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Lessons - Applying Adhesive

Sunday, September 13, 2009 1:29 PM  |  by Babe with a Mane

This point can't be stressed enough...LET IT DRY!!!!!!

Ok, I won't yell anymore, but I just have to be heard. The first time I applied glue to my freshly shaven scalp, I glopped it on and then slapped the hairpiece I had made on top of it. Those of you who have worn hair for years are probably gasping in horror. Well, I did too. Especially when the Ultrahold started seeping through the lace and the hair. It took HOURS to clean and I kept trying to make it look presentable. It didn't work.

After finding the HairDirect website, I finally read enough to realize I just wasn't being patient enough. Instead of my usual mantra - More has to be better! - I realized that I had to change the way I was thinking. More wasn't better, it was a disaster. So, less is more...

The next time was much better! I applied a VERY thin coat of ultrahold and then used a hair dryer to make certain it was totally dry. Guess what?! The glue only holds well when it's totally dry before laying the lace on top of it. I actually applied 3 coats of glue and let each coat dry for at least 15 minutes before applying the next. When I say thin coats? I mean really thin coats - almost as thin as paper!

Of course, most of you know that I now use tape for most of my attachment. For me, it's just way easier to attach and to clean up. I still do use a bit of glue, but only for my hairline right in the front. I promise you, if you follow our tips without trying to be original, these methods will work for you!

When we mentor the new hair wearers, we want you to listen to our advice because we don't want you to make the same mistakes we did. We want you to succeed much more quickly than we did. It's just like I tell my children, I'm giving you shortcuts because I want you to be more successful than I am! Be open and take notes if you have to, it will save you so many hair-aches!

Trust me,

Babe

 

About Babe with a Mane

My natural hair has not been seen for over 20 years. It has hidden under wigs and weaves, under toppik, colored sprays, couvre and dermatch. My growing hair is a significant burden. It takes too much time to try to fix it up to be presentable, too much money to try to fix, too much energy to worry about and conceal. Every day, I used to wish for great hair. Every day I was ashamed of my thin hair. Every day, I woke up feeling confident, feminine and sexy inside. Then, I looked in the mirror at my natural hair and those positive thoughts were robbed from me. My natural hair forced me to feel unattractive, timid and insecure. I know who I am inside and I wanted to project that image to everyone else. To do that, my hair had to change. Women who are bald or have very thin hair, are not considered "socially acceptable" in the general public's eye. I wanted to be considered socially acceptable, my natural hair wouldn't let me. My dream hair allows me to lead a normal life. I wake up to my guy nuzzling my neck while my soft hair is brushed aside. I jump in the shower to wash my hair. I look in the mirror to see a confident and sexy woman, looking back at me. I don't waste hours trying to disguise myself to fit in. I blow dry and curl my hair and start my day with a spring in my step. I don't catch others staring at my thin hair while trying to have a conversation with me. The same confident, self assurance that I feel inside is now projected on the outside. There are no further internal battles between true persona and an incongruous outward appearance. I am finally, after a lifetime of dreaming, able to project an image that reflects the confident, sexy, intelligent, feminine woman I truly am.

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