So now it’s been a good 4-6 weeks and your client is coming in for a move-up appointment for her Tape-Ins. While a move up can be really easy, it also takes a lot of time. Plan on spending about 2 ½ to 3 hours on a moveup appointment. Let your client know so that they will be prepared. This is where it gets tricky because a small error in the re-taping process made by the stylist can cause early slippage for the client. Remember, there are no short cuts to the process if you want the hold!
Tape-In Bond Remover. The clear oil-based remover is especially formulated to remove Donna Bella Tape-In extensions. It sometimes gets confused with the Keratin Bond Remover which is alcohol-based. To help you remember, clear is for tape, blue is for bond. Start by applying a good amount of Tape-In Bond Remover to the weft (do not saturate the whole head). Don’t be afraid to use too much remover. If the remover is left for too long it starts to disintegrate the tape and make it really gummy. Therefore, only do one weft at a time. Once the weft is out, apply a little more remover to the natural hair to remove any of the old adhesive that may still be lingering.
Styrofoam head. For an easier application, use a styrofoam head. As you remove the tape, place the old weft on a styrofoam head in the same location as where you removed it from your client’s head. Do this to save you time in trying to figure out where they go back. Many of our top stylists highly suggest you do this to save time.
Washing. This is the most important part of the move-up service since both the wefts and the natural hair should be 100% clarified. Wash the client’s hair once with a clarifying shampoo, then add a little baking soda to the clarifying shampoo for a second wash, but only where the extensions were placed. The baking soda will act as a safe abrasive to help break down the remover and stickiness. Shampoo the hair again for the third time to remove any traces of baking soda. You may condition from the mid-shaft down (avoid the roots), but do not dry with any product.
Clarifying the wefts. Put a small amount of clarifying shampoo mixed with baking soda in a small dish and regular shampoo in another. Remove the wefts one section at a time from the styrofoam head, wash with the regular shampoo, rinse, and then place them back on the styrofoam. You can dry either with a dryer or place the head under a hooded dryer while you are working on your client.
Re-taping. Make sure that you don’t have any product or oil on your hands. When you peel the tape away from the card, only touch the very edge. Try to come in contact with the tape as little as possible. Make sure that you press it firmly to the extension weft. The extensions are not meant to have any of the old tape on them before they are re-taped. If done correctly, your client should only need to come in every 4-6 weeks.
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