Tape hair extensions are a revolutionary addition to the hair extension market in terms of how quickly and easily a full head can be fitted, in comparison to more traditional methods such as stick tip, nano tip and weft hair extensions.

There are a huge range of benefits associated with opting for tape hair extensions as a hair extension technician, however one of the most exciting advantages is the ease of reusing the product after the initial first fitting.

So how do you re-tape a set of tape hair extensions?  Here we talk you through the process.

PREPARING THE HAIR TO BE RE-TAPED

Once you have removed the tape hair extensions using an acetone based removal solution, it is incredibly important that you prepare the hair extensions correctly for re-taping.  You should not re-tape the hair extensions until the below steps have been taken, otherwise the hair extensions will not be as long lastly the second/third time around.

STEP 1:

Although the tape has been removed from the wearers natural hair, this does not mean that all of the original tape has been removed from the hair extension piece.  Often, there is a significant amount of tape still attached to each piece which must be removed.

Using acetone, spray the piece of tape on the sticky side, and use your fingers to massage in.  Using your fingernails or a set of tweezers, gently peel away the remainder of the tape attached to the hair extension.  This may only be a little, or may be almost a full piece of tape depending on how much came away when removing from the wearers hair.

STEP 2:

Once the remainder of the tape has been removed from each piece, the hair extensions must be thoroughly washed using hair extensions suitable shampoo.  This is in order to remove the acetone that was put onto the extensions to remove the tape. Even if the acetone has dried, if it is sitting on the hair extensions then the new tape will not attach properly, therefore this part of the process is extremely important.

STEP 3:

Once the hair extensions have been washed, they must be thoroughly dried and straightened before you begin the retaping process.

RETAPING YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS

Now that the hair extensions have been prepared, you can begin the retaping process.

STEP 1:

Take 1 piece of your hair extensions and lay flat on a clean surface.

STEP 2:

Peel away one piece of tape from the tape tab sheet, or cut a piece of tape from your tape roll to the exact width of the hair extension piece.

Step 3:

Carefully place the new tape piece directly where the original tape was applied.  Leaving the reverse sticker still in place.

STEP 4:

Your hair extensions are now retaped and ready to be used.  You can leave the sticker in place to protect the glue until you are ready to fit your clients new hair extensions.

Please note that if you plan to refit the tape hair extensions into your clients hair on the same day as the removal, your client will need to fully wash their hair with a clarifying shampoo in order to remove all of the removal solution residue from their hair.  If you do not wash the clients hair after removal, the tape hair extensions will not be fitted securely.

Amy
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Hello, my name is Amy, and I am the founder and owner of SimplyHair and award-winning aftercare product brand, HairExtensionBFF. I have over ten years of experience in the hair extension industry, having first undergone my training as a hair extensions technician in 2010.

I started my career working as a mobile hair extensionist, fitting predominantly micro ring hair extensions, I traveled all over the county, transforming women's hair and lifting their confidence. After sourcing my own hair to use on my clients, and seeing how much they loved it and how high quality it was, I decided to become a supplier to other hair extensionists and salons nationwide, which quickly developed worldwide. I have also won the award for designing the Best Detangler at the 2019 Hair Awards and made finalist for Star Product for my Pre-Shampoo treatment.

SimplyHair's hair extensions are located in many salons throughout the UK and US, and are worn on national TV shows such as ITV’s Dancing On Ice. We are proud to supply many celebrities and well-known figures including Stacey Dooley, Dannii Dyer, Maura Higgins, Pixie Lott, Denise Van Outen, and many more. We are fortunate enough to see our products worn by Saffron Barker for her photoshoots with Primark and Superdrug, as well as all of the stars of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2020.

Having an equal passion for both the hair extension industry and the small business community, I ensure that SimplyHair not only focuses on a quality product but also on valuable advice and guidance on growing a business. We want to see our community grow and thrive, and enjoy being a part of that with them.

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