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Why is My Hair so Thin After Tape in Extensions?

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: June 19, 2022

It can be discouraging to know that a method to achieve a fuller hairstyle may actually make your hair thin out, but there is more to know about tape-in extensions. This article will tell you why people may have experienced hair thinning after tape-in extensions and how to avoid it. 

What are tape-in extensions?

Tape-in extensions are small sections of hair that have medical-grade glue on the ends of the wefts. They are meant to be professionally installed to prevent the hair from being damaged in the process. The extensions stick onto clean hair and are concealed by covering the hair over the extensions. Tape-in extensions don’t require extra products or tools to apply.[1

Reasons why hair may thin after tape-in extensions

Heaviness at the root  

Many women, and almost half of black women suffer from what is called traction alopecia. Constantly tugging on the hair ultimately damages the root which can lead to permanent hair loss. It is a process that takes years, so usually, people tug at their hair regularly without knowing the effect that it is having on the roots. 

There is an even greater risk of traction alopecia when the weight of the hairstyle is heavier. Any type of extension puts pressure on the hair, but when people regularly wear long and heavy extensions, they are pulling on the natural hair way more than it should be pulled on. Many people get weave extensions to make their hair look fuller, but do not take into consideration how much fuller the hair should be.

Many traction alopecia cases are found on the hairline, because that is where the thinner, more sensitive hairs are found. So when some people take out tape-in extensions, they may begin to notice their hair thinning over time. 

Improper removal 

Tape-in extensions are obviously sticky, and if they are not removed correctly, you can end up pulling your hair out along with them. The best way to remove your tape-in extensions is to first use an adhesive remover. Applying the adhesive remover and letting it sit on the extensions for a little will help them to come right off.

If there is any sticky residue left on the hair, then be sure to remove it all with the remover. If you remove your tape in extensions without a remover, or leave sticky residue in the hair – you will very likely start to experience hair loss. 

The best way to get your tape-in extensions removed is to have it professionally done. Professionals know the right ways to take your extensions out without damaging the hair. They can also see what they are doing better than if you were to do it yourself. 

Heat and chemicals 

Some people will dye or bleach their hair to match the color of the weave when they leave out some of it. However, dying or bleaching instantly makes the hair weaker which will make it harder to grow. 

When wearing a weave, treat it like a protective hairstyle and refrain from chemically processing your natural hair. If you are wearing a human hair weave, you are able to dye/bleach it any color you want.

Non-hydrated hair 

Keeping the hair moisturized keeps it strong. Water is the best hydrator, and if the hair has not been straightened then spraying water or water-based products on it will help keep the natural hair healthy.  Even if you aren’t able to put water in the hair, it is important to use moisturizing oils. 

Argan oil is a great, lightweight oil to apply to the hair daily. The scalp also needs to remain moisturized, which can be done with oil as well. If the hair and scalp is not moisturized, then the hair can become weak and break off easier while wearing tape-in extensions. 

On the occasions that you do apply heat, a good way to keep the heat from completely penetrating the follicles is to use a heat protectant. A heat protectant is simply something you apply to the hair to create a protective layer from the heat. The product has to be able to withstand high temperatures, while also imparting moisture into the hair – such as argan oil.  

Sleep protection 

Sleeping without covering your hair can cause the hair to pull on your pillowcase or the tape when you move, especially if you toss and turn a lot. Satin pillowcases, silk bonnets, and silk scarfs help to solve this issue. A bonnet or scarf will lock in any moisturizer you have placed in it. 

Night time is a good time to take advantage of what you can do for your hair, because it is a time when you are the most still. Applying oils and leave-in conditioners is great to incorporate into your night routine, and you maintain that moisture by covering your head. Again, moisture helps to keep the natural hair strong. 

Will hair grow back after tape-in extensions?

Whether or not your hair grows back after tape-in extensions will depend on the stage the hair loss has reached. Although the possibility of hair growth after tape-in extensions exists, it is best to seek attention from a hair loss specialist if there is a genuine concern about your situation.

How do I restore my hair after tape extensions?

There may be some damage done when finished with your tape-in extensions, but it is possible to restore your hair. A popular remedy for hair loss is using essential oils. Rosemary oil is one of the best oils to use to grow out your hair. All essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil – such as jojoba oil – before applying to the scalp.[2]

What are the best hair extensions for very fine hair?

When it comes to those that have fine hair, the best option would be halo extensions. The number one reason is that they do not cause damage to your hair. It is a great option because it is a one-piece hair extension that does not bond or glue to your hair in any way. Because of that, there is little to no chance of your fine hair getting pulled out, or even breaking.

The Final Word

If you have experienced hair thinning from tape-in extensions, consider if you have been using them properly. When tape-in extensions are used correctly, you can still rock the look without fear. 


I have always had a love for writing and have been blogging for about 3 years now. I have a passion for teaching what I have learned over the years, especially about hair. I have had almost every hairstyle - typical of a cosmetologist’s daughter- including the big chop in 2015. With all the knowledge I have gained, I feel it is my duty to help others on their healthy hair journey. I believe education can be fun, and I strive to make it fun to learn about beautiful black hair.

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