How to Remove Tape-In Extensions: A Guide

There are a lot of hair extensions available these days on the market and it can get a little overwhelming when deciding which one to buy. Here at Zala, hair extensions are available in lengths ranging from 12 inches to up to 30 inches and in shades of black, brown, blonde, platinum, and even red. There are clip-in extensions, tape-in extensions, weave-in extensions, halo extensions, ponytail extensions, and volumizers.

But what if you already have hair extensions and you want to remove or replace them? In today’s article, we’ll show you how to remove tape-in extensions the safe and easy way.

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Removing Tape-In Extensions

First things first. Tape-in hair extensions are the kind of hair extensions that have adhesive on the base of the weft pieces. To wear them, you have to sandwich a thin strip of your hair between the adhesives of two tape-in extensions as close to the roots as possible.

Although tape-ins provide the same length and volume as clip-in extensions, they’re much easier to hide, especially for people with thinner strands. This is because they’re a lot flatter at the base and can be cut into smaller pieces.

The problem is that compared to clip-ins, tape-ins can be worn for a longer period of time as they are a semi-permanent solution. Removal is also harder since your hair is in between adhesives, which means you could accidentally pull out your own hair if you do it in the wrong way.

DIY: How to Remove Tape-in Extensions

If you really aren’t sure how to remove tape-in extensions, the best course of action would be to get a qualified hairdresser to remove them for you.

However, this isn’t always possible. In this guide, we’ll tell you how to remove tape-in extensions by yourself using the Zala Tape-In Hair Extensions Re-Application Pack.

1. Apply solvent 

The first thing you should do is to put some solvent like the Zala Tape Hair Extensions Remover on the adhesive part of your tape-ins. You only need to spray a decent amount to the part of your hair near the roots that are sandwiched between the extensions. 

Remember, you have to completely saturate the adhesive with the remover so that the extensions can come off easily.

2. Massage your hair

Next, loosen your hair and the tapes by moving them around a bit. Massage the tapes until they just slide down your hair effortlessly. Doing so will ensure that you won’t accidentally pull your own strands when you remove them.

3. Comb from down up

After sliding off most of the hair extensions, comb your strands to smoothen them. It’s normal to see remnant tapes and naturally fallen hair stuck near your roots due to the tape-ins and you have to comb thoroughly to prevent the remaining glue and hair from matting.

Start from the tips to your roots since you’re basically spreading the solvent more evenly on your hair. If there are tangles, remember to gently comb through them, or else you’ll end up pulling out your own strands.

4. Repeat until done

Sometimes, the solvent may not completely remove the adhesive, especially if you didn’t soak the tapes through. When this happens, you simply have to apply more solvent and massage and comb your hair repeatedly until you’ve completely removed the tape-ins from your hair.

The process of removing your tape-in considerably takes more time than just clipping them off like clip-ins or pulling them off like halos. But considering the fact that you only have to remove and reinstall tape-ins every 6-8 weeks, it’s completely worth it.

Most importantly, with practice, you’ll eventually discover your own process and become an expert on removing your own tape-in hair extensions.

Need more hair extension tips and tricks? Don’t forget to check out our Zala blog!


Hair Extension Maintenance Costs

Just like your own hair, your hair extensions also undergo chemical and heating procedures to give you that runway hairstyle you need, whether it be blonde curls, sleek and straight black, or silver ash beach waves. And so, like with your own hair, your hair extensions also need their own tender loving care.

In today’s article, we’ll discuss hair extension maintenance costs using our best products here at Zala!

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Shampoo and Conditioner

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The most basic part of any hair care routine is shampoo and conditioner. Of course, your hair extensions need to be shampooed and conditioned as well.

Hair extension shampoos and conditioners are specially designed to protect your hair extensions and keep them in good condition to prolong their use. In the case of Zala’s Smooth Talker Conditioner and Froth on You Shampoo, they’re safe to use for both your natural hair and your hair extensions.

You only need to shampoo and condition your hair extension every two weeks if you use them daily or once every two to three months if you use them sparingly, so your $12 on each could easily last you a year or so.


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To keep the frizz away and the shine remaining, it’s best to use a special treatment on your hair extensions after washing your hair.

Get that boost of confidence with the silky glamor of your hair extensions after gently rubbing a small amount of Zala’s Revive Me Hair Extensions Treatment. Just spray it on your palm, apply it to your hair, and let it air dry. And because you only need to use it sparingly, your $19.99 for 60ml will surely go a long way.


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If there’s one thing that hair extensions can’t do, unlike your natural hair, it’s that your hair extensions don’t grow again or repair themselves. This means that without proper care and maintenance, hair extensions will inevitably get dry over time.

To combat this, hydrating masks, like Zalaplex’s Hair Extension Hydrating Mask available for $19.99 for 150ml, are formulated to restore moisture to hair extensions from the cuticle cellular level.

Although not necessary, hydrating your hair extensions after shampooing and conditioning them will also prolong their lifespan. You just have to apply the mask to the damp hair extensions and then let it sit for about 20 minutes before you wash it off.


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You’re already a step or two further than necessary by now, so what’s one more step into making your hair extensions a long-term investment? Now that you’ve also revived and hydrated your hair extensions, you could also consider toning the color of your hair extensions back to life. 

If your hair extensions have become brass-colored instead of a beautiful blonde, a toning shampoo that can neutralize the yellow tones, such as Zala’s Cool Down Hair Extension Shampoo, can work wonders. 

Conversely, Zala’s Warm Up Toning Enhancer brings out as many golden hues on your hair extensions’ color as you’d like. When using both, it’s important to try them out on a small piece of hair extension first so you can check if you’d like the resulting hair color.

You have to note that while they are both used for toning, Cool Down Hair Extension Shampoo is a shampoo and therefore must be diluted into a sinkful of water first. This is where you dip your hair extensions for an even tone and then air-dry it afterward. 

Meanwhile, the Warm Up Toning Enhancer is more similar to a conditioner. You can either apply it directly to your extension or dilute it with your Smooth Talker conditioner.

The Cool Down Hair Extension Shampoo costs $12.99 for 200ml, while the Warm Up Toning Hair Extension Enhancer costs $11.99 for 60ml. Since you only have to use them when your hair extensions need a color revamp, they could easily last you across multiple hair extensions.


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Lastly, it’s also very important to have a safe and proper spot for your hair extensions.

You should store your hair extensions somewhere they won’t get damaged or tangled. Functional and chic, Zala’s Silky Storage Pouch is perfect for storing your hair extensions. It’s also very handy for when you want to bring your extensions to your trips.

At $18.99, you can comfortably fit your hair extensions in this cute pouch regardless of their length.

Conclusion: Hair Extension Maintenance Costs

All in all, you should expect to shell out over a hundred dollars to complete all these hair extension maintenance must-haves. 

This may seem like a lot, but remember, you don’t have to buy them in one go. You can prioritize the shampoo, conditioner, and pouch first and then purchase the rest depending on your need. Besides, spending this much so you’d have your hair extensions in good condition to up to a year or two longer instead of buying new ones every few months is a pretty good return for your investment.

Interested in learning more about hair extensions? Check out our other articles here on the Zala blog!


Halo for Short Hair

You’ve heard of clip-ins, tape-ins, and weaves, but have you heard of “the wired one” that’s making waves in the world of hair extensions? 

Say hello to halo hair extensions! Perfect for either thick or thinning hair, this hair extension attaches itself to the back of your head using a headband-like wire. It doesn’t tug or pull at the roots, and unlike other hair extension types, this literally takes seconds – yes, seconds! – to be applied.

If you’re currently sporting a short do, this hair extension is perfect for those times you’re missing your long locks. Curious yet? Here are some of the best reasons why you should use a halo hair extension for short hair!

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1. It’s quick and easy to apply

If you have short hair, putting on hair extensions can be time-consuming. Depending on your hair length, you will have to put on layers of extensions before you can achieve your desired length and volume.

You don’t have to worry about taking so long to do your hair anymore! By using a halo for short hair, all you have to do is place the wire at the back of your head and position it accordingly. That’s it. Crazy, right?

2. Doesn’t damage your strands

Other hair extensions require direct attachment to the roots of your hair. Sometimes, excessive pulling on the hair strands while applying the hair extension. Although hair extensions are applied for modification purposes, we should not forget about our hair’s health as well.

Since the halo hair extension isn’t applied directly to the roots or in an aggressive manner, it is considered one of the safest and least damaging hair extension types. This is definitely another reason why you should check out halo hair extensions now.

3. Comfortable to wear

When several layers of hair extensions are pinneding on your hair, it can feel unnatural or uncomfortable as you wear it throughout the day. Who would want to go to an event feeling weighed down by their own hair extensions? 

The halo hair extension packs extreme length and immense volume without making you feel like you are wearing them. They’re so weightless that you might even forget that you’re even wearing extensions. If you have short hair, you will definitely appreciate this. Long locks? Check! The bulky and uncomfortable feeling of long locks? Nope!

4. Low maintenance

Other hair extension types come in small pieces of strands that are spread across your hair. Placing layers upon layers can at first be exciting because who wouldn’t want more volume, right? But the more layers you put, the more wefts you have to remove, clean, and maintain. And something like that can get really tiring, really fast.

On the other hand, halo hair extensions are easy to wash and dry and are very low maintenance. There’s no need to go to the hairdresser for re-application, and you no longer have to plow through an hour or two of removing and cleaning your hair extensions after a day’s work.

Halo for Short Hair

We could go on and on about the benefits of halo hair extensions for your short hairdo. If you’re not convinced yet, we’re telling you that you’re definitely missing out! Go ahead and try our halo hair extensions line and experience the halo effect for yourself!

For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out the Zala blog!


5 ZALA Hair Products To Freshen Hair Extensions

With great power comes great responsibility. Yes really, even when it comes to your hair extensions. The possibilities on how you can wear your hair are endless with the help of hair extensions. But of course, only when they’re properly taken care of.

To help you get their full worth, here are some Zala hair products you can use to freshen hair extensions.

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ZALA Hair Products For Fresher Extensions

1. Froth On You Shampoo for Hair Extensions

Much like your own hair, you also need to wash and freshen hair extensions. Using Zala’s Froth On You shampoo to wash your hair extensions will remove the grime they’ve accumulated with use but not the shine and fluff that make them look lively and vibrant.

Although the Froth On You Shampoo was designed for hair extensions, it’s also safe to use on your natural hair. Free of parabens and sulfate that dry and fade hair color, you can be sure that both your extensions and your natural hair can remain healthy at all times.

2. Smooth Talker Conditioner for Hair Extensions

Used best with the Froth On You shampoo, the Smooth Talker conditioner is specially formulated to protect your hair extensions and prolong its usability. With these two, you can be sure that your hair extensions are smooth, bouncy, and glossy with every step.

The Smooth Talker conditioner is also sulfate- and paraben-free so if having different conditioners for your hair and your hair extensions get a bit expensive to maintain, the conditioner is safe to use on your natural hair.

3. Revive Me Hair Extension Treatment

Containing the moisturizing kernel oil and the antioxidant argan oil, the Revive Me Hair Extension Treatment is formulated to make your hair extensions look and feel alive again. As the name implies, your dull and flat hair extensions can now be revived with amazing shine and frizz control.

To apply, you just need a small amount. Make sure you spread the treatment evenly by rubbing your palms together before applying them on your extensions. When you’re done, air dry your extensions. Remember to use this treatment sparingly.

4. Cool Down Hair Extension Toning Shampoo

Do you feel like your blonde hair extensions are now too brassy? Do you see some shades of yellow in your gray or silver hair extensions?

To neutralize the unwanted yellow and orange hues on your hair extensions, you need a toning shampoo that is hair extension-friendly – such as the Cool Down Hair Extension Toning Shampoo.

Try the shampoo first on a small hair extension piece. You can’t bring back its old color once you use this, so it’s best that you know what it’s going to look like first before you apply it on the whole set. Just to see if you’re okay with the resulting color, basically.

To use, dip your hair extensions piece by piece into a sinkful of water mixed with only a small amount of the toning shampoo. Make sure the diluted toner is evenly distributed on the hair extensions. Remove the hair extensions and let them air dry.

It is important to remember to follow the usage instructions very closely because the formulation may be stronger than you think.

5. Warm Up Hair Extension Tone Enhancer

If the toning shampoo gets rid of the golden hues on the hair extensions, then Zala’s Warm Up Hair Extension Tone Enhancer can make the color of your hair extensions as warm as you like.

Just like with the Cool Down Toning Shampoo, you should try the enhancer first on one piece of your hair extensions to see how golden you want the hair extensions to become and if you like the outcome. There’s no going back once you’ve applied the tone enhancer on your extensions.

You can either apply it directly to wet hair extensions or dilute it first with the Smooth Talker conditioner. Leave it on until you achieve your desired color. Lastly, rinse it off and don’t forget to condition your hair afterwards.

Taking Care Of Your Hair Extensions

Your hair extensions may not last for more than one or two uses if they are not well-maintained. It will be difficult to blend them naturally with your own hair if they’ve become flat, dry, and frizzy or if the color isn’t right. Worst, they may become unusable at all.

Taking proper care of them by knowing how to freshen hair extensions is the key to making these beautiful investments last!

For more hair extension care tips, don’t forget to check out our Zala blog!


Common Hair Toning Mistakes

So you finally decided to tone your hair at home by yourself. But toning your hair is typically easier said than done, and sometimes, things can go wrong even when you’re sure you followed all the instructions to the T.

When dye and toners are applied, they can change the hair quite drastically within a few minutes. Sometimes, these changes are not ideal. Here are some of the most common hair toning mistakes so that you can avoid them when toning your own hair at home.

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What is a hair toner?

Before discussing the common hair toning mistakes, we should first define what a hair toner is. 

After all, we hear it all the time in commercials and at our favorite hair salon, but what is it, really?

To say it simply, toners are used to adjust your hair color tone, similar to how you adjust warmth and coolness in photos. Toners come in different colors, as they cancel out the unwanted tones in a person’s hair.

Purple shampoo, a popular form of toner, is typically used by people with blonde hair to remove their hair color’s brassiness. On the other hand, blue toner is recommended for brunettes if they want to tone down the orange in their hair.

Aside from adjusting tones, toners can also help in making hair look fresher, shinier, and more vibrant. This is because they provide a barrier of coat on your hair strands.

Common Hair Toning Mistakes

Now that we know what a hair toner is, let’s now discuss the most common hair toning mistakes.

Toning too often

As mentioned above, toners can adjust our hair tones, provide shine, and even make our hair strands look fuller. That’s probably why it’s no surprise that some people view these benefits as an absolute and think that toning frequently will give them better results.

Sadly, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Since the ultimate goal of hair toners is to neutralize your hair color, if you tone your hair more often than you should, it will only strip off the brightness from your hair. In addition to this, toning your hair often can lead to mismatched strands.

Not following product instructions

Whenever you’re doing a treatment that you usually get professionally done, it’s always good to do your research beforehand. While purple shampoo is a commonly used hair toner, many people don’t actually use it the correct way.

You can easily avoid this mistake by simply reading the instructions on the bottle. Just like how different skincare products are applied differently, there are also multiple ways that you can apply purple shampoo. Some are safe enough to leave on your hair for an hour, while some can’t be directly applied without diluting it first.

One example is the Zala Cool Down Hair Extension Toning Shampoo. It’s a quick and easy way to remove the warm tones in your hair, but you shouldn’t use it without diluting it with water first due to the strong formula.

Whatever product you decide to use, just make sure to read the instructions to not experience this easily avoidable mistake.

Using the wrong toner

We mentioned earlier that there are two commonly used colors in the toner market: purple and blue. 

Purple shampoo adjusts the yellow tones in blonde hair and eliminates brassiness while the blue toners remove orange tones. While it may seem like a simple thing, it’s definitely important to buy the correct toner for your hair.

For example, if you have blonde hair but would like something closer to a sandy blonde, picking out the blue toner just because you read that it can adjust the orange tones is a wrong move. The results won’t be the same if you use a purple shampoo instead.

Then again, you also have toners like Zala’s Cool Down toner that you can use regardless of the color you want to adjust. It’s just a matter of knowing what product you’re buying and making sure that it’s suitable for your hair or hair extensions.

Guide to Toning Hair Extensions

If you want to learn more about toning your hair or even your hair extensions, here are some articles you should check out:

You can also check out our video to learn more about DIY hair toning.

Hair can indeed be a tricky thing to understand. It may take us several trips to the salon to know what it needs and when to give these needs. It may take us months or even years to find the perfect shampoo, conditioner, or toner. Hair toning is just part of the journey to fully understanding your hair–tones and all.

We all make mistakes, and your hair journey is not guaranteed to be a smooth ride. Go ahead and purchase that purple shampoo, ask your favorite hairstylist, and do your research. Good luck with your hair toning experience, and we hope you can avoid these common hair toning mistakes!

For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out the Zala blog!