The ultimate guide to maintaining tape hair extensions in the summer heat

The ultimate guide to maintaining tape hair extensions in the summer heat

Summer has finally arrived, and it's time to take care of your hair while wearing your favourite  North Professional Hair tape hair extensions. Although tape extensions are a great way to add length and volume to your hair, they require some extra attention during the hot summer months. In this ultimate guide, we will provide you with tips and tricks to help you maintain your tape extensions throughout the summer.

Let's start with the absolute do not whilst in extreme summer heat

When it comes to getting hair extensions for your summer vacation, it's best to avoid investing in a brand new set of North professional hair tape extensions. While you may want to have that new hair feeling on your trip, Instead, it's recommended to use older hair extensions, which will incur less damage and be less expensive to replace if they are exposed to excessive heat from the sun, heated styling tools, chlorine, and salts. Keep in mind that your tape extensions can be affected by direct sunlight, hot tubs, seawater, pool water, minerals from creams and lotions, as well as elements such as iron and copper found in shower water.

Heat can affect the colour of tape hair extensions, making them either lighter or warmer. This can happen due to exposure to various heat sources such as curling tongs, straighteners, sunlight, sunbeds, hairdryers, and even hot water while washing hair. Not only does heat cause colour fade, but it can also loosen the tape adhesive of the hair extensions, causing them to slip out prematurely.

Exposure to chlorine can cause your hair extensions to develop a green tint and become dry and brittle, leading to damage and thinning at the ends. On the other hand, saltwater can dehydrate your hair extensions, making them appear warmer and causing them to clump together due to the presence of mineral elements that create a dry, brittle texture, leading to tangles.

It's important to note that using suncream, lotions, and fake tan can result in your hair extensions developing a peach or pink tint. This is caused by the chemical 'avobenzone' found in many sunscreens. Exposure to excessive heat can speed up the chemical reaction, causing the colour to change and become warmer, which is more noticeable on blonde hair extensions. Always keep your hair tied up away from your skin and wash your hands after applying body creams before handling your hair to avoid minerals transferring.

Let's look at the holiday essential product list

Sounds like we just took all the fun out of your holiday by avoiding the above. However, let's go over our essential product checklist to help protect your tape-in hair extensions so that you can still enjoy your vacation.

Before exposing our hair to heat, it is crucial to ensure that our hair-washing routine products, such as shampoo and conditioner, are appropriate for protecting our hair. To safeguard your hair during your holiday, I recommend using Kevin Murphy Everlasting Colour Wash shampoo. This product is suitable for all types of hair extensions. It refreshes the scalp by cleaning and protecting against colour fade while adding shine and radiance. External factors such as hard water, pollution, and over-styling can affect hair colour. This luxury shampoo helps protect the colour and maintain healthy-looking extensions. To follow up, I suggest using Kevin Murphy Everlasting Colour Rinse, a colour-locking conditioner that forms a protective layer to guard against colour loss and environmental stressors. This conditioner is pH-balancing and lightweight on the hair, improving shine, and hydration, whilst reducing damage.

If you've spent time in the sun and want to take care of your hair, a hair mask is a great idea. We recommend the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, which restores flexibility and bounce to your hair, giving it a healthy and lustrous look.

If you've been swimming or in seawater and haven't protected your tape hair extensions as instructed in our client area, using a clarifying shampoo is a good option before your regular shampoo. This will help remove any minerals and build-up from your hair extensions. We recommend using the Malibu Undo Goo shampoo, which is specifically designed for swimmers and hard water. Make sure you apply the product from the root to the tips of your hair to get the best results.

The Young Again hair oil is a miraculous product that can help control, soften, and protect your hair throughout the day. To achieve the best results, apply it after washing, and repeat daily throughout the mid-lengths and ends. This weightless leave-in treatment contains immortelle extract, which counteracts oxidation when using heated tools that can damage the hair's cells. The product deeply nourishes and conditions the hair, leaving it stronger, smoother, shinier, softer, and rejuvenated. Additionally, it offers heat protection up to 93°C.

Heated Defence is a leave-in foam designed to protect hair against damage caused by styling tools up to 232°C. Apply it after washing and dry into the hair to strengthen, condition, and smooth while creating a protective barrier.

Kevin Murphy Dry conditioner is a highly convenient product that works you heard of dry shampoo to remove oils from the scalp. However, dry conditioner does the opposite it also adds moisture to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, making it a miraculous product for tape hair extensions during holidays. Simply spray it on your hair and comb through it to leave your hair feeling soft and shiny once again.

For your holiday must-have, we highly recommend the Wella Suncare UV colour protection spray. This spray can be used on dry or damp hair after washing, or before leaving your hotel room. Spray it over your tape hair extensions to provide UV protection, add moisture, and a hydrating feel. Enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, this product will help prevent UV rays from changing the colour of your tape hair extensions.

Here are some extra essentials that you should consider adding to your protection hair extension routine: a microfiber towel to dry your hair, a hat to protect your extensions from the sun, a good detangling comb, a scrunchie to keep your hair tied up or plaited, a Malibu C sachet (in case of a pink undertone chemical reaction), and bottled water to wash your hair in and avoid mineral buildup.

Let's look at the perfect routine for a day at the beach/pool in the sun

To keep your hair in good condition when you're out in the sun, follow these steps. First, apply your young again hair oil to the mid-length to ends of your hair and comb through any tangles. Next, apply UV protection spray, paying special attention to your tape hair extensions. To prevent tangles and sun damage, divide your hair into two sections and plait each section, adding a scarf to make it look more interesting. Finally, wear a hat before heading out.

If you've avoided contact with pool or sea water and don't need to wash your hair in the evening, you can create a great evening look without using heat. Simply undo the plaits and apply dry conditioner to rehydrate your hair. Blow dry your bangs, and you'll have perfect, tousled, heat-free beachy waves.

"If you are going to swim in the sea or pool and your hair is going to get wet, it is advisable to apply a hair mask before braiding or entering the water. This will create a protective barrier against salts, chlorine and minerals. Keep your hair in braids to prevent matting and tangling. Once you return to your hotel, rinse your hair immediately and wash and treat it with the necessary products to prevent any chemical or mineral reactions."

Let's look at the perfect bedtime routine whilst on holiday

After spending a day in the sun, your hair may feel dry and brittle due to heat exposure. If you don't wash or treat your hair, or sleep with a hair treatment on, I would recommend undoing your plaited style and applying Young Again oil to the mid-lengths to ends. Gently comb through your hair, as it may be feeling dry from sun exposure. Apply a generous amount of dry conditioner to your hair extensions to add back the lost moisture without the need for washing. Re-plait your hair for sleeping to avoid matting.

Let's look at your return trip to the salon and how to correct any issues with your stylist

Have you ever found yourself worrying about your newly blonde extensions turning pink or green hues? Maybe you realized you didn't take the correct products away with you or didn't follow any aftercare advice. Or perhaps you tried your best to follow the advice, but the perfect Insta shot involved getting your hair wet in the pool, and you thought one dip wouldn't make a difference. Now that you're back to reality, you're regretting your choices. Luckily, our education team at North Professional Hair has the perfect solutions to fix most holiday hair disasters.

First, your hairdresser will need to assess the main concern. Is it chlorine, minerals, salts, or heat damage? Once determined, your hairdresser will perform a cleanse process using Malibu Undo Goo shampoo along with a Malibu treatment sachet that targets these reactions. This process can take up to half an hour to undo the reactions and can be done while wearing the tapes or once they are removed. Your hairdresser may also need to apply a fresh toner or colour to the hair extensions to revamp the colour fade. Additionally, due to the heat, your tapes may of slip or your hair may have grown quicker, which means you may need your hair extensions maintained more frequently, including removing and reapplying them. To correct all these issues, you may be expected to spend up to 3-4 hours in the salon, including your refit appointment. Please note that this will be chargeable by the stylist.


If you have scheduled your summer holiday and you wear tape hair extensions, it is recommended that you keep your old tapes during your vacation. You can save your old set for your holiday and dispose of them when you return, then have a new set fitted. However, if you don't want to wear old tapes, you can get a new set of hair extensions before your holiday. To avoid any costly mistakes that may ruin your tapes, it is recommended that you buy all the recommended retail products and follow the strict guide on how to protect your hair while on holiday. Although this will not fully keep your hair extensions perfect, it will give them the utmost chance of survival.

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