Tape-in hair extensions have been overwhelming. More and more customers come to us and inquire about the product. The main question is, "Can black people get tape-in hair extensions?". The answer is, of course, yes.
If you don't know what tape in extension is, it is a small batch of hair pre-taped with medical-grade glue. It's an excellent way to add volume and extend the length of your hair.
I've been wearing the tape-ins for around three months. I'll share my experience and how we put the tape in hair extensions at home. Hopefully, it helps :)
1. Clean Your Scalp And Hair
Use a clarifying shampoo to wash your hair and condition your hair with the clarifying conditioner. Don't put the conditioner or any oils close to the scalp. Your tape-ins won't last long that way.
If you'd like your hair to blend better, you can get your hair silky pressed and trimmed. I don't have my hair pressed because I'm not too fond of heat. It's not a must unless you're doing straight hair.
2. Prepare The Tools - Mirrors, Brush, And Velcro Pieces
The best way to apply them on your own you'll need three mirrors that you don't have to hold - one mirror in the front and two mirrors back, one mirror on each side of you so that you can see both sides of your head.
The velcro pieces are beneficial when installing them by yourself. You don't want to clip the tape-ins onto any hairpieces because they will snag your hair.
3. Section Off Pieces Of Your Hair
Design your hairstyle in advance if you'd like a middle part, side part, or ponytail. Pull out pieces of hair and make sure there's enough to cover.
It would be easier to place the tape-ins on top first and then lift the hair and put the sandwich on the bottom.
4. Apply The Tape-In Hair Extensions
Take off that plastic and then place a piece of tape in extension on top of the hair. Apply the tape-ins one-fourth to one-half inch away from your scalp. It will allow you to have versatility. If you place the tape-ins directly onto your scalp, it's possible to snap your hair off and break your hair.
Skim off the extra hair that the tape doesn't pick up, pull the tape-ins up, and place another underneath. Yes, you need two pieces of tape-ins for one section.
Press them together so that they stick together, and stick your hair in between. You can also flat iron the two pieces of tape-ins together.
The next step is to repeat the above actions. Put the tape in extensions pretty close together so that you can still put enough hair, and it looks full.
5. Style Your Hair Your Way
It's the best part after I finish all the tape-ins. Go ahead with the style you like. Feel the body of hair!
Okay, the above are the tips I have for you if you'd like to try to install the hair by yourself. I've been wearing the tape in hair extensions for a period. I love the versatility of the hair, and it feels so weightless.
When you're trying to put the hair extensions at home, it does take a little practice at first. If you're not someone who's used to doing your hair on your own, I would suggest having a friend to help you guide you in the back. I did have to take the tapes out a couple of times, but however it did not make a bond immediately when you put the tape on your hair, but it's easily removable if you take your time. I had to remove mine a few times to get the placement correctly, but that's normal for your first time doing this.
It takes 4 hours to install it for the first time, so patience is the key. The good point is, once you have it done, you can wear it for eight weeks. I sleep with a bonnet to protect the hair from damage and don't feel anything.
And just for your reference, I generally use about 80 small pieces to install my whole head. I like natural-looking, not too thick, not too thin. The quantity you need depends on the final look you desire. The tape-ins usually go with 40 pieces for each pack. It's better to purchase two or three packages to be sure.
I watched some tutorials and took notes before I first did it. After several tries, I can put the tape-in hair extensions at home. I was a little scared because I thought maybe I wouldn't have enough hair for the method. It turns out no need to worry. So, be confident; you can do it.