Choosing Your Bonding Method

Like most aspects of hair replacement, the best bonding method for attachment is distinct for each person. Factors like your hairstyle, what base type you choose and how long you intend to wear your hair system determine what is best for you. Keep in mind that your choice of bonding methods can change over time. If you try something and aren’t happy, you can try something different on your next attachment.

Our recommendation

When you shave your scalp in preparation for attachment, we recommend shaving the entire bonding area. Shaving:

  • Provides a stronger bond
  • Prevents irritation as your hair grows in underneath your system
  • Makes it significantly easier to attach your system and maintain your bond

Before we get into the bonding options we recommend, we’d like to discuss some of the other bonding methods you may have heard of that we do not recommend.

What we don’t recommend

Track bonding

This method involves shaving just a ring for the bonding area, leaving growing hair inside the ring. Track bonding is difficult because you need to match the tape on the base with the shaved ring, which makes applying liquid adhesive challenging as well. As hair grows, it tends to push monofilament and skin bases up and grow through lace bases, showing dark areas in the part and making the lace areas more noticeable. The growing hair becomes uncomfortable and very itchy. Scalp oils collect on the hair under the system and cause the bond to break down faster.

Tape tabs

Bonding with tape tabs poses many of the same difficulties as using track bonding, except the bond is much less secure. Because the entire perimeter is not bonded, sweat, oil and water penetrate the tab areas and rapidly break down the bond.

Bonding options

Depending on your personal needs, there are a number of bonding options available for attaching your hair system. A comprehensive review of each can be found on the Common Bonding Configurations page. We urge you to thoroughly and carefully review all the information about bonding before settling on a decision. Speak with your hair replacement consultant for more information and guidance.

Common Bonding Configurations will also provide information on how to achieve an attractive and natural-looking front hairline.

Tape or liquid adhesive?

If you are having difficulty deciding whether to use tape or liquid adhesive, take a look at these pages:

Sensitive or oily skin concerns

Understandably, you may have concerns about the type of adhesive you can use if you have any skin sensitivities or conditions, or if you have particularly oily skin. Tips for Oily and Sensitive Skin offers information on how to handle any skin concerns.