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The Do's and Don'ts of Tape-In Hair Extensions

The Do's and Don'ts of Tape-In Hair Extensions

Posted by Santana Fell on 2023 Sep 12th

Human hair extensions are becoming an increasingly popular choice for instantly adding length, volume, and versatility to your hair without the commitment or damage that comes with colouring or regularly styling your tresses.

Hair extensions come in various lengths, colours, grades, and types like Clip-in hair extensions, Machine Wefts, G-Wefts, Nail Tip hair extensions, I-Tip hair extensions, etc. Tape-in extensions have gained significant popularity among the various types of hair extensions due to their ease of application and reusable nature. Tape-in extensions can be applied in just a few minutes and last for up to six to eight weeks, making them a popular choice for busy women who want to change their look on a whim.

The best human hair extensions help you achieve a more voluminous, healthy look, adding bounce, length and movement that perfectly complement your natural hair by making it appear lively and full. They amp up your regular hairstyles to make them look stunning for everyday or special occasions, giving women an added boost of confidence and style to their crowning glory.

Whether you have a terrible haircut or want to add length or colour to your strands, tape-in hair extensions are the solution.

Why should you use Tape-in hair extensions?

Tape-in hair extensions are comfortable to wear and cause no damage to your natural hair. They are also easy to apply and remove, making them an excellent option for those looking for a temporary solution. They are easy to care for and can be worn for weeks. They can be styled just like your natural hair, and you can even apply them at home with the help of a friend. They are ideal for people with thin hair who want a fuller, thicker look.

To ensure your tape-in human hair extensions look and feel their best, it's essential to follow some guidelines of do's and don'ts to help you maintain a stunning and seamless look.

The Do's of Tape-In Human Hair Extensions:

Choose Quality Tape-in Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions Quality

Invest in the best high-quality, 100% human hair extensions like ours at Superhairpieces for a natural hair look and feel. Quality extensions will look more natural and last longer, which turns out to be more cost-efficient in the long run.

Use More Packs Of Tape-In Hair Extensions For Thicker Hair

Depending on the volume and style you want to achieve, most times, just one pack of tape-in hair extensions is not enough. For fuller, thicker coverage, you must use at least 2-3 packs of Tape-in human hair extensions for a seamless application.

Proper Installation

tape-in extensions installation

Have your tape-in extensions installed by a professional who uses the correct technique. Properly installed extensions are less likely to damage your natural hair. You could alternatively do it by yourself with the help of a friend, but remember not to attach it too close to your roots, or else they will be visible, which will completely defeat the purpose of using tape-in hair extensions. Be careful about improper placement, as it can lead to damage, discomfort, or an unnatural look.

Regular Maintenance

Maintenance includes regular re-taping or adjusting extensions as your natural hair grows. This should typically be done every 6-8 weeks to adjust the attachment section of the hair extension so as to align it with your natural hair for it to remain concealed beneath your natural hair.

Gentle Washing

When washing your hair, use sulphate-free and extension-friendly shampoos and conditioners. Be gentle while washing, and avoid scrubbing the tape area vigorously. Never skip a leave-in conditioner. It is essential to maintain the smooth finish of your hair for a more extended period.

Blow-Dry Carefully


Preferably air dry your hair or at least air dry most of it, then follow up with a blow dryer if needed. This prevents heat damage and ensures your tape-in extension adhesive has time to “rebond” with your hair before you start styling it.

If using a blow dryer, set it to a low heat setting and keep it at a safe distance from the tape bonds. Excessive heat can weaken the adhesive.

Use Heat Protectant

Before styling with hot tools, apply a heat protectant to your hair and extensions to shield them from heat damage.


Gently brush your tape-in hair extensions 3-4 times daily with a nylon bristle brush, starting from the bottom, to prevent tangling. Also, for the same reason, remember to brush your hair extensions before shampooing them.

Sleeping Habits

Braid your hair or use a silk or satin pillowcase to minimize friction and tangling during sleep. This helps prolong the life of your extensions. This works as a protective measure that stops your hair from getting frizzy and helps prevent split ends. It also prevents unnecessary stress on your natural hair from the extensions moving as you sleep.

The Don'ts of Tape-In Human Hair Extensions

Avoid Oily Products Near the Tape

Avoid using oil-based products such as heavy serums and hair masks near the tape bonds as they can weaken the adhesive, causing the extensions to slip.

Avoid Over-Brushing

Brush your hair daily, but avoid excessive brushing, especially near the tape area, to prevent tugging and weakening of the bonds.

Don't Skip Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential to avoid matting, tangling, and damage to your natural hair.

No Tight Hairstyles


Avoid tight hairstyles like high ponytails and tight buns to prevent stress on the tape adhesive bonds and potential damage to your natural hair.

Limit Heat Styling

Heat Styling

Excessive use of heat styling tools can damage both your natural hair and the extensions. Opt for heat-free styling methods when possible. Avoid using a flat iron directly on the tape tabs, which can weaken the tape bonds, melt the tape, damage your hair, and lessen the wear time of your extensions.

Don’t colour your hair extensions.

If you want to colour your hair extensions, have it done by a professional to avoid damaging the extensions and your natural hair.

Never sleep with wet extensions.

Do not sleep with wet extensions, which can damage your hair and the extension bond. Let your hair dry completely before going to bed.

Don’t try hair extensions for the first time before a special occasion.

Don’t try

Try hair extensions well before a special occasion to avoid allergies and embarrassment.

Don’t wash your hair every day.

Washing your hair extensions daily can wear down the adhesive quicker, shortening their lifespan. Use dry shampoo instead.

Don’t wash your hair or sweat excessively for at least 24-48 hours after getting tape-in hair extensions.

The adhesive tape must fully cure to provide a strong, long-lasting hold.

Don't pick and play with your Tape-in extensions.

Avoid picking and playing with your tape-in extensions to prevent build-up around the grown areas that could potentially lead to the tape separating sooner or slipping.

By following the do's and don'ts outlined above, you can ensure your tape-in human hair extensions stay beautiful and healthy throughout their lifespan.

Read: Everything You Need to Know About Clip-In Hair Extensions

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