Happy Tuesday Babes!
I’ve received SO many DMs and comments about my hair, so I had to share with y’all what I did. I recently had tape in extensions placed and I’m BEYOND obsessed, so I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about the process.
Tape ins are a great way to change your look completely without a ton of commitment. I’m super low key and low maintenance about my hair and I want to keep it that way. I’ve never dyed my hair and I only cut it about once a year (good products are the key to that!!!!).
I went to Douglas Carroll Salonh in Raleigh. I was looking for a new salon and GUYS I found such a good one. I had a really bad experience looking for a new salon last year, so I was super hesitant to let anyone touch my hair. But, YALL, Douglas Carroll is gold. If you’re in Raleigh, hands down, where to go. Trendy and chic, but also a super talented and experienced staff. Brandon did my extensions and held my hand (literally) through the entire process.
What to Expect:
First, Brandon brought me in for a consultation. He color matched my hair and ordered extensions. A few weeks later, I went back to have the actual extensions placed. The entire process took about 1.5 hours. Extensions are placed using a medical grade adhesive. The extensions themselves are about an inch to 1.5 inches long and they lay nice and flat against your head. A very thin layer of your own hair is sandwiched between two extensions. They’re super light weight, I was slightly worried about having a permanent pony tail headache with extensions.
The extensions do need to be moved up as your hair grows. How often they need to be moved up really depends on how fast your hair grows. Generally, every 6-8 weeks. I am going to have mine moved up in 2 weeks, which is a little past my 8 week mark.
Any type of glue is affected by moisture, so washing your hair less is recommended. This wasn’t an issue for me, I generally wash my hair about once or twice a week. Time to invest in a good dry shampoo! Some professionals recommend buying a special brush to use with extensions. I didn’t and never had any issues. I did invest in a good sulfate free shampoo to use. Linking my favorite Dry Shampoo Here and the Sulfate Free Shampoo Here.
The process sounds easy, which might make you tempted to try DIYing some tape ins. Word to the wise: Just don’t. The extensions have to be placed evenly to make them look natural. They also need to be removed by a professional as well.
I’m going to video Brandon moving up my extensions on my story when I go in two weeks. Stay tuned if you’re interested in the process.
Questions? Email me, DM me! I was beyond impressed with Douglas Carroll and Brandon.