I have been there – I have tried ALLLL the different kinds of hair extensions: beaded rows, clip-ins, tape-ins, and by far, tape-in extensions are my absolute favorite. Let me fill you in on my obsessions with extensions-
First, there was clip-ins…
I was born with really fine hair – its thin, flat, and stick straight. My hair has been all the colors of the rainbow – from blonde, to black to brown, to deep purpler-red (which I absolutely LOVED) buts its never been thick! So, about 10 years ago, every once and a while, I could clip in extensions that I purchased from Sally Beauty. I actually loved them, but they are heavy!
Onto beaded I-tip extensions…
Since I wanted something more permanent, but didn’t want to shell out the $$$ for beaded extensions from a salon, so I ordered the tools online including the hair – and had my friend watch a youtube video to install approx. 65 beaded I-tip extensions into my hair. It was great for a few weeks – but the hair itself was awful quality and it would turn into a rat’s nest! It was also down to my butt which was just strange for me. Anyways, I quickly got rid of these ones and just embraced my fine and thin hair.
Trying clip-ins again…
Jen, the owner of Sin Pretty Beauty, reached out to me via Instagram and asked me if I would be interested in collating together for a shoot, and rocking her extensions. I absolutely loved Jen the moment we started chatting – she ran her own business and was a BOSS at doing it. I ordered custom clip-ins from her – and they were thick, luxe, and curled so easily. The wefts themselves were the best quality clip-ins I have ever found! Plus, super affordable. I could pop them in before an event or before work, and then decide if I want to wear two or all of them. I loved how easy they were! After about a year I wanted something more permanent…
It wasn’t hard for Jen to talk me into tape-ins – they were semi permanent, not much maintenance, and gave me the freedom to have long hair all the time! The best part is that they are virtually seamless so absolutely no one can tell they are in! The installation process was super easy – around two hours, and when she was done, I absolutely loved the result! The only downfall is that you cannot wear your hair on top of your head, or you will see the tape in wefts. They are also DAMAGE FREE which is huge for me.
FAQs on Tape-ins
Do they hurt? Lol definitely NOT! They don’t hurt being put in, or being taken out at all!
How long do they last? Tape in hair actually can last up to 6 months before you need new packs, if you take care of them (i.e., using a good shampoo, conditioner, leave in treatment, less heat. etc.) You need to get them moved up every 8 weeks which in my opinion, isn’t bad at all! A cut is included in the process!
Do they damage your real hair? They do NOT damage your real hair. Unlike messy glue or beads, they don’t pull or anything. Medical grade adhesive tape is what is applied. A strand of hair is placed between to taped wefts and squeezed into place. To remove (for when you need them moved up) alcohol is sprayed onto your wefts and they slide right out! New tape is applied and then that’t it!
Are there any limitations? Yes! you can’t wear your hair in a high bun, high pony, or half up and half down because you may see the wefts. I tend to just wear my hair in a low pony or down, so its not problem for me.
How do you care for them? Since they aren’t real hair attached to your head, they dry out quickly since they do not get oils from your scelp. I would significantly cut down on the amount of time per week you wash your hair! I now only wash my hair twice a week to keep my extensions looking good. I use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, and a leave in treatment for split ends (yep, extensions get split ends!!) I also limit the amount of heat I put on my hair – so I may only curl it once a week and sleep in a braid for waves. Another SUPER important tip – DO NOT BRUSH YOUR HAIR WHILE WET! It can easily rip the extensions out – I always dry my hair without brushing it (its not tangly at all, I promise) and then style it as usual.
How much does it cost? I know you hate this answer, but it depends! The hair itself is around $120/pack, and the installation can vary; its much cheaper than beaded rows or hand tied, but still several hundreds of dollars!
If you are local, I would 100% recommend going to Jen at Sin Pretty Beauty – she’s amazing and I trust her whole heartedly with my hair!! She also has makeup services and bridal services as well!