While anyone can install Tape-Ins, we highly recommend that Tape-In hair extensions be installed solely by a trained and licensed salon professional. To avoid a bad hair extension experience and to protect your investment, do not attempt to do your own Tape-Ins. There are certain reasons why stylists go to school and get extensive training on techniques and products, especially when it comes to blending.

Hair types. There are ten wefts that come in each Donna Bella Tape-In pack. On a client that has average length, thickness, layering, and texture, you will be using 4-6 packs of hair. If the client has shorter hair or thicker hair, you will be using 6 to 8 packs. And if your client has extremely thin or fine hair, plan on using 3 to 5 packs of hair. Less packs of hair may be used, but only if your client is wanting to add more weight or thickness to their hair without increasing length. Also, if your client is used to wearing their hair up, you need to place the wefts where they can be hidden easily for updo hairstyles. This is a question you should ask before starting the installation process so that, if you need to angle some of the wefts, you may do so.

Prepping the hair. When your client comes in for the initial installation, they should come with clean and clarified hair. That means no conditioners should be applied after shampooing when washing! Clarified hair means you’re stripping the hair of any moisture, including the oils the scalp produces. The best way to get clarified hair is to use a clarifying shampoo that doesn’t contain moisturizers and then let the hair air dry. The hair may be blow dried, just make sure that no heat protectant, gloss, or anything has been placed on the hair.

During the installation. Try to come in contact with the tape as little as possible or not at all. By placing your fingers on the tape, you’re transferring the oils from your finger onto the tape, which will cause them to slip. Do not take the backing off of the tape and stick it on your finger while sectioning hair. Simply section the fair first and then use your nail to lift the backing from the tape, keeping your fingers away from the tape as you peel it, and place the weft onto the sectioned hair. When you seal the weft, make sure there are no air bubbles. By aligning the top and bottom tape correctly you will avoid this problem. Make sure you’re placing the correct amount of hair between the wefts and tape. Placing too much hair into the weft will definitely cause early slippage.

Tape-Ins are meant to last 6 to 8 weeks before they need to be moved up, depending on the rate of your client’s hair growth. They may be reused up to 3 times a year. Have an installation question? You know what to do. Drop it in the comment box below; we’re always happy to help our Donna Bellas!