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Tape Extensions: Everything you need to know

Tape Extensions: Everything you need to know

Choosing the right type of hair extensions can sometimes feel overwhelming since there are so many options available and sometimes it’s easiest to just jump on what’s trending. However, taking the time to consider your hair type, lifestyle, and the look you want to achieve will help on picking the best type of hair extensions. 

hair rehab london scalloped tape tops

Tape in Hair Extensions: also known as “Tape Hair”, “Tape Hair Extensions” and “Tape Extensions” are all a form of hair extension bonded with adhesive, which is laid on a strip of
tape and wherein two pieces are sandwiched in between a thin slice of natural hair. As you can see in the picture to the left, Hair Rehab London offers Tape extensions with a scalloped tape area to ensure tapes can be contoured to your head, so they look seamless and gorgeous!



hair Rehab London tape extensions

How many packs of hair do I need?

We advise that you talk to a hair extensions specialist before choosing your extensions - they’ll be able to tell you how much hair you need to achieve the results you’re looking for., taking into account your own natural hair type. Take a look at our ‘Salon Finder’ to find the nearest salon to you that stock Hair Rehab London extensions. We’d typically recommend 100 - 150 grams of hair for a full head, but depending on how thick your hair is and how much volume you want, you may need more.


Maya Jama wears Hair Rehab London Tapes in shade Show Stopper

Are Tape in Extensions suitable for all hair types?

There are so many different types of hair extensions out there that it can be difficult to figure out which is best for you. Tape in hair extensions work well for all hair types but do have their limitations. They are ideal for thin hair as they lie flat, giving you a seamless, natural appearance. Maja Jama uses Hair Rehab Tapes in shade Show Stopper when she want a little extra volume.  But if you have naturally oily hair, the oils from your scalp may cause the tapes to slip. They are also not recommended for people that swim regularly.  Talk to an expert before you decide what to go for, they’ll be able to advise you properly and you’ll get the best results.


Perrie Edwards wears Hair Rehab London Tape extensions in shade Rooted Coachella

How long does your hair have to be for Tape in Extensions?

Ideally, the longer your hair, the better your tape extensions will blend in. Really, you’ll get best results if your hair is at least 4 to 5 inches long, so your extensions can be fitters and blended in with your natural hair. Perrie Edwards Likes the versatility of Hair Rehab London extensions and will use them for photoshoots and on tour. Tape installation is quite technical and if your extensions are fitted poorly, you may find the pieces slip or that they don’t blend with your natural hair, leaving you with visible tape tops or an uneven finish. Fitting tape extensions into short hair is even trickier, which is why we always recommend you visit a qualified extensions expert for a perfect result.


Chloe Sims wears hair Rehab London tapes in shade Supermodel Style

How long do Tape in Hair Extensions last?

The lifespan of your hair extensions always depends on how well you take care of them. Our Tape Extensions have a life span of 9-12 months, although we do have customers who with a great maintenance routine have extensions much older than this.  Chloe Sims has got tape care down to a fine art now and can make her extensions last for months and months, even with the regular styling her hair undergoes.  You should expect to have your Tapes refitted every 6 to 8 weeks in line with your natural growth.  Here, the extensions will remove them with our delicious smelling removal spray, will clean and re-tape your extensions and will then refit them for you. 


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 ALWAYS use sulphate free shampoo and conditioner! Another super important tip- do not brush your hair while wet! It can easily rip the extensions out. We sell a range of extension friendly brushes on our website, perfect to gently brush your extensions.  Take a look at our previous blog talking all things caring for your hair extensions! When it comes to tape ins, there are many things you need to do differently. Take hair oil for example, it’s amazing for natural hair; reviving and hydrating it from within, but for tape ins hair oil can spell disaster! That’s because it can be incredibly greasy and contains enzymes which loosen the tapes and cause them to slip. That’s just one of the examples- so talk to your qualified hair extensions expert and do lots of research before taking the plunge, and you’ll find your tape in extensions last for longer making them a much better investment.

salon award winners and stockists of hair Rehab London  In The Pink Hair salon

How many times can you reuse Tape in Extensions

One of the best things about tape hair extensions is that you can reuse them and save yourself some money. But of course, you’ll only be able to do this if you’ve taken really good care of them. If you have used the hair well and your extensions are in good condition, all you need to do is visit your extensions expert to have them removed and reapplied. Hair Rehab London Academy Graduates and Salon Awards 'Best Salon for Hair Extensions' winners for 2020, In the Pink Hair Salon based in Hertfordshire are just one of the many Hair Rehab London Stockists across the UK and overseas.   Visit our Salon Finder’ to find a salon near to you.

The benefits of Tape in Extensions:

  • Quick installation: it depends on how many extensions you want, but tape ins can be as fast as 45 minutes to an hour, you’ll be in and out of the salon in no time.
  • Damaged-hair friendly: it’s a lot more difficult for stylists to cause damage to a client’s hair with tape in extensions. They are ideal for clients recovering from the aftermath of severe colour breakage.
  • Lower cost: it’s an easier style and the application so quick so the cost is less. As long as you take good care of your hair, they are reusable thus, saving you money.
  • Natural appearance: tape ins are very flat, which results in a more natural look overall when installed. The base of the hair weft for tape ins are very thin as opposed to other styles of extensions that you may sew or glue, which are much thicker.

Hair Rehab London offers a range of hair extensions including temporary clip-in hair extensions and more permanent Tape, Weft, Stick Tip and Hot Fusion extensions. We offer 5 lengths; 14”, 18”, 20”, 22” and 24” and a wealth of thickness to suit most hair types. In addition, we stock the very popular ‘Instant’ hair range featuring a number of affordable and easy to apply hair pieces including ponytails, top knots and wigs.



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