Just STICK with it!
So, one of the best things for ultimate self-confidence when wearing a hair system is knowing that it is securely installed. Can you imagine the system shifting, sliding, or flipping up due to a poor bond? It can probably be agreed by all that this is not an ideal situation. Granted those are extreme instances. More than likely, lifting at the hair line is the most common thing you’ll experience. Different bases work better with different attachment products and methods. This subject has been touched upon briefly in previous posts but let’s go into some more detail.
A good prep is key to a secure adhesion. Begin with a clean scalp. If you have bio hair that continues to grow in thin but consistent stubble or downy consistency, you’ll want to clear that. You can use hair clippers to take the hair very short. You can stop there, or you can take an additional step and shave the scalp as you would your face, with a shaving cream and razor. Caution should be observed with the actual shaving. Knicks or cuts will prove both uncomfortable in the next steps and offer a less than ideal foundation to which apply adhesive. These are after all chemicals and giving them an opportunity to seep under the scalp is best avoided.
Next thoroughly wash the scalp. Shampoos or soaps that don’t leave conditioning agents or other residue are best. Also avoid after shampoo conditioners. Remember the scalp needs to be clean without the interference of any oils or emollients rendered by such products. Optional but very important if well tolerated is the use of a scalp protector. This light, quick drying agent offers a barrier between the scalp and the adhesive. The matte finish is excellent for combatting perspiration and other precipitation from weakening the bond as well as minimizing shine. A patch test might be best if you have an exceptionally sensitive scalp. Once applied allow to dry. To speed up the drying process, a hair dryer on low heat can be used. Keep the dryer away from the scalp and in constant motion.
Next prepare your supplies for installation. You’ll want to have everything laid out and easily accessible. Remove any tops or lids from items such as liquid adhesives or cleaning agents. Have 91% isopropyl alcohol and a cloth for cleaning your hands and tools as you work. Sticky hands and fingers can be problematic when working with toupee. A comb and a hand mirror are also helpful. At this point, if you have used a scalp protector it should be fully dried. Just do a touch test to be certain.
On to the adhesives and methods of application.