Tape hair extensions are temporary hair extensions that use double-sided tape to attach the extensions to a person's real hair. The tape comes in different types and strengths but is usually clear and flexible. Taped hair extensions are useful when one prefers a more discrete appearance, because the scalp is still visible after the application. Tape can be used for both human hair and synthetic extensions and allows one to reuse the hair more easily compared to more lasting hair extension methods. This makes taped extensions useful for many types of hairstyles.
Tape hair extensions may come with tape already attached to the hair or may use tape that comes on a roll. Pretaped extensions are easier to use because the person applying the extension simply removes the backing off the tape to expose the adhesive. When the tape no longer holds well and starts slipping off the real hair, one has the option of purchasing a roll of tape and reapplying it to the extension's weft. If one purchases wefts of hair without the tape already applied, he or she can purchase a roll of tape and cut the pieces to fit the desired widths of the wefts.
Their standing as hair extensions that are easier to apply and more temporary than other types of hair extensions means tape hair extensions have many common uses. Some companies offer tape hair extensions in narrow wefts that are intended to be used as hair highlights. This allows one to try out different styles without spending the time and money on permanent extensions or hair color and can also carry a somewhat smaller risk of damage to the person's real hair. They are usually hard to see if applied properly, do the extensions are also useful for hairstyles in which all or part of the hair is worn up.
The process for removing tape hair extensions usually involves using a special spray or bottle of solution to weaken the tape's bond and remove any remaining residue from the natural hair. Some of the products used are also commonly used for removing glued hair extensions and can take some time to completely remove the wefts from the hair. There's also a risk of damage if one pulls too hard on the extensions when trying to get them out. One should keep in mind that some types of tape are much weaker and can be much easier to remove.