Taking care of Tape-in hair extensions
USE SULPHATE FREE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER: This is a must-do for anyone, regardless of whether or not you wear hair extensions. However, if you’re wearing tape-in extensions, this becomes a non-negotiable.
- TAKE CARE WHILE WASHING AND CONDITIONING: Be sure to brush your hair our using a hair extensions brush before you wash your hair. This will help get rid of any natural hair that you have shed (part of the normal life-cycle of hair). Shed hair, if not removed, can cause matting to your tape-ins around where the bonds sit.
Use a sulphate-free conditioner after shampooing and apply it from the bottom up, only up to the mid-shaft of the hair. With tape-ins, you will have to be careful to not apply any products on the bonds that might cause the glue to come undone. Once the conditioner is in, gently untangle any knots, using your fingertips.
- POST WASH CARE: You must use a good detangling spray or serum of your choice, again making sure that you don’t apply any product to the bonds themselves. This product will help sort out the knots and make it much easier to style your hair.
- STYLING TIPS: After detangling, use a good heat protector on your hair before blow-drying. Make sure you dry out the extensions especially well (on low heat), to ensure there is no moisture left between the bonds. Once the roots are dry, use a hair extensions brush to even out any knots in the hair shaft. You may let your hair air dry now, or proceed with styling it using hot tools – all the while avoiding the roots where the bonds sit.
- NIGHT-TIME CARE: Brush your hair with a hair extensions hair brush to even out knots, before going to bed. Plait it loosely to avoid the formation of knots while you sleep, and last but not the least, sleep on a silk pillow as that also prevents unnecessary entangling of the hair.