1Products for Hair Replacement – 101
From attachment and removal to care and maintenance, stocking up on the right products is a foolproof way to extend the life and look of your unit. While our online store is bursting at the seams with tons of hair care goodness, we know that's both a blessing and a curse. You've probably asked yourself, "Why are there so many products?" and "What products are right for me?"
There's one simple answer to both questions: Different strokes for different folks. By the same token, one hair wearer's tape adhesive miracle is another hair wearer's nape-lifting nightmare. In deciding which hair system styling and maintenance products are right for you, trial and error usually win the day.
Whether you're new to hair systems, wigs and weaves or been around the wig block a few times, consider these pages as a friendly tour guide and checklist through the hairpiece product jungle.
2Product variations – Basic
You need to keep in mind that products can be categorized in six variations – Solvents, Adhesives, Scalp preparation, Styling, Conditioners and Shampoos.
Adhesives are the products you use to secure the hairpiece to your head or scalp. With that said, there are two basic types of adhesives for bonding hair: liquids (also called "hair glue") and tapes. But the age-old conundrum for hair wearers is, “Which one should I use?” That's because how long you want your hair system on your head plays a large part in the type of adhesive you want, whether the choice is tape, liquid or a combination of both.
When choosing an adhesive, you want to keep several things in mind:
- How long do you want your system attached?Remember, your desired hold time (daily wear or extended wear) helps dictate the type of a tape or liquid adhesive you'll choose.
- What's your system's base material?Lace? Poly? A combination of both? Did you know your body chemistry, may dictate what tape will work best for you and your hair system base?
- Do you have sensitive skin? (Body chemistry).Are you prone to rashes and allergic reactions? Do you have an oily or dry scalp? Adhesives and your skin's sensitivity will determine not only the length but the quality of your bond.
Important Tip - If you are using hair system for the first time, then it is advisable to purchase small adhesive bottles.
Solvents are products which help you remove your hair system from your scalp and clean up leftover adhesive residue on your skin or hairpiece. Even so, did you know the most hair system damage occurs during removal? Solvents will help you remove your hair system with confidence while reducing the risk of destroying your base. These liquids should be gentle enough to use on the skin/scalp and the hair system base. At the same time, the proper product should minimize over-drying the hair and base material.
Some questions to ask yourself when choosing a solvent/cleaner:
- How are you using the solvent?Some solvents are primarily removers, meaning they aid you in taking the hair system off your head. Others can remove your hair system from your scalp and clean your hair system base to remove leftover adhesive residue.
- How much solvent do you need?If you’re a daily hair wearer, maybe a larger container of solvent is better. Extended wearers might require less on hand. Once you've established a firm attachment/removal routine, you'll get a better handle on how much you'll need.
- Do you have sensitive skin? (Body chemistry).Solvents contain powerful chemicals which design is to detach hair systems and get rid of stubborn residue, so your body may or may not have an unexpected reaction to them. You may need to try several kinds of solvents before you find the one(s) which provide the right cleaning/removing power without irritating your skin.
5 Scalp Prep
A clean scalp is essential for a rock-solid bond. Fact: Of course, the strongest tapes and liquid adhesive are no matches for a sweaty, oily scalp plus leftover adhesive residue. A dirty head is almost certain to break down your attachment faster than you suspect.
You want to consider a few things when planning your scalp prep routine:
- Do you have trouble with excess adhesive residue?Even after cleaning, there may be adhesive residue left over on your unit. You can solve this problem by using an adhesive remover. Some hair wearers simply use alcohol to get rid of the residual stickiness, but adhesive removers are gentle on the skin and hair system base.
- Are your bonds not lasting as long as you'd like?A surefire way to ensure your scalp is squeaky clean for attachment is to lather up with an exfoliating scalp scrub infused with tiny mineral beads. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, along with stubborn styling product and adhesive build up. For even deeper scalp cleansing, use an exfoliating glove or mitt as part of a scalp prep routine.
- Paranoid about stinky hair? Who wouldn't be? As a barrier between your skin and hairpiece adhesives, scalp protectors can deodorize, retain sebum (an oil which keeps hair soft) and promote stronger bonds by controlling bacterial growth.
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hampooing, as you can imagine, keeps your hair clean. On the other hand, washing your hair system with regular hair shampoos can be a disaster for your human hair system or synthetic hairpiece. These shampoos often contain harsh chemicals and abrasives. Growing hair can withstand the abuse, but hair systems cannot.
Regular shampoos can dry up moisture, strip away color, cause tangling and breakage in hair systems. Why? Because they don't contain the natural oils found in growing hair which guard against them.
When you choose a shampoo, think about what you really need it to do:
- Do you have trouble with dry, straw-like hair systems?Consider hydrating shampoos. They work by infusing hair with moisture to keeping hair systems soft.
- Concerned about dirt and grime or styling product buildup in your hair?Try a deep cleansing shampoo. They're perfect for removing excess oils, dirt and product buildup from hair systems, but don't use it on a daily basis.
- Do you like to clean your hair system everyday? Obviously, daily cleaning shampoos are the way to go. They'll keep your system clean, in addition, they're gentle enough for every day cleaning to avoid dirt, oil and product buildup.
- Irritated because the sun fades your hair color?Not to be confused with a hair system dye kit, try a color maintenance shampoo. These shampoos clean and while depositing color to combat color fading.
- Is your hair flat and lacking "oomph?" A volumizing shampoo might help. They deposit protein onto the hair shaft to provide extra body and lift.
Your hair is clean! Find out why conditioners are critical to a hair system's health.
Every hair wearer seeks a soft and supple system. Actually achieving this goal can be elusive. Above all, this is why conditioners are like liquid gold to hair wearers. As you massage the conditioner into your hair system, the liquid formula coats each strand and will keep your hairpiece soft and banish brittleness.
Because conditioning is super-important to the longevity of your hair system, some questions to keep in mind:
- Want to stay one step ahead of the sun's devastating effects on your hair?Color maintaining and UV-protecting conditioners are a MUST. These conditioners are designed to block and slow down the effects color fading (oxidation) and dryness in hair systems.
- What type of conditioner works best for you?There are two types of conditioners: leave-in & rinse out. Regular conditioning is a MUST for maintaining hair softness. While most hair wearers prefer leave-in conditioners because the softening agents stay with your hair all day long, conditioner buildup in your hair may become problem.
- Do you want to reduce or eliminate tangling?Protective serums could be your answer. These hair softeners are used in tandem with standard conditioners and shampoos to lock in hair strand moisture to keep them from wrapping around each other.
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This refers to the type of looks you want. Once done it is important that you maintain the same looks. It is certain that you don’t want to walk around with bad maintained hair system. In case you wear unmaintained hair system then it is certain that people around you will notice it.
When purchasing styling product you need to keep following points in mind.
- Selecting right styling product – You can select from flat, bedhead or spiky type hair styling. You can select from different options available including gel, creams, mousse and hair sprays that can help maintain the best style.
- Styling product for your hair system type –You have to ensure that you purchase the right type of styling tools including brushes and combs that have wider bristles that are anti-static type and can help remove frizziness from your system.
- Natural or synthetic hair system – This is one important factor to consider when selecting right product. It is important to avoid using hair gloss and sprays if you are using synthetic hair system as it can damage it easily.
9 Looking around for basic tools for your hair system for newbie’s?
There certainly are unlimited options available online, but there certainly are a number of factors that you need to consider for maintaining your hair system. This means that you have to perform your best research and test a number of products. You have to avoid purchasing something that is not effective. You can browse through our web page to collect more information related to basic products available that can help when wearing or removing hair systems.
10If you are very often using hair system then you have to look into the list of items that you should have.
You are already using a hair system and are very much used to wearing and removing it. You can make the selection from a number of products available that will ease the process of removing and wearing hair systems. You can check with our guide related to DIY hair systems.