Every few months I will have a client come into my salon and start asking me about Tape In hair extensions and how they read about them being “better for your hair”. I beg to differ, and here is why:
This client had been going to her salon for years before she got these tape in extensions put in. She trusted that the person doing them knew what they were talking about and would do a good job. Unfortunately the stylist did not take multiple things into consideration before applying these tape in extensions to her hair.
- Does the texture and weight of the extensions match the client’s own hair?
- Is the client’s own hair strong enough to hold this type of extension?
- Is the client’s hair thick enough to hide the application points of each tape in weft?
Had the stylist taken the time to review these three questions they would have known that this client was not a candidate for tape in wefts. The client was left with bald horizontal lines where each of the wefts had been attached. These lines looked as if someone had taken a razor and shaved lines into her head. The scalp was completely bald in these areas and there were very few hairs on the edges of where the extensions had been applied. I was able to successfully remove the remaining tape in extensions that the other salon had applied to this client’s hair, and then nurse her hair back to health by applying only one row of strand extensions to fill in the gaps left by the wefts. This took a few months for her hair to fill in but she was lucky enough to not have permanent bald spots from the tape in extensions considering how much of her hair was pulled out by wearing that type to begin with.
Put simply: you can not apply a greater weight or thickness of extensions if your hair is not equally as dense or thick. You can and more than likely WILL get severe breakage from the tape in extensions. Think of it like taping a 2×4 to the end of a toothpick to extend the length. Which one do you think is going to snap?
The truth is you can get damage from ANY type of hair extensions if the stylist applying them doesn’t apply them properly or if you fail to care for them properly at home. The situation will only turn out worse if you start with the wrong product to begin with.
What is the key to a perfect set of extensions that won’t trash your hair?
Do your research.
Go to a hair extension specialist, not a regular stylist who does them on occasion.
Maintain your extensions properly at home.