How to Prepare Your Hair for Tape-in Hair Extensions


Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to finally take the leap and try out that new style you’ve been wanting. 

Tape-in hair extensions can break you out of that style funk and let you try out longer styles, but how do you get ready for your first set? 

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Clean Your Hair

Tape-in hair extensions will hold their best on clean hair. Wash out any styling product and dry your hair before attempting to apply tape-in hair extensions. Make sure you use a detoxifying shampoo. Other shampoos will leave a residue that can cause extensions to lose their grip. 

Cleaning your hair is a must, but what about conditioner?

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Condition— If You Need To

If you have delicate blond hair, you’ll want to apply a small amount of conditioner. Make sure to apply this only to the tips of your hair and rinse it out thoroughly. Not only will this keep your hair hydrated and strong for the extensions, but it also does wonders to eliminate any static frizz that would make adding extensions difficult. 

Cleaned, conditioned hair is a must.

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Avoid Hair Products

Regardless of whether you're applying your own tape-in hair extensions or going to the salon, the most important thing to remember is to avoid styling products. Applying gel, mousse, hair spray or oils can hinder your tape's ability to stick. So if you want the application process to be smooth and for your tape-in hair extensions to last longer, be sure to avoid applying hair products beforehand. 

A quick tip from the pros: once you're tape-in hair extensions are applied, take good care of your extensions and avoid applying hair products directly to the tape area to ensure it does not lose adhesion.

Tape-in hair extensions can dramatically change your style without all the permanence that is involved in chopping it all off. Follow these steps and your first, or next, extension appointment will be a breeze. 


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