Are you looking to add more volume and length to your hair? If yes, then tape-in hair extensions could be right for you. Generally, tape-in hair extensions need more care than your natural hair. If you don’t take care of them properly, they won’t last for long.

Here are a few useful tips to help you take care of your tape-in hair extensions so that they last longer:

Wash your hair frequently.

You should keep your hair extensions oil-free and dirt-free like your natural hair which allows them to last much longer. If your own hair is oily, wash your hair at least every other day. Oily hair and scalp can loosen the bond between your hair and the tape in extensions. If you have dry hair, you can wash less frequently – about twice a week.

Never go to bed with wet hair.

Usually wet hair is more brittle than dry hair and breaks easily. Therefore, you should avoid going to bed with wet hair as it can damage your natural hair as well as the hair extensions. Blow drying at least at the root where the attachment is keeps the moisture from breaking down the bond to your hair.  However, do put too much heat on the tape attachment by keeping the dryer at a safe distance. Going to bed with wet hair can also cause tangles and matting and is not recommended.

Use silk pillow covers.

Silk is soft in nature and doesn’t offer resistance to your hair. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to purchase silk pillow covers to sleep on. As a result, there will be less friction, offering you fewer chances for your hair to get tangled. If less hair gets tangled, you’re going to have less damage. Tangles can lead to damaged and broken hair strands. It is also best to tie the hair back with soft scrunchies to avoid tangling and matting.

Brush your hair regularly.

You should brush your hair often when you have tape-in hair extensions. This way, you will remove tangles in their early stage and can prevent excessive damage to your hair. Make sure to get underneath the back of your head as tangling can build up from coats and scarves. Use a Mason Pearson or Wet brush and don’t forget to brush up to the root to keep the pieces from getting matted. Brushing your hair keeps them healthy and makes sure that your hair looks beautiful all day, every day.

Brush your hair starting at the bottom and work your way up.

It’s better to start brushing your hair from the bottom as it helps prevent excessive hair pulling and is a much gentler approach. You should be careful and gentle while handling your hair extensions. Don’t pull your hair or extensions too hard.

Use ceramic irons for curling and not excessive heat.

As with your own hair, excessive heat will dry out the extension hair faster.  Keep the iron off of the tape attachment at the top as it will make the attachment gunky which will either slide out or be hard to remove thus pulling your own hair.  You shouldn’t need a flat iron as a blow dryer is sufficient to smooth out the hair. Rough dry the hair about 95% and then gently smooth with a roll brush.

Final Consideration –

By following these simple steps, you will make sure that your tape-in hair extensions last longer. Generally, good quality tape ins should last around 6 months or so if taken care of properly. They also require regular maintenance from about 6-8 weeks on average.

If you need help with tape-in hair extensions in NYC, you should schedule an appointment to visit Custom Hair By Catherine in person. We are always available to suggest for you the best extensions available in New York. Contact us today at 917-482-6493 or and schedule an appointment!