How to achieve voluminous hair when wearing tape extensions

How to achieve voluminous hair when wearing tape extensions

Achieving voluminous hair can be a hurdle, particularly when wearing tape extensions. Although tape extensions are an excellent way to add length and thickness to your hair, they can weigh down your natural hair and make it look flat at the root area where the tapes are applied. However, with the right techniques and products, you can still achieve that full-bodied, voluminous look even with tape extensions. In this article, we will be discussing some tips and tricks to help you achieve that voluminous hair look.

What products do I need for washing?

We recommend investing in professional volume-creating products to help lift and add bounce to your hair extensions. Start by washing your hair with Kevin Murphy Angel Wash, which is specifically designed for fine, coloured hair. Follow up with the Angel Rinse to condition your hair extensions. Apply a generous amount throughout your length, combing it through using a hair extensions brush. Avoid applying too much product to the root area. Rinse thoroughly with cooler water to remove all the product.

Next, use a microfiber towel to remove excess water from your hair extensions. This will help minimize frizz. We recommend the Hair-Made Easy Towel Wrap. After that, gently comb through your hair extensions, making sure to hold the attachment firmly at the root area. When hair is wet, it stretches, which can cause tapes to slip or break.

What products do I need for styling?

When it comes to choosing root boost products, there are a lot of options available in the market that promise to give you volume. However, if you have fine hair, you need to use a product that can provide a firm hold to stiffen up your roots and generate volume. We recommend using Loreal Volume Lift Root Mousse which is specially designed to lift the roots while keeping the ends light and supple. To use it, apply the mousse on damp hair in sections directly on the root area.

In addition to this, we also suggest using Loreal Tecni Pli heat-activated setting spray that creates volume, root lift, bouncy hair, and shape. To use it, spray it liberally all over towel-dried hair before blow-drying.

Lastly, we always recommend using a heat protector spray like Heated Defence by Kevin Murphy to protect your hair from heat damage.

What heated tools do I need?

To style your tape-in hair extensions, it is recommended to start by removing some water from the hair using a hairdryer, as the extensions can hold a lot of water and take longer to dry. For creating volume and lift at the root, it is recommended to use a round bristle brush. Begin taking sections of hair from the bottom, so that you can direct the airflow upwards towards the ceiling. This will help dry the hair with a root lift. While drying, you can apply a roller in each section to set the volume you are creating, repeating these steps until all the hair is dry from the root to the tip.

If you want to create extra volume and curl, you can use a heated tool once the hair is dry. A GHD curve is recommended for creating soft waves and thickness through the length of your tape hair extensions. The same section pattern can be followed while drying, but each section of hair should be wrapped around the wand for a couple of seconds and then released.

To finish the styling, it is recommended to use a texture spray throughout the roots and length to create more volume and hold. The Neal and Wolf texture spray is highly recommended. You could also add a small amount of backcombing to your natural hair, avoiding the tape hair extensions to enhance and hold extra volume.


How often should I style my tape-in hair extensions?

It is advised that you style your tape-in hair extensions according to your personal preference and lifestyle. You may choose to style your hair daily or once every few days. However, it is important to be mindful of the health of your hair and avoid excessive heat styling, as it can cause damage to the extensions and your natural hair. We recommend using a heat protector and maintaining your heated tools at a temperature of 180 degrees. Most tape hair extensions can hold styles for up to a week without needing to be restyled. To keep your tapes looking fresh, hydrated, and soft, we recommend using a dry conditioner by Kevin Murphy. It is important to avoid overusing styling products as they can build up on the hair, causing the tapes to feel dry and full of residue.

How often should I wash my tape-in hair extensions?

How often you wash your tape-in hair extensions will depend on your lifestyle and how oily or dirty your hair gets naturally. Generally, it is recommended to wash your tape-in hair extensions every 4-7 days to maintain their cleanliness and prevent any buildup of oils or products to avoid the tape slipping out. However, if you have a more active lifestyle or tend to sweat a lot, you may need to wash them more frequently. In such cases, it is recommended to avoid washing the tapes directly and only wash the natural hair above the tape extensions. Washing the tapes 1-2 times per week is sufficient to keep them clean and avoid colour fading on the tape hair extensions.


Tapes are commonly used to increase the length or thickness of hair. In addition to this, tape-in hair extensions can also enhance the volume of your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. If you want to create root volume while wearing tape-in hair extensions, you can follow the styling tips provided in this blog. The key factors for achieving root volume are the types of products used and the styling techniques applied.

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