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How to Remove Tape Extensions – Step By Step Home Removal

Do you use tape in hair extensions regularly? Do you find it a pain or hassle to take them out when you’re finished with them? The removal process is a struggle that many people go through – don’t worry! I’ve got you.

It really doesn’t need to be a struggle at all. Tape in hair extension options are actually designed to be quick and convenient to manage.

Don’t let the tape in extensions process become a hassle or a nightmare that you can’t bear to face.

Here is a step-by-step guide for removal and a few tips for tape ins you can use to start claiming back time to focus on other elements of your style and look.

If you want to go straight to the step-by-step guide, use the table of contents at the top of this post which will take you straight there.

First Time? Get Help From a Hair Professional

If it’s your first time in handling hair extension options of this nature, you should perhaps think about approaching a salon. Hair professionals who handle all manner of hair extensions will have a safe, comfortable tape in hair remover process in place.

However, going to a salon for help with removing clip ins and tap in hair extensions every time it comes to removal day could be expensive for you in the long run. That’s why so many people look into removing these types of extension on their own!

Don’t worry though, as you’re not going to need fancy hair oil or extension tools to get your tape in hair up and away.

When Should You Remove Tape in Hair Extensions?

This may vary from case to case, but you should consider removing these types of hair extensions at most, every three months.

You may need to remove tape hair extensions as soon as two months, depending on your circumstances and how well you treat your hair.

Either way, you’ll know that it’s time to start looking at the tape in extensions removal process when your extensions start getting loose.

If you use a lot of product in your hair, you may find that your tape in hair extensions start loosening up quicker.

On the whole, you can expect to get back around nine to ten weeks of wear from your tape in hair extensions.

But again, this is different for each person and how wild you live with them!

Remove Tape In Hair Extensions at Home

It’s perfectly possible for you to remove hair extensions at home.

But as I mentioned, it’s probably a good idea to go back to the hair salon for help with this process if you’re new to tape in hair extensions, or if you’re unsure of taking things on yourself.

To remove this type of hair extension at home, you will normally need to invest in a specialist tape in extensions remover.

These can be found in most high street shops and supermarkets, but it’s worth taking a look for oil based options online.

See which ones are available from specialist manufacturers and brands.

What Types of Tape in Hair Extension Remover Are There?

Many remover solutions for tape in hair extensions are oil based.

This is because they are easy and safe to use when soaking your tape ins, and can be easily heated to gently remove at your own pace.

For example, you might need to use a blow dryer to get your tape up to a safe temperature before you can remove them.

You might find that there are some extension remover products which are based on coconut oil or olive oil.

Coconut oil tends to be a magical catch-all solution for plenty of things these days, and it just so happens to save you time when removing tape in extensions too!

There are some remover solutions and products which use different chemicals and additives too.

Some people prefer alcohol removers for the fact that they are easy to spray and gently rub into their hair tape.

You may even be able to fashion rubbing alcohol at home too to easily remove tape in hair extensions (if you fancy doing some home brewing like you’re in Breaking Bad!).

But in a world where many of us are trying to be conscious of chemicals and sustainability, it’s cool if you want to avoid alcohol.

Some hair tape extensions removers also contain palm oil, which isn’t always sustainably sourced. Your choice though – no judgement here.

Use whatever you’re comfortable with. The good news is that you have a few options as I mentioned.

The Step by Step Tape-In Extension Removal Process

This will differ from case to case, but generally, these are the steps to take:

  • Apply your oil based solution to your tap tabs and start to massage in.
  • Be sure to go sparingly at first.
  • You’re going to need to apply the solution or oil to each tape you have in your hair, which means you’re going to need to take special care before you rinse.
  • Gently brush out your hair so that there are no tangles for the tape to get stuck on on the way down
  • Once you have taken the time to cover all your hair tape, you should then consider applying conditioner and rinse under a shower head, massaging further.
  • From here, you may even wish to apply more oil or spray to loosen your tape extensions further.
  • Try to move the tape around to see if it is loosening.
  • Massage the tape until you can feel it nicely peeling off your hair. If you’ve got it right, it should glide down your hair cuticle.
  • If not, add more oil or brush out the tangle which is blocking the tape from moving down your hair.
  • Some people even opt for a mixture of oils and sprays, but if it’s your first time using any kind of remover, I’d advise you to choose one brand and stick to it for safety, consistency and ease.

Do I Have to Go to a Salon to Remove Hair Tape Extensions?

For ease and efficiency, I won’t lie. It is usually your best option and probably worth going back to the salon for help with tape hair removal.

But in time, this starts eating a hole in your purse! There is nothing to say you won’t be able to find your own process to easily loosen your hair tape with practice in the future.

For now, my advice would be to take a close look at different solutions and oils available to buy for home removal.

If you find that you struggle to remove hair tape at home, don’t worry.

There is always likely to be a hair salon you can go back to again and again to fix you up.

Just be careful with the cost. It’s convenient, but it might not be too cheap for you if you keep going back! If you can afford it, of course it’s the most convenient and hands-free way to remove them.

But for us mere mortals trying to keep our costs down? Keep my tips above in mind, and be sure to compare the best products online to help you on your way. Removing hair tape doesn’t have to be a hassle once you’ve tried it once or twice!

About the Author Alesha Ware

Hey! I'm Alesha - just your average girl from Ohio who has had her fair share of bad hair days...and lived to tell the tale. I started this site to help women skip my mistakes and have a positive hair experience