Tape Human Hair Extensions: The Dos and Don'ts of Aftercare

So, you’ve got your new tape hair extensions in and you’re ready to show them off! Yes, you’re looking amazing with your new locks, but there are a few things to remember if you want to keep your extensions looking beautiful and healthy in between salon visits.  

Even if you've been using hair extensions for a long time, these steps are crucial. For long-lasting, great-looking tape hair extensions, here are the dos and the don’ts of taking care of your tape human hair extensions.

The Do's

  1. Brush before washing: This will prevent your tape human hair extensions from tangling. Start brushing at the bottom and work your way up. We recommend using a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle paddle brush.

  2. Brush your hair daily: Brushing your hair often will help to increase circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth. It will also help to keep your hair extensions from smooth and knot-free.

    Pro tip: Taking care of your tape hair extensions is easy if you always keep a hairbrush with you – a Mini Paddle Brush is perfect for this!
  3. Braid your hair before bed: This is the easiest way to keep your hair extensions from tangling. It will minimise the amount of friction on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair while you sleep, making it smoother and easier to brush in the morning.

  4. Use the correct shampoo and conditioner: When it comes to taking care of your extensions, one of the most important things to remember is to use the right haircare products. This will make all the difference in keeping your hair extensions nice and manageable and looking silky smooth.

    Pro tip: Showpony’s haircare range is specially formulated to be used with Showpony hair extensions, and will prevent tape slippage in the first 4-6 weeks.

  1. Use a heat protectant: Applying high heat can cause significant damage to your hair extensions; just like your natural hair, it can cause shedding and breakage. Before using any heat styling tools, make sure to apply a heat protectant spray and turn the setting down to no more than 180 degrees.

  1. Use the right hair ties: Tape hair extensions can be damaged if you use the wrong hair tie. We recommend using a fabric hair tie or an Invisibobble scrunchy to avoid hair breakage. 

The Don’ts

  1. DIY hair colour: Please always leave colouring to your professional stylist, especially when it comes to hair extensions. The hair has already gone through a colouring process to reach the desired shade, and your stylist will know whether or not colouring them again is such a good idea.
  1. Workout with new extensions: It’s a good idea to let your newly fitted tape human hair extensions rest to allow the bond to set to your natural hair. Give it a couple of days, and you can get back to your gym and sweat it out for as long as you want!

  2. Wash your hair every day: Same goes for your natural hair – washing it daily won’t improve the condition of your hair, it will only remove healthy natural oils and decrease the quality and shine. Washing your tape human hair extensions too often is also likely to wear down the adhesive faster.
  3. Stick to the same hairstyle: One of the fantastic benefits of having tape hair extensions is being able to style your hair any way you want and anytime you want. Don't be afraid of pulling off new hairstyles. Be bold, sis!

  4. Skip your follow-up appointments: We recommend seeing your stylist every 4-6 weeks for a refresh and re-tape, this will ensure the tapes are kept close to your scalp and are easy to manage and style.
  5. Brush your hair when wet: Same as your natural hair, your tape human hair extensions are at their weakest when wet. Gently towel dry your hair before running a detangling comb through it.
  6. Apply oil-based products near the roots: To extend the lifespan of your tape human hair extensions, make sure to avoid the roots or scalp when using any oil-based products such as coconut oil or argan oil. If possible, avoid any products containing oil altogether when you have your tape hair extensions in. Excess oil will result in your extensions loosening at the adhesive bond.

Wake up every day with the hair of your dreams and keep them looking fab with these easy-to-follow tips. You are now ready to flaunt your tape human hair extensions and look damn good doing it!

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