Tape extensions are held to the natural hair near the root with a medical grade adhesive that applied to a polyurethane template, about two inches wide, and about a half inch thick. Even though this method does not use any heat, braids, or links to install, it is still a very secure method being that the adhesive is medical grade. This means once that hair is sandwiched in between two tape templates, it's there...like really staying there! When we as stylists are trained in tape extensions, we are trained to make sure of placement before firmly pressing the extension template together. Though the name of this extension method resembles something similar to scotch tape, do not be fooled by its name "tape", it is next to impossible, once sandwiched together and sealed, to get out until about 6 weeks. These extensions usually last somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks before they begin to grow out, slide, and lose grip. The client will notice when they begin to lose their adhesive and should visit their stylist for removal immediately to avoid potential damage. Just as any other technique, if not cared for properly, tape extensions could damage your hair. The main factor to remember with these is that when its time for them to be removed -get them removed! Removal with tape extensions is messy. An oil based remover is applied to the polyurethane template and massaged vigorously to break down the adhesive. The extension should slide out and will then need to be clarified and have tape reapplied before reinstalling. The extension should never be tugged on or pulled out upon removal! Tape extensions can be a lot of maintenance considering the adhesive will begin to break down and need to be reapplied every 6-8 weeks. This being said, it's up to the client whether this is in their budget to continue to have the extensions removed, clarified, re-taped, and reinstalled.