I responded to your email but will respond to the products et al here.
I haven't heard of any of the products you are using, which is not a big deal. I had trouble finding info on the Trima line, Maxxam Alive or Trax solvent product. These might be HCMW private label products. Could be similar to other products on the market, just under a different name. Derma Lace appears to be a standard white glue.
The attachment problems you have are likely not due to the glue, but to the fact that you have long hair under your unit that you are gluing to and that you aren't able to really thoroughly clean your scalp or the unit. I don't really believe that tape will be much different for you if you are gluing to long hair and a unit and scalp that is not properly cleaned.
Here are the steps most of us use to clean our scalps and units (I copied this from one of my old posts to save time!):
Most of us clean our scalps with the following type of regimen (or similar):
Clean the scalp and remove all adhesive with a citrus solvent
Shave hair down to the skin
Scrub at least 2 times with an exfoliating glove and then dish soap
Apply scalp protector (some people use Maxim which is an antiperspirant that you might want to try. Do a search for it in the forum)
Most people clean the base of the unit with the following type of regimen (or similar):
Use 91% alcohol (Lace Release) to remove tape
Use mirror slide/CD slide/microfiber towel to remove glue from base (you can search for these methods in the forum--the CD slide might really help you out)
Spray base with citrus solvent or soak the base in solvent
Thoroughly clean the base with dish soap to cut the oils from the solvent
Rinse thoroughly with the underside of the unit facing UP towards the water
Wash/condition the hair
Apply tape if you are using tape
Follow the directions for the adhesive you are using (1-2 coats etc)
Spray Adjust-A-Bond on the tape/glue
Position unit on head, press into place.
Sometimes it takes a half hour or so for the bond to cure.
Here is a list of the most popular products, all available in the HD store. If you get any tape, make sure you get a tape that is formulated for nylon. You may want to call HD on that one. They will help you even though you're not a customer yet.
are the basic steps but many people have their own variation. If you
are not following all of these basic steps you will not get a good
bond. If you follow the steps and still don't get a good bond you could
have a body chemistry issue at which time you would need to follow the
same cleaning protocol but start experimenting with different
Danielle--I think you need to figure out a way to get the base and scalp really clean before adding more glue. Adding new glue on top of old glue will not work. I know you said your stylist would not clean the unit but you should demand that they detach it and clean the unit and scrub your scalp and possibly trim back some of the hair you are gluing on to. OR you could switch to clips in the front and cut in some long bangs to mask the hairline a bit. Then when you are done with the club you can get a full scalp bonding piece that you can attach and detach on your own. I know you probably don't want to switch to clips and bangs but you might drive yourself nuts trying to deal with cleaning that front edge especially if it is not being scrubbed and cleaned properly at least every two weeks when they take the unit off.
As for the hair itself--because your hair is processed with a wave, the heat from the flat ironing is drying it out even more. You need to apply a thermal protectant to the hair before flat ironing it. Try not to flat iron more than a couple of times per week and always use at least a spray on thermal protector. Always flat iron on the lowest setting. Try to find something that is not heavy on alcohol. Try the showering method I mentioned in the email to keep your unit dry but still allow you to wash your growing hair.
I can't speak for the products you are using but I salvaged a dying integration unit with Nearly Natural Softening Solution--that is the product that brought me to HD. I don't know that there is anything wrong with the products you are using. You may just need to condition more. I love Nearly Natural Silk Protein Shampoo and Conditioner. You use the Softening Solution in between shampooing and conditioning (follow directions on the bottle). You can use the Softening Solution with any shampoo and conditioner though. I also occasionally use Pureology Nanoworks (which is way too expensive and no better than the NN Silk Protein, I'm just waiting for the bottle to run out!) and KMS Silksheen or Goldwell Kerasilk. Some people like BioSilk as well but I have never used the shampoo or conditioner. I swear by Nearly Natural Moisture Mist Leave-in Conditioner. You do not need to wash daily. I think you are washing twice a week which is fine. I would just recommend that you rinse really well and make sure you add leave-in conditioner after you are done.
Many people on this site also like the Blue Max Shampoo, conditioner and serum to keep hair soft. I'm not sure if it will restore damaged hair though.
I'm thinking now that the dry shampoo might not be great because you are supposed to use a bristle brush with it which is really not good for the unit hair.
Try to use cool water to rinse your hair, hot will make it more dry and matted. Condition, condition, condition! You may want to invest in a water softener for your shower if you plan to wear hair for the long term. This is the one I use: http://www.aquasana.com/product_detail.php?product_id=46 Filters need to be replaced every 6 months and Aquasana usually runs sales so they are $40 or less with no shipping charges.
I'm going to stop here and let you breathe!
Let me know if I lost you anywhere. Anyone else is welcome to chime in!
Susan • Sr. Content Developer and hair wearer, formerly known as CurlySue.