Hair Extensions 101: Tape-In Hair Extension Basics


New to hair extensions? Here is everything you need to know about Donna Bella’s Tape-In hair extensions.

Hair extensions are made of real human hair and are attached to existing hair to add length and fullness.There are several ways to attach hair extensions, and Tape-In is one of the newest methods. Stylists and clients love it because it’s easy and only takes about an hour to install. The attachment points of Tape-In extensions are seamless and won’t damage hair. Tape-In extensions come in 18 inch and 22 inch lengths.

Tape-Ins come in wefts, each 1.5 inches wide. There are 10 of these wefts in every pack and each weft comes pre-bonded with a special adhesive designed for use with hair. A typical full head of Tape-In extensions is about 3 to 5 packs of hair.

The stylist pulls off the protective strip on the Tape-In weft and presses the adhesive area firmly onto the hair near the scalp. Then another hair extension weft is placed underneath the first hair weft, sandwiching the client’s hair in between the two wefts. This technique keeps the hair and hair extension in place, sealed in the protective adhesive strips. The adhesive is strong and safe for use in hair.

These wefts are installed row by row working up the head toward the crown area. Wefts are also attached on the sides of the head to fill in hair on the sides of the head.

Once finished, the bonds lie completely flat against the head and are covered by the upper layers of hair, making the attachment points undetectable and smooth. After all the wefts have been installed, the stylist then blends and styles the hair so the extensions look completely natural.


Tape-In hair can last for about two to four months. As you wear Tape-In extensions, your hair will grow as it normally does, and that growth causes the weft and hair extension to move further and further away from the scalp. That’s why it’s important to go in for touch ups every few weeks so your stylist can adjust the wefts by moving them closer to the scalp.

Removing Tape-In extensions is easy with Tape-In Bond Remover. This oil-based solution helps break down the adhesive so the bonds loosen. After the solution has been applied for a few seconds, you can gently slide the Tape-Ins out of the hair.

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8 Responses to “Hair Extensions 101: Tape-In Hair Extension Basics”

  1. laurie thayer says:

    I was told the tape in extensions can’t be wet or shampooed for 48 hours after they are attached. Is this true? Also once they are removed with the bond remover, what do you do about reattaching them again. Is there adhesive you need to get to reattach since you already used the remover to take them out? Thanks

  2. Jane L. says:

    Hey Laurie,
    yes waiting 48 after installation is the best way to go. Replacement tape (which you can find here: can be used to reattach extensions after they’ve been removed. Thanks for reading!

  3. Marietjie says:

    Where can buy the tape

  4. Jane Layne says:

    Hey Marietjie,
    Tape in extensions can be purchased here and replacement tape can be purchased here .

  5. Heather says:

    For someone who has a bob cut and is very short at the nape, what would you recommend doing with the taped extensions? Would you still leave an 1″ of space or would you apply right at the bottom so they can still pull their hair up without having the short hair hanging out?

  6. Jane Knight says:

    Hey Heather,
    I would not recommend putting any extensions within the outer 1″ of hairline since the hair itself is more fragile. It’s not just an aesthetic thing, but fragile hair may not be able to support the tape-in hair. The hair typically wouldn’t be strong enough to support the extensions – lots of unnecessary damage. I suppose if you don’t care about the condition of your hair (or think it’s strong enough to withstand the added weight of the extensions in the more fragile hairline), AND you NEVER put your hair up, you could get away with it.

  7. Corryn says:

    In the post to Heather you say, “…AND you NEVER put your hair up…”, can you elaborate a little more for me on that? I cut my long hair into a lob pretty recently, I’m starting to miss my long hair and I’m clueless about extensions, but I’m heavily considering tap-ins. Not being able to put my hair in a bun is brand new information, and I’m worried because it might be a deal breaker on the extensions idea as a whole.

  8. Jane Knight says:

    Hi Corryn,
    You may put your hair in a bun but it should be loose. Any time you put your hair up, natural or extensions, it should never be too tight. The constant pulling on your strands tends to break off your strands. This also applies to braids and pony tails. Several of us are wearing tape-in hair extensions and we do pull it up sometimes, just not tight. Also, make sure that your stylist doesn’t place the tape-ins to low or you’ll be able to see your tape when it’s up. Make sure to tell them to place them low enough to where there is enough hair. Thanks for asking 🙂

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