How long do tape extensions last?
Still one of the most favoured methods of professionally fitted hair extensions, this blog explores the the pros and cons of tape hair extensions, answers the common question "how long to tape hair extensions last?" along with many of the other commonly asked questions regarding tape extension care, costs and concerns.
Tape extensions are a professional method of hair extensions and as such, we recommend the use of a qualified hair extensionist.
How do I find tape hair extensions near me?
You can find a list of stockists and salons in your area on our Salon Finder to find extensionists and salons near you.
What are the Pros and cons of tape in extensions?
Pros of Tape Hair Extensions
- Can be applied to fine hair
- Are discreet if your have thinning hair
- Can be applied very quickly
- Are comfortable to wear
- Relatively inexpensive and can be used over and over
Cons of Tape Hair Extensions
- Can bulge or slip if not applied correctly
- You must use the correct products to avoid any damage to the tape adhesive
- Whilst perfectly suitable for most beach holidays, adhesive can weaken in very hot temperatures or when exposed to regular moisture (not the best option for a holiday in the tropics or for professional swimmers).
How to put in tape in hair extensions?
When applying tape extensions, your extensionist will firstly ensure your hair is clean, free of any product build up and thoroughly dry.
Tape hair extensions placement
Starting at the nape of your neck, they will section your hair and apply the tape extensions horizontally. They will weave out a thin section of natural hair the same size as the tape section.
How to tape hair extensions
The tape segment is applied underneath the natural hair and a pintail comb smooths down the natural hair onto the tape tab. They will then line up the second tape segment with the one underneath and apply pressure to stick the two 'sandwiches' of tape tabs together.
How long does tape extensions last?
The lifespan of tape hair extensions can vary between suppliers. Hair Rehab London professional hair extension hair lasts for up to 12 months with the correct care and maintenence. As your own hair grows, you will need to have the tapes removed and reapplied.
How to remove tape hair extensions
We are often asked how to get tape hair extensions out. Removal of tape extensions is super easy with Hair Rehab London's deliciously smelling Taped Extensions Remover by soaking the tape area, leaving for a few moments then gently sliding the tapes out.
Once the tapes have been removed, the tape tab area will be cleaned and fresh tape adhesive tabs applied.
Super fine hair? Tape hair extensions for thin hair
It is worth adding that a variation to this application method, particularly suitable for people with fine or thin hair is to place a tape hair extension on the top and place a single sided tape extension tab on the bottom. This there is just the weight of one tape extension on the section of hair rather than two.
Do tape extensions damage hair?
Caring for your Tape Hair Extensions
Can you shower with tape in extensions?
You can shower with tape hair extensions and wash your tape hair extensions in the same way you would your own natural hair, with a few exceptions:
- Tape-in hair extensions are waterproof however, avoid over washing as it will loosen your bonds and cause the quality of your hair quality to deteriorate more quickly (make dry shampoo your best friend)
- Use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner suitable for hair extensions and avoid rubbing the area where the tape tabs are when washing
- Ensure you thoroughly dry your hair (avoiding too much direct heat in the tape tab area when drying)
- Use a heat protection spray specifically designed for hair extensions when styling your tape extensions
- Tie hair in a plait to sleep in
Can you wear a ponytail with tape in extensions?
When applied correctly tape hair extensions are very discreet and you can wear your hair in many hairstyles including up in a ponytail and back in a plait without the tops of the tape-ins being on show. One trick favoured by many extensionists to make hair extensions invisible is to slightly angle tape hair extensions around the face to enable you to tie your hair up with tape extensions.
How much do tape in extensions usually cost?
The cost of tape in extensions usually varies depending on the quality of hair, the lifespan of the hair and the amount of hair you need to blend with your own hair and for your desired look. As a general rule, our extensionists will use between 4-6 packs (100grams - 150grams of hair) on an average fitting. As a general rule expect to pay around £50 per pack for 14" lengths, around £67 per pack for 18" lengths and around £90 per pack for 22" lengths.
The cost of the hair extensions increases depending on the length. If you imagine, 22" hair extensions can take a donor between 4-6 years to grow and is more scarce than lengths up to 18", which is why the longer the extensions, the greater the cost.
You may also find the price increases if you opt for balayage shades (often mixed by hand) or rooted and ultra light shades (that require additional manufacturing processes).
Are tape extensions worth it?
Hair Rehab London Tape Hair Extensions are virgin remy hair so last up to 12 months with the correct care and maintenance, making them a good investment as the only other cost you will face is maintenance refitting appointments every 8-12 weeks.
How Much Do Tape In Extensions Cost In The UK?
The cost of fitting tape hair extensions really does vary across the UK, depending on the experience and skills of the extensionist and the popularity and geographical location of the salon. Often, professional will also factor in a consultation appointment and the cost of the hair into the overall appointment price. The key is to shop around, ask for recommendations, look at reviews and ask to see photos of their previous work. You can find a list of Hair Rehab London stockists and salons in your area on our Salon Finder.