Tape-in hair extensions are a great alternative to the more traditional weft style of extensions that have been around for many years. You'll need to have your tape-in hair extensions fitted for you by a good hairdresser for best results, but you can save yourself money by buying them online or from wholesale outlets. So what can you expect from tape-in hair extensions? Read on for the low-down.
How tape-in hair extensions are fitted
Hair extensions come in small tracks of around 3cm to 5cm wide. Your hair stylist places a special double-sided tape on each track and then sandwiches a dozen or so of your individual natural hairs between two extension tracks, sticking the tape together. This means that two extensions are glued together and allows tape-in extensions to last longer than wefts that are glued directly to your scalp.
You'll need to have the extensions refitted after a month or so, depending on how quickly your hair grows, but you can keep the old extensions and re-use them.
Washing and styling
Tape-in hair extensions are made from real human hair. As such, you need to wash and condition them just the same as you would your natural hair. You can use curling tongs, straighteners and hair dryers without fear of damaging your extensions, and you can still wear your hair in a ponytail or piled up.
You should brush your extensions twice a day to stop them from becoming tangled, and you will need to put your hair into a loose plait or ponytail when you go to bed to stop the hair from matting.
The pros and cons of tape-in hair extensions
Tape-in hair extensions are a great way of having natural-looking, long hair instantly. They are easy to care for, long-lasting and work out much more cost-effective than wefts in the long run. Ask your hairdresser for more advice on tape-in hair extensions and whether they would be a good fit for you.
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