Hair extensions are sections of hair that are added to a person’s own natural hair to add the effect of length and fullness. Extensions are made of either natural human hair or artificial hair. The price of a set of extensions generally reflects the difference between the two, with natural hair costing more than the man-made variety. Hair extensions are attached to the wearer’s head in many different ways; taped hair extensions are one popular method of attachment.
Like natural hair, hair extensions come in many different colors and styles. Most people choose a color that closely matches their own hair color, so that the extensions aren’t obvious. Sometimes, though, a completely different color is chosen to give hair a unique, multi-toned look. Some extensions can be colored to match the wearer’s natural hair.
Once hair extensions are put in place, they can last from 2 to 6 months before having to be removed and redone or replaced. Taped hair extensions may not last quite as long — 4 to 6 weeks is more common — as the tape does not hold as well as some other methods. Glue, micro links, stitching, and braiding are some other techniques. Although these methods generally last longer, the and high cost and length of time to apply them can cause many to opt for taped hair extensions instead.
One of the simplest types of hair extensions is the weft, a strip of hair on a nearly invisible base. Wefts are often used as taped hair extensions, and have the advantage of being very quick to attach. With weft-taped hair extensions, a complete head of hair can be added in about a half-hour in many cases. They are equally easy to remove and can be reused in almost all cases, making them economical as well.
Taped hair extensions are usually attached using very strong, medical-grade clear tape. This type of tape is non-irritating and has considerable holding power when in use. Many types of taped hair extensions come with the tape already in place. The tape is double-sided, with one side already bonded to the extensions. The other side is taped directly to the scalp, in a part made in the natural hair.
When selecting taped hair extensions, it is best to compare several types before buying. The quality of extensions varies by the manufacturer, as does the price. Not all people can successfully wear hair extensions, as very fragile or thin hair may easily be damaged, and people with sensitive scalps may have trouble with the glue or tape. Anyone interested in using any kind of hair extensions should discuss it with a knowledgeable hair stylist before making a purchase.