Hi everyone 🙂 I know two blog posts in two days.. what?! I have so much free time now since I am on break for nursing school so might as well blog as much as I can. I recently got tape in extensions and just wanted to share my experience with it so far.
Why: A little over a year ago, my hair became extremely damaged and died off so I had to cut it short. I always had long hair so I just didn’t feel the same with my short hair. I originally bought these clip ins from Bellami which was $175 after tax and shipping because I wanted to see how I like it temporary. Clip ins are nice because you can just put them in whenever to instantly have long hair and then take them out at the end of the day. They were annoying because if my hair gets stuck it would fall off and they hurt and then you can see the metal part.
Where: My salon is called Innovation Hair Salon and it’s located in Barrington, New Jersey (South Jersey). Ask for Lana! She’s the best 🙂
Process: Two weeks before putting them in, I went to the salon to pick out the color for my extensions. I picked silver & ash blonde so that it can be well blended in my hair because the silver will fade into ash blonde. The extensions only took about 3 business days to ship in. When it came in, I arrived at 9am to first get my hair colored. My roots were horrible so they needed to get bleached and then colored with the silver. The process didn’t take so long because I barely had hair. She then blew out my hair and then began to put the extensions in. The extensions part probably took like an hour to put in. She then styled it and I was all set! I would say it took a total of 4 hours for the whole process. These tape ins would last about 2 months and then I would go to the salon to get the tapes changed. This hair would last me 2 more changes so it’s about half a year or longer depending on how well I take care of it. I also intend to take a break from my extensions so it would probably last me until like November or December.
Cost: I had to order 3 bundles and each of my bundle came with 20 pieces which is the minimum recommended you should get for thin hair. Each bundle cost about $150-$300 depending on color and length and also the brand of extensions. My salon uses Hairtalk which is by Hothead Extensions. For my color, it was more because of the silver. I got 17 inches for length and that is long enough for me. My total for the extensions cost $500 and then additional $100-$150 put in fee. Lastly, to dye my hair cost $100. These prices will vary on your salon, your hair, and your desired length and color. The lighter and longer you go, the more expensive it will be. This is the price I paid in case for a ballpark and in case you need something to compare it too.
Maintenance: Okay so I had it about two weeks now and I am still getting used to it. It used to take me like 5 minutes to blow dry my hair and now it’s like 15 minutes lol but I don’t wash my hair as much anymore. Here are what I am currently doing to maintain my hair and most of it is what I normally did with my colored hair to begin with.
Use a heat protector!
I do recommend this serum by Kenra because it speeds up the drying process and also protects your hair from heat. I mentioned it in a previous blog post here so you can read into it if you want. I do use this spray before curling my hair as well. Heat protectant sprays are a must because it would help your real hair and also your extensions to last longer by avoiding heat damage.
Don’t wash your hair everyday
I wash it every 3-4 days depending on how oily it gets and if I am doing my hardcode workouts where I am sweating a lot. This helps the condition of the hair and also to maintain the color. In between washes, I recommend this dry shampoo by Ouai and you can read about it in my blog post here.
Use sulfate free hair products
This is a must for any colored hair because sulfate will damage colored hair. I have no idea why but it’s what all major beauty magazines and what every hairstylist will tell you. Look for the words sulfate free on the shampoo and conditioner and make sure you double check under the ingredients list. You paid so much for your hair so please put in a little more effort to take care of your hair. My current shampoo and conditioner I use by Ouai is also sulfate free and smells wonderful!
Use a wide tooth comb
Wide tooth combs are less harmful on the hair and able to get the knots out. I let my hair dry a little bit before I start to really comb it. When combing, hold onto the roots of your hair and gently comb it. This prevents you from pulling on your extensions and also damaging it. Also, brush your hair couple times a day to keep it tangle free.
*All of these recommendations are from my professional stylist and also my own experience since I had colored hair for the longest*