So now it’s been a good 3-6 weeks, and your client is coming in for a Tape-In move-up appointment. 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 move-up appointment, and let your client know so that they’ll be prepared. Alternatively, you could split the removal and reinstallation parts of the move-up service into two separate appointments, with the added benefit of giving your client’s hair and extensions an opportunity to recover. Either way, it’s important to be extra-vigilant with Tape-In reinstallation; a small error in the re-taping process can cause early slippage for the client. Remember, there are no shortcuts to the process if you want the hold!
Tape-In Bond Remover. The clear oil-based remover is specially 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 a single weft or a single row of wefts, depending on your preference. Do not saturate the whole head; if the remover is left for too long, it starts to disintegrate the tape and make it really gummy. That being said, don’t be afraid to use too much remover on the section that you’re working with. Using too little might fail to weaken the bond. If the bond is not peeling easily from the hair, simply add more remover. Do not tug on the extensions. 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, then use a comb to comb it out.
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 yourself time in the reinstallation and re-blending process, so you won’t have to figure out where the wefts initially went. 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 because both the wefts and the natural hair should be 100% clarified before reinstallation. Otherwise, you risk serious slippage. Wash the client’s hair once with a clarifying shampoo. If there’s still some stickiness left in the hair, 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 the baking soda. You may condition from the mid-shaft down to make the hair more manageable, so long as you avoid the roots and refrain from using any other products on the hair.
Clarifying the wefts. Put a small amount of clarifying shampoo mixed with baking soda in a small dish. Remove the wefts one section at a time from the styrofoam head, wash with the shampoo, rinse, and then place them back on the styrofoam. You can dry them with a blowdryer 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 Replacement 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 3-6 weeks.
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