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Last updated: July 18, 2019

5 Tape-In Extension Application Tips From @realericvaughn

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@realericvaughn’s Top 5 Tape-In Extension Application Tips

BTC Team Member @realericvaughn is Insta famous for his OMG-worthy transformations that leave his clients’ hair pretty, polished and pumped up with undetectable extensions. We had him over to the BTC House in West Hollywood to show us his tricks for applying and blending extensions, and now you can get all his tips!


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Eric’s model before and after Great Lengths GL Tapes extensions were applied!


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1. Where To Start Extension Application

How low can you go when beginning application? On finer hair or blondes, be cautious about placement—otherwise, when she pulls her hair up, the tapes may show. To avoid this, section out the entire hairline so you don’t even touch it. You can also clip an extension in to where you want to begin application, then pull the hair up to check that you can’t see anything. As you work, keep pulling the hair up to make sure you don’t see anything weird.



2. Extension Application Pattern

Apply in a bricklay pattern to ensure the hair moves naturally. If you apply a row identical to the one below it, the hair won’t move naturally—it will be obvious that she’s got extensions.


Eric shows how he determines the bricklay pattern.


3. Adding Dimension With Extensions

Using only one shade of extension on the entire head screams “this hair is not really mine!” Use at least two, and for each sandwich, apply the darker shade on the bottom of the sandwich and the lighter shade on top. In this example, Eric’s model is blonde—as he works closer to her face, he uses less and less of the darker color, because blondes want to look blonde when they see themselves in the mirror. GL Tapes from Great Lengths Extensions come in more than 60 colors, including accent, ombré, bronde and rooted, so color-matching is easy.


4. Ensuring Extension Longevity

Three secrets to getting the most long-lasting tape-in extensions:

  • Clean sections: if hair from other sections get caught in a tape it shouldn’t be in, it will be easier for the client to mistakenly tear the extension out (and also, it’s uncomfortable).
  • Slice thickness: Eric says to take a slice that is thick enough for the extension to stay put as the client’s hair sheds, but not so thick that the tapes don’t make complete contact.
  • Making a good connection:  use the Great Lengths Connection Tool and squeeze with moderate pressure 3-4 times. This provides even pressure to the tape to make sure there are no air bubbles or areas that did not get properly secured to the adhesive.


Squeeze once with the Great Lengths Connection Tool for extensions that can be removed fast (for example, hair for a photo shoot), or squeeze up to four times for maximum longevity.


5. Cutting and Blending Extensions

The cutting and blending step is where a look goes from “Oh, she got extensions,” to “OMG, she looks amazing,” so you have to nail it. Eric uses 75% notching shears to give the perimeter a diffused look before slide-cutting with regular shears to blend. And remember, your client just paid you a lot of money to install all that hair—so less is more when it comes to cutting.


Eric uses notched scissors to diffuse the perimeter before slide-cutting to blend.


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