Have you ever wanted instantly long hair without waiting for your hair to grow, but wanted something semipermanent? Extensions come in handy then! If you’ve never tried any sort of extension, starting with clip-ins is a great way to try them out without feeling stuck. But if you’ve used those and want something longer lasting, tape-ins are a great option. Read along for all about tape-in extensions!

All about tape in extensions

Price Commitment 


Tape in extensions are probably the most affordable of semipermanent extensions on the market. While extensions can range in price from $200 to $5,000+, tape-in’s are typically on the lower end of the spectrum. You can order them from a slew of online retailers or from your hair stylist. The online retailers will most likely have stylists that work solely with their lines, so you can always search their sites to find someone install them.

Once you pay for the actual extensions, you’re going to need to pay the stylist for installation. If they match your hair exactly, you don’t have to pay for the color. That’s great! Otherwise they may have to tone/color your extensions to match your hair. This can also vary significantly based on your stylist’s rates.

Hair Commitment 

Since this is all about tape-in extensions, you’ll want to know what the commitment is for your actual hair too! The day you have them installed your stylist will wash & dry your hair, but most likely not out any product in – it can cause slippage with the tape. No one wants that to happen! After it’s done, you aren’t going to want to wash your hair from anywhere from 48-72 hours. My stylist let me know the longer you can go without getting your hair wet, the better.

Afterwards, you’ll want to wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo & conditioner. Make sure to not apply conditioner to the tape since it can cause the tape to loosen & like I mentioned earlier, no one wants the tape to get loose!


You definitely want to always use good quality hair products to make sure your hair stays in great shape! I use DryBar & R+Co products on my own hair + extensions. A good hair oil applied to the extensions every night with a good brushing will keep it in good condition. I braid mine before bed every night to avoid tangles.

When it comes times to style them, have fun! It’s human hair, so it can take heat just like your normal hair. Make sure to use a good protectant spray to avoid damaging the hair. What’s wonderful about the extensions is after a few styles they hold curl for a long while! This will ultimately save on styling time, which is a huge pro of extensions!

All about tape in extensions

Products I recommend

After talking with my stylist, as well as other tape-in extension wearers, I continued to use my favorite products. I love these and regularly recommend them, so of course I wanted to include them here.

1.  The Chi Spin & Curl Ceramic Rotating Curler

2. Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler

3. Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray

4. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

5. Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo

6. Kitsch Tie-Dye Scrunchies

While this isn’t a comprehensive instruction (I leave that to the professionals!) about tape-in’s, I hope this “all about tape-in extensions” helped you decide if you would like to get them! I loved mine while they were in and can’t wait to have them installed for a second wear once I’m able to get a hair appointment with my stylist.


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