Tape-in hair extensions offer a convenient way to temporarily enhance your hair's length, volume, or highlights. These non-permanent extensions can be easily installed without special heating tools, making them an excellent choice for DIY applications. To install them, you'll need to section your hair and attach the extensions one by one. However, be cautious while wearing them, as they can get tangled easily. To prevent tangling, brush your hair more frequently and spend extra time detangling during showers.

1. Dividing Hair

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a. Hair stylists advise against applying tape-in extensions on greasy hair. Thoroughly wash your hair and avoid using any products before application. Follow your regular hair washing routine before installing the extensions.

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b. To apply tape-in extensions, create a horizontal part about an inch from the nape of your neck using a comb or finger. Work near this part line to apply the extensions, which will be concealed by your upper hair. Avoid installing the extensions too close to your hairline, and always leave enough hair in the front to hide the tape-in extensions.

c. After creating the part line, use hair clips or a hair tie to securely separate the hair above it. Ensure all hair is completely secured to prevent interference during the extension application process.

d. To apply tape-in extensions, take a small section of hair from below the part line and sandwich it between the top and bottom extensions. Use a thin strand of hair, roughly 1/8 inch (0.32 cm) thick, so the adhesive tape on both extensions can stick together. Select a thin strand of hair from below the part line that's about the same length as one extension, ensuring it's thin enough for your fingers to feel one another through the hair.

e. Measure the parted section to determine how many tape-in extensions you'll need to attach along each section of hair. Use a cloth tape measurer for accurate measurements and repeat this process for each section of hair to ensure you have the right number of extensions needed for the entire head.

2. Extension Application

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a. Initiate the application process by positioning the bottom extension beneath the thin hair strand. Slightly lift the strand, remove the adhesive strip cover, and gently press the bottom extension under the lifted hair strand to secure it.

b. With the bottom extension in place, attach the top extension by removing its adhesive tape cover and placing it atop the hair strand. The top and bottom extensions should adhere together. Use pliers to press them for a few seconds, ensuring a firm attachment and preventing slippage or detachment. If the extensions don't stick, you may have used too much hair in the strand. Gently remove some hair from the bottom extension to help the adhesive tapes bond properly.

c. Proceed with the extension application by moving across your side part and repeating the steps until all extensions are added. The number of extensions needed depends on your head size, and you may require around five or more rows for the desired volume. Add extensions evenly and avoid overcrowding for a natural appearance. Once all extensions are in place, style as desired and enjoy your new voluminous hairstyle.

For side extensions, leave a 1-inch (2.5 cm) horizontal section of hair closest to the ear before applying the extensions. This ensures a natural blend and seamless look. Continuing with the application process as usual.

For those with a thin hairline, leave a 1-inch (2.5 cm) section of hair across the entire hairline before adding extensions. This provides sufficient hair density to cover the tape-ins, resulting in a more natural appearance and a fuller, more voluminous look.

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3. Proper Hair Care After Applying Tape-In Extensions

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a. To maintain healthy, tangle-free hair after applying tape-in extensions, take extra care. Hair stylists recommend braiding your hair to prevent tangles and brushing it daily. Extensions add extra weight to your scalp and hair, increasing the risk of tangling. Allocate additional time for your morning hair care routine, giving yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes to prepare and maintain your hair's appearance.

b. When washing tape-in extensions, be thorough and careful. Apply shampoo to your fingertips and go through each extension row, ensuring all debris is removed, including any trapped between the rows. Use a conditioner after washing, focusing on the mid-shaft to ends of the hair and avoiding the roots. Following these steps keeps your extensions clean and healthy, preventing damage or tangling from improper washing.

If swimming with tape-in extensions, protect your hair by showering beforehand to ensure it absorbs clean water. Apply a conditioner to your hair to protect it from harsh chemicals in pool water or saltwater, which can cause dryness or discoloration from chlorine.

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c. Regularly brush your hair when wearing tape-in extensions to prevent tangling and maintain a natural appearance. Brush your hair at least twice a day to keep it looking fresh and well-maintained. Treat your extensions with care and as if they were your own hair to ensure they stay in good condition.

To prevent tape-in extensions from tangling overnight, secure your hair before bed. Tie your hair into a ponytail or braids to minimize tangling. Additionally, sleep on silk pillows to reduce breakage, as silk's soft and smooth texture doesn't grip your hair like other materials. Following these guidelines helps maintain your extensions' appearance and prevents damage or tangling while you sleep.


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