If you are planning on DIY hair extensions then it is important that you have the right kind of tape for it.
Hair extensions are sometimes tricky operations, and you will see a number of reviews stating that the tape was not sticky enough, or came loose after a few days but here’s the thing..
The dirtier and oilier the hair the tougher it is going to be to get an adhesive substance to stick to it.
Rather than just buy the tape, you are probably better off buying ready made hair extensions that have the tape already attached. Even easier are those hair extensions that clip in.
Make sure you read the reviews and the questions of any hair extensions that you do buy online as you don’t want to make a mistake.
Hair extensions were huge in the 80’s as a way for people to nail down that iconic “big hair look”.
This trend faded in the 90’s, but it’s making a comeback in the digital age, and now there are more varieties than ever to choose from.
Even better is that there are now options available that aren’t so long-term, which is a great temporary choice and a good way to save money.
One of the most popular methods of hair extensions today are tape extensions, which are literally just that – they attach temporarily with heavy-duty tape and can also be easily removed afterwards.
One of the biggest and most successful types of tape-in extensions is Remy hair, a method of creating products from real human hair, including wigs for cancer, weaves and recently extensions, which attach by the use of medical-grade tape.
You can also get false nylon extensions made from realistic-looking thin fibers.
Medical-grade tape is a great choice for cosmetic use because it’s very sanitary, strong and simple to remove from skin and hair without leaving much of a sticky residue in its place.
These extensions can be ordered online or bought in-store.
Best Type of Tape for Hair Extensions
Medical-grade tape can also be used by men as a toupee adhesive, and it’s relatively inexpensive, too. This tape is sold everywhere from hospital surplus stores to hair salons, and it often comes in small rolls in various colors and textures.
From tape tinted to match your skin complexion to tape that comes with its own metal carrying case, shopping online is a simple way to find the right product that works best for you.
When buying hair extension tape, look for pre-cut strips. These strips are at the right size to be easily concealed among your real hair, giving a more natural look.
Donna Bella Hair Extensions & Other Companies
Donna Bella Hair has its own patented tape designed for hair extensions. Double-sided, clear and reusable, this tape comes in packages on its own directly from the company, but the company also sells extension kits with different colors and patterns of hair extensions, tape included.
The tape lasts a very long time, and Donna Bella also offers its own oil-based tape bond remover specifically designed for use around hair.
Similar brands offering the same type of products include Babe, Easihair Pro, Cinderella, Balmain Hair Extensions, Hair Dreams, Hotheads, Klix and Great Lengths, all of which sell their own extensions with durable medical-grade tape.
There are many other companies throughout the US and Canada offering tape created specifically for hair-styling and salon use, including Sally Beauty’s Satin Strands hair tape (Sally Beauty is an Atlantic Canadian company) and websites online like hairtape.com and hairdirect.com, which offer access to a large variety of hair adhesive products of differing brands suited to meet the needs of every customer.
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Safety Tips and How To Remove Hair Tape
There are a few important safety tips to keep in mind when buying extension tape.
- Always read the packaging or website product descriptions before purchasing if you have any allergies or skin sensitivity. Some tapes include traces of latex. Never buy used or second-hand tape, or any tape that looks like its package may have been tampered with.
- Old tapes that have sat around a long time will not be as effective as they originally were, as the glue adhesive does eventually begin to break down.
- Tampered packaging also poses a risk of germs and mites and other unwanted issues. Stay away from masking tape and duct tape, both of which are ineffective for holding in extensions. It’s important when using hair tape not to roughly pull on your extensions, because this can cause ripping, breakage or split ends to the real hair underneath, resulting in bald patches and frizzy strands.
- Dish soap can also be used to remove residue from glue, but may not be as effective. These products are on the pricier side, but they can be ordered online from Donna Bella’s website, which promises that its tape-in extensions don’t fall out until you’re ready to remove them.
The good news is that medical-grade tape is really sturdy and strong, so your extensions can handle things like wind, weather and light brushing without falling out or slipping down.
Many people swear by them as the best type of extension available. The right tape makes all the difference.