Hard Bond or Soft?

Hard Bond vs Soft BondTwo very different ways of thinking about extended wear bonding

When it comes to hair system attachment you’ve got 2 categories to choose from, hard bond and soft bond. The most popular among hair wearers is soft bond.

But the difference between the two might not be crystal clear. And there really is a pretty big difference, so let’s discuss.

Soft bond refers to all the various types of hairpiece tape and includes most of the liquid adhesives on the market. Basically, a soft bond is any form of hair system attachment that doesn’t contain the ingredient called cyanoacrylate.

What’s cyanoacrylate you ask?!? Well for starters, it’s a big word and difficult to spell (we’ve got the dictionary sitting right next to our desk for this article). Simply put, cyanoacrylate is the generic name for substances that are typically sold under trademarks like Superglue™ and Krazy Glue™.

Yup, you got it... hard bond is essentially superglue gel. As you can imagine, it will certainly keep your hair system secure for extended wear, but can you live with the risks?

Compound of Hard Bond Adhesives
Learn more about Cyanoacrylate at Wikipedia

What are the risks from using hard bond?

Most commonly used by the retail salons and Hair Club®, hard bond should only be applied by a trained hair replacement professional. But first consider the drawbacks:

  • The base ingredient in hard bond is cyanoacrylate (superglue in gel form) and that means it is a carcinogen and could lead to health problems with long-term use
  • Just like superglue, it must be kept far away from your eyes and mouth at all times to avoid accidental consumption
  • Even a short delay in attaching your hair system after applying the hard bond could cause serious damage to your unit. We all know that superglue has a nasty habit of drying very quickly so you don’t get too much wiggle room for mistakes or adjustments

Avoiding the risk but still getting a secure extended wear attachment

We believe strongly in the dangers of using hard bond, so much so that we don’t sell it. Because of this, many hair wearers and clients will ask us for a safe alternative. Although it is true that hard bonding provides a super secure attachment, you do have similar options in the soft bond category.

Getting a secure, long-lasting hair system attachment using soft bond all comes down to proper scalp preparation. Easily 9 out of 10 hair wearers that have problems keeping their hair replacement on tight for more than a few weeks made their first mistake by not fully cleaning and preparing their scalp.

Choosing the right soft bond toupee adhesive for extended wear is easy. You’ve got two great options depending on your personal preference for tape or liquid.

Soft bond hairpiece tape for extended wear

Pro-Flex Hairpiece Tape: These mini tape tabs provide such a strong bond that the manufacture actually pokes tiny holes through them to make clean-up easier. Ideal for use with lace hair systems, Pro-Flex will provide 3-5 weeks of secure soft bond attachment.

Soft Bond Liquid Adhesive for Extended Wear

Ultra Hold Liquid Adhesive: This is a super-strength brush on liquid adhesive that can easily provide up to 4 weeks of secure soft bond-based hair system attachment. Made by Walker Adhesives, its solvent based glue and so strong it should only be applied in very thin coats.