My Experience Getting Tape- In Hair Extensions
Hey babes! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I got tape in hair extensions a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to have them for at least a week before I shared my experience with you guys here. So here goes!
Why I Got Them: My hair isn’t crazy thin, but it’s thinner than I would like. My hair stylists have always told me that I have a lot of hair, but the individual strands are thin. I bought clip in hair extensions for my wedding, and have worn them off and on since. I found myself wearing them a lot on blog photoshoot days, and I just like the way they make my hair look; although I was getting really sick of putting them in, and taking them back out. Plus, I would always be in a hurry when putting them in, and I would do the worst job (the clips were basically showing to the world on most days I wore them, haha).
Where I Went: Mirror Mirror Salon in Austin, Texas. The hair stylist I see is MarthaLynn Kale. She is also the owner of the salon. MarthaLynn is amazing because she also has tape-in hair extensions, and has similar hair to me. She’s also extremley funny & sweet, so it makes the process enjoyable. I always feel like I’m catching up with a friend I’ve known for years whenever she is doing my hair. I would highly recommend anyone on the team at Mirror Mirror. I’ve also been to Whitney who is incredible & my husband goes to Johna.
What The Process Was Like: Much easier & faster than I thought. I went in and MarthaLynn matched my hair to the hair samples she had in the salon. She ordered the hair for me, and I came back a couple weeks later for my appointment. When I arrived at my appointment I also needed my color updated so we did that first. After my color was done MarthaLynn and her assistant put the extensions in. It was so quick, and easy. It didn’t hurt at all, and I was really surprised how light they felt when they were done putting them in. They actually felt lighter than my clip ins, which is amazing.
What The Up-Keep Is Like: MarthaLynn told me that I would need to come in every 8-10 weeks and get the extensions re-tabbed. She said I should be able to use the same hair for 2-3 of those times, and then we would need to order new hair. She also said if you want the hair to last as long as possible then you need to make sure you take care of it as best as you can.
How To Take Care of Them: This is the part I’m still getting used to, since I’m a pretty low-maintenance hair & makeup person. The first time I washed my hair in the shower I was like “Holy heck these are kind of heavy when they are wet, lol). I think it will take a little getting used to, but it’s obviously worth it! Here are the things she suggested:
- You’ll only really need to wash your hair once a week (dry shampoo in between washes to keep your hair looking fresh)
- Brush your hair often so the extensions don’t tangle. At least 1-2 times a day
- Wear your hair in a low pony tail or braid when sleeping at night to avoid tangling
- You can style your hair as usual, and you will find that your curls hold even better with the extensions
Some Things I’ve Noticed: That my hair looks awesome now, haha. I’m not sure how I will feel when I get them taken out, or maybe I will never get them taken out, lol. There’s a certain confidence that comes with having fuller, thicker-looking hair.
- Sleeping was a little awkward the first couple of nights. I was worried I was going to mess up the extensions when I went to lay my head on my pillow. This is normal, and soon you won’t even feel them or worry about them.
- Drying my hair takes a lot longer. I think this is pretty standard for people with more hair. Small price to pay in my opinion.
- Wearing your hair in a high ponytail or topknot might not work out so well. The extensions could show this way, and I feel like it would pull on them. Once they grow out a little bit you might be able to wear your hair like this more easily.
Products I’ve Been Using: I’m a big fan of Living Proof. I love their full shampoo, full conditioner, dry shampoo, and serum!
If you guys have any questions about extensions, please leave them for me in the comments! If I can’t answer them, I will make sure to ask MarthaLynn!
Ive always wanted to try extensions! I love how they look on you!
Thanks so much Sarah! I’m really happy with how they turned out!
You can’t even tell you are wearing extensions. They look flawless!
Thanks Jessica! That’s a big reason why I wanted to get them professionally done 🙂
i love that you wrote up such a detailed post on your experience. i’ve been considering tape-ins for quite some time because i always wear my extensions for shoots and on my off days, i feel so self-conscious about how short and thin and limp my hair is. now that i’ve read more, it’ll help me make my decision! thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Stephanie! I was feeling the same way, and that’s why I finally took the plunge!
I love your blog and instagram! Thanks for sharing. It’s fin for me because I am also due shortly after you. Your hair looks great! I have also done tape in extensions in the past but am curious where you go your clip ins. I need to get a new set for photos etc.
Hi Erin! So fun that we are so close with our pregnancy journeys! For my clip in extensions I just put them in myself. I bought them like 5 years ago at a Sally Beauty Supply!
I got similar extensions to add volume and love them!
I love my extensions! I feel like everyone needs them in their life ha.
They look great on you!! I love how well they blended with your natural hair.
I’ve had tape in extensions many times and I love them! This reminds me maybe it’s time to get them in again…
It looks very natural. I would not have been able to tell there were extensions if you didn’t let us know. Beautiful!
They look so natural!! I love wearing extensions!!
What a lot of great information! They look so natural and seem to be a perfect match!
Your hair and extensions look great! I definitely don’t need extra hair, but I have hear great things about Living Proof!
Your hair looks fabulous! I have always considered getting extensions but I was kind of worried about the maintenance! It doesnt seem too difficult so I might have to try it!
This makes me want to try extensions!! I’m always scared of doing something new!!
These look so pretty in your hair! Very natural looking!
Wow – impressed with how long these can last! I’ve thought about getting extensions a few times before. Glad to see your review on the tape-in kind!
I have thin hair as well, so this is something I have been looking into! Yours look great!
Love how they look! I also have thin hair, but a lot of it, so it just kind of flops around with very little volume. Might have to think about this!
Your hair and extensions look amazing !
Those tape extensions look so beautiful on you! I just ordered some from https://zalahair.co and can’t wait to try.