Proper care is essential to extend the lifespan of tape-in extensions. Here are some guidelines to help you care for your tape-in extensions:
- Brushing: Before and after washing your hair, gently brush your extensions with a wide-toothed or extension-friendly brush to remove any tangles or knots. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
- Washing: Use a sulfate-free and extension-safe shampoo and conditioner. Avoid applying conditioner directly to the tape bonds as it can cause them to loosen. Instead, focus on the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. Wash your hair in a downward motion, avoiding any vigorous rubbing or tugging.
- Drying: Gently squeeze out excess water from your hair after washing. Avoid rubbing or wringing your hair, as this can cause tangling. Pat dry with a soft towel or use a microfiber towel to minimize friction. Let your hair air dry whenever possible. If you need to use a blow dryer, set it on a low heat or cool setting to prevent damage.
- Styling: When using heat styling tools like straighteners, curling irons, or blow dryers, apply a heat protectant spray to your extensions. Keep the heat at a moderate level to avoid excessive damage. Avoid using styling products near the tape bonds as they can cause them to weaken or slip.
- Sleeping: Before going to bed, gently brush your hair and tie it in a loose braid or ponytail to prevent tangling and matting while you sleep. You can also use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and protect your extensions.
- Avoiding excessive tension: Be mindful of hairstyles that create excessive tension or stress on the tape bonds, such as tight ponytails or buns. Constant pulling or tugging can cause the bonds to weaken or come loose prematurely.
- Regular maintenance: Visit a professional hairstylist for regular maintenance appointments. They can check the condition of your tape-in extensions, reposition or replace any loose or damaged bonds, and trim your natural hair to maintain a seamless blend.
- Swimming: Before swimming, apply a leave-in conditioner or a protective serum to your extensions. Wear a swim cap or tie your hair in a braid to prevent tangling. After swimming, wash your hair thoroughly to remove any chlorine, saltwater, or chemicals.
- Avoiding excessive oil or product buildup: While it’s important to keep your extensions moisturized, excessive oil or product buildup near the tape bonds can cause them to weaken or slip. Follow the recommended guidelines for using hair oils or serums, and avoid applying them near the roots or tape bonds.
Remember that each set of tape-in extensions may have specific care instructions from the manufacturer, so it’s always a good idea to consult those guidelines for the best care practices.