Can I Use Heat Styling Tools When Wearing Tape-In Hair Extensions?

After getting your tape-in hair extensions installed, you will need to make a few changes to your hair-care routine. Luckily, you can still use certain heating tools such as hairdryers while you have your extensions in, it's just going to take a delicate touch.

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Here are some tips:

  1. Don't attempt to fully dry your hair with your hairdryer. Go for semi-dry, about 75%, while separating your hair with your fingers. Feel your hair as you go to make sure you don't overdry it.
  2. Any products you use in your hair should be heat-protecting. This will help you to get the longest life out of your extensions. That said: Don't apply the product directly to the tape.
  3. Keep operating temperatures for all heat tools under two hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Your tape-in extensions should generally be able to handle anything up to that, but beyond two hundred you're definitely going to wind up ruining your extension tape.
  4. Avoid too much tension when styling your hair with a hairdryer. If you have a post-shower tradition of brushing and drying, you may want to swap the brush out for a wide-tooth wooden paddle or a board brush, and go very gently. None of that yanking-and-pulling.
  5. DO NOT apply heating tools directly to the tape. Even on low, blasting your tape with a hairdryer or straightening iron is the quickest way to ruin it.

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Having tape-in hair extensions doesn't mean that you're stuck with just one look or that you have to completely give up some of your favorite hair-care rituals. Rather, you just need to apply a little more TLC to the process than you otherwise might. Extension tape can handle a little heat, as long as you're careful.

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