On my life long quest for long hair, different styles and crazy colors I’ve tried an array of different extension methods. I have recently tried crotchet braids and I also detailed to you my journey with clip in extensions. So I felt it my duty to share with you my thoughts on tape in extensions. I had tape in extensions about a year ago, and a friend recently asked me what my thoughts were and I felt like this would be important to share with everyone in case you’re considering this method.
Tape in extensions are extensions that are applied with a heat tool, and utilize an adhesive glue to attach the hair to your own natural hair. Essentially there are two pieces or hair that match and each one has adhesive on one side of it. You take a piece of your natural hair and then press each extension piece (on the adhesive side) together and then press together with a flat iron to activate the glue. Now let me tell you this, and do what you will with this information. I paid an arm, a leg, another arm, and a foot to have my tape extensions put in. Now yes the hair (if it’s real) is always going to cost a little bit, so that is to be expected. But when I realized how freaking easy it is to put these extensions in, and that it only took about a half hour. If you are someone with a knack for DIY-ing, this is certainly a method of install that may be extremely doable on your own! After clip in extensions, I would say that tape in’s are the easiest to apply yourself, or to have someone at home do for you. Anyone with a flat iron and half a brain could install this hair. Watch a few YouTube video’s and give it a whirl! The only problem I forsee anyone running into would be being unable to see sections of the back of your own head, but that’s nothing the help of a friend or a strategically positioned mirror can’t fix.
I know many people are anxious about putting glue in their hair and a lot of people think it’s bad for your natural locks. However from my own personal experience I can say the only way your hair will get damaged is if you rip them out of your scalp as I did. So I gave you fair warning, don’t rip these out of your head if you don’t want some serious bald spots honey. You can buy actual glue remover at the beauty supply store that will easily release your hair extensions from your head, or you can use acetone, which is what I used after I realized I didn’t want to look like I got my hair ripped out in a fight leaving the club. If you use the proper tools to remove your hair you are golden and your natural hair really shows no damage. Tape extensions are also very light and are not bulky like other types of hair extensions, and easily go up into a high ponytail without being detectable.
There are a few pro’s and con’s when it comes to this particular method of hair application. The pro’s being that they are easily appliable, fairly easy to remove, extremely undetectable, and are some of the most blendable and stylable forms of extensions. As far as con’s go, I would say the longevity of these particular extensions is short compared to alternatives. Once your tape in’s begin growing out they become easily seen and difficult to put in up do. They’re however reusable, so you can easily re tape them once they begin to grow out.
If you are looking for something somewhat temporary that you can do yourself and reuse at your leisure, that is more secure than clip in suggestions I highly recommend these. Tape in extensions are also a great way to add extra color, or highlights to your hair without having to bleach or dye your own, as well as add volume to specific areas of your hair with minimal effort. All of your own hair is left out, and tape in’s should blend seamlessly with it.
There are endless amounts of methods to wear and or install hair extensions, finding the correct method for yourself depends on what you are looking for. If these extensions sound right for you, give them a shot, if for some reason you are unhappy with your results like I said they are easily removable. Tape in extensions are moderately priced depending on the length and volume you are looking for, and of course the cost of installation depends on the average rate of salons in your area. If you’re on a budget this is definitely and install method that can be done at home, by yourself or by a friend whether you are hair saavy or not. A few YouTube videos and you’ll be good to go!
A friend of mine recommended tape in’s off of Amazon and that is where I have continued to purchase them from.