Remove Tape-in Hair Extensions: Step-By-Step Guide by Experts

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Like most semi-permanent hair extension types, tape-in hair extensions require regular upkeep, including repositioning every 6-8 weeks. Some individuals prefer to remove and reposition their tape-in extensions more regularly to maintain their scalp health and avoid damage or breakage of natural hair. This is especially true for individuals whose hair grows at a faster rate.

What are Tape-in Hair Extensions?

Before discussing the hair extension removal procedure, it’s important to distinguish tape-ins from other hair extensions. Hair extension types are often classified into two main groups: temporary and semi-permanent. Options like clip-ins and wigs are temporary since they can be worn and removed without additional application procedures. They provide instant change but often look less natural and require constant adjustment throughout the day.

Semi-permanent types include tape-ins, sew-ins, fusion, and micro-link hair extensions. Tape-ins use adhesive strips with glue to attach to natural hair. They offer quick application and removal and, if applied correctly, result in secure, versatile, and long-lasting styling. The only downside with tape-ins, which is pretty much the case with most hair extensions, is that you must schedule regular maintenance every six weeks. 

Read more: Types of hair extensions

How to Remove Tape-in Hair Extensions at Home

Installing and removing tape-in hair extensions is often best done by a professional. However, if you have some hands-on skills, you can remove them at home. The first thing you need is a tape-in hair extension remover. This can be made at home by mixing alcohol and water to get a 91% alcohol solution.  

To achieve this alcohol percentage, simply take 99% isopropyl alcohol and dilute it with pure cold water in the ratio of 100 ml of 99% alcohol to 10 ml of water. Be sure not to include other ingredients in the solution since they will affect its efficacy. We will discuss the step-by-step procedure in a later section.

Tools Needed for Removing Tape-in Hair Extensions

The process of removing your old tape-in hair extension is super straightforward. You will need a tape-in hair extension remover solution and a few more supplies, such as a hair clip, comb, and conditioner. In the sections below, we have explained how these supplies will come in handy while removing your tape-ins.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Tape-in Hair Extensions

How long it will take you to remove your old tape-ins varies depending on your styling needs and the condition of your hair. On average, most hair extensions last between 4 and 8 weeks, while the more permanent ones take up to four months. That said, the process of removing tape-in hair extensions is simple. We have compiled a step-by-step guide below.

  • Source a hair extension remover from a nearby salon or beauty shop. If you want to remove the hair extension at home, use the correct alcohol percentage when making your DIY tape-in hair extension remover.
  • Section your hair and clip the top to expose the tape. Ensure no hair covers the tape, and you can comfortably locate where the extension meets your natural hair. You should be able to see everything you are doing in a mirror.
  • Apply the tape-in hair extension remover solution on the tape. Gently spray the solution on the tape to dissolve the glue. Allow some time for the solution to soak and saturate before peeling off the tape.
  • Gently remove the hair extensions. If you have applied the hair extension remover correctly, you can wiggle the extensions and see them move without getting stuck on the glue strip. 
  • Peel the Tape away. Gently peel away the tape using your fingernails from the point of attachment with your natural hair. If the tape is stuck on your natural hair, do not force it out, which could cause hair damage.
  • Remove any residues. Once you have removed all the hair extensions, work your way through the layers where the glued strip was attached. You may notice some natural hair strands falling. This is okay since losing some hair extensions is natural, only that they haven’t been falling but instead held by the tape.
  • Wash and condition your hair. After removing the tape-in hair extensions and any residues, wash your hair using a deep conditioner. You can also comb your hair to remove dirt and ensure the hair strands are detangled.
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Short hair after hair extension removal

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Removing Tape-in Hair Extensions

There are many mistakes that people can make when removing tape-in hair extensions at home. The most common one is using the wrong alcohol concentration in the tape-in remover. If you cannot purchase a high-quality adhesive remover, ensure the alcohol concentration in your DIY solution is 91%. Here are the other mistakes to watch:

  • Forcefully removing the hair extensions.
  • Failing to clean your hair after removing the extensions.
  • Reapplying new extensions immediately without giving the natural hair a break.
  • Using harsh chemicals is not meant for hair.

Tips for Caring for Your Hair After Removing Tape-in Hair Extensions

After removing the tape-ins, you should care for your hair to ensure it recovers well and maintains its health and shine. Here are some tape-in hair extensions removal tips and after-care procedures you can implement for the best results:

  • Always use a wide-tooth comb or finger to detangle your hair and avoid breakage.
  • The choice of deep conditioner should be gentle on your hair, plus you should leave it on for the recommended time to repair any damage.
  • Massage your scalp gently to stimulate blood circulation and promote healthy hair growth.
  • Trim split ends and avoid excessive heat styling.

Read more: Hair care routine.

Remove Your Tape-Ins the Right Way

Removing tape from hair extensions without damage requires some hands-on experience and the use of the right products. With the detailed procedure and tips listed above, you can comfortably remove your tape-ins at home. If you need any help, be sure to contact our team at Ladyandthehair, and we’ll be glad to help.

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