Tapes: All you need to know
Tapes vary in size, they can be between 1 inch and 4 inches long. Just like most hair extensions, they are a great way to add volume and length to your natural hair without damaging it.
Firstly What is Tape Weft Hair Extensions?
They are applied by "sandwiching" a layer of your natural hair between the tapes, which has hair attached. No tools are required for this method nor chemical treatments, so this method is damage free. They are becoming very popular as they last between 6-8 weeks, and the application takes less than an hour.
Can I have Tape Wefts?
Anyone can use tape wefts. They are amazingly strong and can handle a lot of day-to-day styling without weakening over time as they are more secure in the hair working as a cluster.
Just like all hair extensions, they do require sulphate-free shampoo, using anything else will damage your hair extensions. And make sure to avoid the root area with products and heat, as these can weaken the bonds and cause your tapes to slide out.
Duration of Tape Wefts?
As mentioned they can last up between 6-8- although if you are looking after them (just like the other hair extension methods), they can last a few weeks longer. Bearing in mind they grow alongside the hair so the quicker your natural hair grows, the sooner you'll need to have your extensions replaced.
Will Tapes Cause Hair Loss?
As with all hair, brushing and styling with extreme heat can cause hair loss. However, this is especially true for those with finer hair, as the hair extensions can cause hair breakage. This isn't the same as hair loss, but it's worth noting with finer, dry or damaged hair there is an increased likelihood of your own hair snapping, so make sure your hair is in a good condition but prepping the hair with treatments before having extensions fitted.
The great thing about tape wefts is that they are much lighter when compared to other methods.
Creating a fuller, thicker head of hair at a reasonable price and only taking a short time to apply tapes, makes this one of the most appealing methods and is probably the best thing about tape wefts. Just make sure if you do have very fine or damaged hair you may need fewer tapes, or might be better choosing another option, such as the mesh integrated system. But your fully trained hair extension technician should be able to let you know if your hair is too fine or damaged to handle tapes.
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