Friday, November 20, 2009

Tips and Tricks for your Lace Wig!!

A.) Tips and Tricks for Liquid Bonding Adhesives:

Below, a list of helpful tips to help you achieve the strongest and most secure bond possible.
When applying the liquid adhesive, only use thin, even coats. If you are using a brush, use a paint movement with your hand in both directions - horizontal and vertical. If more adhesive is desired, use thin multiple coats, but make sure the previous coat is dry before applying the next coat.
Never try to apply liquid bond directly to a lace system. Instead, apply it on your scalp and place the unit on your head. Always clean and prepare your scalp properly, with skin shield before attaching your full lace wig. Skin shield is a product,that provides a protective barrier against dermal irritation,while enhancing the effectiveness of skin-safe liquid or tape adhesives.
After showering or working out, the bond of your full lace wig will seem like it is weakening, which is expected, then even if your hair system is still attached securely, the bond will soften a bit, due to extra heat and moisture, do not touch the unit then, because as your body cools, the bond will harden again.
Airborne dust, make-up will attach itself to the adhesive in the front and side edges of lace units and may become visible over time. Immediately after a shower is the easiest time to clean this area because the hairpiece adhesive is pliable. Spray a liberal amount of Adjust-a-Bond on the tip of a double folded tissue. Hold your hair back with one hand and wipe the edge of the lace using the saturated tissue with the other hand.
This trick will help keep your lace front and side edges invisible at all times.

B.) Tips and Tricks for Curly, Deep Wave and Wavy Styles

Below, a moisturizer tip for Full lace wigs with a Curly, Deep Wave, Wavy Style.
Wash and rinse your full lace wig gently but thoroughly, then spray until saturation, with a,1/4 Dove Moisturizing Conditioner, 1/4 of Glycerin and 2/4 plain water mixture*. Using a loop brush, brush it into shape. Cover your full lace wig with a hair net, and let it dry on top of a wig head. Once dry and you begin to wear it, you spray lightly with above mixture every 2-3 days or as needed. This will restore the initial shape, bounce and shine of the curls and/or the waves.
*1/3 of Sunsilk Captivating Curls Lotion, 1/3 of glycerin and 1/3 of plain water mixture.

C.) Tips and Tricks for a long-lasting full lace wig

The key factor in full lace wig care and maintenance, is to understand that your full lace wig is made of human hair, that is approximately 4 years old. Since hair grows on average a half inch per month, one year equates out to 6 inches. So since on the average 24 inches long hair is used to make a 20 inch unit, it is safe to say, that the hair of your unit has been exposed to the elements a minimum of 4 years, and now that hair has been removed from its nutrient source, to be made into your fabulous full lace wig, care and maintenance become that hair life support.
Five main tools are required to properly care for your full lace wig: Shampoo, Conditioner, a rake, your pillow case and your hair wrap. These are the 5 key players and unfortunately not all options are created equally.
A good rule of thumb for shampoo or conditioner is that if it costs between $10.00 and $20.00 for 8.5 oz then you have the right stuff. Since the shampoo and conditioner are keys to protecting the hair natural oils, these are two items that you will be best to invest into.
Beyond washing your unit, you are going to style it and that is where the Rake comes in. Brushes and combs provide too much tension on the hair and will cause breakage and shedding. Use a Rake or even a Pick and toss the brush and comb and you will reduce greatly the tension put on the hair and the knots while styling your unit and therefore your full lace wig will last longer.

D.) Tips and Tricks to avoid damages of your full lace wig while sleeping

Below a tip that is essential when asleep while wearing your hair unit
If you are wearing your full lace wig to bed, you must choose to follow those sleep habits, to avoid damaging the hair of your unit.
Use a wrap. Having the hair wrapped in a satin or silk wrap will reduce frictions on your unit when you move your head in your sleep. Also use a pillow case in satin or silk. The key here is that the pillow case MUST be the same material as your wrap. If your hair is wrapped in satin, have a satin pillow case. If the hair is wrapped in silk, have a silk pillow case. This will reduce greatly the tension and resistance between the two fabrics, avoid the occasional breakage and allows the hair to remain protected, while you sleep.

E.) Tips and Tricks for cold temperature

Below, a tip to keep the hair of your full lace wig beautiful and strong
Cold temperature, specially dry cold weather can damage, tangle and in some cases damage your hair unit irreversibly. Luckily, there are fantastic products on the market that can protect your hair from harsh drying climates. Hair Conditioning treatments, Hair Damage Repair kit , are an excellent for replenishing and protecting the hair of your full lace wig. Whichever brand your choose to use on your hair unit, it is ESSENTIAL that you make sure, that the product is free from alcohol.
Whenever the hair of your full lace wig is a bit dry or if you want to ensure it will be protected from the elements follow these simple steps:
1. Remove hair unit and wash gently.
2. Apply a Hair Damage Repair or another high end conditioning treatment formulated for hair moisture replenishment. Do NOT use protein enriched conditioners.
3. Put your full lace wig in a plastic bag and place in a warm area of your home. Do NOT microwave or apply direct heat, as it will damage your unit.
4. Allow the bag to sit for 24 hours, then remove and rinse hair thoroughly in lukewarm water and allow to air dry.
If you are wearing your hair unit full time, repeat this process every three weeks. Beware! There is a such thing as too much moisture and you want to maintain the human hair average natural ph levels as much as possible.

Daily Hair Care

1) Make sure to comb your hair daily to avoid tangling. When detangling the hair, start from the ends and work up little by little to the scalp.

2) Hold the base to keep it from shedding or causing root tension.

3) Braid your hair into a couple of big braids or wear in a high ponytail when you sleep, swim or exercise. Please untangle hair before braiding. Never sleep on wet hair as this will cause hair to become very matted. Protect hair by wrapping it in a silk or satin scarf or sleeping on a silk/satin pillowcase.

4) Chlorine and salt water have been known to cause irreparable damage to the hair of lace wigs. So try to limit exposure to chlorinated and/or salt water. It is advised not to
chemically treat this hair of a lace wig yourself because you could cause irreparable damage to the unit.

5) Some hair will shed out of some lace wigs easier than others. Curly and longer units will commonly shed more hair rapidly than a shorter lace wig. Shedding of hair is normal.

6) While wearing your lace wig, your wig may slip. To help avoid this, constantly apply firm pressure on the attachment site, especially after showering. This will help the unit stay firmly attached to your scalp. If you should experience some slippage, you can easily reattach by touching up the area with your adhesive, wait a few minutes for it to set and then pressing the unit down firmly.

7) Use a mix of water and leave-in conditioner daily on curly units.

8) Keep hair from dryness by applying olive oil, Coconut oil or even Shea oil to the ends ONLY two to three times weekly .
The following are things which can lead to premature and excessive hair loss:
1) Excessive combing/brushing
2) Unattended matting/tangling
3) Friction (from cotton pillows, aggressive shampooing)
4) Over-perming or incorrect perming
5) Conditioners remaining in the root/base area

Baking soda bath for shine and body
The baking soda bath will keep your hair shiny and with bouncy body.
· Fill a large 3 quart container with hot water. Then pour ½ to ¾ cups of baking
soda into the water and mix until completely dissolved.
· After brushing the unit, place it into the mixture making sure it is completely
submerged under water.
· Allow the unit to soak overnight or a minimum of four hours. The hair will
begin to float to the top of the mixture. Remove it and rinse with warm water.
· Wash with a clarifying shampoo thoroughly. Deep condition, rinse and allow
drying. Style