I know that you wrote this post about a month ago- but I saw it and wanted to just make some comments that might be helpful to you or anyone else who might be experiencing the same issue.
I'll start by saying that sadly, adhesives will not work the same for each person. Something that works great and holds for me like a dream might not last a full week for you, and of course, vice versa. This is mainly due to body chemistry, but also is attributed greatly to lifestyle. Someone who tends to sweat more or have oily skin may need to try something different than a person who does not often sweat or tends to have drier skin. You probably already knew all this, but it never hurts to mention.
When it comes to using a water based adhesive, the application process and what you do directly after application sets the stage for the entire life of your bond. For anyone who isn't sure if they are using a water based adhesive or a solvent based adhesive- don't worry! It's easy to figure out: if your adhesive is white when it's wet, then dries clear (like Elmer's glue)- it's water based. If your adhesive is clear(ish) all the time, then you know it is solvent based.
So- what do you need to know to make sure you get your best bond each time? Here are some tips:
-First and foremost, make sure to prepare your scalp thoroughly before trying to adhere. Shave any hair in the area you intend to attach over, remove any adhesive residue, then remove any residue of the solvent (more on why this is so important in just a second). Make sure that both your scalp and the system are totally dry- and try to be comfortable and cool while you're doing your attachment. For instance, right after taking a shower while your body temperature is probably increased from the hot water (so you might be perspiring just a little bit) and the room is hot and steamy would not be ideal.
-Make sure that both the system and your scalp are free of any solvent residue. The main ingredient in almost all solvents is either citrus or mineral oil. Even conditioner can build up on the base, especially with lace. The easiest way to remove this is to give the base of your system a quick wash with blue Dawn Dish Soap. It's important to use this product because it's the only soap that will actually break down oils (just like it does when you wash your dishes).Even ONE part PER MILLION of solvent residue left on your system will begin to break down your bond up to ten times faster. So, even if you don't feel any solvent left on your base, do yourself a favor and wash it with Dawn before you try to attach.
-This next part is imperative when it comes to water based adhesives. You want to use VERY thin layers. Less is more! The layers should be so thin that if you start at the back of your area of hair loss, by the time you get to the front, the area in the back should be clear and "dry" already. You can add several layers in this fashion, but make sure that each previous coat is totally clear before adding the next one. If the glue is not cured properly before the next layer, then you will never get the long bond that the adhesive is capable of. If a new layer is added before the first one is clear, it will never properly cure. It can be helpful to use a hair dryer on a cool (or even "warm"- but not "hot") to expedite the process. Last of all, wait a full seven minutes after applying your last layer before attaching your system. The glue should feel "tacky"- not wet, and not dry enough that your finger glides over it.
-Last, but not least- after you attach the unit, try not to get it wet for a good 24 (or longer if possible) hours. So, ideally, you would not go to the gym and sweat or raise your body heat. You would not wash your hair, and you would try to avoid taking a shower. If you do need to rinse off, try not to get your hair wet, and try not to make your bathroom super hot and steamy. You should also try to touch and style your hair as little as possible during this time, as you don't want to move things around too much.
Some things to remember after you've attached and as you wearing include:
-Comb your hair from the back of your system forward when you first get out of the shower. After you've combed out any knots, you can then brush and style it however you'd like. The reason being if you are combing your hair straight back right when you get out of the shower, and you catch a tangle or a knot, you may pull the front of your system away from your scalp- as your bond is already a little weakened from the heat and moisture from your shower. As your body cools down and you dry off, your bond will re-harden, so try not to pull the system up even if the bond is weak. Once it's pulled away from your scalp, it will not re-harden in the same way.
-If the front of your system begins to loosen, it's okay to touch it up a little, but I don't recommend trying time after time to add glue and re-stick it. There comes a time when too much glue builds up and you won't get a good or tight hold- especially if you're adding water based adhesive on top of water based adhesive. The best thing to do (when you have the time) is to remove everything, clean, and re-attach.
I hope this helps! If you continue to find that this adhesive just does not work for you, you may want to try something solvent based, like the Walker Ultra Hold. Let us know if you have any questions, I know this is a lot of information!
Emily | Hair Replacement Consultant | firstname.lastname@example.org