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Adhesive removers explained – Walker Tape overview

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Adhesive removers – How to remove Walker Tape adhesive products

Common questions about Walker Tape products often share a similar pattern. “How to remove Ultra Hold?” “How to remove Lace Front?” “How to remove Extreme Hold?” hope this article explains more about adhesive removers.

With products that stay on as well as ours, it’s only right to also offer ways to take them off. So, to those with questions like the ones above, we have a slam-dunk answer: remove Walker Tape products with Walker Tape removers.

Though, of course, we have quite the variety to choose from. Where should you start? Or how do you know you’re going with the right choice? In hopes to help your search, we’ve created the following background to adhesive removers and an overview of our entire product line.

Original article by Walker Tape

How do Adhesive Removers work?

Removers are often called solvents since they dissolve adhesives down to liquids. This weakens the hair system’s bond to the scalp for an easy removal. Plus, it also softens the residue buildup, making it much easier to clean off.

Basically, removers work by reversing the process of what makes adhesives sticky. Think, for example, of our liquid adhesives.

  1. They stay soft and glue-like in their bottles thanks to solvents.
  2. Once applied to your client’s scalp, the solvents evaporate from the mixture.
  3. With no more solvents, adhesives solidify and become tacky to the touch.

Now, here’s what happens when we add removers into the mix.

  1. Without solvents added yet, tape and adhesive bonds are solid and strong.
  2. Once solvents are added, tapes and adhesives soften and become liquid.
  3. Now softened by solvents, they become easier to remove from hair systems and skin.



Walker Tape Removers


Oil-Based Adhesive Removers

Oil-based removers are the fastest at breaking down adhesives, and our selection offers you the fastest-acting solvents we’ve ever seen. Plus, we’ve created our oil-based options to work with all hair systems and all adhesive and tape types. Whatever the combination, whether your clients prefer lace frontals with Lace Front tape or poly systems with Extreme Hold, our oil-based removers do the job.

When you use an oil-based solvent, it will leave behind some oily residue that needs to be cleaned off. That’s why we’ve made all our options in this category easy to rinse out with soap and water. For the cleanup phase of your removal process, we recommend Bond Breaker Shampoo.

Below are the six oil-based options we offer. All but Rapid Release are skin safe. Rapid Release happens to be stronger than we feel comfortable for your client’s skin, yet it works great on all hair systems.

  • Walker Signature Remover: our fastest solvent for your clients with sensitive skin
  • C-22 Solvent: our most popular remover, a great balance of fast-acting and skin-gentle properties
  • Action: our fastest skin-safe solvent
  • Rapid Release: the fastest-acting solvent, meant to be using on the hair system only and not on your client’s skin, also ideal for solvent soaks
  • S3 – Sensitive Skin Solvent: our first remover meant for your clients with sensitive skin


  1. Saturate the adhesive area. Breakdown begins in seconds. The release time will depend on adhesive buildup.
  2. Wipe or brush off the residue.
  3. Shampoo, and rinse.

The Solvent Soak Method

  1. Fill a large bowl with solvent.
  2. Submerge the unit completely with the adhesive-side up, and let soak.
  3. Wearing gloves, work off the adhesive while keeping the system submerged.
  4. Shampoo, and rinse.

In theory, you could use any of our oil-based removers for a solvent soak, but we recommend using either Walker Solvent or Rapid Release. Considering the quantities needed for a solvent soak, we’ve created these to be the most economical options to save your salon money.

Alcohol-Based Adhesive Removers

Though alcohol-based removers are slower at breaking down adhesives, they offer the fastest cleanup. Alcohol evaporates quickly and completely. This means zero oily residue left for you to rinse out.

We offer an excellent, skin-safe option that’s meant for delicate mesh and combined mesh/poly systems, such as popular lace front choices. Its breakthrough is the ability to release the fragile mesh while keeping most of the adhesive on the scalp. This supports a safer way to remove delicate (read expensive!) mesh systems.

  • Lace Release: releases adhesive from mesh, lowering risk of damage to fragile systems


  1. Apply generously through the unit toward the scalp.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds.
  3. Repeat once more.
  4. Gently lift the system away from the head.
  5. Shampoo, and rinse.

We wouldn’t recommend trying to do a solvent soak with an alcohol-based remover. It evaporates too quickly to allow any time for the adhesive to soak.

Water-Based Adhesive Removers

Water-based removers are made just for water-based adhesives. They’re the only nonflammable solvents in this overview, which makes them the easiest on shipping costs. Plus, the water base makes these solvents a breeze to clean up, leaving hardly any residue. But because their main solvent is water, they break down adhesives at slower rates than oil-based options.

That said, we’ve found that our water-based option below works faster than any other competing brands out there.

  • H2GO: removes water-based adhesives faster and easier than any other water-based adhesive remover that we’ve ever seen


  1. Saturate adhesive area, and let sit for 5-10 seconds.
  2. As it softens, start removing adhesive.
  3. Wipe or brush off residue.
  4. Repeat the process as needed until the skin is clean.
  5. Shampoo, and rinse.

We also wouldn’t recommend using a water-based remover in a solvent soak. Since water is the main solvent involved, it would take extra time to achieve the desired results.

Proper Storage

Besides H2GO, the rest of our removers are flammable and combustible. Considering this, it’s critical to keep them away from possible sources of ignition: heat, flames, sparks, pilot lights, electric motors, static electricity, etc.

As is good practice with any solvent-based mixtures, it’s best to store them locked and out of reach of children. If there is an accident, we have safety sheets available for each of our removers.

To get the most from our removers, we also have the following storage tips.

  • Make sure to keep their lids tightly closed.
  • Store them in a consistently cool, dry, and well-ventilated place.
  • Keep them in areas controlled at room temperature, at the very least below 90°F at all times.


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Product Spotlight: Lace Front Minis

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Holistique Hair System Products are excited to introduce to you the new packaging for Walker Tape Lace Front Minis.

Lace Front Minis combines one of Walker Tapes most popular tapes with one of their most popular shapes. Lace Front Minis give the most natural look, maximum comfort, security and ease of use with a superb hold time of up to 4 weeks. Each tape measures just 80 x 20mm making them perfect to carry with you for touchups between hair system installs.

Here are a couple of answers to questions about hair system Lace Front Mini product:

What is Walker Tape Lace Front Tape?  

  • Lace Front Tape is made specifically for lace front hair systems
  • It is made with the dullest finish available and provides the most natural look
  • It can hold for up to 4 weeks

Why use minis over conventional contours?  

  • The smaller size allows you to place the tape exactly where it is needed on the unit
  • No more cutting down to size with sticky scissors
  • They are great for touchups in between hair system installs

Walker Tape Lace Front Minis Directions

In case you have never used Walker Tape mini shapes before, here are some quick directions on how to use them:

Peel the blue liner and tape together off of the white liner. Place this tab where desired on the hair system. Repeat as needed. When ready to apply to the scalp, peel off the remaining blue liner pieces. For easier application use Walker Just Right Positioning Spray.

New stock is arriving at Holistique before the end of August. View our range of Walker Tape Contours and Minis.

by  | Walker Tape | Aug 15, 2016

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IT’S CHRISTMAS – Keep your hair on!

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Everyone likes to look their best for Christmas, so like me you might have treated yourself to a lovely new hair system.

But how do you keep the hair in your lovely new hair system from falling out and keep it looking it’s best for longer?

Friction and bacteria are a dangerous combination that can wreak havoc on your hair system as together or on their own, they can cause physical trauma to your hair. The good news is you can fight back against this dangerous twosome and by limiting the trauma will help prevent the hair in your system falling out and looking good for longer.

Cut down on Friction: Hair replacement systems are vulnerable to friction because they lack a substance called sebum which is a natural oil secreted by the follicles of your growing hair to lubricate and protect the hair shaft against friction and static.

A major cause of friction comes from sleeping with a pillowcase made from coarse materials. The constant contact with linen leads to hair breakage. Most times, simply using a satin pillowcase will dramatically reduce the level of friction and extend the life of your hair system.

Avoid wearing hats (Christmas or otherwise) or helmets for extended periods of time. This will also help to lengthen the time bonding adhesives stay effective.

Friction is also caused by excess combing and brushing. Using a moisturising product like Nearly Natural Moisture Mist will help reduce friction while youre in front of the mirror styling your hair.

Keep Out Bacteria: Bacteria build up will destroy hair structure and cause it to weaken and break. The knots where the hair is tied into the system are most vulnerable as they tend to hold and retain moisture.

It is better not to use rinse type conditioners that contain hydrolysed proteins like panthenol (pro-vitamin B5). Instead spray on leave in conditioner such as Walker Tape Leave in Conditioner may be a better alternative as it will not collect in the knots of hairs that have been tied in to a hair system base.

However, using a shampoo that contains these hydrolysed proteins is recommended. This is because the hair in your hair system will absorb the proteins during the cleaning process and the excess is more likely to be rinsed away.

Use a Knot Sealer: Everyone knows that styling products are a great way to keep your system looking great, but did you know these products can also weaken the knots in your base over time? Stuff like shaping creams and hair sprays seep into the knot, loosen them and cause the hair to fall out. Using Walker Tape Knot Sealer can slow or even stop hair loss by locking the hair knots to your base with a thin, silicone-based layer of protection. With regular use, a knot sealer could virtually eliminate hair loss in your unit.

You can find all the products you need to keep your hair system looking amazing in our online shop.

Have a peaceful Christmas and we hope to hear from you soon. Were here throughout the festive season and will be dispatching products every day except on official Bank Holidays, so whatever you need to keep your hair system looking and feeling fantastic this Christmas – were here for you!

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Pattern baldness: Myth Busting not Ghost Busting

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Halloween is here again. Getting up and down to answer the door to tiny tots dressed as witches, ghouls, ghosts and devils may not be your idea of fun, but don’t let the stress levels get you tearing your hair out.

Talking of hair, let’s get a few facts out into the open and bust a few myths about pattern baldness:

There are NO pills, creams, tablets, vitamins, sprays, tonics, oils or any other bizarre concoctions that can cure hair loss. There is NO CURE for male/female pattern baldness. If there was, baldness wouldn’t exist. These so-called ‘remedies’ exist for one reason only, and that is to convince you to part with your cash. Sadly there are lot of unscrupulous companies out there pushing bogus lotions and potions and convincing an already vulnerable group of people that they need to spend thousands to have their hair grow back.

Nothing will cure your male or female pattern baldness. Nothing. You have the option to undergo surgery for a hair transplant/laser therapy, choose a wig or customise a hair replacement system. Each option can provide you with a new head of hair that hasn’t magically grown back following a 21-day course of eye of newt and toe of frog tablets.

But what about vitamins and the various assertions that they can assist with hair growth? With so many studies, surveys and reports, surely there must be some hair related benefits to taking supplements?

Hair loss or pattern baldness has many causes, but the primary culprit is genetics, which can obviously not be avoided; you can’t cheat your genes. Changes in hormone levels; thyroid conditions, auto-immune disorders, stress and severe malnutrition are also responsible for pattern baldness but cannot be simply fixed with a vitamin B supplement. If you are seriously vitamin deficient, to the extent you are losing hair, you will no doubt be very poorly also, and should therefore seek medical advice.

Unfortunately, despite all the claims, there is no conclusive evidence that supplementing with vitamins can thicken your hair, halt the shedding process or help hair to re-grow. There are a handful of studies claiming hair-regrowth success on mice, but as yet, no test has proven successful on a human head!

A healthy nutrient rich diet containing B vitamins, vitamin A, E, D and C, plus omega-3 and 6 could contribute to your overall well-being and probably improve the look of your hair, skin and nails, but such factors cannot change your genetics. However, if you suffer with male/female pattern baldness, improving your diet will probably make no difference to your hair loss.

This Halloween don’t get fooled by the snake oil salesmen plying their trade to the vulnerable: who you gonna call?

For help and advice on hair loss and pattern baldness contact us

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Proper Prior Preparation – removing and attaching your hair replacement system

Image of a beautiful blonde woman removing her hair replacement system

There is really only one rule to follow when it comes to removing and attaching your hair replacement system and that is proper prior preparation.

When removing and attaching your hair replacement system, first of all you need to remove your hair system for clean up and re-attachment. You may damage your hair system if you don’t take proper care at the removal stage. Firstly apply an adhesive remover such as Lace Release directly to the scalp where the hair system is attached starting from the back of the unit. Removing back to front is essential to protect the front hairline so peel up from the back and gradually lift forwards. Continue to peel forwards spraying or dabbing with your adhesive remover as you go. Once the hair system is removed you can start to clean your scalp and hair system separately.

Before attaching your hair system you will need to make sure you have completely removed any of the adhesive residue from the lace or poly on the base of your system. Use a good solvent such as C22, Ghost Buster or Ultra Safe by spraying directly onto the base of your hair system and leaving it to penetrate – depending on the level of residue this can be anything from 15 minutes to an hour or even overnight.

Once the solvent has penetrated, start to remove the residue with a paper towel, a microfibre towel, a nail brush or even a spoon, whichever you prefer. It is imperative that once all the adhesive residue has been removed, you remove any of the oily solvent from the base of the hair system. You can do this by using a grease cutting washing up liquid – original Fairy Liquid is a good option.

You are now ready to shampoo and condition your hair system using a properly formulated shampoo and conditioner such as Walker Tape Bond Breaker or Professional Hair Labs Pro Series, making sure you apply the shampoo and conditioner base side up to ensure you do not push the hair back through the system.

Your lifestyle and hair wearing habits will largely dictate which process you use to remove and attach your hair system, but whether you take your system off daily or after several weeks, the key to a successful and long lasting bond is scalp preparation.

Scalp Preparation:

Remove all adhesive residue:
 Use a good solvent such as C22, Ghost Buster, Ultra Safe or the S3 Sensitive Skin Solvent if you have sensitive skin to remove ALL traces of the adhesive residue. You can use a paper towel with the solvent and rub vigorously until your scalp is clear of any residue build up.

Wash the scalp thoroughly:
Shower and wash your hair using an exfoliating Scalp Scrub with a good shampoo. Finish off using a good sulphate free shampoo. Repeat as often as necessary to remove ALL traces of residue.

Dry your head:
 Fully dry your head using a towel and and/or a hair dryer. This would be a good time to shave any hair or stubble from the bonding area. At this point you can also apply a medical grade alcohol to ensure the scalp area is pristine clean.

Apply a water proof sealant:
 Use a scalp protector on the bonding area to protect your skin as well as encouraging adhesion, ensuring the sealant has fully dried before attaching your hair system.

Youll find more helpful advice and tips on which adhesives and tapes to use to attach your hair system here:

The more care you take with your hair system, the longer it will last, the better it will look, and the greater you will feel!
You can buy any of the products you need for all of these procedures from our online hair care shop.

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Choosing the right Hair System Adhesive

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Choosing the right Hair System adhesive can be confusing. Holistique is here to help.

Selecting a hair system adhesive best suited for your needs may seem easy, but with all of the options available you could find yourself overwhelmed and confused.

Your choice of adhesive should be based on your lifestyle, climate and scalp sensitivity.

Firstly consider how long you will wear your hair system, what sort of climate you live in; humid, dry, hot or cold? What sort of lifestyle you have, do you swim, go to the gym, sit under air conditioning all day? Do you sweat or have a sensitive scalp? Once you have the answers to these questions you will be on your way to working out which adhesive is best for you.

Water based or Solvent based?
Traditionally, hair system adhesives are solvent-based, much like other types of glue. This technology has been around for a while and some excellent products Ultra Hold, Mity-Tite, For Women Only exist that will ensure a tight hold for extended wear. These types of hair system adhesives require the use of specialised preparation solutions (Scalp Protectors) before application and solvents for removal C22; S3 Sensitive Skin; Lace Release; Ghost Buster, Ultra Safe.

Despite the advanced application and removal products available, those with very sensitive skin or conditions like eczema or psoriasis may still experience dryness and irritation. Some people even have mild allergic reactions to the chemicals used in these products, which can impact the length of time they can wear their hair system with comfort.

Fortunately, these concerns have led to the development of excellent water-based hair system adhesives Safe Grip; Ghost Bond and Great White that are much gentler on the skin and offer many additional benefits. Water-based adhesives are generally easier to apply and remove and some offer a level of hold for periods of time comparable to solvent-based adhesives. They often require less preparation and can be removed with soap and water. This is ideal for those with extra-sensitive skin who want to reduce the amount of products they use on their scalps. A water-based adhesive will go on clear and is not stringy like the traditional solvent-based alternative, which makes for an attractive appearance that requires very little touch up.

However, even the strongest water-based adhesive will not last as long as a solvent-based. If you do not have sensitive skin or allergies and you need to wear your hair system for more than two months, the solvent-based adhesives could be a better choice.

Each hair system adhesive responds to weather and certain climates differently, so bear in mind your lifestyle to best understand the kind of adhesive that you need for optimum results. For example, swimmers and athletes may require a waterproof adhesive, as moisture may compromise the integrity of the hair system hold. Sun and humidity not only do damage to the hair system but also may affect the adhesive. Bacteria can be a major issue for hair system wearers, especially in high humidity and the scalp becomes sweaty. Look for adhesives with an anti-microbial formulation that will ensure you feel cool and comfortable, and consider scalp preparation products Scalp Scrub; No Sweat to help combat any bacterial issues.

If you prefer to use hair system tapes then you can find more information in our JUNE blog post.

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Hair System Knot Sealer Top-Loc Knot Sealer by Walker Tape

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Holistique recommends Top-Loc Hair System Knot Sealer from Walker Tape Co. as it is brilliant at reducing the shedding of hair that sometimes occurs on your lace front wig as it ages.

Use between applications and simply spray on the inside of mesh units to seal and protect the delicate knots. This will reduce shedding and extend the life of your hair system. Top-Loc Knot Sealer is an alcohol-based formula and is low odor so you can use indoors. Its also great to use to seal tape tabs.


(please note that this products labelling has updated since this video was made)


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Which hair tape is best for me?

Let’s Cut the Red Tape

One of the most frequently asked questions is “Which hair tape is best for me?” and the answer is as tricky to answer as “How long is a piece of string?”

It depends on a myriad of circumstances such as your lifestyle, how long you wear your hair system, climate, scalp condition and a raft of others in-between. However, the main criteria for choosing your hair tape is to decide the length of time you want to wear your hair system and this will determine whether you need a short, medium or extended wear tape.

If you choose to bond your hair system but remove it daily (or every 1-3 days) then you will want to choose a low-tack tape that is still secure but designed for short term use so you can safely remove it from your scalp without damaging the base. Hi Tack tape from Walker Tape is a great hypoallergenic tape that provides relief for sensitive scalps and is the lowest tack tape in the range and will provide a good bond for 1-5 days.

Extended wear tapes are designed to last approximately 1-4 weeks depending on the tape but the length of hold will depend on body chemistry, lifestyle and maintenance routine and so a 4+ week hold is not guaranteed in every case – typical hold times vary and are about 2-3 weeks on average. When considering an extended wear tape it is recommended that you take into consideration other factors such as:

Oily skin: if you have very oily skin, chances are that any tape will break down much faster. For example, a four-week tape might only last you three days! Some tapes might not necessarily be designed for oily skin, but are known to work well such as Ultra Hold and Supertape

Sensitive skin: if you know yourself to have sensitive scalp skin or are having a reaction to another adhesive, you may want to consider tapes which are manufactured to medical grade or hypoallergenic standards. Good examples of these tapes are Pro Flex and No Shine. This is in no way to be considered medical advice. If you have a skin reaction, please discontinue the product and contact a physician immediately.

Shine free: if you wear a light density hair system or you want to bond to a delicate lace base then choose a tape designed to have no or low shine such as No Shine or Lace Front Support (also known as Blue Liner)

Another consideration is what type of hair system you wear. It is highly recommended that you use Sensi-Tak directly on poly edges or traditional skin bases prior to attaching your extended-wear tape to your hair system base. Sensi-Tak (also known as Red Liner) tape is clear with a disposable red liner. It will securely adhere to the poly, but greatly diminish the amount of time and effort needed to clean the base since it doesnt break down like an extended-wear tape. Red liner tape will not compromise the length of your bond provided you use a second extended-wear tape on top of it to attach to your scalp.

Hair tapes come in various sizes, widths and strips. Contour tape strips are mostly commonly used at the front hairline or back of the hair system. Tapes also come in rolls that vary in both length and width. The rolls allow you to customize the area of your hair system that is taped – they also allow you to purchase a hairpiece tape that will fit the exact width of your polyurethane perimeter. Rolls of hairpiece tape normally sell in widths of 3/4″ and 1″ and in lengths of 3 yards or 12 yards so you will have plenty to work with before you run out and need to re-order.

No matter where you buy your toupee tape or what type or size you prefer to use, its important to know how to best apply and wear it, which we will look at in a future blog post.

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Water, Water Every Hair: Why your water may be the reason that your hair system is drying out

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Many people who wear hair systems, especially those with long hair, experience the annoyance at one point or another that their hair system is drying out. 

There are several factors that lead to a hair system is drying out such as harmful alcohols in hair products, heat styling and blow-drying. But there is one factor that is commonly overlooked: the quality of your water.

What’s in your water?

Hair system wearers take special precautions to protect their hair from swimming pool water because it is well known that chlorine dries out the hair. It also causes oxidation that makes the hair lighten or change colour, but did you know that most of the treated water that flows into your home can contain more chlorine than a swimming pool? Yep, that means we might as well wear a swim cap in the shower every day!

Although chlorine may be great for killing bacteria, it wreaks havoc on our hair: chlorine sucks all of the moisture (and colour) out of your hair creating tangling, frizzing and breakage. Conditioning the hair system using leave-in and rinse out conditioners, hair serums and oils can help reduce the drying effect of chlorinated hair but this isn’t always enough. Even if you even if youre faithfully conditioning your hair and avoiding heat styling and harmful alcohols, the chlorinated water in your home may be undoing all your hard work.

Filter out the nasties:

The best way to protect your hair from chlorine is to filter it out before it gets into your hair and scalp. Purchasing a water filter is a great way to remove the harsh chlorine in your shower. Although this can sometimes be expensive, the benefits – not only to your hair – can in many ways outweigh the cost. This could be the missing link that’s preventing your hair system from being smooth, soft and manageable.

However, if you cannot afford to install a water filter, and wearing a swim cap in the shower is not an option, you can find many other useful tips and hints on how to look after your hair system in our other blogs – here is a good tip for reducing tangles.

A full range of hair care products can be purchased from our on line shop.

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Bad hair day – What a Tangled Web

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Weve all had a bad hair day. You know the one where you wake up and your hair looks like a bird’s nest and nothing that you do helps?

Tangled or matted hair can be extremely frustrating! Especially when you wear a hair system. The hair in a system is already dependent on you to add moisture because it does not produce its own sebum. Trying to get the tangles and mats out of a hair system can lead to costly repairs or even total replacement of your system. So it can be an expensive venture when your battle plan for a bad hair day is not executed properly.

Tangles come from friction on the hair system and the first rule always has to be prevention is better than cure. A major cause of friction comes from sleeping with a pillowcase made from coarse materials. The constant contact with linen leads to hair breakage. Most times, simply using a satin pillowcase will dramatically reduce the level of friction and extend the life of your hair system. Avoid wearing hats or helmets for extended periods of time. This will also help to lengthen the time bonding adhesives stay effective. Friction is also caused by excess combing and brushing. Using a moisturising product like Nearly Natural Moisture Mist will help reduce friction while youre in front of the mirror styling your hair.

On a bad hair day, when the hair in your hair system gets tangled, it can mean a lot more than just a few extra minutes of combing in the morning. By detangling your hair system the wrong way, you may inadvertently be diminishing the condition and life span of your investment.

Here are some simple, safe and effective tips that every person wearing a hair replacement system can use to get minor hair tangles out and avoid the frustrating bad hair day:

  • Before getting into the shower, wet your head and brush all the hairs toward the same direction. This adds moisture to the hair strands and will ease friction while washing.
  • If your hair is tangled before you get in the shower it helps to dilute your shampoo with just a little bit of water before applying. This will also make it easier to rub the shampoo in to the hair.
  • Using a wide-tooth comb or a specially designed Vent Brush in the shower while you shampoo will help prevent hair strands from intertwining and getting caught on each other.

If you need practical hair help then I am ready, willing and able to help and advise you. You can get in touch with me in several ways, detailed on my  CONTACT PAGE >