If you have ever had or tried hair extensions, you know how you can’t go without them! The added volume and length is such a confidence booster. I asked what questions you all wanted answered about my tape-in extensions. I am here to give you my unfiltered opinion and answer all of your questions!
Personally, I have had clip-in extensions, u-tip extensions and now tape-ins. Comparing the three, tape-ins are by far the best. Clip-ins are probably the most in expensive, but require the most maintenance. You have to take them in and our every day, who has time for that? The U-tip extensions destroyed my hair. The glue from the tip eventually ripped my hair out. They are a little more expensive than clip-ins because you need to get them professionally put it. (At least I recommend you do such.) Lastly, I decided to bite the bullet an invest in tape-in extensions.
Tape-in extensions are generally 1.5 inch thin strands of hair that attach to a second piece. There is a small tape piece that bonds them together. You can get as many tape pieces as you like, depending on the length of your natural hair and how much length and volume you want to add. Luckily, I already have decently long hair. Therefore, I didn’t need to add a lot of extensions to get the look I wanted. If you have short hair, you may need to put in more extensions to blend in with the short hair to make it look real and blended. The tape that is used to bond the two piece of hair together leave no damage to your natural hair and are easy to apply and take out.
Sounds awesome, huh? Yes, I agree. So here are the questions you probably want answered:
Cost? – I opted to go to my local hair salon, Michelangelo’s, and get them professionally done. The first cost is purchasing the hair. Your hair stylist will tell you how many packages you should purchase, depending on the look you are going for. I needed two packs. I had to purchase the hair through the salon and the brand they use is Hot Heads, which is unable to be purchased without a cosmetology license. (I tried to see if I could purchase the hair myself and bring it in to be put in. Nope) The next cost is the application of the extensions. Giving you an exact cost would not be accurate because every hair salons charges slightly different pricing. I can say that my two packs of hair and the first application of the extensions was between $600-$800. (I did mention this was an investment.)
*Don’t forget if you are anything like me and love highlights, that is another cost to think about.
Maintenance? – These are the most low maintenance hair extensions I have ever had. The tape pieces are flexible, clear and grow out! Every 8-10 weeks, or depending on how fast your hair grows, you will need to go back in to your hair stylist to get them adjusted. Basically, the tape-ins grow out with your hair. Your stylist will take out all of your extensions and re-apply them back at your root. Then you are good for another 8-10 weeks!
*Of course, there is a cost that goes along with getting them adjusted. Again, this depends on your hair salon. Generally, $150-$250 is a good range to go by.
Re-use hair? – Yes! Like I mentioned above, your stylist will re-apply the same extensions you originally purchased. As long as they are not completely damaged. The life span of the extensions depends on how you take care of it. Treat it as real hair and you should be okay to re-use the hair for a few applications.
*I got my extensions done in June 2017. I have reused the hair for the last 6 months and I can probably go another application before I start purchasing more.
Can I style them? – Of course! Treat them like real hair. Using heat protectant, deep conditioning treatments and any other products you would use on your own hair to keep it healthy is fine. Just like with your real hair, the more heat you use, the more damaged your hair will be. Meaning, you will likely have to replace your extensions sooner if you use heat tools often.
*hair with extensions*
If you live in the Calvert County, Maryland area : Go to Michelangelos Salon in Huntingtown and ask for Amber. She did my hair extensions and I am in love with them!
If you have any other questions, let me know! I am more than happy to answer anything!
Overall, I love my extensions. Yes, they are a little pricey, but definitely worth it if you plan to have them for a long period of time!