Tape-In Vs Hand Tied Extensions
Are you helping clients decide between a hand-tied extension or tape-in look? Many professionals recommend one or the other, but here is the truth:
Both have their pros and cons!
What’s important is informing clients and figuring out their preferences. Despite being so similar, the cost, upkeep, and outcomes are different.
Wefts for extensions are either machine sewn or hand sewn. Hair & Compounds offers only hand-sewn extensions that are real, natural 100% Indian Remy human hand-tied wefts for all types of clients. What are hand-tied hair extensions' pros and cons?
The Pros of Hand-Tied Wefts
Customer Quote: “For me the biggest difference is that they are differently customizable. Hand tied is great when customizing extensions on a client where you want a lot of length over the entire head and you want to play with the color customization.”
1. 8–10 weeks between maintenance
Depending on the client’s real hair growth, they get to wait longer between maintenance. Compared to tape-in extensions, they spend less time in the chair.
2. Easier to conceal
Hiding hair extensions is easier with sew-in methods and the various beaded row methods (such as NBR or IBR) available for hand-tied hair. They give the customer options for many different styles. Updos, parting, braids, and dozens of other styles work with HTW extensions.
3. Fuller and thicker real hair
Fullness is the biggest pro with hand-tied extensions. Because of the sturdy style, you get to add more to the person’s head.
The Downsides of Hand-Tied Wefts
One of the biggest downsides to any type of sew-in hair is upkeep. Many people like to air dry straight out of the shower out of convenience. It’s necessary to educate your customers on how to properly dry their hair.
2. Upfront Cost
Many customers see hand-tied extensions as more expensive than a tape-in extension. While the upfront cost is more, be sure to tell them why! Over time, clients save money in the following ways:
- They spend less time in your chair.
- Upkeep and maintenance happen less often.
- The actual extensions last longer than tape-in strands.
- They are less likely to damage handmade wefts.
- They get more options and styles.
Pros of Tape-in Extensions
1. Faster process
First of all, the process of taping is much faster than sewing. Any part of the natural hair supports tape-ins, and it works excellently for all hair types.
2. Easier to remove
If your customer does not want a long-term commitment, this is a better option. They are much easier to remove than sewed-in strands, and they get to leave your chair more quickly.
Customer Quote: “Hi! I def think tapes are a temporary method. I won’t offer it unless it’s for an event . I think they are great for that! “A quick fix “ and less expensive.”
The Downsides of Tape-in Hair
1. Thin hair exposes the fake strands.
Many people believe that tape extensions are better for thin hair. They do not pull against the delicate strands, but they are more easily exposed.
2. Updos, braids, and certain other styles do not work.
Even skilled professionals have trouble hiding the wefts.
3. Clients believe that they are a DIY hairstyle.
It is hard to sell certain people on the value of professional work. When people think of tape-ins, most of your time goes into convincing them. They are probably thinking of clip-ins, which are used for a quick, DIY hairstyle.
4. The stigma is hard to get past.
Because so many people see tape-ins as a DIY hairstyle, many clients are hesitant to try them. One popular recommended search related to hair extensions is “tape-ins ruined my hair”.
Tape-In vs Hand Tied Extensions
Hand-tied or tape-in extensions? Many stylists make the switch to sew-ins for a whole number of reasons. Yes, the process takes longer, but it’s much easier to create amazing styles with long-lasting effects.
The answer depends on your patron and your personal preferences.
Are they looking for something quick and easily removable?
Do they want higher quality with long-term results?
What makes you, the stylist, comfortable?
There are pros and cons of hand-tied and tape-in extensions. As a stylist, it is important to be comfortable with whatever you choose. If you are looking for more tips, feel free to keep reading our blog! We have dozens of tips and tricks to inform you and your future customers.