They’re something I considered getting for the longest time. I’ve always had really thin hair naturally which I’ve never minded too much, but there were days where I really just wanted more body and more length to my hair. My hair type is thin, dry and frizzy – a combination of dreams right? But thankfully I’ve started going to an absolutely incredible hairdresser lately who knows exactly how to handle my hair – thanks Dean!
When I first started going to Dean he mentioned something called tape-in extensions – something I had never heard of before. Essentially they’re kind of like clip-in extensions, except they’ve got strips of tape along the top instead of the clips. These sounded a lot more appealing to me than the micro-rings or a full-on weave, plus they’re way cheaper too.
I was quite lucky with mine in the sense that I turned up for an appointment to get my colour touched up, mentioned that I wanted extensions and it just so happened that Dean had a set of hair that almost perfectly matched my colour. They also had a discount for getting them installed which was just a bonus! So Dean did my colour, trimmed the ends and then measured out how much hair would be needed for a fuller look. I think in the end he used a full pack on me the first time round, and then the second time he used about a pack and a half.
The process of getting them taped in doesn’t really take long at all, though I suppose that depends on how many tapes you actually get. I think for me it took around 20 minutes to half an hour to get them in and trim them to the length that matched my natural hair (plus an inch or so because a girl’s gotta have length!)
Here’s a little before & after:
Obviously it’s been styled in the second picture but I think you can definitely tell the difference in thickness. And it’s definitely more noticeable to me when I style it.
Altogether I think it cost roughly just over £100 in total: colour & extensions. I can’t remember exactly since I got the discount they were doing but roughly about £100, which isn’t actually too bad considering I’ve seen weaves cost upwards of £200. They can last up to anywhere up to eight weeks if you look after them (which is actually pretty easy, you just treat them like your own hair!), and then after that time you can either have them re-taped and put back in, or you can just choose to leave them out for a bit. I’m not sure if it’s the same in all salons but with mine they hold onto the hair for you and then that’s your hair to come back to whenever you want.
I’d definitely recommend giving tape-in extensions a go if you’re like me and dreaming about longer or thicker hair, and you perhaps can’t afford or don’t want to commit to a full weave. I’ve absolutely loved mine so far, though the only thing I would say is perhaps don’t go for more than six weeks without getting them seen to – it’s been about that time for me now and I’ve actually had two of my tapes come out within the last few days. The first time I had them done though I managed the full six weeks without any problems so you might be fine! Besides losing two (haha), they’ve been amazing, I feel like I can do so much more with my hair now and it just doesn’t look as lifeless when I wear it down. Plus since I’ve had them, I’ve had my real hair dyed so it’s now a teeny bit darker than the extensions so now they look like highlights which is just a bonus!
I hope this post was at least a little bit helpful for anyone thinking about extensions or anyone just curious. Let me know down below if you’ve tried tape-ins before, or any other kind of extensions and what you thought of them!