Tape-In Hair Extensions VS Hand Tied Weft
When choosing hair extensions, it is important to be well informed in what method would be best for your salon guest. Every hair extension method works well with certain hair types. Let’s discover the differences between tape in hair extensions and hand tied weft extensions.
Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape in hair extensions are a great way to add fullness and length to the hair. The tape that is used is typically a medical-grade tape so it is very strong and can withstand washing. They are installed by sandwiching a thin slice of the natural hair between two extension pieces that are roughly two inches in width. After six to eight weeks, they are needed to be moved up to avoid matting and breakage. This is done by applying a solution, primarily made up of rubbing alcohol, to the tape area and lightly pulling apart the sandwiched extension pieces. The tape is then removed from the extension and new tape is applied. This process is very sticky and takes on average 1 hour for an entire head of extensions. The challenge with tapes is pulling up your hair into a high pony and trying to hide the extensions, mostly when they are grown out. Many guests complain that they have “mud flaps” on the side of their heads when they are grown out. They can also be too heavy for the sides of the head-on guests that have ultra-fine hair. The hair tends to last 6-12 months depending on color and home maintenance. This method is best applied to guests with medium to thick hair but can be applied to guests with all hair types.
Hand Tied Wefts
Hand tied wefts are assembled together by a person tying the hair into a roughly twelve-inch wide piece called a weft. Think of a grass skirt that is tied at the top and then hangs down. This is beneficial for a track that is very discrete in nature. Historically, hand tied wefts can’t be cut along the track as they would unravel. This is what makes Harvey J Hair different from all other brands on the market as we have four points along the track where it can be cut to ensure maximum size customization for your salon guest. The track is way more flexible than tape in extensions so they tend to be more comfortable. The hair lasts 6-12 months depending on color and home maintenance. This type of weft is best used for someone with fine hair but can be installed on all hair types. Both hair extension wefts can be made with real hair or synthetic. (Harvey J Hair uses only 100% human hair.) Both types of hair extensions come in a variety of lengths, colors and can be colored by a licensed professional. Hand tied wefts and tape in hair extensions can be treated and maintained like your natural hair. When they are 100% human hair, they can be washed, straightened, or curled to blend with your hair.