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Last updated: February 07, 2020

Cheat A Fuller A-Line Bob With Tape-In Extensions—Here’s How

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Cheat A Fuller A-Line Bob With Tape-In Extensions—Here’s How

Adding tape-in extensions to an A-line bob—and keeping it short? Yep, it’s a thing, and it’s an easy way to bring in more dollars! But adding extensions to short hair for fullness is different than adding for length, so we went live on Facebook with hairtalk® Extensions Master Educator Tucker Cinalli (@tuckerjstyle) to learn his techniques and how to avoid three common mistakes hairdressers make when installing extensions. Check it out below!


Check out the before shot of Tucker’s model (and fellow stylist, and friend!) @gabbythestylist.


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Mistake #1: Waiting To Cut The Extensions

Cutting the extensions all at once at the end of the application (when working on a bob) is a major no-no and will complicate the haircut.


Solution: Cut as you work! When cutting the hair after each row (or every two rows), following the guide becomes much easier. Plus, it eliminates having to cut too much hair all at once and creates a really clean line a lot faster.


More Cutting Tips:

  • Texturize off most of the length before creating the sharp A-line.
  • Once the weight is removed, then go in with shears and point-cut the hair deeply to create the A-line.
  • “I always point-cut,” says Tucker. “It creates movement in the ends and keeps the look from getting too extension-like.”


Cut extensions after each row or every two rows to avoid complicating the cut at the end.


Mistake #2: Stopping The Application Too Low

You know that when adding extensions for length, you generally stop applying just under the occipital or in the crown area—the same rules don’t apply when installing tape-ins on short bob cuts.


Solution: Apply the tape-ins higher up on the head. “You want to create a really dramatic point in the front (to create that desired A-line!), so you need to have the extensions coming from where the bangs would start,” says Tucker.


More Application Tips:  

  • Use the hairtalk® Petites and Minis when working higher up on the head—these tape-ins are more flexible and can be placed more intricately while still being seamless.
  • Use the hairtalk® Plus strands at the front hairline—they mimic hair growing from the scalp and are always undetectable.
  • Apply tape-ins in a bricklay pattern, leaving a finger-sized space between each row. 
  • Start the application on the sides because for an A-line end result, the sides are most important. Remember that the goal isn’t to add length in the nape, it’s to blend the sides together and color match the hair.


When applying extensions on top of the head, use the hairtalk® Mini Strand Plus for a seamless outcome.


Mistake #3: Using Only One Extension Color

Here’s what happens: You color match the hair, then use that one color for the entire application! What you’re missing? Dimension!


Solution: Use at least two, sometimes three or four, colors when applying tape-in extensions (even on short hair!). It makes the hair look more natural (and expensive!), says Tucker.


More Color Tips:

  • Use two different colors on the same section. For this look, Tucker applies hairtalk® color 25 under the section and places hairtalk® color 613 with an 18 root on top of the section.
  • Add in fashion colors! Clients might be unaware that they can get fashion shades without the commitment—offer placing in one or two strands of hairtalk® Pops of Color for a fun bonus color. (Tucker used neon yellow on his model!)



Check out the transformation shots below! 💥⚡️



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