As we mentioned in our last article, the hair extensions industry is absolutely booming. As a provider of training in the best hair extension techniques out there, we feel it’s only right to give you as much detail as possible when it comes to choosing the best hair extensions training course out there. Including which type of hair extension works best for you. In this article, we’ll be letting you know everything there is to know about tape wefts – from who they work best for to whether or not you can swim in your new tresses.
What Are Tape Weft Hair Extensions?
Varying in size at between 1 inch and 4 inches long, tape wefts are a great way to add volume and length to your natural hair. They work by “sandwiching” a layer of your natural hair between the tapes, which have their own layers of synthetic or real hair attached.
There are no tools required for this method or chemical treatments required, making this one of the most popular and frequently-requested options. They’re also one of the most affordable and quickest hair extension methods available, with a complete application across a full head of hair taking as little as an hour.
Who Should Use Tape Wefts?
As long as your hair is thick enough to hide the tapes – and there is no risk of allergies from the bond – anyone can use tape wefts. Indeed, they are one of the most versatile and adaptable options out there. They are incredibly strong and can handle a lot of day-to-day styling without the bonds weakening over time.
You should, however, be aware that yourself or your customers will need to buy sulphate-free shampoo, as these products can damage your hair extensions. You will also need to avoid using oils around the base of your hair or near the tapes, as these can weaken the bonds and cause your tapes to fall away.
How Long Do Tape Wefts Last?
Tape weft hair extensions can last up to three months – although it is more likely to be around two months – as they grow alongside the hair in individual sections. However, the quicker your hair grows, the sooner you will need to have your extensions replaced. Luckily, depending on the aftercare and general wear and tear, each collection of tape weft extensions can last up to two years.
Do Tape Hair Extensions Cause Hair Loss?
As with all hair, pulling and styling with extreme heat can cause hair loss. However, this is especially true for those with fine hair, who might find that the added pressure from some hair extension methods, such as micro rings or tapes, can cause hair breakage. While this is not the same as hair loss, it’s worth noting to those with finer, dry or damaged hair there is an increased likelihood of the hair snapping.
The great thing about tape wefts is that they are extremely light when compared to other options. So, they are less likely to cause these problems than others. As always though, it comes down to individual differences and a fully trained hair extension technician should be able to let you know if your hair is too fine or damaged to handle tapes well.
Aside from not being able to wash your hair for around 24-48 after your new hair extensions have been applied, tape wefts are one of the best and most accessible techniques available. Creating a fuller, thicker head of hair at a very reasonable price and leaving the salon in only an hour makes this one of the most appealing methods and is probably the best thing about tape wefts. Just be aware that those with very fine or damaged hair may need fewer tapes, or might be better choosing another option, such as the mesh integrated system.