5 Tips for Caring for Your Tape-In Hair Extensions
How to Best Care for Your Tape-In Hair Extensions
When you want to enjoy fuller, longer, easier-to-style hair, tape-in hair extensions are a great long-term solution. Their unique bond allows them to lie flat against your head, making them barely noticeable against you natural hair. The bond and the hair, itself, makes these extensions look, feel, and function just like your natural hair.
If you want to make sure your extensions last as long as possible, you’ll need to follow specific care guidelines when wearing them. Whether you want to advise your clients or you need some advice for your own hair, we’ve put together a list of the most important care tips for your tape-in hair extensions.
For the most part, you can treat your extensions like normal hair. So these tips are not only to preserve your extensions, but to benefit your natural hair as well.
Note: These tips are specifically for tape-in hair extensions made from 100% Remy human hair. If you have synthetic hair extensions, you may need to follow a different regimen.
1. Using the Right Products on Your Hair
When wearing hair extensions, you’re going to have to rely on some love and maintenance to keep them shiny and smooth. Leave-in conditioner, styling sprays, and the like are all great hair care products to have at your disposal. When you’re buying products, make sure they are alcohol free to avoid unnecessary damage.
2. Brushing Your Tape-In Hair Extensions
You brush your natural hair every day to avoid tangles, distribute the natural oils from your scalp, and manage frizz. These same benefits apply to your hair extensions as well. Be patient and gentle as you’re working your way through the hair—always starting from the bottom.
3. Washing Your Hair and Extensions
It’s important to take special care when washing your hair extensions. First, look for shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate free and, preferably, specially-formulated for hair extensions. When actually washing, be sure to apply at the root and gently rub down to the rest of your hair. You don’t need to reach the ends with shampoo.
4. Using Hot Styling Tools
Just like overuse of hot styling tools can severely damage your natural hair, it can severely damage your hair extensions. That doesn’t mean you can’t use them. If you are blow drying your hair, curling it, or straightening it, make sure to use a heat protectant on your hair beforehand. Also, you don’t need to use your tools on the highest setting. The lower the setting, the less damaging for your hair.
5. Sleeping with Your Hair Extensions
Your hair extensions have the potential to tangle while you’re sleeping. To avoid this, try to sleep with your hair in a low ponytail or braid. Also, be sure never to go to bed with wet hair extensions. This can lead to more tangling and more frizz. Not to mention, wet hair can also lead to mold on your pillow and some other nasty issues.