How to retape tape hair extensions at home

In today’s post, we will talk about the tape in hair extensions which is considered one of the most favorite types. When it’s time to reinstall, instead of buying new ones, you can retape tape hair extensions if you follow this post.

Let’s get started!


You will need the following tools to retape tape-in hair extensions:

  • Tape in hair extension
  • Scissors
  • Rat tail comb
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Tape Remover
  • Re-Taping Tabs
  • Extension Pliers

Step-by-step to retape tape hair extensions

Step 1: Remove current tape extensions in your hair

Using remover to get rid of the old tape in
Using remover to get rid of the old tape in

To remove hair extensions, you need to use some special liquid to remove the tape, or we can call it “tape remover liquid” to make everything easier. 

Apply tape remover to the bonds. It is usually bottled with a mist nozzle so you can apply it easily. In case it is a normal lid, you can pour liquid directly into your tape tabs.

Use a rat tail comb to separate tape tabs. You should put the tail of the comb in between 2 tapes, then gently loosen the bond.

And then get rid of all leftover glue in tape tabs. After 2 pieces of tape hair extensions are taken apart, put them on a table, and use your fingers to eliminate leftover glue. If it’s still sticky, you should add more liquid and scrub it until all of the adhesive glue disappears.

Step 2: Wash your hair extensions.

You should wash your hair with conditioner. This will not only eliminate all residue of tape remover liquid but also help your hair clean and smooth. Then, you should blow dry it with cool mode or let it dry naturally. Of course, don’t forget to add some nutrients to the tape for the best condition.

Wash your hair extension with clean water 
Wash your hair extension with clean water

Step 3: Retape tape hair extensions

The last task is super simple. You just need to separate 2 pieces of tape tabs, then apply replacement tape to the tabs of tape hair extensions.

In case you use the pre-cut replacement tape, it’s nothing to say. If you use a tape roll, you need to adjust enough amount to fit your tape slice, then use sharp scissors to cut it.

Using extension pliers to help secure the tape to the extensions and your natural hair.

Retape tape hair extensions
Retape tape hair extensions

Now, we’ve all done! 

Useful pieces of information and tips for retape tape hair extensions 

How long does tape in hair extensions stay in hair?

High-quality tapes are strong enough to stay in your hair for 6 months. However, it’s highly recommended to reapply your hair extensions every 6-8 weeks (depending on how fast your hair grows as well)

Which remove tape products should we choose? 

There are many products to remove tape hair extensions, you need to see the products’ ingredients before making up your mind. Generally, these products will contain some oil that works well in getting rid of glue such as Organic Wetting Agents, Petroleum, Hydrocarbons, Citrus Oils, Lanolin, etc.

Especially, Lanolin adds nutrients and keeps moisture for your hair which prevents tape removal liquid from damaging your hair. Therefore, we highly recommend you buy products that have a high portion of Lanolin.

If it has alcohol, parabens, or sodium chloride, put it out of your cart immediately. These chemicals will make your hair dry, and cause more split ends and many bad effects on both your hair and hair extensions.

Keep in mind that you cannot remove them with your fingers because doing so may cause your natural hair to fall out. It also might hurt your scalp. Also, you can find out some useful tips to remove tape hair extensions safely in our blog.

Tape remover product from Luxshine Hair
Tape remover product from Luxshine Hair

How much remove liquid is enough to remove old tape?

You should not be thrifty when using tape remover liquid. It is better to be generous and spray this liquid as dipping tape tabs into it so the removal process can be faster. If you don’t use enough amount, you need to wait until the liquid is absorbed into tape tabs. Everything has its price!

Should I use my finger to separate tape tabs instead of rat tail comb 

Rat tail comb can separate 2 tapes better than using your own hands. As you can see from the tape remover liquid ingredients, it contains both natural and chemical oil which is so slippery that it is hard to take 2 tapes apart with your fingers.

How many time to complete retape tape hair extensions process? 

It just takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to finish retaping tape hair extensions 

How to choose a suitable replacement tape

There are 2 types of replacement tape you can use to retape. One of them is called a tape roll which is very long and easy to stretch. As a result, it is so versatile that you can choose the width of each tape. In contrast, the other is precut tape. This tape is made with a fixed size so you cannot change its width. However, you can use it easily with less time in this process.

Besides, in the market, we also have another classification based on the color of the tape. They are brown tape and blue tape. It is believed that brown tape is much stronger and better than blue tape. Nowadays, blue tape is usually used by Chinese vendors while Vietnamese vendors such as Luxshinehair use strong brown tape.

According to our experience, you should choose brown tape because it plays a better role in making strong tape hair extensions. If you need to buy this product, you can contact us. With $20 only, you will have a big tape roll that can retape tape hair extensions several times.

Brown tape roll product 
Brown tape roll product

You can see it is really easy to retape tape hair extensions and you can save lots of money in comparison with buying a new one. If you need any help, be free to contact us, so we can give you more information about our tape hair extensions, tape roll, and tape remover liquid. 

Have a nice day!

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