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Variations: You can buy tape hair extensions or place the tape bond onto the hair wefts yourself.
Pros: Tape weft extensions can be taken out or put in fairly quickly and easily, and feel more natural than clip-in or sewn-in extensions. They do minimal damage, work on all hair types and lengths, and don't necessarily require a trip the salon (though it's helpful).
Cons: While they can be washed when installed, the extensions tend to slide out after conditioning, and can be high-maintenance to hairstyling novices since sandwiching the two pieces typically is best done when you have a friend there to help.
How to do it: Starting with your hair straight, use a comb to part small, horizontal sections of your hair starting from the back. Sandwich the tape wefts between a 1/4-inch thick section of your hair close to the roots. Press firmly to secure at the roots. Repeat as needed.
Tips: Place the wefts as closely to the roots of each section as possible as you go. For maximum hold, put aside strands of hair that aren't sticking to the tape before sandwiching the second piece onto it.
Get it if: You've mastered the clip-in technique and are looking for something a little more permanent but that is still easy to remove and reapply. These work much better for updo hairstyles, as the tape is flexible yet sturdy enough to be tugged in different directions.
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