Tape In Hair Extensions, A Revolution or A Fad? The Pros and Cons

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Tape In Hair Extensions

Tape in hair extensions


Tape in hair extensions first hit the UK around 7 years ago but quickly died a death due to the low-quality adhesive commonly used to attach the hair extension to the natural hair. Fast forward to today and they have made a comeback that would put Take That to shame.


They are fast becoming popular and are favoured by Hairdressers as a full head can be applied in as little as 45 minutes. This makes them much more profitable than most methods and compared to other methods such as hot fusion and weaves, they are a little kinder to the hair if applied correctly.

The tapes sit flatter than larger rings, so they can be used to disguise and blend short hair quickly and efficiently.

Medical grade adhesive is now applied to the tape in hair extensions strip so it holds steadfast to the natural hair so clients experience less slippage. Hooray! So what’s the catch?


Tape In Hair Extensions Maintenance


For this method, hair extensions maintenance is advised 5 weekly to prevent the tapes from folding, matting and dropping unevenly and causing traction on the natural hair. Traction means a strain on the scalp and can lead to traction alopecia (bald patches, thinning spots and redness). Ouch.

The way most salons choose to remove this adhesive in a timely manner is to use an acetone based solvent. The remover can cause damage to the natural hair and maintaining tape in hair extensions takes longer as the hair must be thoroughly washed and blow dried before the tape can be reconditioned and re-applied. Then you have the extra job of reconditioning the tape in hair extensions themselves… a long and messy process.

The average tape weighs 2 grams and whilst they look fantastic if incorrectly applied they can cause untold damage to the natural hair. An experienced hair extensions technician will tell you that they can become sticky quite easily and tying them up often can cause the hair to matt to a greater degree than micro ring hair extensions. Finally, tape in hair extensions can’t be re-used for years like Russian I tipped micro rings can. If you are spending 4-500 on a set of tape in hair extensions then you can expect to have to replace them on average between 2 and 5 times a year.

They are intended as a non-permanent hair extensions method and require breaks in between fittings. Great for weddings, nights out and holidays but potentially damaging in the long term.

If you are looking for a long-term solution then we recommend micro ring hair extensions or miniature micro ring hair extensions as a great alternative to tape in hair extensions.

If you require any of our professional hair extensions services…
Please contact our dedicated customer services team on 07538 970628.

Tape in hair extensions

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