How do I know how many tape-in extensions I need?

Tape-in extensions are a popular way to add length and volume to your natural hair. But with so many options for hair lengths, textures, and amounts, it can be tricky to figure out exactly how many tape-in extensions you need for your desired look.

How are tape-in extensions applied?

Tape-in extensions get their name from the small strips of tape that are used to bond the extensions to your natural hair. A stylist will section out small horizontal rows of your natural hair and sandwich small wefts of the extension hair in between the sections. The tape bonds the extension and natural hair together.

Tape-ins allow for a very customizable installation. Extensions can be placed wherever you want more volume and length. They also do not require any damaging glues or chemicals. The tape gently grips the hair without damaging it.

Factors that determine how many tape-ins you need

There are a few key factors that will determine how many tape-in extension bundles you need to purchase to achieve your desired look:

  • Your hair’s length and thickness: The shorter and thinner your natural hair, the more tape-ins you’ll need to add length and volume.
  • Desired length/fullness: The longer and fuller you wish the extensions to be, the more you’ll need.
  • Extension length: Shorter extension lengths (8-12 inches) require more wefts than longer lengths (18-24 inches).
  • Extension texture: Those with very straight hair can get away with fewer wefts than curly-haired gals.
  • Your budget: More tape-ins means a higher cost.

How much hair do tape-in extensions add?

Tape-in extension bundles are sold in different sizes, but generally range from 50 grams to 100 grams per bundle. Here’s a rough estimate of how much length one bundle will add:

Bundle Weight Added Length
50 grams 2 inches
70 grams 3 inches
100 grams 4 inches

Of course, this can vary based on your hair thickness. Those with fine hair will see a bigger drop in length from a single bundle compared to those with thick, coarse strands.

How many tape-in bundles do you need?

As a general rule of thumb, here’s how many bundles are recommended based on your hair length and thickness:

Hair Length/Thickness Number of Bundles Recommended
Short/Thin 5-8 bundles
Short/Thick 8-10 bundles
Medium/Thin 8-10 bundles
Medium/Thick 10-12 bundles
Long/Thin 10-12 bundles
Long/Thick 12-14 bundles

These bundle amounts are for a full head installation. If you only want extensions in certain areas, you may need less.

How many packs should I buy?

Extension packs contain a set number of bundles per pack. For example, a 10-pack would come with 10 individual 50-100 gram bundles. Here are some tips for calculating how many packs to purchase:

  • For shoulder length hair, start with a 5-pack
  • For medium length hair, start with a 8-10 pack
  • For long length hair, start with a 10-12 pack
  • Buy more packs if your hair is very thick or you want an extra-full look. It’s better to have too much than too little.
  • Stick to one length for a natural layered look. Avoid mixing drastically different lengths.

What’s the best tape-in extension length for me?

The ideal tape-in length depends on your natural hair length and the look you’re going for. Some guidelines include:

  • Chin-length hair: 12-16 inches
  • Shoulder-length hair: 14-18 inches
  • Medium length hair: 16-20 inches
  • Long length hair: 20-24 inches
  • Extra long mermaid hair: 26-30 inches

However, you don’t need to match the extensions exactly to your current length. Going slightly longer or shorter can helpcreate more dimension. Just don’t go more than 4 inches difference between lengths for the most natural look.

How much do tape-in extensions cost?

The cost for tape-in extensions can range dramatically based on the quality, length, and amount of bundles purchased. Some average price estimates are:

  • Synthetic tape-ins: $60 – $300
  • 100% Remy human hair: $200 – $600
  • Virgin/high-quality human hair: $600 – $1500

Salon installation costs will be extra. Tape-in installation typically ranges from $100 to $300 depending on how much work is involved.

As you can see, tape-ins are definitely an investment! But with proper maintenance, high-quality tape-ins can last 4-6 months before needing to be replaced. For those wanting to save,synthetic hair can be an affordable alternative, but won’t blend or last as nicely.

How should I maintain my tape-ins?

Proper tape-in maintenance is key for making them last as long as possible. Be sure to:

  • Wash 1-2 times per week max to avoid loosening the bonds
  • Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
  • Use a wet brush and gently detangle from the bottom up
  • Sleep in a loose braid or silk cap to prevent tangles
  • Get them professionally tightened or reapplied every 4-6 weeks

With the right care, your lush tape-in locks can last for months of optimal beauty!

Finding a stylist

Getting your tape-in extensions properly installed is just as important as choosing the right hair. Take time to find an experienced stylist who specializes in tape-ins.

Look for stylists who:

  • Have a portfolio of tape-in work
  • Use high-quality, reversible tape
  • Offer a free or discounted consultation
  • Provide a warranty on their application work
  • Have good reviews for being gentle on natural hair

You want someone who will take the time to understand your needs and natural hair to create the perfect customized look.


Tape-in extensions allow you to add instant length, volume, and style versatility to your natural hair. When determining how many you need, take into account your current length and thickness, your desired look, extension length and texture, and your budget. Invest in quality hair and professional installation for beautiful results that last.

With the right amount and placement of tape-in extensions, you can achieve that bombshell hair of your dreams without unnecessary damage. So don’t be afraid to fake it ’til you make it with these fabulous faux locks!

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