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Written by Christopher Box
Published on March 14, 2014
If you haven’t heard of tape in hair extensions, you might just be missing out on a fantastic hair extension system. They happen to be one of my personal faves. I have a few key things you need to know so you will love tape extensions as much as I do.
1. Don’t be cheap! Use a reputable brand. Basically, you get what you pay for!
I know that this should be a no-brainer, however, it isn’t! If you are going to attach it to your head and plan to make public appearances (going to work, happy hour, your wedding) don’t be a cheapo. You’re worth it.
The truth is that no one is going to tell you to your face that you look silly. You want your hair to move and look like your natural hair. It is never a compliment when someone says they like your weave. No one should be able to tell you are wearing tape hair extensions.
2. Wait 48 hours before you shampoo your hair after an application. When you get tape hair extensions, you are going to have to wait at least 48 hours before you can wet or shampoo your hair.
Why? Because they will probably fall out. The tape needs a minimum of 48 hours to completely attach itself to your hair. For the first week be extra careful when you wash it.
3. Never put conditioner on the roots of your hair. This could make your tape hair extensions slip out. You don’t need conditioner on your roots anyway. This also includes anything that has oil like spray shines.
4. Press the tape extension panels together on the daily. This is the best way to make sure your tape extensions last for the entire eight week application period. When you are in the car jamming to Beyonce, you can also be pressing the panels together in sync with the beat.
5. Buy the recommended hair care. For the love of Katie Perry, please purchase the right hair care products for your extensions! No, Pantene is not good enough. No Herbal Essences will not either. Guess what, Aveda sucks on hair extensions too.
As a stylist and salon owner, I see many women leave without products. I see the same women back in two weeks later with “defective hair extensions”. The right products make all the difference in how long your tape extensions will last.
Hair extensions, in general, need different things than your natural hair does. Trust the stylist that you just gave all that $$. They know what they are doing.
6. Become a dirty girl. Dry shampoo is your new best friend. Don’t shampoo your hair every day. What many women don’t know is that extensions absorb a lot the oil your scalp produces. Use a boars hair brush several times a day to help pull this oil through your hair and your hair extensions. Think of this as nature's hair conditioner.
When your scalp starts to look a little oily use a dry shampoo to help absorb and refresh your scalp. You can go 2-4 days without having to shampoo. This will help make your tape hair extensions last a lot longer. I promise.
7. Tape hair extensions don’t just magically “fall” out or jump ship like the folks did when the Titanic went down. If you have used a reputable salon and tape hair extension system, your hair should not be falling out. My advice is to be honest with your stylist if you are having this issue. I can almost guarantee you are missing a crucial care step somewhere.
8. Be careful with your ponytails. Make sure your hair extension expert has placed the panels in a way that best suits the way you like to style your hair. You should not be able to see the tape extension panels when you pull your hair back into a ponytail.
Keep in mind that having extensions is different than having your own long hair. You might have to compromise and do a low ponytail and give your I Dream of Genie pony a break.
9. Remember to have a sense of humor. After all, it’s just hair. (that you bought and paid someone to tape to your head) If it isn’t right or if you are having trouble book a follow up with your hairdresser.
Any hair extension expert worth their salt will go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need to rock out your beautiful new hair extensions.
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