My Experience With Tape-In Hair Extensions

Style blogger tape-in hair extensions experience

You may have noticed recently that my locks have been a little fuller than usual. That’s because I hopped on the extensions bandwagon to add volume to my ultra fine hair. My hair stylist, Tori O’Connell, recommended I try the tape-in extensions for a few reasons:

  • They’re fairly easy to maintain. Don’t wash your hair everyday and take care of your extensions. If you do, they can last you 3 to 6 months, with multiple uses.
  • They blend with your regular hair and don’t cause bumps that give away your secret.
  • They are not damaging to your hair. This was a big deal for me because if I were to take them out, I don’t want a bunch of my hair damaged or falling out.
  • You can easily sleep in them and they won’t hurt your head like other extensions can.
  • They will give you the head of hair you’ve always dreamed of.

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We used 18″ Babe Tape-Ins in “Marilyn” on my hair. The colors from Babe are so pretty and seamlessly blend in with my color. You can’t even tell the difference between my hair or the extensions because they blend so well. The installation process only took about 30 minutes, which was another selling point for me.

When wearing tape-ins, always use a shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate-free. I had no idea how many hair products contain sulfate until I actually started to look at the ingredients on the bottles.

Products I use to take care of my extensions:

Before I got extensions, I would go to bed with my hair wet in high bun. With extensions, you never want to go to bed with wet hair. Now I make sure my hair is completely dry before going to bed and always put my hair in a braid so I don’t tangle my hair while I sleep.

So far, I have LOVED wearing extensions. The first week, my head was a little itchy while it was getting used to having these foreign pieces in. I’ve been wearing tape-ins for about a month and love the extra volume and length. One drawback is that if I want to put my hair up in a high pony tail, it takes more effort because I have to make sure none of the tape shows. I bought a hand mirror to give me more visibility on the back of my hair. I haven’t yet mastered it so I wear my hair down most days.

I like to braid my hair while it’s wet and let it air dry to create pretty waves. If I’m going out to dinner or a party, I’ll blow dry my hair and curl it with a 1-inch wand. I was worried that having extensions would add a lot of extra time onto my morning routine, however it only adds about five additional minutes of blow drying now that I have more hair.

Something to consider when thinking about tape-ins: they are not cheap ($300+ for the hair and then the labor you pay for putting them in and taking them out), however, IMO it has been completely worth it. A few less Starbucks and no more shopping to kill time or when I’m bored. Who knows how long I’ll continue to wear them, but in the meantime, I don’t see myself taking them out anytime soon. I finally have the volume I’ve always wanted!

Shop all the products I mentioned above as well as my outfit below.

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Hair: Tori O’Connell at Visions Salon & Spa in Pacifica, California. Follow Tori on Instagram @tori_o and see all her beautiful work by searching #hairbytorio.

Location: Union Square, San Francisco and Visions Salon & Spa

Union Square photos via Bradley Wittke Photography

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  • Claudia Wood

    I love the way extensions give you that really full head of hair – it just makes such a difference. Yours look fabulous!

  • Katie

    I’ve had tape extensions for years and have always struggled with finding products that work for me, stylists I’ve had in the past have recommended products that made my scalp extremely greasy and no amount of dry shampoo helps my bangs and crown area. (I think because my hair is ultra fine as well) and the products are way too moisturizing and weigh my hair down.
    Thank you for putting your recommendations down. I’m so happy to finally find someone with fine hair like mine and tape extensions.
    I can’t wait to try these products out! 🙂