Tape-in hair extensions are great if you want to temporarily elongate your hair or add some fake highlights because they are not permanent and are relatively simple. They don’t require special heating tools, so they can be used at home without the help of a hairstylist.
Sectioning Your Hair
Wash your hair. Hair extensions will take longer if you have them on clean hair. Wash and dry your hair as you normally would before getting hair extensions.
Make a parting on your scalp. Make a horizontal parting with your fingers or a comb about an inch from the nape of your neck. You will apply hair extensions near the parting line. This way, your top layer of hair can hide the clip.
Separate the hair on top. You can use a hair tie or clips to secure all the hair above the parting line. Just be sure to secure it completely. You don’t want any hair to fall out and get in the way while you’re securing the extensions.
Remove a small portion of hair from the non-clipped part. The purpose of this is to clip a thin strand of hair under your parting line between the top and bottom extensions. The clamped hair should be very thin, about 1/8 inch (0.32 cm). This is to allow the tape on the both extensions to stick together through the hair. Grab a very thin strand of hair from below the parting line, about the length of one hair extension. Make sure the hair is thin enough that your fingers can feel each other through the hair.
Measure the part. Before the extensions, measure the section of hair you parted with a cloth tape measurer. This way, you can determine how many pieces of hair extensions you need to add along that section of hair. Do this for each section.
Applying Your Extensions
Attach the bottom part of the hair extension under the thin section of hair. Pick up a strand of your hair and lift it up a little. Remove the adhesive strip covering the bottom extension. Press the bottom extensions under the thin strand of hair you lifted.
Secure the top extensions. Remove the top hair extension. After removing the tape covering that extension, press it onto your hair. The top and bottom extensions should stick together. Then use pliers to press them together for a few seconds to hold them in place.
- If the extensions are not sticking, you have used too much hair. Gently brush some hair off the bottom extensions.
Repeat this process. Move to your side and repeat the process until you have added all of your extensions. The exact number of extensions you want to add depends on the size of your head. You may use about 5 rows of extensions, or more, depending on how full you want your hair to be.
- If you plan to add extensions to the sides of your head, leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) of hair horizontally, closest to your ears, and proceed to attach the extensions.
- If you have a thin hairline, leave about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of hair across the hairline before the extensions, just to make sure your hair is dense enough to cover the band without being noticeable.
Caring for Your Hair Afterwards
Take extra time for hair care. Hair extensions are prone to tangles, and extra hair means you’ll have to spend more time in the shower. Make sure you take into account having more hair in the morning. Give yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes a day to get ready.
Brush your hair regularly. Hair extensions are prone to tangling. To keep your hair fresh and natural, brush your hair at least twice a day when you have hair extensions.
- Remember that hair care may take extra time when it comes to hair extensions.
- Synthetic hair extensions are more prone to tangling than human hair extensions.
Secure your hair overnight. Since hair is more prone to tangles, you should secure your hair overnight with extensions. Pull your hair into a loose ponytail or braid it before you go to bed. Sleeping on a silk pillow will also help.