you ever painstakingly attached your hair system only to reach around and find
an annoying wrinkle along the edge of your bonding area? Yes, it's rather
aggravating. Well, don't necessarily chalk it up to inexperience. Wrinkles can
sometimes happen during the normal course of a bonded attachment and even experienced hair wearers can sometimes
find a pesky wrinkle around the edges of their hair system. However, if you
get a wrinkle or two and your hair
system seems like it's just not fitting right, then it probably isn't.
Besides the normal run-of-the-mill "whoops" type of wrinkle, which can usually
be easily remedied, there are a few other causes that may need addressing if
you want to get the best wrinkle-free fit for your hair system.
some people love a poly perimeter (aka poly edge, PU edge, thin skin perimeter)
for its quick cleanup capabilities and
added durability, it can often be the cause of pesky wrinkles and an ill
fit. Depending on the size of your unit and the shape and contour of your head,
the stiffness of the poly perimeter can
make it difficult to wrap around the curves of your head and still stay
snugly fit. If you can imagine wrapping duct tape around a tennis ball, you
would get the same effect-a bunch of little wrinkles along the edges of the
downside to the stiffness of the poly is that many times it creates more of a
gap than a wrinkle. This raised area that refuses to lie flat creates a space between your scalp and the
hair system. That gap allows water, oil and sweat to move around more
freely, ultimately resulting in quicker
lifting. Not good.
you're experiencing this issue with a poly perimeter on lace, try eliminating it from your next order.
If you're wearing a monofilament base, you'll probably
have to switch to a different base material like lace to avoid the poly.
your hair system was not sized properly
to your head or the base was not cut to your specs and is too big, you will
mostly certainly experience gaps and wrinkles. Units that are very oversized will result in huge wrinkles, aka folds.
Folds and wrinkles caused by wrong sizing are annoying and uncomfortable.
Essentially, the circumference of the unit needs to match the circumference of
your bonding area or wrinkles and folds will be inevitable.
Check to see if you inadvertently
made your template incorrectly or if your vendor didn't cut the base material
correctly to your specs.
Either way, you'll need to have the unit remade, live with the folds until you
get a new unit, or do some major surgery on the base to correct the problem.
common cause of wrinkles around the perimeter of the unit is stretching the
base material, especially if you have a lace base.
people prefer to order their hair systems a wee bit too small and stretch them
into place for a really snug fit. Others
unknowingly stretch the lace when
attaching the unit to their head. That's fine, however, over time the knitted
polyester base can stretch permanently, leaving you with a unit that's too big.
In which case, see above.
A minor amount of stretching will
not cause a problem, but if
your unit comes in a little small and you repeatedly stretch it, you may end up
with the opposite problem-a unit that's too big.
addition, if you are using tape on lace, be sure not to stretch the tape too
much when you apply it to the lace. It's okay if you bend the tape a little bit
to get around a tight curve, but too
much stretch will cause the lace to shrink back and wrinkle.
How to get rid of a wrinkle from
a properly fitted hair system
If you act quickly, you can usually get rid of a common wrinkle
that occurs along the perimeter edge of your hair system, in the adhesive area,
during the natural course of attachment.
Immediately after attaching your hair system, feel around the edges for a
wrinkle. If you find one, simply use your fingernail to gently lift the edge of the hair system, then spray a little ProTouch Adjust
A-Bond or 99% alcohol under the edge. Wait a few seconds then lift
the wrinkled area a LITTLE bit more, just enough to release the wrinkle. Using
both hands, flatten out the previously wrinkled spot from the outside (hair side) of the base and
then press it back down. Hold for a few seconds until the alcohol evaporates
and the adhesive begins to stick again.
it's a small wrinkle, this usually works. However, if you have a larger
wrinkle, or you wait too long after bonding to fix it, you might not be so
successful. Also, this really only works
for wrinkles around the perimeter edge of a unit that normally fits properly
and does not have size or contour issues.
Tip: If you have long hair and clip your hair up
during bonding, check for wrinkles
before you let your hair down. It's easier to fix a wrinkle while the hair
is still up and out of the way.
that I think about it, I've yet to find a good use for another kind of wrinkle.
I wonder if Adjust A-Bond will get rid of crow's feet?