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Which One Is Best To Choose: Tape-in or Sew-in Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions are the ultimate option to add fullness and length to your existing hair. But when choosing the best one that fits you, we end up having two types of extensions: tape-in extensions and sew-in extensions. Tape-ins are easy to apply, but they don’t last long. Sew-ins are more expensive and require more skill from the person applying them, but they last longer and give a natural-looking result. Choosing between them can be challenging because each has its advantages and disadvantages. In the blog post, we will compare them based on some factors so that you can make a better decision about which type would work for you.

Which One Takes Longer to Install?

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The installation duration of a tape in hair extensions is half an hour to one and a half hours. The installation time for sew-ins is typically between two to three hours. If you want, your color service appointment time will be longer because it means you can have sew-ins installed and even go to the salon during office breaks. On the other hand, you need to schedule or postpone the task to have tape-in installed.

However, the time any of these extensions takes to install depends on how many wefts for sew-in or tape-ins you want to be installed on your head. As for tape-ins, these extensions require far less preparation time than sew-ins, so they are more hassle-free to install. A hair coloring session in installing hand-tied extensions is a must because it has fewer colors to match with natural hair color. In contrast, tape-ins have a more extensive hair palette, so you easily find extensions that perfectly match your natural hair.

How Frequently Does It Require Touch-Up?

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Touch-ups (maintenance) will depend on the thickness of your hair in both tape-in and sew-in extensions. With tape-in installation, women with fine-to-thin hair need touch-ups every six to eight weeks because tape tabs won’t stick properly if their hair is too thin. Touch-up (maintenance) appointments for women with thin to fine hair should be made every 6 to 8 weeks. For thicker hair, appointments should be made every 10 to 12 weeks.

Otherwise, you risk having tape tabs showing up. With thin hair, women need to have maintenance appointments at 8 to 10 weeks; with thick hair, maintenance should be scheduled every 10 to 12 weeks. So, sew-in hair extensions allow more relaxation in touch-ups but remember it can be harmful to your hair health because of build-up on the scalp.

Which One Is More Affordable?

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When deciding between hair extensions, most people consider the cost and whether they will last. People often compare tape-in extensions with sew-in extensions. Tape-ins are generally $100 to $250, depending on the brand and number of tape-ins purchased. Sew-ins cost more than tape-ins—250+ to 500+ depending on the number of wefts and brand. 

Sew in hair extensions are long-lasting but not reusable like tape-ins. The thin hair needs hair extension that does not show up through natural hair. In this comparison, we think tape-in is best because the bonds are thin and flat, so the process does not alter the natural head shape. In comparison, sew-ins are installed by stacking the wefts; it makes hair look bumpy and unnatural on thin hair.

In Conclusion

When choosing extensions, it’s best to go with whichever method makes sense for you, whether hand-tied or tape-in. As a stylist, you must be comfortable with whatever approach you take. Finding the best option is a great way to make beauty clients feel more comfortable! If you are looking for more tips, keep reading our blog! We have dozens of tips and tricks to inform you and your future customers.

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