BrianD's "Tape Marker" Attachment Tip For Lace Front Hair Systems Step-by-Step Instructions

One key to getting the most natural appearance from your hair system is making sure the front hairline is lined up and attached in just the right spot. So how can you ensure proper placement when working with delicate lace hair systems? BrianD is a client and member of our online community and he recently volunteered to share his creative approach to precise front hairline attachment.

What You Will Need
  • ProFlex Tape Strips
  • Hairline Tape Markers
  • HD Hi-Def Bond
  • Pro Touch Adjust-A-Bond

Step One Applying ProFlex to sides and back

Brian uses Proflex No-Shine tape combined with acrylic glue (he prefers HD high def bond) to attach his hair system. He uses the Proflex to attach his side & back perimeter and the glue in front, but you can also use adhesive at the sides & back.

To begin with the Proflex, carefully peel the backing paper off the tape and reposition hanging over the edge as shown.

Position the first piece of Proflex about 1/2" behind where the front of the hair system meets the side. The area forward of this will be reserved for glue for the best possible look. Continue attaching the Proflex around the sides & back.

Step Two Lining up tape markers along hairline

In order to ensure his front hairline is placed in just the right spot, Brian makes his own "tape markers" and carefully positions them on his forehead in the shape of his unit's recession pattern.

He starts by attaching the unit in the back with the ProFlex, then folding the front of his hair system down and putting his first marker front and center, 1/16" forward of where the lace touches. We go 1/16" forward in order to use a feathering technique with the adhesive.

Continue on marking the entire front hairline with the tape markers, about 1" apart. You should end up with 7-8 markers total.

Quick Tip:Learn how to make your own tape markers! Watch the video version of this technique for detailed instructions on tape markers.

Step Three Brushing on thin layer of adhesive glue


3a. Brushing on thin layer of adhesive glue. After all of the tape markers have been placed, Brian is ready to brush on a thin layer of adhesive.

He applies a 1/2" track of acrylic glue directly behind the first couple tape markers, starting at the back and following along your biological hairline. IMPORTANT: Don’t get the front edge too thick!

3b. Feathering the adhesive onto scalp. After brushing on an even layer of adhesive, Brian removes the tape markers, starting in the back and working his way forward. He uses a technique called "feathering" to smooth and even out the adhesive layer.

To feather: Brian wipes his finger gently along the front edge of the wet adhesive while slowly moving it back along his scalp. Continue to glue in small sections (about 1/2" wide), removing one tape marker at a time and feathering as he goes.

3c. Removing the last front tape marker. To complete feathering, Brian saves the front area for last by making one final horse-shoe shape that will now connect both completed sides.

Brian removes the first tape marker but leave the second.

Step FourAttaching front edge of lace hair system


Once the adhesive along the front hairline has been completely feathered, it is important to allow up to 15 minutes for the glue to dry before applying the lace to your skin.

Lastly, bring the frontal lace area of your hair system down slowly. Using the tips of your fingers, gently roll the edge of the unit into the glue in small sections until it is firmly attached to your scalp.

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