There are a few reasons I chose tape-in extensions. Firstly, they require the least maintenance of all the types of hair extensions (compared to micro-rings and bonds) and also offer the least commitment, since I only needed four pieces of hair fitted to achieve my desired volume.
The reason I chose The London Hair Lab's invisible tape-in extensions specifically is because, unlike many other brands, the tape at the top of the extension is hidden beneath a thin layer of hair, making them nearly impossible to spot. Cooke explained that this is particularly important for people with lighter hair colors, because the tape is more easily seen on these shades than on darker roots.
Another trick for tape-in extensions is that good-quality hair pieces, when cared for properly, can be used again and again. "On each extension, there's a double-sided tape, so when you come for a refit, we use a product to dissolve the tape — which loosens the hair extension — before removing any little bits of tape caught in your hair," Cooke explained of the refit appointment process. "Then we wash and blow-dry your hair, reattach new tape, and refit the same hair pieces."
And before you ask, when I questioned Cooke on whether you could try to remove the tape extensions yourself at home, he answered with a firm and immediate no. "You could try, but you do risk pulling your hair out."