The great thing about tape in hair extensions is that they're reusable and the not so great thing about tape in hair extensions, is that their reusuable.
If you're confused that's ok. Let me clarify. If you've had tape ins you know, whether you're a hairstylist or a wearer, that the residue that is sometimes left in the hair can be completely stubborn and umanangeable.
I have done over 2,500 tape in hair extension applications and removals myself, and I have seen some unbeweavable things.
The severity of how much residue that is left in the natural hair can be due to a variety of reasons.
- Buying tape from a company that doesn't actually use their own tape on the daily or they are new to the extension game and they don't really know what they are doing.
- You bought the right tape for the wrong hair type.
- You have been wearing your tape in hair extensions too long.
Regardless, we got you covered. Most hair extension companies offer 1 or 2 removers and depending upon their formulation, you may find yourself just using their alcohol based remover. The problem with that is, it doesn't really address the issue of residue.
Here's why Big Kizzy offers not 1, not 2 but 3 diffrent removers to address the stubborn residue you are having trouble with.
- Removal: Start with Remover 1. Spray onto the tape sandwich. Make sure the nozzle is touching the panels as you spray. Next, insert a metal tipped comb between the two panels, and move back & forth. Spray again, then gently remove the panel from the natural hair. If you meet any resistance spray more of your Remover 1. If you have done these steps correctly you should not feel any discomfort during this process.
- Residue Removal: Spray Remover 2 onto residue that is left behind on the natural hair. Take your tail comb and comb down and scoop out to remove any chunks of residue of the hair. I really like remover 2 because it's light and not heavy like most secondary removers. It has jojoba, safflower & vitamin e oils. I never use Remover 2 to take the actual hair extensions out.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE....
Some times even after you do Step 1 and 2 there is still residue in the hair.. Typically that happens when you've worn the extensions for too long and your hair has literally absorbed the tape. That's where Remover 3 will make your life soooo much easier.
Just so you know, before I tell you how to use Remover 3, their's a really easy test you can do before you start the removal process to see if you will even need it. It's called "The Slip and Slide Test." Gently hold your tape in panel and if you can move it around pretty easily, aka slip and slide, then you are going to need Remover 3.
Remover 3 is step 3 in this process. By now,you have already removed your extensions and removed most of the residue.
So here's how you use it:
So now you spray Remover 3 generously from Root to Ends. Comb from root to ends and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Rinse hair apply your favorite conditioner from root to ends and let it sit for 5 minutes then comb again from roots to ends. Rinse and use a clarifying shampoo and prep for reapplication.
Having tape in hair extensions shouldn't have to be a frustrating experience for you whether you're the wearer or the stylist performing the service. When in doubt ask an expert a.k.a. ME! Give me a buzz at 214-614-2442.
See ya on the flip side Kizzys!