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Wearing Tape-in Extensions

Lauren Salapatek | July 27, 2015 | 8:18 AM

Even though I have applied tape-in extensions on my clients in the past, I have never had the chance to wear them myself. A few months ago I was able to try them out and I LOVE them! I believe that trying products out on yourself is the best way to learn about them. This gives you first-hand experience that you can use to advise your clients.

There are some real pluses to tape-ins: there is no straining or unneeded damage to the hair (tape-ins are installed close the scalp and on top of the individual's real hair). Based on the application, they are perfect for fine-haired clients because it evenly disperses the weight of strip. Why do I love tape-ins? I love them because I have extra fine hair. The strips lay totally smooth against my head and are so lightweight I don’t even notice I have them on.

Application is so easy—there is no need for hot tools or glue, and the application process is much shorter than a regular installation. Instead of taking a couple hours for a full head, it only takes about an hour. This quick installation is money for you since it helps the turnaround time in your chair.

Tape-in extensions have strong adhesive strips on one side of the weft (about an inch thick). When applying them to the hair, you must take a thin section of the client’s natural hair and sandwich it between two of these adhesive strip—make sure to leave a small gap at the root to give the strip movability. This is important so there is no stress on the hair.

In my professional experience, if tape-ins are applied accurately, maintained properly and removed at the suggested time, they do not cause any damage or hair loss. I truly suggest giving them a try especially on those clients with finer hair.

 

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