One of the best parts of having tape in hair extensions is the fact that, if cared for correctly, they can last 5-8 weeks. That’s two months of confidence with your new long, thick locks! And after that, if you’ve cared for them properly, they may be suitable for re-application, saving you heaps of money.
Showering With Tape In Hair Extensions
You can shower and style your hair when your tape in hair extensions are in, but be aware that you’ll need to take special care. Here’s your complete guide to showering with your extensions.
Wait 2 Days After Application
After your tape in hair extensions are applied, be sure to wait 48 hours before washing your hair. The adhesive will have been given adequate time to adhere to your natural hair, making them last longer and hold tighter. When you need to shower in those first two days, use a shower cap.
Don’t Scrub Too Hard
The wefts of your tape in hair extensions should remain as stationary as possible throughout their life cycle. In order not to disturb them, try not to scrub over them while shampooing or conditioning. Press on your roots and move gently from left to right if you feel like you’re still not getting a good enough clean. Conditioner should never be applied to roots and this is even more true with tape in hair extensions. Start at mid-strand and work through to your ends, avoiding contact with the tape.
Wash 2 Times Per Week
When you do start showering with tape in hair extensions, make sure you’re not doing it too frequently. Twice per week is a good standard to stick with. If you have curly or wavy hair, you may even be able to wash it once per week. If your hair gets greasy or oily, especially if you’re an exercise enthusiast, use a dry shampoo that’s gentle enough to not affect the adhesive. You may also wish to choose shampoos that are intended for color treated hair (less chemicals) or a sulfate-free shampoo.
Dry Before Brushing
Try to wait until after your hair is dry to brush it. This will allow any loosened adhesive to dry and re-set prior to dragging your brush through the strands. Slowly comb or brush the very ends of your hair and work your way up through the hair shafts. This will ensure that no sudden jerking occurs, which could potentially loosen or free the adhesive on your tape in hair extensions.
If you’re an avid swimmer, you may want to think twice about tape in hair extensions. If you do go into a chlorinated pool with your tape in hair extensions, be sure to wear a swim cap. Chlorine is a harsh chemical that can loosen and free up your adhesive.
Choosing High Quality Tape In Hair Extensions
If you choose high quality tape in hair extensions, you shouldn’t have a problem with premature loosening or shedding. Be sure to choose 100% Remy human hair for your hair extensions so you can shower and live your life as close to normal as possible.