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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

Directions

  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

Directions

  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

Directions

  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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How Walker products react in weather or temperature changes

How Walker Products React in Weather or Temperature Changes

Whether it’s hot or cold where you are, you need amazing hold times and performance from the products that you choose to use on yourself or on clients.

This Walker Tape product line up, supplied by Walker, can look different depending on what temperatures are in your area, so let’s focus on breaking down the formulas that are best for different environments.

Adhesive Bases

walker tape great white adhesive product imageFirst, let’s talk silicone, water and acrylic based adhesives. They’re all great options, but specifically shine during different times of the year.

Silicone and water based can be easier to clean up and will work well in winter weather. They generally provide a bit more of a gentle hold than acrylic bases. This is important because when temperatures drop, tapes become more rigid and acrylic adhesives can sometimes be too harsh for dry skin.

Acrylic can also be hard to clean, but can be a good option for high heat during the summer. They also hold up well while your client is sweating and won’t turn white during the warmer weather.

Freezing Winters

As far as cold weather goes, it’s generally a better time of year for hair systems. For the most part, you or your clients should get more wear time from their unit installs and their hair system should last a bit longer. This is because there’s less wear and tear from sweating and outdoor activities.

If you or your clients are curious about different system base options, it might be a good time to try a poly unit. The colder months can be a great time to give these a chance because some people think they’re a bit too warm to wear during the summer.

Cold Weather Care

Walker adhesive bonding technology. Extreme Hold Silicone based glue for wigs and hair replacement systems 41ml size.The Walker products that we recommend for winter alternative hair wearing are Great White and Extreme Hold. Great White is a water based adhesive and Extreme Hold has a silicone base. Just like in the summer heat, leave-in conditioner is still a key product. It’ll help keep static at bay by giving the hair the moisture it needs. Walker Leave-In Conditioner can also help detangle your client’s hair system if it gets wet.

Protect your or hair system as temperatures drop. Wearing a beanie or felt hat can be a great way to shield hair. Hats can also be an easy way to keep the hair dry from any stray rain or snow.

Now we’ve laid out the best products for whatever the weather is throwing at you, let us know which products you and your clients are loving! If you have any questions, contact us! We’re here to help you with any questions that may come up while using Walker Tape products.

Summer Heat

Image of Walker Tape Ultra Hold Hair Adhesive 1.4fl oz maximum hold glue for Wigs and Hair SystemsWhile summer is such an amazing and active time of year, the general weathering it can cause on a hair unit can be a drag. Sweating, showering more often, and swimming in the ocean and pools can really run a system through the ringer.

If you or your clients are concerned about hold during the summer, we recommend reaching for Max Hold Sport and Ultra Hold. This combo is amazing for maintaining a strong hold through hot and sticky conditions because of Ultra Hold’s acrylic base.

Prevent Color Changes from Sun Exposure

Image of Walker Tape Leave-in ConditionerAnother factor to consider is “hair oxidation”. This is a change in the color of the hair system. If this is a new concept for you, think of how dark hair generally lightens in the summer and blonde hair can turn green due to too much swimming.

This oxidation is caused by prolonged exposure to UV light, chemicals, and hair products. These various factors can cause the hair to slowly lighten or make existing red undertones become more prevalent and noticeable.

The best way to help prevent this is by keeping up on the proper maintenance. Using sun protection by wearing a hat or by using hair products that contain an SPF.

Another easy way is to keep the unit looking pristine is to make sure that you (and your clients at home) are using the right hair products. This includes a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Keep in mind that conditioning the hair system is super important. This step will help keep the hair soft and pliable, while also preventing oxidation.

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Walker Tape Signature – the next level of hair replacement products

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Walker Tape has taken their best products and used the latest technology to make them even better. The lineup includes Signature Adhesive, Signature Tape and Signature Remover.


Signature Adhesive

Walker Tapes Signature Adhesive is the strongest liquid adhesive Walker Tape has ever created, even stronger than Ultra Hold.

Walker Tape Signature Hair System AdhesiveWalker Tape started with their Ultra Hold Adhesive and used the latest technology to make their Signature Adhesive the strongest Walker Tape offer. It’s a clear acrylic adhesive that is waterproof, great for lace, poly and skin units, and dries clear. This adhesive gives a reliable hold time of 3-5 weeks.

When used correctly, this adhesive will last through extreme conditions (heat, humidity, etc.) with no issues. Walker Tape also designed a new 4 oz squeeze bottle and a precision cap, helping this adhesive apply cleanly and easily.

People will love Signature Adhesive because:

  • It stays strong in all conditions
  • You don’t have to wait as long for the adhesive to become tacky
  • The squeeze bottle makes it so easy to use
  • It’s great for all units

Signature Tape

Walker Tapes Signature Tape is thinner and stronger than any tape on the market. It’s only 6.5 mils thick, compared to the maximum wear tapes previously available on the market at an average of 10-11 mils.

This thin tape gives a reliable 4+ week hold. The combination of the dull finish, flexWalker-Tape-Signature-Hair-System-Tape imageible liner and incredibly thin construction makes this tape comfortable while providing a lifelike appearance.

Because the tape is so thin, it leaves little residue, therefore, cleanup is easy and quick. The Walker Signature Tape is transparent with a white liner and is ideal for lace units.

Available sizes:

Minis Contours: A, AA, B, BB, C, CC Straight Strips: ½”, ¾,” 1” Tape Rolls: ½”x 3 yds, 3/4” x 3 yds, 1” x 3 yds, ½”x 12 yds, 3/4” x 12 yds, 1” x 12 yds

People will love Signature Tape because:

It’s SO thin and comfortable It’s easier to clean up than many maximum wear adhesives It’s invisible under the unit It holds strong through all conditions


Signature Remover

Walker Tapes Signature Remover is a medical grade, organic, citrus-based remover. That’s right, medical grade and organic.

Walker Tape Signature Hair System Adhesive Remover Medical Grade Organic imageThis winning combination makes this solvent incredibly gentle and unique. It’s skin friendly with a pleasant and mild citrus scent.

A quick wash with mild soap and water after unit removal leaves you with a perfectly clean scalp and unit. It comes in an easy to use 4 oz spray bottle.

People will love their signature remover because:

  • It’s incredibly gentle on skin
  • It works very quickly
  • The spray bottle makes it easy to use
  • The smell is fainter than other citrus-based removers
  • It’s easy to wash with soap and water It’s the perfect remover for the signature line products and so many others
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Goodbye Sticky with Action Remover

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Say goodbye to sticky with Walker Tape Action Adhesive Remover and remove wig tape and adhesive like a pro. Action is a skin-safe, fast acting solvent that cuts through adhesive quickly leaving very little residue.

Action Adhesive Remover, for wigs and hair systems, is Walkers follow-up to its incredibly popular adhesive remover C-22. However, Action is faster-acting, less oily and features organic Lanolin oil thats skin-safe — it makes Action a must-have!

Its hard to out-do C-22, but Walker has done it with Action Adhesive Remover!

This skin-safe solvent works faster than C-22 and features 100% organic Lanolin oil to help soothe your skin. Action is less oily, which makes the cleanup process easier; this also makes it easier for you to achieve a secure attachment the next time you bond your system.

Action Adhesive Remover Benefits:

  • Fast Acting
  • 100% organic Lanolin oil to help soothe skin
  • Fastest-working skin-safe solvent Walker make
  • Less oily, which makes cleanup process easier
  • Easier to achieve secure future attachment

 

Order today and say goodbye to sticky with Walker Tape Action Adhesive Remover

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NEW MaxHold Sport – Ultimate Scalp Preparation

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Walker Tape Max Hold Sport Instant Hold 1.4oz Dab on Skin Prep happy couple imageTired of waiting 24 hours before you can get active or shower?

Is your tape or adhesive breaking-down during sport, heavy sweating, high heat or after swimming?

Then NEW MaxHold™ Sport Instant Hold from Walker Tape could be the answer. MaxHold™ Sport Instant Hold Skin Prep, is the ultimate skin prep product for hair systems and wigs.

No need to wait the usual 24 hours – just apply and get active or jump straight in the shower, and get longer bond times too.

  • Instant use – no need to wait 24 hours
  • Ideal for Sports – Football, Gym or Swimming
  • Great for heavy sweat sufferers and hot climate conditions
  • Ultimate skin preparation, before adding tape or glue
  • Extends the life of glue and tape
  • Convenient size 1.4 fl oz / 41 ml with dab on applicator

MaxHold Sport Instant hold will extend the life of any tape or glue we sell. Its the ultimate skin prep product for hair systems and wigs.

Normally you would have to wait 24 hours after hair system attachment to shower or workout, but not with Walker Tapes MaxHold™ Sport. You can get active right after install and have longer hold times than ever before!

Also great for those who suffer from heavy sweat and for use abroad in hot climate conditions.

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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.

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Walker Tape Lace Front Thin Review

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This past week Walker Tape received this great review on Walker Tape Lace Front Thin tape.  Holistique wanted to share his thoughts on this great, but lesser known tape.

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Walker Tape Lace Front Thin attaching hair system at the hairline

“I’m a HUGE fan of the Walker Tape 3-mil tape (Lace Front Thin) for attaching my system at the hairline.  I have been using it for about a year now, and I’m sure I will never go back to using glue again.  The 3-mil is so much easier to use, and it gives an amazing, flawless result – honestly better than I was ever able to achieve with liquid adhesive.  I’m a member on a couple of hair forums, and I’m constantly telling whoever will listen that they should give the 3-mil a try!  I’m terrified that it might be discontinued if not enough people use it, so I’m trying to make sure everyone knows how good it is!” – Dave

If you have comments or reviews that you would like to share, please feel free to contact us.

View the Walker Tape Range available in the UK at Holistique

 

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Best Hair System Attachment Products for Sensitive Skin

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Best Hair System Attachment Products for Sensitive Skin

Do you have sensitive skin? We know it can be frustrating finding the best hair system attachment products for sensitive skin. You might be unsure if the product will irritate your scalp or your customer’s scalp. So how do you find out?

FIRST: Always Perform a Patch Test.

While most of our products are safe on skin, there are different types of sensitive skin.

We recommend performing a patch test if you are nervous about a product irritating your skin. Place a small amount of adhesive/tape on an area of sensitive skin (inner arm, behind ear, or the scalp if possible) put a plaster/band-aid over the adhesive/tape, and leave over-night (12hrs). Then remove the following day and check for any reaction. If there is any redness or irritation, do NOT use that product. Also, check to make sure the bond didn’t release from the skin. This is rare, but unfortunately some products will not bond to certain skin types.

We want you to have a great experience when wearing your hair system. So to help, we went through our products and created a list with descriptions of each product so you can see which may work best for your skin!

Hair System Attachment Preparation

Walker Tape Scalp Protector Hair System Products
Walker Tape Scalp Protector Hair System Products will protect your skin while wearing your hair system.

Scalp Protector
Scalp Protector Spray or Scalp Protector Dab On will form a protective barrier to prevent irritation from adhesives and tapes. It will also improve adhesion and lengthen duration of bonds. Our Scalp Protector works great in hot and humid weather conditions too. Which is great for customers who play sports or have oily skin. It may also be applied to hair systems to improve cleanup.

Scalp Protector THICK
Same details as the original Scalp Protector, but THICK is much thicker (I know, obvious) and longer lasting. You use this product to extend the hold time and security of any tape or glue.

Hair System Tapes

Walker Tape Pro-Flex II 

Walker Tape Pro Flex II is a very popular Hypo-allergenic Hair Replacement System Tape. It’s made with Urethane, which makes for a very flexible bond.

Usually the most tacky, it requires more skill to apply, but depending on temperature, humidity and body oils Pro Flex II Tape can last for up to 4 weeks.

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Hair System Solvents – Removal and clean up

Holistique 99% Alcohol
This product works great for light cleanup, and for preparing the skin for bonding. We recommend that you always use 99% Alcohol to remove skin oils right before you use a tape or glue, this will extend the life of your bonds. Because it evaporates completely, this is a very skin-friendly way to prepare skin for an installation.

Walker Tape S3
Walker Tape S3 is our highest purity solvent. This solvent is a low-residue, easy to rinse blend. It’s designed specifically for our sensitive skin users.

Walker Tape S3 Solvent for sensitive skin

Walker Tape C-22
Walker Tape C-22 solvent is gentle on skin, but it’s also FAST. Easy to rinse with soap and water. C-22 smells great, too!

Tip: When using Walker Tape S3 or C-22 solvent we recommend to spray it on, let it sit for a moment, and then remove the tape. By doing this, it will ensure a smooth removal.

Walker Tape C-22 solvent is gentle on sensitive skin

Say goodbye to sticky with Walker Tape Action Adhesive Remover and remove wig tape and adhesive like a pro. Action is a skin-safe, fast acting solvent that cuts through adhesive quickly leaving very little residue.

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Action Adhesive Remover, for wigs and hair systems, is Walkers follow-up to its incredibly popular adhesive remover C-22. However, Action is faster-acting, less oily and features organic Lanolin oil thats skin-safe — it makes Action a must-have!

Its hard to out-do C-22, but Walker has done it with Action Adhesive Remover!

This skin-safe solvent works faster than C-22 and features 100% organic Lanolin oil to help soothe your skin. Action is less oily, which makes the cleanup process easier; this also makes it easier for you to achieve a secure attachment the next time you bond your system.

Action Adhesive Remover Benefits:

  • Fast Acting
  • 100% organic Lanolin oil to help soothe skin
  • Fastest-working skin-safe solvent Walker make
  • Less oily, which makes cleanup process easier
  • Easier to achieve secure future attachment

 

Order today and say goodbye to sticky with Walker Tape Action Adhesive Remover

 

We hope this list has helped you to see which of our products could work for you or your clients! If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us.