Tape-In Vs. Clip-In Extensions, Which One Should You Go For?
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Tape-In Vs. Clip-In Extensions

Tape-In Vs. Clip-In Extensions

Recently, tape-in extensions and clip-in extensions have become very popular. These two extensions sound similar, and some women don't know how to choose between them. If you also have this issue, this post is for you. Keep scrolling to learn more about their pros and cons so that you can decide which works better for you.

What Are Tape-In Extensions?

Tape-in extensions are a thin (about 1 inch wide) hair weft that has been pre-taped with medical-grade adhesive on the top. Tape-ins have been around for a while and are becoming more and more popular these days among black women. It's a safe and quick way to add length and volume to natural hair.
tape in extensions for black hair

What Are Clip-In Extensions?

Clip-in extensions are also one of the most preferred extensions. This type of extension comes with small clips on the top of the weave. The user just needs to open the clips and press them onto the hair to attach. It's easy to install and maintain, and perfect for beginners and busy girls.
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Tape Hair Extensions Pros And Cons


  • Seamless and realistic hair look: A seamless, realistic hair look can always be achieved with tape-in human hair extensions. Even if you pull all the extensions up into a high ponytail or a top knot. They are so lightweight and undetectable that some women often forget that there are tape-ins on the head. The secret to achieving such a natural result is to leave out the hairs around the hairline and edges.
  • Versatile in styling: Tape-in extensions that are made of 100% human hair allow you to dye, perm, and restyle as your desire. You can restyle them as you would with natural hair. But heat treatments caused by styling tools can shorten the lifespan of tape-ins. So you'd better apply some heat protectant spray before applying heat.
  • Easy to install and remove: The installation and removal of tape-in extensions are very easy. To apply tape-ins, the stylist just needs to peel away the tab on the sticky tape and sandwich two pieces of tape-in extensions together with a thin strand of natural hair in between. To take off tape-ins, the stylist just needs to use some remover to loosen tapes and then simply remove the extensions. Of course, there are so many other details that need to be handled when it comes to the actual. So we highly recommend getting these done by a pro.
  • Longer lasting than clip-ins: Tape-in extensions can last for about 6-12 weeks with proper maintenance. In contrast, clip-in extensions must be removed before bed and reinstalled when required.


  • Installed or removed by a professional: Tape-ins are quite easy to install and remove. For an undetectable effect and to avoid any possible hair breakage, it is highly recommended that these be done by salon stylists.

tape-in extensions high ponytail

Clip-In Hair Extensions Pros And Cons


  • Throw-on and go: It's a piece of cake to put in clip-in extensions, even for a beginner. The installation process of clip-in extensions can be done within 5 minutes. 
  • Convenient: Clip-in extensions are better for you if you want more freedom with how and when you wear hair extensions. It's more convenient for some special events, such as a Saturday night party, holidays, dating, etc.
  • Low maintenance: Clip-in extensions can be applied to natural hair within a few minutes, which also means that you don't need to visit a salon for professional upkeep. But with Tape-ins, you have to go back to the salon to reinstall or reposition regularly.


  • Not a permanent method: Clip-in extensions have to be removed before you go sleeping or swimming. Or the hair extensions may get tangled and lead to hair loss. 
  • Need some practices to achieve an undetectable result in some hairstyles: Typically we clip in hair extensions horizontally. But if you want to pull your clip-in extensions into a high ponytail, you need to clip in your extensions at an angle instead so that they will lay flat when you pull them up.

Clip-In Vs. Tape-In Extensions, Which Is Better For You?

With clip-ins and tape-ins, you can achieve a natural hair look in an undetectable way. Deciding which way to go between tape-ins and clip-ins depends more on your preference and lifestyle. 

If you need to make a quick transformation for some special events, opt for clip-in extensions.

If you want to be freer to transform your hair look when and where you desire, opt for clip-in extensions.

If you wish the extensions could last for a longer time, at least you don't have to remove them every night and reinstall them every morning, opt for tape-in extensions!

We hope that this post can be helpful when choosing hair extensions. If you are still struggling between clip-ins and tape-ins, feel free to reach our consultants online.

Where To Buy Affordable Human Hair Extensions?

Ula Hair provides a wide range of affordable clip-in extensions and tape-in extensions of high quality. Our human hair extensions are made of 100% cuticle-aligned human hair. And the clips on clip-in extensions are made of lightweight material and have been dyed to match the hair color. The clip-in extensions we offer are lightweight for ultimate security and less tension on natural hair. And the adhesive of our tape-in extensions is medical grade, which is safe to be applied on natural hair and never irritates the scalp. Click to explore the selection of tape-in extensions at Ula Hair.

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