hair. Lastly, the bad knotting caused the hair extension track to bend and not lay flat, which made it poke through the top layers of my natural hair. If I would have taken proper care of my extensions, they probably would have lasted several weeks longer.

Removing tape-in hair extensions on your own is tough.

I felt like I used half of the bottle of remover they gave me just to get one track (which was already very grown out and coming loose) detached while trying to lose as little of my natural hair as possible. When I read the ingredients for the “glue dissolvant” though, I noticed that it was totally made up of natural essential oils. I’m not a hair professional, but I suspect that coconut, olive, or baby oil would do the job just as well, but cost a fraction of the price.

To remove, apply oil directly to the adhered track and let them soak for a few minutes and loosen. Then, using a wide-tooth comb or your fingers, slowly try to slide the two pieces either apart from each other, or down the shaft of your hair. I’ll be honest, this is not an easy process. After spending twenty minutes removing one track, I decided to leave the rest up to the professionals.

Hair loss was minimal not too bad.

Your hair will feel dramatically thinner than it did with your extensions in. That being said, I’m actually shocked at how good my natural hair looked after my extensions were removed. I’d seen what felt like a wig’s worth of hair get swept up off my bathroom floor, and due to the matting and tangling, it actually took two hairdressers working on my hair to get all of them removed. All of that considered, I still had a good amount of hair on my head, comparative to what it looked like pre-extensions.

Save your extensions.

According to my hairdresser, my extensions were still in good enough shape to re-install, which is the case for most girls who get tape-in hair extensions. Since we were not even halfway through the summer and I was getting restless from not exercising as frequently, I took my extensions home to wash, dry, and store until I’m ready to install them again.

The Aftermath

Long hair
Photo: ELLE

As a whole, I really liked tape-in hair extensions. I like that most of the expense involved is upfront, and they’re semi-affordable to maintain.

They gave me a huge confidence boost – even in my yoga pants and no make-up, I felt glamorous thanks to my thick and swoopy hair. My new hair looked amazing with hats, headbands, in ponytails, curled, and even air-dried. I got compliments all the time, and finally had the luscious hair that I’d dreamed about since I was a kid.

Although I had several issues with them, most of the problems were due to me not taking as good of care of my extensions as I should have. They’re definitely a better fit for me during the winter, when I’m not constantly outdoors rollerblading, swimming, and going on hikes. When my workouts just consist of lifting weights and walking on the treadmill in an air-conditioned space, dry shampoo every other day will work just fine. I’ll probably put my extensions back in around October.

Before you get tape-in hair extensions, I would recommend that you examine your schedule and lifestyle, and make a decision based on how much time you have. If you don’t like to spend a lot of time grooming yourself, this is not the route to take.

Hair extensions also are not a good idea if you like to exercise a lot, if you toss and turn or sweat a lot in your sleep, or if you aren’t sure if you’ll steadily have enough money to keep them maintained. But if none of these factors are a problem, prepare to have a fantastic head of gorgeous hair, sure to catch eyes and make you feel great!

Stories? Tips? Tricks? Share!

Have you had tape-in hair extensions before? What about clip in, weave in, or glue in extensions? What did you love about them? What worked for your beauty routine? What would you recommend to others? Leave a comment and add to this discussion–us CF girls have got to help each other out!

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54 Responses to “I Tried It: Tape-In Hair Extensions”

  1. 1
    August 15th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I wear clip in extensions every day, and love them. IMO, they are better than tape in for all the negatives you named – I take them out to sleep, work out and shower. I keep them dry so it’s still quick to blow dry my hair and since I also usually keep them curled, it’s quick to curl my own hair. I use a skirt hanger to clip them to when I am not wearing them, and only need to wash them maybe once a month. Also, I have used the same set since November and still in great shape! Oh; and I bought a weird color on Amazon since super cheap (human hair for under $50) and my hairdresser dyed them when doing my hair for only $10 more. So super economical!

  2. 2
    August 15th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I wear the clip on extensions and i like them a lot because whenever i want more volume i just clip more on and i can put them higher or lower on my head. They have never given me any hair loss issues and i dont wear them to sleep.

  3. 3
    August 15th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    They look absolutely gorgeous, but between my gel nail manicures that I have to budget for I don’t know if I would be able to afford them.

    Do you know if not using shampoo would affect the extensions at all? I quit shampoo a few months ago and my hair has been growing faster and healthier than ever, so I wouldn’t want to ruin that by getting extensions.

  4. 4
    August 15th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hey Lexi,

    If anything, I suspect that not shampooing would help the extensions last longer! The natural oils from your scalp I imagine would help keep the tracks from matting with your natural hair. I’ll have to try that next time I put them in!

  5. 5
    August 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I have had tape-ins on and off for about 2 years. I definitely agree they are a total confidence boost and I get so many compliments when I have them in. ultimately, I think I’ve decided to retire from them for a few reasons mentioned about – the time they take to dry. Wow, so long! I wasn’t able to wear my hair in a ponytail unless it was a low pony because you could see the tracks. exercising definitely took a back burner because of not wanting to sweat and rewash my hair.

    I didn’t have any problems with brushing out the matting after sleeping or bedroom activities but they both left my hair looking less than stellar – definitely no sleeping and wearing out.

    lastly, budget is an issue because you need to replace hair about every 5th time and the extensions only lasted me exactly 6 weeks – after that they twisted too much because of my naturally curly hair. I also haven’t found anyone to do the install cheaper than $100 and most salons charge upwards of $200 – $300 for install.

  6. 6
    August 15th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write about this in detail! I’ve always wanted long hair, but it takes so long to grow it out. I think I’m going to get hair extensions this weekend! Thanks again, this really made my day!

  7. 7
    August 15th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Such an awesome review! Thanks for taking the plunge!

  8. 8
    August 15th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    You and Kat are both stunning! I’m really lazy about my hair, so I don’t know if I’ll ever try this out, but this is super helpful in case I ever decide to do it.

    P.S. I tried not to giggle too much, but unfortunately I have the maturity of a twelve year old boy…

  9. 9
    August 15th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    All of the problems in the “Care and Keeping of…” section come along with thick hair, whether or not it is from extensions. As someone with extremely long, thick, and beachy/wavy hair, I laughed at how much I relate. I can’t lay down for ten minutes without a dreadlock forming!

  10. 10
    August 17th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    My hair is INSANELY thick and curly naturally, to the point where I can’t let it get too long without having a pyramid head, so it’s really interesting to me to see what people with the thin, straight hair I only dream about go through to try and get thick hair like mine, and the problems they have to deal with as a result. Think extensions are hot? Try two feet of frizz on the back of your neck all-day, every day. And don’t even get me started on brushing.

  11. 11
    August 17th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I just want to say thank you for this post! I’ve been considering extensions for years, but was too scared of the cost and damage to my hair. These new ones were recommended to me by my stylist and sounded fantastic, but it’s even better to see a non-professionals personal testimony about them. And I have been nervous about the exercise part, but I figured I’d have to get used to that annoyance; knowing what I’m getting into is great.

    Again, thanks for sharing all the details!

  12. 12
    August 18th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I have sew-in extensions at the moment and this is the 2nd time this yr I’ve had them… taking them out is definitely awful because I lose some hair and it feels shorter and thinner…but I LOVE having them in, I also invest pretty heavily in the hair, so while it is hard shelling out 200 dollars just for the hair (and another 200 for instalation) I can keep these in for 6+ months and do everything with them (ponytails, workout, swim etc etc etc)

  13. 13
    August 25th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I can never seem to grow out my hair and have considered extensions. But, won’t people think it’s weird that my hair suddenly grew several inches?

  14. 14
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:52 am

    You are as lovely as your friend! Your hair extensions look great. They look so real. Your friend’s curls look beautiful as well. Hair extensions are awesome but they need proper care. Yes, it is best to brush them twice a day and condition it. These are just some of the ways on how we can keep our extensions beautiful and long-lasting.

  15. 15
    September 21st, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I love your review, I tried tape in extensions too! I tried the Glam Seamless extensions and they were amazing! Lasted a long time and the hair was really nice. I too like you was hesitant with the exercise! Such a pain, but totally worth it! Once I took the hair out, I missed that full body of hair! I had mine re-installed right away because I fell in love with them. Good thing you can just add new tape and go, saved me a ton of money.

  16. 16
    September 22nd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I have tried every form of extension out there at this point except tape or a full sew in.

    I had clip in extensions first which were great but having to wash and blow dry and straighten them constantly prior to putting them in became a hassle. Plus the clips were not fun to sleep with in.

    After clip in, I tried fusion. These I absolutely loved. These were not cheap as I paid about 200 the first time I had them put in and about a week later an additional 150 cause I felt I needed more hair. I still wanted more hair after all this however 350 was enough to spend and I did not want to shell out more money. What I loved about them is they were secured so well and u could barely see where they were attached that they lasted about 4-5 months of growing out without being able to tell they were in. The downside was when I went to have them removed. My hair dresser ended up having to use acetone in my hair to dissolve the glue since oil did nothing. It was quite painful as they combed them out too.

    After these I decided to try micro loop extensions. I was able to purchase 200 online for about $100 which was cheap and the loops were already attached so I could do many of them myself and my mom helped too. Once they were in, I loved them. They gave me both the volume and length I was looking for. The problem I had with these is because I’m a white German girl, I have extremely fine hair and so even with using pliers to pinch the tiny metal rings together, they still slide out within 2 weeks.

    Lastly I have done glue in weaves. These I liked because I’m constantly changing my hair color from bright blonde to honey blonde to strawberry blonde and even brown that I could change them every 2 weeks. My hair dresser also does hair out of her house on the side and would glue them in for like $15 which was not bad. The downside is that you cannot reuse the hair. It’s one and done so every 2 weeks I was shelling out $70-$90 on new hair and if I ever had a track coming loose, I had the hair glue at home and could touch it up but over time with shampoo use and hair products and straightening and such the glue became tacky and I felt that when removing them, I was ripping out half my own hair.

    After all this, I had decided to get a sew in weave but would have to purchase braiding hair as well in order to have them last until my friend showed me her new tape in extensions. Now I am at a point where it’s either a sew in or tape. The pros are that with either way u can reuse the hair so shelling out money on hair every 2 weeks I don’t have to worry about anymore. They also both last longer. With good care, a sew in can last 2 moths and the tape can last 4-5.

    What I have just recently decided is to do tape because u run the risk of less breakage, they last 2-3 months longer with good care, and with fine hair, you don’t need to worry about purchasing of braiding hair to help with securing them. I am purchasing them online and my hair dresser will be installing them so I will update once they are in and periodically throughout.

    One minor comment is with all forms or extensions, your scalp will be very itchy just after application and for a few days after due to how close to the scalp they are. I recommend using the pick end of a teasing comb to scratch as it avoids causing matting or knotting.

    Also, there is no way to excelorate blow drying as the every extension I have come across has a tendency to hold water so I switched my routine to shower, blow dry the top of my hair first then allow the bottoms to air dry a little while getting dressed and doing makeup and then blow drying the bottoms. I noticed that air drying slightly makes a not of a difference.

    Also I found that with thick long extensions, combing takes forever. What I found works well is the wire CHI barrel brushes. The wires bend enough while brushing that they don’t catch the extension and u can run it from your scalp to ends with barely any hair loss or extension shedding. If you don’t have one or can’t purchase one, I have also found that combing by the root and then holding your hair in a ponytail with your hand and brushing the ends will avoid pulling out the extension.

  17. 17
    October 11th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    This was great to read. I am about to start doing tape extentions. Nice to see how a client thinks and what questions I need to ask them before they get extentions. Thanks!

  18. 18
    October 12th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    What length extension did you use?

  19. 19
    October 15th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Hi there ,I have very long brown hair .I also have foils with carmels go through the top potion of my hair .My stylist decided that instead of doing an all over foil we could ad tape in extensions .We picked out a color that truly compliments and matches my hair color .However ,after reading this I am so nervous to do this .I do not know what to do now :(
    I have very thick beautiful hair and trust my stylist as she is so fashion forward .But I am thinking perhaps this is a waste of money for me .I have lots of dimension and color and really ,do I need the color underneath .
    i dont know if I do as I mainly wear it down and straight all the time :( .
    I wish someone could give me a little advice .
    Scared but curious to try this .

  20. 20
    October 17th, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Donna, don’t do it. Seriously. I’m going to be blunt – I lost about 3 inches of hair when I recently did tape in extensions. The tape adheres to your hair and no matter how you remove them, that adhesive in the tape will rip out the bottom/under crown long hair. There’s not way to do it safely. It is very damaging. I’m going to perfect my u-part making wig technique or just add a one piece extension to my lengths.

  21. 21
    October 20th, 2013 at 5:30 am

    I have tried many types of hair extension: microrings, keratin bonding , clip in etc and all of them damaged my own hair.
    In my opinion the most safest way for hair extension are clips in.
    You can wear them when you want. Remove before going to bed or taking shower so there is no load to your natural hair and scalps (extension are very heavy when are wet) .

  22. 22
    October 22nd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Well my story with tape in extensions is fresh off the oven! First mistake: I installed them myself! I didn’t find any hair dresser that knew how to install them so i took matters into my own hands (i had clip in extensions before so i was like, i can handle it!) so i watched a few youtube videos and started applying them myself, the sides were pretty good but the back… not so much. Second mistake: I used 60 pieces in the beginning then got greedy and stuffed 20 more here and there (my extensions were those 2 inches pieces not tracks). Third mistake: I installed many pieces near the edge of my face so they sometimes peak out and hurt like hell when i brushed them (ripped a lot of my front hair in the process :/ ) Fourth mistake: i didn’t pass the flat iron on the sandwiched pieces at first to secure them, so many of them came out the first time i showered with them. when i realised that, i overdid it afterward, i put the iron too much on some pieces the glue melt so bad and clinged to my hair like a mofo! at that point, i thought the struggle was over, i was so happy with my new lucious hair and the compliments i was getting that I ignored all the red flags! Fifth mistake: I didn’t brush as throughly as i needed and i installed the extensions like half an inch (some pieces more) away from my scalp, it hurt like hell! and the hair above the tape got tangled and as you called them, little bird nests started forming in the back of my head, so being the stupid girl I am, i thought that once i remove my extensions they’ll be easy to sort out. I stayed extactly 9 weeks with those extensions, and since I oredered new better ones (better hair quality, ombre and better texture), i thought it was time to remove them, let my hair rest and breathe a bit before the new ones arrive. The first pieces were easy to remove, but it got harder afterward, the pieces i ironed too much were harder to remove, and after they were removed glue stuck to my hair. i worked my way through them, found some small tangles on the sides but nothing to serious. THEN, i reached the back and O M G! i nearly had a heart attack, as the pieces were coming off, i discovered clots and clots of hair all of which is my natural hair!!!! i removed all the pieces with difficulty because some of them were twisted and tangled and took a look at my hair in the mirrow and nearly 5 inches of my hair disappeared (my hair used to be a little over my chest), some were caught in the tangles and some other broke because of my careless brushing! I cried, i really did, i was so devasted and cursed my stupidity!! needless to say, it took me another 3 hours to detangle those nests of hair with lots of tape remover, conditionner and hair oil. the final ball of hair of this battle was as big as my fist, my hair is 5 inches shorter and my self-esteem is an all time low. conclusion: seek professional installation! if you still want to do it yourself BE CAREFULL! always make them as close to your scalp as possible and always brush throughly! don’t ignore it when it tangles. I’m sorry i rambled too long, but i thought i’d share to maybe stop another girl from making the same mistakes, and this also happened to me yesterday so i’m still kinda devasted. and oh, i’m going to install the new extensions in the next 2 weeks, hope it’ll be better for me this time around!

  23. 23
    October 28th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    What brand of extensions did you use?

  24. 24
    November 8th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    When you dye weft extensions, wash them out and air dry…then put them back on. My scalp is very itchy!! What can I do or what did I do wrong?

  25. 25
    November 10th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I tried the Glam Seamless Extra Virgin Tape In Extensions, by far the best out there. I tried other brands and they didn’t last as long and hair got matted. You have to get the brush and coconut oil spray for the best possible care.

  26. 26
    November 18th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Tea tree oil is great for getting them out yourself. When I had mine taken out in the salon, it was extremely painful and difficult for the hairdresser to get them out with the remover that she was using! There are also several DIY tape in extension videos on youtube that guide you through the application. I have actually tried this and I found it far less damaging because it is done using another method. Instead of sandwiching your hair strands between two pieces of tape, an extension piece sits flat across your head and bonds to your hair this way. Very easy to remove on your own and so much cheaper than getting it done in a salon. That being said you would need to purchase clip in wefts (and remove the clips) and double sided tape. Thats all! If you search ‘DIY tape in hair extensions’ on youtube you will find the tutorials.

  27. 27
    November 22nd, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Ive never tried tape extensions but I have worn clip in extensions for four-five years almost every single day but made the mistake recently of sleeping with them the time to save me time. HUGE MISTAKE. I now have suffered a huge amount of hair loss bc of the clips pulling on my hair. Mostly the hair loss is at the bottom of my head where one clip in particular clips on and another on the side of my head. Definitely scary t realize you have bald spots. Please follow instructions!

  28. 28
    November 26th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I had tape hair extensions installed 8 weeks ago, I love love loved them however in the last week I had three pieces come loose and couldn’t get into the hairdressers till next week to have them reapplied and a relift on the remaining extensions. I decided to remove them myself tonight, took me around 45 mins, I used about half a bottle of Isocol (rubbing alcohol) an had no trouble removing them myself :-)

  29. 29
    November 27th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I tried clip in extentions, they didn’t go aswell as I planned as my hair is so thin and doesn’t stay tangled enough when you tease it to hold in the clip so I had to somehow “magically” twist in the clips to tangle he hair into them so they would hold, doing this the extentions tended to pull on my hair causing those areas to start ‘aching’ and my side head clips were actually ripping out hair which I did not realise to I looked in the mirror one day and noticed that hair on the sides of my head was extremely short. So the idea of clip ins was out the door. As of about a week ago I decided for a while I wanted tape ins, they finally arrived and my partner helped me put them in.
    As the two adhesive tapes would not stick properly together I used my straightener twice in the time I had my extentions to heat them up to help properly seal them together. As of last night spending all week with them in I decides that because they were causing ‘aches’ like the clip ins, and due to the fact I’m pregnant so my scalp was getting matted, itchy, flakey, greasy and falling out by the tonne (almost literally a load) I couldn’t stand to have them in any longer. I just wanted them out so I tried peeling them apart and the actually plastic that holds the hair extentions to the glue for the hair all got stuck in my hair, so I tried to reheat them with my straightener sliding them out. As it’s really hot here and I was frustrated I didn’t bother to check how to remove them properly not did I heat them hot enough to avoid getting the bits of tape stuck in and throughout my hair. I felt so upset and frustrated with myself for not getting them properly done by with all the run around for baby stuff and a new car we hadn’t the money for me to get pampered properly. I thought (stupidly) shampoo would get it out and running a comb through with it, but nope it was just a mess a lot of clumps of hair, since I heard tea tree oil gets out sticky stuff I tried a bottle of nit solution we had sitting at home as most of the ingredients in it is tee tree oil, this helped loosen the sticky a bit but I have woken today with clumps of glue still in the bottom section of my hair. As I’ve read all this I hope that some of the things in here I try will help remove all the excess bulk of glue in my hair.
    Moron of all this,… Do not do tape in extentions from home of you don’t take them time to put them in securely and remove them professionally LOL.
    My worst mistake ever.
    Looks are worth it, but care for them is definitely too much time and a slight bit of a waste if you don’t know how to care for them.

  30. 30
    November 30th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    You look so lovely with your hair transformation.I’m also loving hair extensions nowadays because I got excited and happy with the result it brings. We have nothing to envy now with those girls who always change their hairstyle because we can also achieve it through hair extensions.

  31. 31
    December 5th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Very informational! I googled to find out what tape in extensions are and happy to read this! :)
    I am surprised they are much cheaper than other types (here in Canada). Thanks so much!

  32. 32
    December 12th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    The hair extensions looked fab and I liked your article. To keep them lasting longer, wash as less as possible, deep condition and also try a dry shampoo in between a few washed. You can still work out, just wrap your hair. Thanks for the post!

  33. 33
    December 16th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I would suggest a partial sew in for anyone who has hair with length or a full head sew in if you have short hair sew ins have little maintenance and last four to six weeks they can last longer but I do not suggest it I’ve been wearing them for about 2 years they look very natural I have little breakage and damage to my hair I noticed in the report shedding was a complaint I’ve purchase a thousands of dollars worth of hair in my time of wearing extensions the only way to prevent the hair from shedding is to find the right seller or brand I’m I’m currently wearing a human brazilian hair 5a with little to no shedding I’m very happy with it I hope I helped a few of you.

  34. 34
    December 30th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hey ladies..I know price seems to be an issue for a lot of you.But its always better to d.I.y….you can go to Sally’s or any beauty store and buy the hair you want in the length you want.Buy the clips yourself from sally’s and the needle and thread and make your own extensions..clip ons made easy at home.The plus benefit is you can mix and match them.Also you can have sew in extensions put in partially.which requires 5-8 braids with the hair is sewn to.There are thousand and thousand of tutorials on youtube instructing you how to make your own extensions,how to do a partial sew-in,and how to do a full sew-in,and how to add hair to wigs,front lace wigs..etc.I currently spend less than 200 every 3 months doing my hair and both of my daughters.Besides with different hair for different budgets the choices are endless,and all the hair is reuseable…

  35. 35
    December 31st, 2013 at 2:27 am

    It iis about choosing the right career opportunity.
    With a couple of sessions with them, you’ll be able to tell.
    Tens of thousands of people in India also provide lost their jobs in last 12 months.

  36. 36
    December 31st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I tired the tape in extensions last April. My total cost for everything was……….drum roll please…… $315.00. I had 22′s put in and alot of them. My goal was to add length and highlights because i had finally grew my hair to its natural color, which is what most people say ” the most beautiful red hair they have ever seen.” So i went in and had them put in…. they looked awesome for about 2 weeks. Then all hell broke out. They started matting up in the back and it got worse until i couldnt even get a brush thru them….and the worst part about it is i was going on my first REAL vacation to Vegas…. the trip was awesome minus my outta control hair. :(

    I have decided to try them again, only this time i am going to do things diff. I am going to buy the hair that i think would be the best and im going to install them my self. I am not saying i could do a bettter a job then the professional that did mine…but atleast THIS time i wont be out 315 bucks ya know?

  37. 37
    January 3rd, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Chelsea I see you are at OU I am in Tulsa at TU where did you get the extensions done?
    I am seriously missing my long hair

    ~TJ~

  38. 38
    January 3rd, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Hi TJ! I got mine done by Ashley Franke at Michael Brothers Hair…she did an awesome job!

  39. 39
    January 7th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I live in south Florida . Does anyone know where to get them done ?

  40. 40
    January 8th, 2014 at 7:24 am

    You look great!! I don’t know what posesses people to try those tape in extensions though. The word tape just makes me cringe. I’m a loyal clip in user and from reading some of the comments I guess people reallllly don’t know what to do with them. Which makes me sad because I personally think they are the absolute BEST method when it comes to transforming your hair.

    If you’re spending $300 on tape-in you could spend that on two sets of fantastic clip-ins that will last you over five months if taken care of properly. Or one set of ridiculously glamorous, thick extensions.

    The only complaint I have about them is the washing/conditioning/drying process. I have to set aside four hours every five days to wash each weft, condition each weft, rinse out the conditioner, lay each individual piece on a long towel and comb with a fine tooth comb before they’re dry. I blow dry them rarely, as it shortens their life. And they only get heat once a week. Even with all that, I wouldn’t trade them for anything and I’ve been wearing mine almost daily for two years. People can’t even tell they aren’t my hair because they blend about a thousand times better than sew ins would (my hair grows too fast to keep tracks in and unnoticeable).

    Y’all have to give clip-ins a better shot and save yourself the time, money, and hair loss!!! :)

  41. 41
    January 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    What is “matting”? I’ve read a lot of comments that said something about matting

  42. 42
    January 23rd, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    What type of hair did you use?

  43. 43
    January 25th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I was just wondering what kind of extensions you used in your hair

  44. 44
    January 29th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hey ladies! I figured I would give my two cents on a few of these things.

    I have very thin/ fine hair so I totally understand the confidence boost. Not liking my hair is probably the one thing that makes me the most insecure. So a great head of hair goes a long way as an accessory. I’ve only done clip in extensions, but here is what think-

    1) If you are looking for real human hair extensions at a cheap price, try Fly Long Hair on alibaba trade. I have very curly hair so finding extensions that were curly enough was nearly impossible. I contacted a seller from Alibaba.com and they custom made what I wanted for $55! The hair is crazy thick and the curl is beautiful. I’ve never bought their straight hair, so I can’t speak for that. But that is a good place to start. (My lady’s email is Emily@flylonghair.com)

    2) Clip ins are REALLY nice if you don’t want it to be obvious you are wearing extensions. I wear one to two wefts every single day to add volume. Literally two wefts gives me three times as much hair as my natural head and the curl blends seamlessly. My plan is to slowly start using longer wefts when I’m around people I know so it’s not so obvious my hair is suddenly twice as long. But when I go out on dates with my boyfriend, I usually wear the 20 inch long clip ins and love how long they are! It’s nice because I feel great and I Never see anyone I know to make it obvious I’m wearing extensions.

    3) I recently learned about tape ins and am super anxious to try it! I found a great DIY from 52 weeks of beauty online (52weeksofbeauty.com) and she literally knows everything about extensions. She puts tape on each side of the weft and then puts it against her hair then places more hair on top. I think it’s a lot less damaging and less noticeable than the salon “sandwich way”. She also talks about how removing them on your own isn’t bad. I’m planning on trying this ASAP but was a little worried about if it does cause long term damage for people with already naturally breakable hair. Thoughts? Taking the time to put in clips all the time sucks, and it’s a drag cause you can’t get them wet or sleep in them.

  45. 45
    January 30th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Hahahahahhahaha I’m sorry, I had to laugh when you talked about the aftermath of doin’ the nasty with hair extensions! :P LOL

  46. 46
    February 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Girls, a couple of tips from a very experienced DIY tape extensions lover.

    -Firstly, your tape extensions really should not be matteing, this would indicate the hair is not REMY quality (all follicle ends lined up in the same direction) and you should contact the supplier/your hairdresser

    - forget the removal products that are based on oils. the fact is they are just not strong enough and will result in your hair being severely damaged because the removal process will be so much harder. plain old methylated spirits works best, soak the tape sandwich in it and give it a minute and it should come out easy. yes, alcohol on your hair is not so wonderful but just make sure you wash your hair afterwards.

    - not all tape extensions will require heat to set them, if you are not instructed to by the hair brand, DONT put an iron to them, you may damage the glue. Letting the extensions sit for two days without washing/conditioning and if possible not wetting at all works really well to set them.

    - don’t condition your hair at the roots, it will loosen the extensions – instead use a gentle shampoo (sodium Laurel Sulfate free) and your hair wont need conditioning at the roots because it wont be so stripped of its natural oils.
    ^ while we’re on the subject, Sodium Laurel Sulfate is proven to contribute to hair loss and you should just rid it from your haircare routine anyway. check the ingredients on your hair products

    - deep condition the extensions in coconut oil (just from the grocery store) twice a week

    -try not to shampoo them too much, they arent getting natural oil everyday and you will strip them and theyll look awful
    - buy a spare roll of hair taper to fix up any easy to reach extensions so you dont have to go back to the hairdressor for minor problems.

    tape extensions arent hard, you can train up your best friend to install them from youtube tutoirials so they can do them for you and save yourself hundreds.

    Have a good hair day!

  47. 47
    February 13th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I love my extensions, but they are not full sections, they are about 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches, I can workout, wash, dry about 15 minutes more, they cost more than yours but they lasted me over a year, I had to have them moved up every three months or so, but I can braid my hair, pony tails, pigs tails everything. I can’t be without them. I have had them for three years, and I love them. I find the ones I have really easy care, I have wavy to curly hair, I can scrunch them and the conform to my natural hair. I just love them.

  48. 48
    February 14th, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Yours look so natural! My hair has always been long so I’ve never needed them but good to know there are good brands out there!

  49. 49
    February 16th, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I recently tried taped extensions. Just removed them tonight! Ouch! But ok. First, most definite confidence boost and made me realize I definitely want my hair long again. Second I don’t think I was given the best advice before they were put in. I ordered 18 inch extensions. My hair was just shoulder length. They were way below my natural hair. And my hair is thick we had to order more so I was stuck with strange hair. They were placed at different angles and they felt like they were fighting each other. I also could not raise my ponytail above my neck because they were so low and there was no hair left to cover the outer edge without them poking thru. It was so miserable. So I ended up removing some in areas to help make them comfortable and so they wouldn’t show and so they didn’t battle each other and poke my scalp. I noted also they didn’t blend at all with my short hair no matter how they ANGLED the extensions. So I waited for the next to arrive. I was told getting more would fix that.

    So after the second ones were added, my hair was so heavy and the extensions were on top of each other and just ridiculously close to the top of my head and when I ran my hand on the top of my head you could feel them sticking out.
    I wanted them to work so badly and they were the perfect color and blend. I kept them in a ponytail because I had short wavy shoulder length hair with strait long hair hanging down below it. When I would lift my hair I had strait short hair hanging out under the long. No blend at all. And the stylist just could not blend it at all. I had to remove about 4-5 to make the top better and I tried to work with and enjoy it but it looked so strange I couldn’t leave it down.

    Moral of the story. I love the real look and feel of the actual hair. Beautiful color. But if you have short hair, having long 18 inch extensions will not work unless you maybe can possibly get a long layered haircut to blend it. Maybe it can be done but this salon couldn’t do it or just didn’t know how or understand the concept of layering and I believe maybe shorter ones to blend in with my hair would have helped. But you cannot get ones 10 inches longer than your hair. And putting too many is ridiculously uncomfortable. I will just have to wait until my hair gets longer, but I need a break. I really miss the feel of long hair. I believe these are for added length not getting a whole new set of hair. Again. I do love them and I believe my experience was just because of improper length, too many of the extensions in my head, and inability of them to style. And my hair having wave didn’t dictate using strait extensions. Very expensive lesson because they charged me $800. DOUBLE OUCH!!

  50. 50
    February 18th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I am curious how the tape-ins look when your hair is wet? I wakeboard a lot in the summer – can you see the bond and is it apparent when your hair is wet? I would not want to be walking around the lake with that showing obviously with cute boys around! Thanks for this article – very, very helpful!

  51. 51
    March 4th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I’ve had various types of extensions for going on 3 years . I started with tracks, micro-beaded to my head. Then I went to “individuals” which are like the tracks but one strand each, again micro-beaded to my head. Then I found tape about 18 months ago. I have VERY dry hair, so the tape works great for me, I can go about 3-4 days between washing, so the tape bond lasts longer. I use Moroccan oil to keep the hair itself soft and healthy. The brand I’ve found that is the most durable and longest lasting is by Babe. I can reuse the same hair for 6-8 months, cost is about $165 for the hair. Luckily I have a great stylist who works from home and only charges me $25 to put them in or reset. I’ll never go without them, I’m an addict!!!

  52. 52
    March 10th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I have clip-on extensions .. they are easier to style & give the same voluminous look :) plus u can remove them for a shower or when u sleep .. matting wasn’t an issue

  53. 53
    April 4th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Hi. Im in Australia and recently paid $450 to get human hair extensions for volume. I lasted a month then took them out myself as some came loose and matted up. My hair is so fine that I am having them professionally put back in tomorrow (after they are tape replaced and clean) costing me $150.
    Wondering if the price is too high. I thought I got a bargain as I have been quoted from $800 up to $3500! for other extensions.

  54. 54
    April 6th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, how much can you feel the extensions while running fingers through your hair?

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