An Inside Look at Getting Tape-In Extensions

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I have been very fortunate in my life to always have long, thick hair. In recent years though, I have felt like the bottom of my hair looks a little thin compared to the top. Before my wedding, I bought a set of Remy clip-in extensions just to give my hair a little extra volume and something a little special for the big day. I loved them and have worn them a few times over the last year or so for special occasions like Halloween or my brother-in-law’s wedding.

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Every time I go to see my hairstylist, Kristen at Studio 285, though, I feel like I’m talking about how I want my ends to look thicker and how I’d like my blonde pieces to be a little less bronze. She is always sure to tone it and I use a purple shampoo every now and then, but to get the color I really wanted and the volume, it was just a better idea to get extensions.

I don’t know why I was super apprehensive… possibly because I didn’t want to spend the extra money and I already have long hair, so it seemed a little silly, but I finally made the decision to move forward with it.

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So… here’s how the process works. I went in to see Kristen so she could color my grays. Yes, I like salt and pepper at the root if I don’t go in to see her every 5 weeks. It’s so unfortunate at age 26, but I guess I could have it worse. We talked through the consultation that day so we could order the hair. If you decide to get tape-in extensions, you’ll want to meet with a hairstylist to see what will work best for you.

I ordered two 22″ packs, since I didn’t need a ton of extra hair and got two different colors, a dark brunette and then an ombre brunette to blonde color. I paid a deposit that day and then was able to go in the next week to have them put in.

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The process of getting the extensions put in is really simple and only took 20 – 30 minutes. Tape-in extensions are probably the best kind you can get because they blend really well and they don’t really damage your hair, allowing it to continue to grow and stay healthy. Kristen took one of each color and sandwiched them together along the back of my hair for a super seamless look. It legit looks so good that I can’t tell which hair is mine and which isn’t when I look at it, which is crazy.

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The first night, they felt super odd. My hair felt heavier and I felt like I had little clips or something in the back of my head, but after pulling it up a couple of times, they loosened some and became more comfortable. Now they feel a lot more normal and I love how thick and full my hair feels.

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What’s really cool is that it doesn’t cost much at all to get them moved up every other hair appointment and the hair should last for a year or so, which is really nice. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking to make their hair a little longer or is like me and just wants a little more volume.

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Have any questions?! Feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email – I’d love to help you on your semi-permanent extension adventure! 🙂

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

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