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I Got Tape-in Hair Extensions!

Tape-In Hair Extensions

God may not have blessed me with long luscious Kardashian-like locks but he DID bless me with an amazing hair stylist AND a set of tape-in hair extensions. 🙂

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to have a thick head of voluminous, cascading hair. My frizzy, damaged, thin, hair has always been a source of great frustration. I’ve been wearing clip-ins for years but I wanted something that was always in my hair and I didn’t have to take in and out every morning and night.

After YEARS of questioning, and considering, tape-in hair extensions, I decided to give them a shot. I already wore my clip-in hair extensions almost everyday and they probably damaged my hair more than anything I was doing to it.

Where I had my hair extensions done. I don’t let anyone but Ally touch my hair. I’ve been seeing Ally Feezel from Blonde Faith Salon in Austin for 2-3 years. Read my full review of the salon here. I’ve learned to trust Ally because sometimes she tells me “no.” If I had it my way, I’d be platinum blonde! hehe. Ally genuinely cares about the health of my hair and always helps me make the best decision when it comes to color/highlights. Ally is also a master color specialist! You MUST check out her instagram page. It will have you SO inspired!!

How they’re attached.  Ally took about three or four inch hair extension track and attach a special kind of double-sided tape to them. Sometime we had to cut the tracks in half because my hair is insanely fine. She then sandwiched 10-15 individual hairs between the two extension tracks, and adhered together with the double-sided tape. Typical weft glue usually only lasts 2-3 weeks, but the tape-in method lasts around 2 months.

Styling. You can still pull your hair into ponytails, braids, half-up, half-down styles. I cannot however wear a high bun or high pony because the tape will show. I also am still learning how to blow out my hair with so much of it!

Comfort. The first couple of days were slightly uncomfortable (especially sleeping). The hair extension tracks were attached close to my scalp, so my scalp was sensitive. Nothing that kept me up at night though.

Potential hair loss issues. According to my hairdresser, the only hairs in jeopardy are the strands sandwiched between the extensions. My stylist also said we lose an average of 100 individual strands of hair a day, so comparatively, even the worst-case scenario damage wouldn’t be too big of a deal.

Upkeep. Don’t wash them very often. I honestly wash my hair maybe once a week. It keeps my natural oils on them and keeps them healthier. I also use Moroccan oil on them at least once a day which helps to keep them soft.

Tips from my stylist.

  • Sleep in a ponytail or a loose braid to keep the extensions from matting. Easy.
  • Use sulfate free shampoo. Done.
  • Brush your hair twice a day. Okay.
  • Don’t use product with alcohol. Sweet.
  • Don’t let your hair dry naturally. Since I have curly hair the tape would curl as well.
  • I will buy new hair about every 9 months to a year depending on the brand and such. I ordered mine from Hair Talk. 

My hair extensions. My tape-ins were from Hair Talk.  Hair Talk has rooted extensions (darker towards the scalp, lighter towards the bottom) and since my hair had more of an ombre effect, this was the perfect options for me. My next set will be mostly blonde since I like to go lighter in the summer. A set is about $400-$500. I know, it’s pricey. Ugh. But I love ’em.

Overall conclusion. Tape-ins have been a great investment for me. I find myself putting less heat on my hair, actually takes me less time to get ready each day, and I can braid my hair or wear it in so many more fun ways. Washing my hair and blow-drying take a significantly longer amount of time, but it’s so worth it. I can’t imagine going back to clip-ins ever again!

If you have any more questions, I am answering down below!

xo,

Dani

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz
    March 23, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Oh my gosh I have the exact same problem! Hereditary thin hair.

    Why did you decide on the tape in method over the many other semi-permanent methods? Also did you have to buy your hair separate from the stylist or do most stylists purchase the hair on your behalf?

    • Reply
      Dani Austin
      March 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Hey girl!

      Yes, exactly!! So I decided on tape ins because after researching many other methods – I found tape-ins were the least damaging for your hair. My stylist bought them for me and I just gave her my credit card info!

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    Sally
    March 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Your hair looks SO GOOD! I’ve never actually thought of getting hair extensions in, but now you’re convincing me!

    Loved this post, Dani!

    Sweetly, Sally // http://www.sweetlysally.com

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    Matt
    June 28, 2017 at 1:09 am

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    Jordana Pereira
    September 14, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Hey! So I have really fine hair as well and am SO scared about hair loss. How has your hair been since you got them? Also do they actually last you two full months? I want to get them but am so conflicted!

    • Reply
      Dani Austin
      September 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Hey girl, so my hair has been okay. I also have very very fine hair. I’ve been in twice now for extensions. The first time I barely noticed any hairloss at all. The second time around, the tape we used was like EXTRA sticky and they had to go really hard with the brush and I noticed a lot more hairloss from the brushing.

      I guess we will really tell this third time around!

      • Reply
        Eryn Wallace
        April 2, 2018 at 8:22 am

        Hi Dani, what has your hair been like since then? I have tried tape ins for the first time and have just taken them out. Experience some hair loss… prob just what I would have lost after the last few weeks anyway BUT I dont know if its my mind playing tricks on me or not but I wonder if mine has thinned considerably or if its just that I got used to the feel of the thickness with extensions in and now it feels extra thin!

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    Amanda
    September 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    How long are your extensions, do you know? I did tape-ins recently, and got the 14″ size … but that didn’t feel like enough length, so I’m going for 18″ this time. But I love your length!

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    jazmine
    October 5, 2017 at 2:35 am

    HI I have thin hair and not a lot so i got the extensions and i have even less hair i lost so much i have been devastated my stylist had to leave half in but now its hard for me to brush and it tangles i literally feel i have barely any hair any tips on what to do Im really down about it how much hair loss is normal because these pulled my hair out from the root and now its breaking off. ?? id appreciate your remarks

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    Dina Lundie
    November 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I have really really thin hair as well I used the beads and that gave me so much hair loss. I’m getting married in June and wanted the tape I’m so scared of the hair loss but I want beautiful hair. Scared of the tape any suggestions? And it’s gonna cost 1200 is that the price you paid?

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    wararatchaothai
    December 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

    wow , this really great blog! i also bought a clip in from https://malaysianremy.com and i really in love with it !!

  • Reply
    Summie
    March 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Do you still do the tape in extensions? I am on my second set and I am worried about hair loss. I am not noticing my hair growing. Just breaking off.

    • Reply
      Dani Austin
      September 5, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      yes, I only use tape in! sorry to hear your having issues, not sure why that could be.

  • Reply
    Kate Wilke
    March 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Hey there! Just reading your story now. I would love an update?! Do you still have the tape-ins & how much hair loss have you had? Was it damaging? I have had mine 10 weeks & just had them removed the first time. I lost a lot of hair, but mostly it broke off the ends.

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    Kate Wilke
    March 22, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Hey there! Just found your blog. Do you still have tape in’s currently? And how’s your hair doing? I just started using them and am scared about long term use.

  • Reply
    vivichloe
    March 26, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I completely agree with this blog . Tape hair extensions is indeed one of the most popular hair extensions for these years . not only tape weft hair extensions, but also hand tied pu skin weft hair extensions . they are both good for thin hair and easy to apply .
    i often bought from mrs hair company , they are great .

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    Lily Layla
    April 3, 2018 at 1:46 am

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  • Reply
    Kristen
    May 30, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Hi! Have you had your hair done in an updo with your extensions??

    I have tape ins (super thin hair) and I’m getting married in September. Currently freaking out about what I’m going to do with my hair. I want an updo!

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    Kelly T
    October 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    So happy to have found this blog. I currently have tape in hair extensions. However, I have had them for about two months now and about half of them have fallen out and have taken my hair with it and now I have bald spots. Have you ever heard of this?

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    Galena
    January 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Hi I just took my out and am so sad. I was flat ironing and have major damage. Curious how many packs do you use in your hair? My stylist used 7! And had them up on top! I now feel like it’s thin there

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