How to wash tape in extensions

“How do you wash tape extensions?

Learning how to wash tape extensions is key to keeping the hair extensions and your own growth hair in good condition.
There are quite a few questions about washing tape extensions (also called skin weft extensions and adhesive tape in hair extensions). 

We also get asked about when you can start washing your tape in hair extensions, and the short answer is not for the first 48 – 72 hours of having them attached.

You might find the washing process more manageable if you separate your hair into two sections down the middle of your head and have two loose ponytails. This way you’ll be able to focus your attention on one side of your head before moving to the other side.

We’ve outlined a method for washing your tape hair extensions which can be used with straight, wavy and curly textured tape hair extensions.

A little tale about hair washing and shampoos

Hair washing (whether growth hair, wigs or hair extensions) is about removing oil (sebum) dust and styling products from the surface of the scalp and hair.

I t’s the job of shampoo products to trap the oil, styling product build-up and dust and carry it away when rinsed. 

In other words, you, your hair extensions, growth hair and your scalp will all be better off if you’re gentle when washing.

Step By Step Guide to Washing Tape Extensions

Step 1
Detangle while the hair is dry using your fingers. Always start at the ends of the hair and work your way towards the tape area of the hair weft. Don’t pull or tug at any knots as you don’t want to add any strain to your own growth hair.

Step 2
While the hair is still dry, use a wide tooth comb and start combing at the ends of the hair, working towards the taped area. Gently tease out any knots or tangling without tugging or pulling at the hair.

Step 3
Mix your shampoo with some warm water in an empty water bottle or a jug (500ml of water should have no more than two table spoons of shampoo – don’t use too much shampoo as the aim is to cleanse the scalp and allow the lather to remove anything else from the hair strands).

Step 4
Pour some (not all) of this mixture over the top of your head so that you can wash your scalp.

Step 5
When you’ve cleansed your scalp, and then pour some of the remaining shampoo mix over the tape hair extensions but not directly on the tape)

Step 6
You can use a shower comb to distribute the shampoo lather or use your fingers. Use gentle downward motions and avoid a circular motion as this causes tangling.

Step 7
Rinse the hair by pouring lukewarm water over the hair (using the shower or bottle). Take hold of all of the hair (or one section if you have sectioned the hair) and gently squeeze starting at the top (near the tape) and working your way down to the ends.

Step 8
If you’re using a bottle or jug, refill it and pour the water over your hair and whilst doing so, keep opening and closing your hand (squeezing) your hair at the same time as the water is running, but do not wring the hair.

Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 and 7 if you think the hair is not clean.

Always wash your tape hair extensions after swimming.

Drying Tape Extensions

You can either towel dry or blow dry your tape hair extensions.

Towel Drying Tape Extensions

Pat your scalp to dry it and squeeze the hair extensions with the towel. Avoid wringing or rubbing the hair as this causes tangling. It might be helpful to use a smaller towel to dry the hair that’s closes to the actual tape area.

Blow Drying Tape Extensions

Use a low heat setting for blow drying your hair – excessive heat damages human hair and can heat the adhesive tape causing it to become more glue like which is a whole nightmare of glue and growth hair that won’t end well.

In general, using blow dryers or any heat styling tools on your tape hair extensions should be kept to a minimum.

Whichever drying method you choose, it’s important that the area around the base (tape tabs) is completely dry.

That just about wraps up the guide on how to wash tape extensions.

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How to wash tape in extensions

Showering with tape in hair extensions requires additional care. When you apply our hair extensions into your clients’ hair, it’s important that you walk them through all the necessary maintenance tips. Make sure that they do not wash their hair for at least 2 days after the application, otherwise this will cause slippage.

How to Shower with Tape In Hair Extensions

Make sure that your clients follow this basic guide for washing their hair with tape in hair extensions.

1. Brush Hair Before Getting Into the Shower

It’s important to brush your hair with the Wet/Dry Detangling brush 2-3 times a day when you have hair extensions. You should always brush your hair before getting into the shower. This will keep it from tangling up while it’s being washed.

2. Make Sure that You Shampoo Correctly

While you are shampooing, make sure that you are using a shampoo that has been specially formulated for the hair extensions. This will make sure that the hair extensions always remain as nice looking as possible. There is also a specific way that you need to shampoo the hair itself. Start at the root and slowly rub the shampoo downward through the hair. You do not need to shampoo all the way to the tips. Do not use a scrubbing or circular motion while shampooing the hair as this will seriously tangle their hair.

3. Use a Conditioner from the Mid-Shaft Down

Whenever they condition the hair, make sure they are not using a “hydrating” conditioner, especially around the adhesive of the tape in hair extensions. They only really need to use a conditioner to moisturize the hair from the mid-shaft down. Our leave in conditioner spray is the perfect option for any woman with hair extensions.

4. Carefully Brush and Towel Dry the Hair

When you get out of the shower, carefully brush your hair. Then use a towel to dry your hair. Start at the top of the hair and slowly move down the shaft of the hair to the tips. Do not rub the towel into the hair. This will tangle the hair and damage the hair extensions.

5. Blow It Out

Use Heat, Treat + Shine as a protectant through the hair and then blow the hair out. This will help to make sure that the hair remains protected from the damage that the heat from blow dryers can cause. Use the blow dryer and brush to dry the hair section by section. This will also minimize the damage that blow dryers can cause.

Our Salon Quality Tape In Hair Extensions

Our tape in hair extensions are the highest quality hair extensions that are exclusively available to salon professionals. If they are well maintained, the tape in hair extensions can last several reapplications. We have all the resources that stylists and their clients need to properly take care of the extensions so that they always look beautiful. You must be certified in order to offer our hair extensions in your salon. Join us for our classes to get certified.

We expect so much from hair extensions, yet we don’t always put in the work to take care of them. Hair extensions require work as they are not like our own hair. The better you take care of your tape in hair extensions, the longer they will last. With our own hair, we have natural oils that keep the hair healthy, but this is not the case with hair extensions . You want to maintain the beautiful quality so you can reuse and re-tape your tape in extensions by following these tips. Once hair extensions are cut, they require much more care to make the hair last, especially semi-permanent hair extensions, because these hair extensions are worn everyday. Here are great tips to care for human hair extensions. Hair extensions must be cared for daily, you cannot wash and go. We know many girls who have worn our hair extensions for over 1 year and have reused them over and over. The key to their success has been taking care of the hair every day.

Tips for wearing seamless tape in hair extensions:

  • Keep your hair extensions clean and untangled by taking time to care for them every day.
  • Do not comb or brush the hair extensions while hair is wet.
  • Never sleep with wet hair extensions. Always make sure the hair is dry and pulled up or preferably put into a braid to keep hair from tangling at night.
  • Brush the hair with a hair extension brush several times a day. Be sure to brush properly, holding the roots to prevent pulling on the bonds. Use a wide tooth comb to remove tangles if needed.
  • Use high quality hair care products but don’t overdo it, too much hair care product can cause build up and tangling over time. So you want to be careful with the amount of product you use. Never use any products containing oil, alcohol or ethanol as this can damage the hair extensions and also wear down on the adhesive. Try your best to use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner as well as 100% natural hair products to keep hair extensions in good condition.
  • Never lighten the hair extensions. If you want to color hair extensions only go within 2 shades DARKER.
  • When working out with hair extensions or swimming with hair extensions, be sure to remove excess sweat and chlorine after working out.
  • When using hot tools be sure to use a heat protectant spray! The more you use heat on your hair, the shorter the life-span of the hair extensions.
  • Do not use a flat iron directly on the tape tabs. This will weaken the bond and they will slip out.
  • When using conditioner, condition from mid-shaft to ends only. Do not apply conditioner to your scalp when wearing tape in hair extensions.
  • When using serums or oils avoid contact with the tape, use on mid length to ends only. We use natural products such as coconut oil on the ends of the extensions to keep the hair healthy and shiny over time.
  • Every 6-10 weeks, your hair extensions will need to be reapplied to move the bonds closer to the scalp and to keep your hair healthy.
  • Tape in extensions are not best for those who have lost a significant amount of hair due to any illnesses or for those that have extreme hair thinning. Consult with your stylist about another option.
  • Clarifying shampoo BEFORE going to your stylist is KEY. The stylist should also use clarifying shampoo prior to installing the hair extensions. Conditioner should not be used during application of hair.
  • Since a person’s average natural hair loss is between 50-100 strands per day you will see a small amount of naturally released hairs in between the tape bonds at time of removal. This is normal and should not be interpreted as hair loss due to wearing hair extensions.

At the end of the day, this hair is gorgeous and so are you! We want to keep it that way! So take care of your hair and you will find out how long they last!

Either you say it our changing lifestyle or improper nourishment. Hair fall has become one of the rising issues among people. While men also suffer from baldness, it is harder for women to accept their hair fall. It has become an everyday thing to see knots of hair. Ironically, there are women on the brink of losing their hair, and many women have already lost it. For people who have lost their hair or want volume in their hair, it can look denser. There is a much-resorted option, and that is hair extension. Therefore, in this article, you will get to know how to wash hair extensions and everything that surrounds it. So without any further ado, let us take a glance.

What is a hair extension?

Hair extensions are duplicate hair which is used as hair substitutes at different part around your head. Unlike a wig, they are not used as wear over your head. Let us suppose you want a long extension of hair at the front, but you do not have it originally. In this case, you can use hair extension for a particular part.

What are the advantages of hair extensions?

Hair extensions have proved to be a blessing in disguise for people who are not satisfied with how their hair looks. It is needless to say, and hair extensions come with a plethora of benefits. Read the given points below to comprehend it; they are as follows:

  • The irony is even when it is duplicate hair, and it does not give a fake look. Moreover, it looks super original and suits from person to person.
  • It is easy to carry them, and you need zilch effort in wearing as well as removing them.

How to wash tape in hair extensions on your own?

You might fear that how to wash tape in hair extensions it would blow over. Furthermore, it is nothing like that, and just like you wash your hair, you have to wash hair extensions. However, you need to take a few precautions and there few different things as well. The steps to wash your hair extensions are as follows:

  • The first step is to you can clip your hair extensions from your hair. Also, do not forget to take out the clips as well from the hair extension part.
  • Unravel your hair extension. You can use a comb if it is densely tangled, or otherwise, you can untangle it from your hand. Nevertheless, make sure it is not stuck and messy.
  • Take a normal-sized tub and fill it with water. Remember, the water should be at room temperature that is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Now, dip the hair extension in the tub. If there is no system in your hair extension to remove the hair clip, make sure that you do not drench it.
  • Use a sulphate free shampoo. Take a few drops of shampoo in your hand and gently massage the hair extension along its length. Do not try to scrub harshly.
  • Subsequently, wash your extension. You can repeat the process of dipping it in the tub, and after that, you can use your hand where the water does not reach.
  • Use light and moisturized conditioner to condition your hair extensions. Gently apply the conditioner to the hair extension leaving the hair clip.
  • Let it be for the next five minutes. Rinse it with water and subsequently use a blow dryer. Make sure you do not opt for a high temperature as it may Detroit it in the long term.

How to wash clip-in hair extensions at home?

Your hair extensions will be of no worth if it does not have strong clips. Further, you need to take care of it too. One key learning about the clips in hair extensions is that the less you wash it, the better it is for long-term use. The steps of how to wash clip in hair extensions are as follows:

  • Detach your clips from hair extensions one by one. Also, make sure there is no single strand of hair in the clips.
  • Try not to make water in excessive use for cleaning clips in hair extensions. It is because it is made up of metals, and if it reacts with water, it will gradually start forming rust.

Just wipe it and remove the dust and dirt from it. Voila, so now you know how to wash extensions.

These are the things you need to keep in mind while you question yourself how to wash hair extensions sewn in a tub or otherwise. However, be meticulous; you do not exceed washing your hair extensions, as they can lose their shine.

Showering with tape in hair extensions requires additional care. When you apply our hair extensions into your clients’ hair, it’s important that you walk them through all the necessary maintenance tips. Make sure that they do not wash their hair for at least 2 days after the application, otherwise this will cause slippage.

How to Shower with Tape In Hair Extensions

Make sure that your clients follow this basic guide for washing their hair with tape in hair extensions.

1. Brush Hair Before Getting Into the Shower

It’s important to brush your hair with the Wet/Dry Detangling brush 2-3 times a day when you have hair extensions. You should always brush your hair before getting into the shower. This will keep it from tangling up while it’s being washed.

2. Make Sure that You Shampoo Correctly

While you are shampooing, make sure that you are using a shampoo that has been specially formulated for the hair extensions. This will make sure that the hair extensions always remain as nice looking as possible. There is also a specific way that you need to shampoo the hair itself. Start at the root and slowly rub the shampoo downward through the hair. You do not need to shampoo all the way to the tips. Do not use a scrubbing or circular motion while shampooing the hair as this will seriously tangle their hair.

3. Use a Conditioner from the Mid-Shaft Down

Whenever they condition the hair, make sure they are not using a “hydrating” conditioner, especially around the adhesive of the tape in hair extensions. They only really need to use a conditioner to moisturize the hair from the mid-shaft down. Our leave in conditioner spray is the perfect option for any woman with hair extensions.

4. Carefully Brush and Towel Dry the Hair

When you get out of the shower, carefully brush your hair. Then use a towel to dry your hair. Start at the top of the hair and slowly move down the shaft of the hair to the tips. Do not rub the towel into the hair. This will tangle the hair and damage the hair extensions.

5. Blow It Out

Use Heat, Treat + Shine as a protectant through the hair and then blow the hair out. This will help to make sure that the hair remains protected from the damage that the heat from blow dryers can cause. Use the blow dryer and brush to dry the hair section by section. This will also minimize the damage that blow dryers can cause.

Our Salon Quality Tape In Hair Extensions

Our tape in hair extensions are the highest quality hair extensions that are exclusively available to salon professionals. If they are well maintained, the tape in hair extensions can last 10-20 months. We have all the resources that stylists and their clients need to properly take care of the extensions so that they always look beautiful. You must be certified in order to offer our Wholesale tape hair extensions in your salon. Join us for our classes to get certified.

Let us tell you how to wash hair extensions! Clip in hair extensions do not need washing as often as your natural hair, in fact nowhere near!
A rough time guide would be, if you wear your clip in hair extensions daily, wash them monthly. If you wear your hair extensions weekly wash them every second month. If you wear your hair extensions only for special occasions, you may not need to wash them for a very long time.
Do not wash them simply because you have worn them. You would be surprised what a good brush and a little TLC can do without heading straight to the shampoo!

How to wash tape in extensions

WHY SHOULD I NOT WASH HAIR EXTENSIONS OFTEN?

Washing hair extensions not only removes the oils they have in them which keep them silky and soft, but every time you do scrub them, you will be reducing the life span. Just like your natural hair, colour can begin to fade. You will also find the more you do wash them, the more you may feel you need to wash them. Everyone should know how to wash hair extensions properly prior to attempting to do so.

How to wash hair extensions CLIP IN:

When your clip in hair extensions do need to be washed, follow these steps for the best results.
1. Brush them through from tip to top and make sure all the clips are closed.
2. Run warm water in a sink and squeeze in some good quality shampoo and swish it around until it is evenly distributed through the water.
3. Piece by piece, dip the row into the shampoo water and gently rub the water into the hair. Always hold the top of the weft as this does not need to be submerged in the water. (it takes longer to dry and shouldn’t need to be cleaned) Continue this step through all the pieces, taking out each one as you go.
4. Once all the pieces have been shampooed, empty the sink and run fresh water through each piece one by one until all the shampoo is removed.
5. Repeat the same method with a good quality conditioner. Some people like to leave the conditioner in for about 20 mins before rinsing the conditioner out.
6. Place your set onto a dry towel and, if you feel the need, spray a light coating of leave in condition onto the lengths. Pat dry and then leave to air dry on the towel over night. If you hair extensions are still very wet the next day, you can use your hair dryer on a low setting in a downwards motion to speed up the process.

How to wash tape in extensions

Always let your extensions air dry on a towel, don’t rush the drying process. Yes you will need to brush and straighten after washing to bring back that silky feel

You will then find the hair extensions are much more fluffy and have added volume. When they are completely dry with no dampness to them at all, give them a gentle brush and piece by piece run your hair straightener over them in slow smooth motions.
Knowing how to wash hair extensions properly will make them feel better than new!

How to wash hair extensions TAPE IN:

Washing tape hair extensions is slightly different to clip in’s as they will need to be washed as frequently as your natural hair. A couple of tips which may help you to keep them silky and soft never hurts though! You must know how to wash hair extensions properly to ensure you get more than one use for them.
1. Always make sure you brush your hair before you hop into the shower.
2. Never scrub aggressively on your tapes, just slide your fingers through the rows of tapes applying shampoo as you go.
3. Use a really moisturizing conditioner on the lengths of the hair (not near the bonds) and leave for a good 5 minutes before rinsing.
4. Brush again as you apply a nice leave in conditioner and leave to air dry.
Try to wash no more than 3 times a week and use a good quality sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
How to wash tape in extensionsStill not sure how to wash hair extensions? Email or Facebook our friendly team so we can help you further!

How to wash tape in extensions

Did you know that extension tape needs to be removed before extensions are installed again? In order to keep your client’s extensions in the best shape, you’ll need to get rid of any old tape, buildup, dirt, and oil from your client’s hair and extensions so the new tape will grab and adhere like it’s supposed to for the longest wear time.

Why Does this Matter?

1. Longer Wear Time – Cleaning the tape off the hair wefts helps the wear time and can help the adhesive hold longer. Since 20-50 wefts are placed in every install, it’s crucial to make sure that the wefts are prepped and clean for a solid application.

2. Preserves Extensions – Removing the tape makes extensions hold up longer and through more applications. When applied correctly, most hair extensions can be reused for up to a year, which is awesome because it creates less waste.

3. Prevents Damage – Removing extension tape needs to be done whenever your clients are in for a reinstall, which should be about every 4 to 6 weeks. If the tape is left in any longer than that, it can be extremely difficult and damaging to remove.

4. Lays Closer to the Scalp – By the 4 to 6 week mark, the hair has grown out enough that the weft is laying away from the scalp. This is a signal that the extensions need to be removed and reinstalled. Doing this will place the wefts closer to the scalp and will redistribute the weight of the extensions on the hair. If the extension tape is stacked instead of removed, the extensions won’t lay as close to the scalp and can be much more noticeable.

5. Keeps Costs Down – By keeping up with your client’s extension maintenance appointments, their extensions and hair are kept in better condition. This allows you to reuse your client’s extensions and spend less time applying conditioning treatments to help repair damage caused by old tape. This helps keep the cost of application down for both you and your clients.

Out with the Old

To remove the extensions from your client’s hair, we recommend following this streamlined and simple process.

Move the client’s hair out of the way to expose the extension, and then apply the remover liberally over the tape until the top of the weft is saturated with remover. We recommend No Trace. It’s alcohol-based and makes the first step of removal a dream. This product works by dissolving the adhesives and glues that hold extensions in your client’s hair for so long and won’t leave oil residue behind.

After a few minutes, you should be able to easily peel the tape and extensions gently away from your client’s hair. We’ve heard from several stylists that using your fingernails to peel the tape away is a great way to go about it. The weft should easily come off of the client’s hair with the tape still attached to the extension weft. The tape shouldn’t stick to your client’s natural hair. If you’re struggling with a weft that’s still a bit stuck, apply more Extension Release and let it sit for another minute.

How to wash tape in extensions How to wash tape in extensions

To finish taking the wefts out of your client’s hair, give their hair a quick wash with Extension Prep Shampoo. This shampoo will help to remove any residue that was left from the tape, as well as breaking down the sometimes oily remover. It’s also a great way to get your client’s hair extremely clean and ready for reinstalling the extensions.

Clean the Extensions

Once the extensions are out of your client’s hair, the next step is to get the tape tabs off of the wefts. First, lay the extensions on a flat surface with the sticky side up. Apply Weft Release to the used tabs and rub it into the adhesive. Leave the Weft Release to sit and start working on breaking the tape down for a few minutes. Once it’s been sitting for a while, gently pull any sticky pieces off of the tape tabs. If you need to, apply more remover and keep working on peeling the adhesive away. The reason why we think Weft Release is amazing is because it’s been specifically designed to remove the tape from wefts.

To finish up the cleaning process, apply a drop of dish soap to the tab. Work the soap into the Weft Release, then rinse the soap away from the tab. This step will help cut the oily residue that Weft Release leaves and make it easier to wash out. Finally, shampoo and condition the extensions and dry them completely.

Keep in mind, Weft Release is for taking tape off of extensions only. It’s not for removing extensions from your client’s hair.

How to wash tape in extensionsSqueaky Clean & Ready to Wear

Once these steps are done, the extensions are ready to be reinstalled. Just measure the bonding tape out to be slightly wider than the tabs and cut. Pull off the tape backing and apply the tabs to the wefts. Press them together firmly and trim away any excess tape. Now you’re ready to reinstall them to your client’s hair.

That’s all we’ve got for you today! We hope these tips and tricks have been helpful. If you have any questions about the products we mentioned, reach out to us at [email protected] .

  • Extension tape needs to be removed before extensions are installed again.
  • Cleaning the tape off the hair wefts helps the wear time and can help the adhesive hold longer.
  • When applied correctly, most hair extension wefts can be reused for up to a year.
  • Products we recommend to remove tape-in extensions from your client’s hair: Extension Prep Shampoo & No Trace

Products we love to clean tape-in extension wefts: Weft Release & Extension Prep Shampoo

How to wash tape in extensions

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Your Guide to Showering With Tape In Hair Extensions

How to wash tape in extensions

How to wash tape in extensions

One of the best parts of having tape in hair extensions is the fact that, if cared for correctly, they can last 5-8 weeks. That’s two months of confidence with your new long, thick locks! And after that, if you’ve cared for them properly, they may be suitable for re-application, saving you heaps of money.

Showering With Tape In Hair Extensions

You can shower and style your hair when your tape in hair extensions are in, but be aware that you’ll need to take special care. Here’s your complete guide to showering with your extensions.

Wait 2 Days After Application

After your tape in hair extensions are applied, be sure to wait 48 hours before washing your hair. The adhesive will have been given adequate time to adhere to your natural hair, making them last longer and hold tighter. When you need to shower in those first two days, use a shower cap.

Don’t Scrub Too Hard

The wefts of your tape in hair extensions should remain as stationary as possible throughout their life cycle. In order not to disturb them, try not to scrub over them while shampooing or conditioning. Press on your roots and move gently from left to right if you feel like you’re still not getting a good enough clean. Conditioner should never be applied to roots and this is even more true with tape in hair extensions. Start at mid-strand and work through to your ends, avoiding contact with the tape.

Wash 2 Times Per Week

When you do start showering with tape in hair extensions, make sure you’re not doing it too frequently. Twice per week is a good standard to stick with. If you have curly or wavy hair, you may even be able to wash it once per week. If your hair gets greasy or oily, especially if you’re an exercise enthusiast, use a dry shampoo that’s gentle enough to not affect the adhesive. You may also wish to choose shampoos that are intended for color treated hair (less chemicals) or a sulfate-free shampoo.

Dry Before Brushing

Try to wait until after your hair is dry to brush it. This will allow any loosened adhesive to dry and re-set prior to dragging your brush through the strands. Slowly comb or brush the very ends of your hair and work your way up through the hair shafts. This will ensure that no sudden jerking occurs, which could potentially loosen or free the adhesive on your tape in hair extensions.

Avoid Chlorine

If you’re an avid swimmer, you may want to think twice about tape in hair extensions. If you do go into a chlorinated pool with your tape in hair extensions, be sure to wear a swim cap. Chlorine is a harsh chemical that can loosen and free up your adhesive.

Choosing High Quality Tape In Hair Extensions

If you choose high quality tape in hair extensions, you shouldn’t have a problem with premature loosening or shedding. Be sure to choose 100% Remy human hair for your hair extensions so you can shower and live your life as close to normal as possible.