You want long and luscious hair but growing your hair feels like forever? You’ve probably been thinking about getting hair extensions since switching up your hair to a longer and fuller style in no time is kinda fun, but are hair extensions actually healthy?
There are a few types of extensions you can get, such as clip-in extensions, which you can easily add to your hair and also remove whenever you want to or sewn-in extensions, which can last up to three months. But what about tape-ins? Do tape in extensions damage hair?
In this article, I am going to shed some light on this question.
What Are Tape-In Extensions?
Tape-in extensions or tape-ins are also known as pre-bonded or fusion extensions and very popular among girls and women. Hair stylists stick them to your hair by using a medical adhesive tape. It is usually recommended letting them grow out before removing them after 6 to 7 weeks.
Now the process of removing tape-in extensions might be a little discomforting as it includes removing the glued strip from your hair with a remover spray.
Sounds Good So Far – But What About The Side Effects?
Unfortunately, the whole process of removing tape-in extensions from your hair is somewhat unhealthy as it is likely to cause hair breakage and makes your hair look frizzier and even thinner. Ouch!
So how come so many people keep using tape-in extensions when there are other ways of making your hair look long and luscious?
One of the main reasons is that tape-ins are cheaper than other semi permanent types of extensions and also less cumbersome to handle. But one thing that can cause harm to your hair is the extra weight, which can strain the hair follicles, especially when left in over a long period of time or worn frequently.
This in turn can lead to a condition called “Traction alopecia”, which makes it so not worth it.
Are There Safe Alternatives To Tape-Ins?
If you want to boost volume to your hair, there are definitely safer ways than using tape-in extensions. You might want to try a new haircut that can boost some volume to your hair or you can ask your hairdresser to use a special blow-drying technique.
Here is a list of techniques you can apply in order to fake fuller and bouncy hair:
- Apply dry shampoo
- Sleep in a bun
- Change your part
- Crimp your roots
- Back-brush your hair
- Blow-dry your hair upside down
- Use a volumizing shampoo
- Put in hot rollers
- Use a root booster
If you want to add more length to your hair, using clip-in extensions might be the safer alternative for you, especially if you have thinning hair or hair loss. The only thing you should avoid is using them for a long time or frequently as this can cause hair damage as well.
Things You Should Ask Yourself Before Getting Tape-Ins
Here are some things you should ask yourself before you decide to use tape-in extensions:
1. Do I have healthy hair?
This is probably the most important question you should ask yourself as alopecia and thinning hair are not good preconditions for getting tape-in extensions as they can even worsen your symptoms.
Make sure to find a good hair stylist and ask him or her if there are any safer alternatives for your hair type.
2. Is It Worth The Weight?
Grab your hair, start pulling on it and keep the tension on there. This is exactly what you will be experiencing for weeks on end.
The more weight you have pulling on your hair, the higher the chances of damaging your hair roots. This is bad for your skin, your roots and your scalp and can even cause traction alopecia in the worst case.
3. How Many Extensions Do I Need?
Probably fewer than you think! Quality over quantity. If you want to add more length, go for fewer wefts. If you want to add more body, go for shorter wefts added strategically in the right place.
The Bottom Line
If you have thinning hair or hair loss, putting stress on your hair is the least thing you want to do. The best advice I can give you is not to strain your hair by overusing heat tools, harsh chemicals (e.g. hair dyes) or by wearing hair extensions frequently.
Just keep it simple and natural and give your hair a break. You’ll thank me later!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section down below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Founder of The Hairy Solution