Congrats on your new hair extensions! Adding more hair can take some time to get used to.  In this post I am going to go into depth on how to maintain tape hair extensions so they always look amazing, and last you as long as possible. 

 

I highly encourage that you invest fully in your hair and purchase each tool I will mention. Depending on your hair, some of these product recommendations may change, but these are my “go-to” recommendations for how to maintain tape extensions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRODUCT MUST HAVES

#1 Framar Wet Brush



Framar Wet Brushes are an extension wearer’s best friend. Unlike any other brush, their bristles are much more flexible and are designed to not pull as hard on your hair which prevents breakage.

When using your Framar wet brush, don’t be afraid to brush thoroughly. I’m talking right over the panels of your extensions, because the bristles are so flexible there’s no way they can tear your hair out.

 

Brushing Your Hair Extensions : Tips and Tricks:

  • Start by brushing your ends first and working your way to the top. This will ensure that no breakage occurs, and you are not rough detangling your hair.
  • When using your wet brush, don’t be afraid to brush thoroughly. I’m talking right over the panels of your extensions, because the bristles are so flexible there’s no way they can pull your hair extensions out.
  • One of the most common mistakes we see is someone not brushing enough, and we have to detangle 6-8 weeks of not brushing at your maintenance appointments. Trust me: don’t be afraid to brush!

#2. Arrojo Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner

Let’s talk shampoo and conditioner. At Bigger Better Hair we have a luxury product line called Arrojo. Any of their shampoo and conditioners are extension friendly, and they are hands down the best shampoo and conditioner for extensions.



The entire line is free of sulfates, parabens, and harsh chemicals. They also contain skincare grade ingredients and are clinically proven to improve your hair quality.


Washing Your Hair Extensions : Tips & Tricks

  • Your tape extensions should not slip out, as they are held together with medical grade tape. If they start to slip, there’s a reason. One of the biggest causes of slippage is oil or conditioner has touched the tape. To prevent this, don’t wait too long in between shampoos, as this creates build up of your natural oils which in turns causes slipping.
  • Also, make sure you don’t condition your hair near the wefts, or apply any sort of shine, conditioning, or smoothing product near your roots. You should only be applying your conditioner and leave in from mid lengths to your ends. In other words, no higher than where you can put your hair in a pony.
  • When shampooing, don’t be afraid to get in there and scrub between your extensions. Personally, I will take a dime size amount of shampoo, emulsify it in my hands, and shampoo in between each panel. If you don’t do this, you risk oil building up which can cause your extensions to slip.
  • Last but not least, make sure you are thoroughly rinsing all your shampoo/conditioner out. Think of when you are rinsing a dish in the sink, you rinse until the water runs clear. Same thing with your extensions. Rinse completely to avoid product build up, as it can make your hair feel waxy if you do not.

#3. Leave in Conditioner & Treatment Oil

It is very important to apply a leave in conditioner on damp hair after shampooing your hair. This will protect your hair and keep it moisturized between washes. There are a variety of leave in conditioners for each hair type.

 

My personal favorite leave in cocktail for frizzy hair, is the Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray paired with the Arrojo Shine Lux Oil. They both offer thermal protection and frizz-free hair for up to 72 hours.

Applying a generous amount of oil to the ends of your hair to keep the extensions soft, moisturized, frizz free. As a bonus, this also offers thermal protection up to 450 degrees.

Styling Products : Tips and Tricks:

  • Make sure you only apply leave in conditioner ponytail down. As mentioned above, if you put it any higher, it will cause slippage.
  •  For the best results I recommend applying oil and a leave in on damp hair ponytail down
  • After styling you can also apply a pea size of oil to your ends to make it shiny and keep it frizz free. Or you can use a dry oil spray which makes sure you never over do it.
  • In between shampoos, you can apply a few drops of oil to your ends to keep it fresh and break down any product build up.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Questions:

How should I wear my hair when sleeping?

I recommend brushing it out and securing it in a low pony or loose side braid. This will prevent it from tangling and will keep it contained.

 

How often should I be shampooing my hair?

This varies from person to person. Someone with very oily hair will need to wash more often than someone who does not get oily as fast. A good way to tell if it’s time to wash is when your hair starts to lack volume and is starting to get oily. You should at least be washing it at least 1-2 times a week.

 

Can I put my hair up with extensions?

Yes indeed. You may have to do some detailing with a brush to hide the tapes. For this I recommend using the Spornette Little Wonder Brush. Its bristles work great for smoothing the hair.

Can I workout with my extensions?

Yes, just make sure you secure it back in a low pony or braid. If you workout everyday, instead of shampooing every day, try rinsing thoroughly and applying conditioner to the ends every other shampoo.

 

Are tape extensions human hair?

100%. This means you can pretty much do anything with them that you can with your regular hair.

 

How much are Tape In Extensions?

The best way to gauge the cost, is to come in for a complimentary consultation so that a stylist can recommend which of our services will work best for you. For a general idea of our services, our price menu lists all of our services and pricing.

 

How long does the hair last?

Each new set lasts anywhere from 6 months to a year depending on how well you take care of your hair.

 

How often do I need to get them moved up?

Any salon extension needs maintenance every 6-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows, your stylist will recommend coming in at 6 weeks the first time and from there you can decide if 6 weeks works, or if you could go 7 or 8.

 

What if one of my tapes slips out?

In the case that this happens, feel free to reach out to the salon and ask for a quick fix. You can pretty much get in same day and it takes less than 15 minutes.

That’s It!

Now that you know exactly how to take care of your extensions, have fun with them! If you have any other questions or think I missed something, feel free to let me know. And if you’re in the DFW area, and want beautiful hair, come see me at Bigger Better Hair! I would love to make your hair dreams come true!

 


 

This before and after picture is of a client who just had her first hair replacement installed in Dallas. We went with a integrated hair topper piece from the Onrite Gemtress collection. Hair toppers are something I do for clients who have fine or thin hair and/or a visible scalp. It adds hair to the entire top of the head as you can see. Check out my Hair Replacement Guide For information on all of my hair replacement salon services in Dallas.

 

How does it work?

 

The Onrite Gemtress collection has an incredible amount of options when it comes to hair replacement and/or wigs. They vary in size, density, length, and shape so there are options for every circumstance. We fitted this client with a Ruby integrated hair topper.  After having our consultation, I matched her color and ordered the volumizer. It takes about 2 hours to install and cut the top volumizer to blend into her hair and create the style. These toppers are installed without the use of braiding, sewing, or any kind of glue/adhesive. After the initial install, she will visit the salon every 4-6 weeks to have it moved up, and re-installed. On a day to day basis, she washes and styles it as if it were her own hair.

 

Why not a Wig?

 

Because she has a fair amount of natural hair of her own, she was mainly looking to add volume to the top so she has more bounce, and can have more flexibility in her haircut style. The benefit of a top volumizer is that her hair is pulled through the netted design so your scalp can “breathe.” With a wig, it sits on top of your hair, this is quite the opposite.

 

Hair Replacement Services in Dallas

 

If you are curious about the options that would best help you with hair replacement in Dallas, feel free to contact me for a free consultation. I will show you all the options I offer, explain how they work and the maintenance routine. Consultations are always educational, and you can decide whether or not to move forward with any of the options I offer.

A great hair loss solution for someone experiencing fine or thin hair on the top of your head, Onrite Gemtress brand offers several hair loss solutions in Dallas.  Onrite Gemtress has several solutions for affordable hair replacement that I offer as a Dallas hair replacement specialist.  Beyond integrated systems, they also offer human hair wigs.

 

How it works

 

Much like the microline, and Evolve Volumizer, these are integrated systems for top of the head volume.  Each system has a netted design that allows your own natural hair to integrate with the additional hair from the volumizers.  The end result is a seamless and blended hair style.  Onrite Gemtress works with great quality human hair that are able to be styled just like your own for an incredibly natural look.

 

Onrite Gemtress volumizers are applied using no heat, glue, or adhesives.  Micro-link cylinders are used to secure your natural hair to the volumizer.  Once applied, the volumizer is maintained in the salon every 4-6 weeks to make sure it remains safe and secure.   There is no harsh solution or heat needed to remove the links during maintenance, making the Onrite Gemtress a safe solution to your fine or thinning hair in Dallas.

 

Beyond their integrated volumizers, Onrite Gemtress offers a full line of customizeable wigs for someone who is experiencing hair loss beyond what a volumizer can help solve.

 

Cost

 

Onrite Gemtress Volumizer: $750

1st Application: $500

Maintenance/Reapplication: $125

 

See this video for more information on the Onrite Gemtress hair replacement options:

 

For someone experiencing fine or thinning hair in Dallas, the Evolve Volumizer is an incredible integrated hair replacement solution.  Using your own hair, the Evolve volumizer is attached in the salon and adds a significant amount of hair on the top of your head to create a very natural and believable look that hair extensions can’t offer.

 

How it works

Much like the microline, and Onrite Gemtress volumizers, this is an integrated system for top of the head volume.  This system has a netted design that allows your own natural hair to integrate with the additional hair which gives you a seamless and blended hair style.  Since it is 100% human hair, you are able to style your hair exactly as you do with your own.

 

The volumizer is applied using no heat, glue, or adhesives.  Micro-link cylinders are used to secure your natural hair to the volumizer.  Once applied, the volumizer is maintained in the salon every 4-6 weeks to make sure it remains safe and secure.   There is no harsh solution or heat needed to remove the links during maintenance, making the Evolve a safe solution to your fine or thinning hair in Dallas.

 

The Evolve volumizer comes in three different densities so as to offer solutions for everyone – moderate to extreme hair loss.  It also comes in three textures, straight, wavy, or curly.  These options allow me to truly match your own hair density, and any wave pattern your natural hair may have.

 

Cost

Volumizer: $750

1st Application: $500

Maintenance/Reapplication: $125

 

See this video for more information on the evolve volumizer in Dallas: