The 9 Best Tape-In Hair Extensions of 2023 (2024)

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Whether you’re looking to add length, volume, or a little bit of both to your hair, the easiest (and fastest) way to do so is with hair extensions. And while extensions were once thought of as a super high-end service reserved solely for celebs on the red carpet, they’re now more accessible than ever with tape-in options you can use at home.

As the name suggests, the extensions are attached to a strong adhesive. When applying them, the natural hair is sandwiched in between two extension pieces, and the adhesive is attached to the scalp, explains Leigh Hardges, a stylist at Chicago’s Maxine Salon. Application is fairly quick and easy; it requires no tools or chemicals, and it can take less than an hour to apply a full head’s worth with minimal damage when done correctly, adds stylist Gina Rivera, CEO of Phenix Salon Suites. (Though on that note, if you plan on sporting hair extensions for more than just one night out, it’s always best to leave it up to the pros since the placement of each piece is critical.)

We conducted hours of research on the best tape-in extensions, evaluating each model on type of hair, shades available, and number of wefts. We also considered how easy they were to apply, and made sure none of these options damage your hair. Additionally, we looked for Remy hair extensions, or extensions made from 100 percent virgin Remy human hair, which means the cuticle has not been stripped, but rather has been left intact for a more natural, glossy look. After considering dozens of options and consulting with three hair stylists, we landed on these recommendations.

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  • Final Verdict

  • What to Look For

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  • Why Trust Byrdie

Best Overall

Glam Seamless Hand Tied Tape In Hair Extensions

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What We Like

  • Various lengths, colors, textures, and tape wefts

  • Single pieces make for easy DIY application

  • Blend in seamlessly with natural hair

What We Don’t Like

  • Nothing

Hardges is a fan of these extensions both because of the “great quality” of the hair and the predictable results they deliver. There’s an incredibly wide range of color and length options, as well as wavy varieties for when you want a little texture. You can also pick from different types of tape wefts and visible or non-visible sew lines (the spot where the hair and the tape meet). They even have singular pieces meant for easy DIY application, ideal for anyone who doesn’t have time for a trip to the salon.Although these extensions are fairly expensive, we think the quality of 100 percent Remy hair and ease of installation justify the spend.

Price at time of publish: $160-$360

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 47 | Number of Wefts: 20

Best Overall, Runner-Up

Indique Tape Extensions

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What We Like

  • Can easily be styled

  • Very lightweight

  • Adds volume

What We Don’t Like

  • Fewer shades than some others

  • Only available in one length

Rivera suggests these for anyone looking for some of the best quality extensions out there. “These Remy virgin hair extensions are a terrific choice because the hair used has cuticle layers facing the same direction from root to end," she says. "This ensures that the extensions behave exactly like your own hair, and can be washed, blow-dried, curled, flat ironed, colored, and even permed." She also points out that they’re incredibly lightweight and soft, making for a full and voluminous effect. While the quality is excellent, it's worth noting that they only come in one length which can be especially challenging if you have super long hair.

Price at time of publish: $149

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 24 | Number of Wefts: 20

Best Length-Selection

VeSunny Tape In Hair Extensions

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What We Like

  • More affordable than many

  • Various lengths

  • Easy to style

What We Don’t Like

  • Fewer shades than some others

Generally speaking, most extensions come in three or four different lengths. But these come in a whopping six options, ranging from 14 inches to 24 inches. The various lengths makes them fitting for creating a wide range of hair looks, as well as appealing to tons of different people with varying hair lengths. Made of Remy hair, they can also be treated and styled as you would your natural hair.

Price at time of publish: $98

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 10 | Number of Wefts: 10

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Best for Longevity

Bellami Tape In Extensions

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What We Like

  • Long-lasting

  • Various colors

  • Ideal for fine hair

  • Reusable

What We Don’t Like

  • Nothing

The adhesive on these is a unique polyurethane tape that was developed and tested over three years—meant to deliver both secure applications, easy removal, and comfortable wear the entire time. The result? Six to nine weeks of wear for each application, but up to a year's lifespan for each piece—making them a great options if you want to use hair extensions consistently. Each one also has double-sided tape so that you can sandwich the natural hair in between each weft—there’s also a single-sided tape option for fine hair. Not to mention that there are varying lengths and plenty of colors to choose from, too.

Price at time of publish: $248-$363

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 46 | Number of Wefts: 10

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Best Color Selection

Donna Bella Hair Tape-In Hair Extensions

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What We Like

  • Various colors

  • Good value

  • More pieces available than other options

What We Don’t Like

  • Not a large variety of textures

Maybe you’re trying to match your hair color exactly, or maybe you’re looking for extensions in just a slightly different color to create faux highlights. Perhaps you even want try out a bold shade for a one-time event. Either way, you can find the color you need with this brand, a recommendation from Rivera who praises both the selection and quality.

There are, wait for it, 60 different shades of tape-in extensions to choose from, ranging from natural blonde and brunette to funky green and purple. Plus, they’re all made of Remy hair and come with more pieces per package than many other brands offer.

Price at time of publish: $60-$180

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 60 | Number of Wefts: 20

Best Color Selection, Runner-Up

The Hair Shop Smart Tabs Tape-In Extensions

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What We Like

  • Various lengths and colors

  • Reusable

  • Can be styled up to 375 F

What We Don’t Like

  • Not a large variety of textures

  • Require applicator tool

These extensions also come in a litany of different hues, as well as three different lengths. The unique tape-in method used means these can be worn and reused, though, FYI, you do need a special applicator tool to help fully seal them.(If that feels intimidating, celebrity extension specialist, Priscilla Valles is also a fan of the clip-in extensions this brand makes.)

Price at time of publish: $35-$70

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 56 | Number of Wefts: 6

Best on Amazon

AmazingBeauty Tape In Hair Extensions

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What We Like

  • Various lengths and colors

  • More affordable than many

  • Thick, shiny hair

What We Don’t Like

  • Fewer shades than some others

Made of 100 percent human Remy hair, these are an Amazon fan favorite. They consistently pull in positive reviews, with shoppers raving about the quality and affordable price. They come in five lengths ranging from 14 to 22 inches and 17 shades, though if none of those are doing it for you, you can also color them. However, keep in mind that you can’t lift (lighten) the color.

Price at time of publish: $50-$70

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 17 | Number of Wefts: 20

Best for Versatility

Satin Strands Premium 18-Inch Human Hair Extensions

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What We Like

  • Uniform density

  • Good value

  • Thicker, more voluminous than other options

What We Don’t Like

  • Fewer shades than some others

  • Only comes in one length

This option offers plenty of versatility; it can be used with any hair extension application, including tape, weaving, or clip-ins, making it a great pick for anyone who likes to change up how they use their extensions. Available in a few shades, each one is multi-dimensional to blend well with a variety of natural hair colors. And with a higher percentage of strands than many other 18-inch extension options, you also get uniform thickness and volume from top to bottom.

Price at time of publish: $109

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 7 | Number of Wefts: 20

Hardges notes that in order to keep the look as natural as possible, stick with no more than 12 to 15 extension pieces throughout your hair; using more than that can make them look very obvious.

Best for Curly Hair

Yummy Extensions Tape In Extensions-Textured Raw Curly Hair

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What We Like

  • Comes in various lengths

  • Adds volume

  • Each set comes with 40 pieces

What We Don't Like

  • Only comes in one color

If you have curly hair and you're looking to increase volume, we recommend checking out these extensions from Yummy Extensions. Created to specifically mimic 3C/4A curl patterns, they blend in seamlessly with tight curls. They're made from 100 percent human hair cut from one single donor, and despite how coarse and voluminous they are, they maintain a lightweight feel that won't put too much stress on your natural hair. We wish they came in more shades to appear to a wider range of consumers, but we do appreciate that they're available in three different lengths.

Price at time of publish: $260-$300

Type: 100% Remy human hair | Shades: 1 | Number of Wefts: 40

Final Verdict

Tape-in hair extensions offer a nice way to add both length and volume to your hair. The Glam Seamless Hair Extensions are the best option on the market, offering great options for varied length, texture, and shades, and available in easy to DIY single pieces. We also love Indique Tape-In Hair Extensions, because they're lightweight yet supple, and are super easy to apply.

Meet the Expert

  • Leigh Hardges is a stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. A self-proclaimed product enthusiast, she has over 15 years of professional experience and has worked with many brands as an educator and stylist. She’s also a Black hair expert.
  • Gina Rivera is a hair artist and the CEO of Phenix Salon Suites, one of the fastest-growing salon companies in the beauty industry. She’s also the creator of her line of styling products and infrared styling tools.
  • Priscilla Valles is a celebrity extension specialist and the creator of Glam Seamless extensions.

What to Look for in Tape-In Hair Extensions


According to Valles, these extensions, which are knotted onto a thin, mono-mesh weft base, will blend seamlessly with your scalp and offer natural-looking movement.

Rooted Skin Wefts

This is another feature that Valles says will help ensure the extensions blend in seamlessly with your natural hair.

Remy Hair

Consider using tape-ins that are made of 100 percent Remy hair, meaning human hair that has not been stripped and the cuticle remains intact. This will help ensure your hair extensions stay shiny even after being washed, dried, and styled numerous times.


  • How do you apply tape-in hair extensions?

    Ideally, Valles recommends getting them professionally applied since it can be hard to do the back of your head. If you do want to DIY, she recommends starting by sectioning your hair into three big pieces—two on each side and one in the back. Take small pieces within the section and sandwich them in between the two parts of the extension, then flat iron over it for two seconds to get them to stay in place, she says.

  • How long do tape-in hair extensions last?

    Valles says about four to eight weeks, though some can then be reused for up to a year.

  • Are tape-in hair extensions safe for all hair types?

    “For the most part, yes. They are one of the safer types of extensions,” says Valles. If you're unsure if they will work for you or you have a sensitive scalp, it's best to consult with a professional before trying them out.

  • How do you remove tape-in hair extensions?

    To remove tape-in hair extensions at home, first separate your hair into sections. You will need a special tape-in remover to dissolve the glue that holds the tape-in in place. Once you dissolve the glue and remove them, you can wash the hair extensions and reuse them with new tape when you want to re-install them. Good tape-ins can last up to one year of multiple-wear use.

  • Do tape-in extensions damage your natural hair?

    Tape-ins are less damaging than other forms of extensions because they tend to not tug at the roots of your natural hair like sew in hair extensions do. The lack of tugging helps to prevent hair loss and damage. However, it's important to properly dissolve the glue on tape-ins when removing them in order to prevent pulling and breakage.

Why Trust Byrdie

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. Since she doesn’t wear extensions, she relied on expert intel and tons of reviews and consumer input when researching this article.

According to ourDiversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough tape-in hair extensions from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.comand we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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The 9 Best Tape-In Hair Extensions of 2023? ›

One of the best tape-in hair extensions that we recommend is the Doores Human Hair Extensions Tape-in. This brand can help you achieve your hair goals fast and hassle-free!

What is the best brand of tape in hair extensions? ›

One of the best tape-in hair extensions that we recommend is the Doores Human Hair Extensions Tape-in. This brand can help you achieve your hair goals fast and hassle-free!

What is the new hair extension method 2023? ›

Halo hair extensions are entering the 2023 trend. They are a new type of hair extensions that don't attach to the hair. The extension works by sitting on top of your hair much like a hidden hat with a wire. Your hair is still on top of the extension and holds the halo in place.

What is the strongest hold tape in extensions? ›

MAX4 is the strongest tape ever produced by Fair Fashion, it lasts up to 12-16 weeks. It has been designed for people with slower hair growth and for those who want to wear extensions for longer periods of time. Water and dye resistant, the tape can be removed using our special remover.

What are the most invisible tape in extensions? ›

Invisi tape-ins are designed as the most undetectable tape-in, making them perfect for fine or thinning hair. Each hair strand is hand sewn into the tape bond to mimic the look of natural hair growth.

What are the best hair extensions that you can't see? ›

A hair weft is a bundle of extension hair that has been micro-sewn at the top into a very thin layer. Your stylist will securely sew the hair weft onto the row, instantly adding volume and length to your hair. Because the attachment point and the weft are both very thin, the extensions are completely invisible.

What hair extension method do celebrities use? ›

Clip-in hair extensions are extremely popular among celebrities because they are extremely simple to use – attaching and removing them takes only a few minutes and does not require a trip to the hair salon.

What is the celebrity hair extension method? ›

The celebrity weave works by creating a “track” with your natural hair. Once the track has been created, by linked small sections of hair together using small rings which are then clamped to squish the small sections together and ensure they don't move.

What is the most natural-looking hair extension method? ›

If you're looking for that natural look, tape-in hair extensions are your best bet. They're easy to apply and remove, so if you want to change your look or take them out for a few days, it won't be as much of an ordeal as with other types of extensions.

What is the strongest tape-in the market? ›

T-Rex's Brute Force Tape is as tough as it gets. Seriously: a single piece of this tape was enough to hold over 200lbs of weight, much more than any other tape that we tested. T-Rex claims that, because of the very thick fabric backing and the double thickness of adhesive, it can hold up to 700lbs of weight.

Is 40 pieces of tape-in extensions enough for thick hair? ›

If you have nice thick hair and want to add a lot of volume and length, but you're starting from a length that doesn't quite reach your shoulders, you're looking at anywhere from forty to sixty pieces of tape to get the job done.

What tape has the strongest adhesive? ›

3M VHB tape offers one of the strongest bonds out of any adhesive. In fact, VHB tape has been certified in the industry to have a powerful bond (it's in the name: VHB = “Very High Bond”).

What is the newest in hair extensions? ›

These new methods of attaching hair extensions to fine or thinning hair are MicroLink (Strand By Strand) Hair Extensions, and the Tight-Line Hair Extension Method. Both techniques allow you to can take care of your real hair, while giving you your dream hair in the meantime.

What is the longest lasting hair extension type? ›

Which Hair Extensions Last the Longest?
  • Tape In Hair Extensions. Lasts 4-8 Weeks ...
  • Sew-In Hair Extensions. Lasts 6-8 Weeks ...
  • Pre-Bonded/Fusion Hair Extensions. Lasts 3-4 Months ...
  • Microlinks. Lasts 3-4 Months ...
  • Clip-In Hair Extensions. Lasts 4-6 Months ...
  • Wigs. Lasts 10-12 Months
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What is the highest grade of hair extensions? ›

3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A 10A

Those are the human hair grades currently being used within the industry 3A being the lowest quality hair and 10A the highest.

What is the best quality type of hair extensions? ›

If the highest-quality option is what you're after, look for a brand that uses Remy hair, human hair that has its cuticles intact and has never been dyed or processed in any way. (Pro tip: Once you've made your choice, Ramirez suggests having your extensions cut by your stylist to achieve a natural, seamless look.)

What is one disadvantage of tape in hair extensions? ›

Tape-in hair extensions can be visible if not installed correctly. If the tape is not applied close to the natural hair's root, it can create a bulge visible on the scalp. The extensions can also slip out of place if they are not installed correctly, which can cause them to be visible.

What are the easiest hair extensions to apply yourself? ›

Clip-in remy hair extensions are the most natural and super easy for beginners. Because its installation process takes lesser time than the other extensions. Besides, clip-in hair extension doesn't cause any harm to the hair. On the other hand, clip-in extensions are the most convenient among other hair extensions.

Are tapes the best hair extensions? ›

The higher quality tape extensions will not shed, mat or tangle and they will be reusable. As long as you have a good quality tape in hair extension brand, the maintenance will be super easy and hassle free. Least Damaging: Tape in extensions are the least damaging on the market.

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