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!
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 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.
Let’s talk shampoo and conditioner. At Bigger Better Hair we have a luxury product line called Alterna. 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.
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 Alterna Caviar Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter paired with the Anti-Frizz nourishing 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.
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.
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!