A handy, step-by-step guide (with pictures) for proper hair extensions application using Simplicity tape in extensions.
The Pre-Application Process
Before installation, you must design a placement plan. Make a sketch of where you’d like to place each extension, ensuring that there is enough hair at the crown to cover all attachment sites. Leave at least one inch of natural hair around your client’s hairline and temples to cover the attachment sites. For side placement, your first extension should be placed three finger widths above the top of the ear and three finger widths in from the temples so attachment sites are hidden when the hair is pulled back.
Before applying extensions make sure hair is clean and free of residue by shampooing your client’s natural hair at least twice using Simplicity Clarifying Shampoo. Don’t apply conditioner, as the oils will compromise the longevity of the extensions. Make sure your client’s hair is completely dry prior to application. It will be easier to install the hair extensions if you smooth the hair with a blow out or flat iron. Section your client’s natural hair to create a clean horizontal part in a perfect line in order to properly place the extension.
Step-by-Step Hair Extension Application Guide
Step 1. Remove the tape backing from the center section of the extension and place extension 1/4″ below the parted section.
Step 2. Press gently by gliding your thumbs in an inward-out motion across the attachment. Be sure to do this only one time and only use 30% pressure when gliding your thumbs across. Picking up too much hair will fail to create a maximum bond and may cause premature release of the extension. (See certification video).
Step 3. Flip hair up and over the top of the part line. Make sure that just the right amount of hair has been secured to the adhesive section. Remember that picking up too much hair will reduce the bonding effect. Remove all excess or stray hair from the adhesive site as any stray hair caught in the adhesive can cause pulling and discomfort.
Step 4. Next, remove the tape backing from the right wing.
Step 5. Secure in place by bringing it in towards the middle section, overlapping precisely the existing adhesive area of the extension. Repeat process to the left wing. Return hair extension to its natural hair flow position and press firmly by gliding your thumbs in an inward-out motion across the extension’s attachment. It is imperative the wing is perfectly aligned to the top adhesive section.
Step 6. Using Simplicity Pressing Tool, press first on each end of the wing and then evenly across the entire adhesive area. The Pressing Tool will eliminate any air pockets and guarantee maximum hold.
Step 7. Using the Simplicity Loop Brush, gently brush through the hair.
Check out this certification video for more help.