There are different types of hair extensions: micro ring, clip-in, weave, and fusion hair extensions. Also amongst the most popular extension is tape hair extension.
Tape hair extensions are unique and uncannily natural.
They easily blend with the hair, mainly when applied by a professional hairstylist. They are also easy to curl and style. Even better, you can store them for multiple uses.
Regardless of the type of hair extensions you use, there will always come a time when you’ll have to remove or change them.
And that requires careful removal, any improper or unprofessional removal may damage your extensions. Worst is, you may even put your natural hair at risk of shedding and breakage.
Lucky for you who is experiencing a tangling at the root of the extension, shedding more hair, or experiencing uncontrolled new growth. Or maybe you’re tired of your tape hair extensions, or you probably want to have a different look.
It’s time to remove your tape extensions, especially if you can’t wait to visit your professional. We’ll guide you through the entire process of removing your tape-in extensions.
In addition, we have provided more clarification through the question and answer sections.
Read along for more details!
Applying a Solvent
To easily remove your tape extensions, start by sectioning your hair. So, separate your hair and expose the tape.
Then apply a solvent by spraying them on the adhesive parts of the hair extension. Put a decent amount of the solvent at the roots of the wing.
Similarly, you can add a layer of oil or any solvent you decide to use on the top of the tape (you can heat the solvent in case it needs heating) and allow it to seep down between the tabs to loosen the tape.
Also, ensure you saturate the tape with a solvent remover so that it quickly comes out.
Here are some of the best solvent removers that can help aid your process:
Some of the best oil-based removers for tapes in extension may include coconut oil, Moroccan oil, palm oil, and olive.
These oils are safe and kinder to your skin as they are natural with Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing capabilities.
So, once you apply it to your hair extensions, it will sink on your hair shafts hence moisturizing your hair.
Additionally, it contains Lauric acid and vitamin E- hair-friendly contents that help condition your hair.
Even better, coconut oil would make your hair shiny. So, when you decide to use coconut oil, then you should heat it a little.
But it would help if you remembered higher temperatures could burn you or damage your hair too. You must also ensure that you only put the warm coconut oil on the extensions or closer to the shaft.
Remember, any random application may cause the extension to slip, which is typical for most oils.
Argan or Moroccan oil is a common ingredient in many beauty products. It has several proven health benefits to the body and hair.
Amongst the health benefits of this oil to your hair include improving dry skin and adding shine to any damaged hair.
It would also help maintain your scalp health by balancing the pH levels of your scalp.
Still, the argan oil contains linoleum acid and vitamin that all helps smoothen and soften dry patches thus reducing acne.
Congratulations to you who have weak hair because applying this oil would help strengthen your hair and prevent it from becoming brittle.
Castor oil– this is another miracle healer to your hair extensions. Applying castor oil while removing your tape in the extension would help prevent the hair shafts’ breakage and the split ends. This oil would also make your hair healthy, shiny, and glossy.
No matter which solvent you go for, please ensure that they prevent health benefits to your hair and don’t cause breakage or make your hair frizzy.
So what’s the next step after you have applied a solvent?
Massaging Your Hair
Once you have applied your preferred oil, allow it to sit on your hair extension for some time while giving yours an excellent scalp massage as you move your hands around your tape-in extension.
Gently touch the tapes until they start to loosen and effortlessly slide down your hair. Doing that ensures that you don’t accidentally break down the strand while removing them.
Combing From Down:
Once you have slid off the tape extensions, now comb to smoothen the strands. You may notice some remnant tapes with natural hair falling from the roots of your hair. Please don’t panic; it’s normal to have such loose hair due to the tape-in effects.
So you have to thoroughly comb your hair to remove all the tapes stuck on the hair and prevent any remaining glue from the tape and your hair from matting.
Combing would help spread the solvent, so start to comb from the tips of the hair to the roots to ensure the distribution of the solvent. If you notice some tangles, please comb through them so that you don’t end up pulling your strands.
Continue Massaging and Combing Until It’s Done
With enough solvent in your hands, continue massaging your hair, especially on the areas of the tapes. Rub the tapes with your thumb and fingers while you gently pull the tapes down.
In case the tape is bringing trouble, soak it with more solvent/oil and use the end of a comb to press the tabs of the tape apart. Then repeatedly comb your hair until all the tapes are entirely removed from your hair.
In a nutshell, removing tape in extensions therefore include:
Applying a solvent or any preferred oil to your hair, especially around the tapes. Ensuring the tapes are soaked enough. Then, massage through every tab of the extension.
You can also apply enough conditioners directly on the tab while gently massaging on the wing.
You can now gently peel off the tabs of the extension. You can add more of the oil to enable faster and smoother removal.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q. Can I re-use my tape-in extensions?
Your chances of re-using your tape in extension significantly depend on how best you removed them. In case you caused some breakage, then your possibilities are limited. However, if you happened to follow the guidelines we have provided before, then you have yourself a tape then you can re-use.
Q. How many times can I re-use my tape in extension, and after how long?
Perfectly removed and installed tape extensions can be re-used about 2-3 times. This gives you ample time, about 2-3 months, for replacing the extensions. That’s the estimated time through which all the hair extensions should be replaced.
Of course, you can return your hair before even 6-8 weeks elapses, but that would depend on the hair type. You may have to replace it earlier than that if your hair tends to grow faster, forcing the extension to move along with it. That would create a larger space between your scalp and tabs.
Once that happens, your hair may start to matt or tangle, creating more room for hair to get stuck between the extensions. For this reason, it’s recommended you remove your extension after 8 weeks of wear. That would also help prevent any further damage that would occur to your hair.
You also need to do more checkups after every 2 weeks of application to find if there could be slippage or knotting.
Q. How can I care for my tape in an extension?
You can do several things to ensure your tape-in extensions are safe, fresh, and well maintained. Here are a few things to have in mind:
- Use the correct products- stay away from products that might dry out or weakens the adhesive force attaching your tapes. Such products may include alcohol or sulfate, among others.
- Using your fingers of a comb, regularly check and remove any knots or matting that begin to form and ensure no hair is stuck in between the extensions. And brush or comb your hair more often.
Q. Are tape-in extensions ideal for all types of hair?
Tapes are very suitable and ideal for fine hair. However, they may not be ideal for naturally oily hair. Whys that?
If you have naturally oily hair, it means there would be more oil on your scalp that may cause the tapes to slip.
Apart from that, tapes in hair extension have no limits and would work or are ideal for thin hair that lies flat giving seamlessly aligning with the tapes hence a flawlessly natural appearance.
Q. How long my hair does has to be for tape-in extensions?
Having shorter hair would make it hard to blend into the extension. So, you need to have a minimum of 4-5 inches long. Typically, the longer your hair, the better chances of blending into the extensions.
Q. How can I sleep with tape-in extensions?
Before you go to bed, you must ensure you take care of your tapes. Therefore, you can loosely braid your hair while using a silk pillowcase- any loosely braided hair will prevent or stop your strands from tangling against each other while you’re sleeping.
Similarly, sleeping on a silk pillow would help provide a low friction place, preventing pulling and tangling and breakages for long-lasting extensions.
Your tapes in extensions need to be maintained and taken care of. But you got tired of them or want a new look; you should learn the best ways of removing them to avoid their breakage because you may want to re-use them in the future.