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Clip-in Versus Tape-in Extensions: Pros and Cons

Longer and thicker hair is something almost every person wants to achieve, and these days it's so easy to do that.

In this post, we will dive into seeing what the differences are between clip-in hair extensions and tape-in hair extensions.

You’ll also be able to see the pros and cons for each method of achieving longer tresses.

Keep reading to see which one is best for you.

About Clip-Ins & Tape-Ins

Clip-in hair extensions are made of real or synthetic hair, with wig clips attached at the weft so that you can easily clip them in your hair and take them out in minutes.

Rues Hair extensions are made of 100% Remy human hair, but some brands offer synthetic and real hair mixtures for a major cut off the price of a full head set.

Clip-in hair extensions rose to popularity on YouTube when a variety of beauty and hair gurus started sporting them in their “Get Ready with Me” and cute hairstyle videos.

They make a great addition to hairstyles that require length and thickness, especially if you’re not one to stick with one type of hairstyle for a long time.

Tape-ins are extensions with an adhesive tape at the base of a weft which sticks to your natural hair when installed. This is a little more of a semi-permanent solution to your thin and short hair problems than clip-ins are.

Many hair dressers promote tape-ins, however they can be much more expensive and need touch-ups as your hair grows. This can be quite cumbersome and demanding.

Installation of Clip-ins versus Tape-ins

The installation of your hair extensions will make the difference between a super cute new hair style, and a miserable fail.

A bad installation means that you can see the wefts through bumps on your head, loose hair, and even hair chunks coming out.

Wigs and weaves often require your natural hair to be braided. With clip-ins and tape-ins, braiding your hair for installation is not necessary.

Clip-in Extensions Installation

  1. Part your hair with a rat tail comb to achieve the desired style
  2. Take your wider wefts that have more clips (for example, Rues Hair has 2 4-clip and 3-clip wefts) and install on the back of your head
  3. Clip the 2-clip and 1-clip wefts on the sides of your head
  4. Comb or brush to make sure wefts are not visible

Clip-ins compared to tape-ins do not take as long to install.

They also do not take as much care and steadiness of the hands either. They can be done by yourself or by someone else. 

It can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. 

If you're undecided on what style you want to try, then you can unclip, and part, then reclip as desired.

If you need a visual guide on how to install clip-in hair extensions yourself, check out how it's done in this video.

Tape-in Extensions Installation

  1. Section hair where the extensions will go
  2. Remove the back side of the tape
  3. Carefully place the back side of the tape under a small section of your hair while as close to the scalp as possible
  4. Smooth down hair onto the taped extension
  5. Remove the top seal of the tape
  6. Take another small piece of taped extension and place on top of the previous piece

Tape-ins should be done by a professional which will cost you money. You can attempt to do tape-ins yourself, but it is very tedious and you are most likely to mess up.

A tape-in installation can take up to 1 to 2 hours. The adhesive that holds on to your natural hair is very powerful, so you can't rush it. This is why you'd need someone else to do this for you, for your hair's sake.

How to Maintain Clip-in and Tape-in Extensions?

Hair maintenance would be the difference between ratty, falling-out hair, and beautiful full hair.

As with anything, maintaining your hair extensions with the utmost care is the secret to having damage free hair just like your natural hair.

To keep your hair extensions in great shape:

  • Always use a sulfate free shampoo, and silicone free conditioner.
  • Never ring the hair when you wash it. To dry your wet hair, squeeze the hair gently and place on a towel overnight to air dry (this only applies to clip-ins).
  • Never use a rat tail comb to detangle extensions, ever. That is asking for shedding galore which eventually can turn into tangles that grow into a matted mess.
  • Use a detangle brush to brush out hair.
  • Deep condition once a month to keep the hair moisturized and healthy.
  • When using heat, be sure to use a good anti-heat serum or spray to protect the hair.
  • Store the hair in an enclosed box to make sure nothing damages it (this only applies to clip-ins).

Using any silicone or oil-based products at the root while wearing tape-ins will cause issues. Those products will break down the adhesive which wastes the money you spent and will have you dishing out more to get your hair done again.

There is a lot of talk in the hair world about other ways to wear hair extensions, and you’ve just learned about two new ones. Now whether you choose clip-ins or tape-ins, always do your research and your Googles to make sure you make the right decision for you and your lifestyle. Youtube is also a great platform to check reviews on these hair extension types and so forth.

What are your thoughts on clip-in versus tape-in extensions? Which do you prefer or would like to try? Let us know by leaving a comment.

How Much do Clip-ins versus Tape-ins cost?

Clip-in hair extensions are hands down the cheaper option. The reason being, is that you aren’t dependent on an expensive hair salon to install the hair, since you can easily do them by yourself.

You also do not need to go in to get them adjusted as your hair grows. With great gentle care, your clip-in hair extensions will last up to 1 year or more.

With tape-in extensions you must purchase the hair extensions, find a hairstylist, and go to upkeep appointments.

Is it worth it?

While both super convenient technique’s prices mainly depend on the hair brand you choose, tape-in extensions will absolutely run your pockets dry faster than clip-ins will.

What are the Pros and Cons of Clip-in Extensions?

Pros of Clip-in extensions

  • Cost efficient - $$
  • Instantly Removable
  • Temporary
  • Can be dyed and bleached if made with human hair (Rues Hair is made is high quality 100% human hair)
  • Installation is very quick
  • Zero damage to hair
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Adjustable once applied
  • Versatility
  • No expensive salon appointment necessary

Cons Of Tape-in Extensions

  • Can cause damage to real hair
  • Cannot wash your hair for at least 2-3 days after installation – the tape needs time to set to your hair
  • Have to use a solvent to remove
  • Semi-permanent – not removable once installed
  • Cost of the extensions and installation can be expensive
  • No DIY
  • Cannot apply oils or oil-based products
  • Excessive sweating will cause them to slip out
  • Not as versatile
  • Not ideal for anyone with thinning hair

    Pros Of Tape-in Extensions

    • No heat/tools required for installation
    • Takes less time than traditional sew-ins or weaves
    • Reusable
    • Installation can last 2-3 weeks
    • Always made with real human hair
    • Simple installation
    • Extensions can last 1-3 years with proper care
    • Always high quality hair

    Cons Of Tape-in Extensions

    • Can cause damage to real hair due to powerful adhesive
    • Cannot wash your hair for at least 2-3 days after installation – the tape needs time to set to your hair
    • Requires a solvent to remove
    • Semi-permanent – not removable once installed
    • Cost of the extensions and installation are expensive
    • No DIY
    • You can't use oils or oil-based products on hair
    • Excessive sweating will cause them to slip out
    • Not as versatile
    • Not ideal for anyone with thinning hair

    Cons Of Clip-In Extensions

    • Can irritate a sensitive scalp
    • Depending on placement, they shouldn’t be worn while asleep
    • DIY process can be time consuming for first timers - practice makes perfect
    • Not ideal for people with super thin hair – wefts will be visible or create tension on scalp
    • Clip-ins can fall out if not applied correctly
    • Can be bulky if not applied successfully

    Hope that was enough information for you to decide if clip-in extensions or tape-in extensions are right for you!

    Everyone has their own preference, and it's all about what you want.

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