Removing Adhesive From Your Lace Base With the Mirror Slide
When cleaning your hair system, it’s important to remember that even if you do not see or feel adhesive residue on the base, it is still there. To fully clean the base and ensure a strong bond on your next attachment, it’s vital to thoroughly remove all residue. By cleaning your system properly after each removal, you help prevent bonding complications caused by adhesive build-up.
The mirror slide is the safest and preferred method of adhesive removal for lace, because it requires very little solvent and isn’t harsh on hair. However, it is not recommended for skin bases or poly perimeters, because the sliding process can stretch the base. This process should not be used for thin skin systems, either.
Before you begin
If you use tape
Using Lace Release, remove the tape from your base. After you have removed the tape, allow a few minutes for the Lace Release to evaporate and for the base to dry. Then follow the directions below.
If you have long hair
To prepare your hair properly, follow the recommended procedure in Preparing Your Long Hair System for Removal. To minimize the amount of solvent on the hair and reduce tangling, keep the hair system in two braids throughout the entire base-cleaning process.
- Your hair system
- Wall mirror
- Base cleaning solvent
- Grease-cutting dish soap (preferably blue Dawn® Ultra Dishwashing Liquid)
- Wide-tooth comb
Additional items you may need
- Plastic wrap
- Glass cleaner
The mirror slide
After the Lace Release has evaporated and the base is completely dry, continue with the full mirror slide cleaning as described below.
Step 1: Position your hair system
With the hair-side of your system facing you, grab the edges of the base with both hands. Move the underside of the base — where the adhesive residue is — towards the mirror.
Step 2: Begin the mirror slide
Choose a spot along the edge of the base to start with, and firmly press it onto the mirror.
While still pressing down on that same section, slide the base down the mirror. The adhesive will dislodge from the base and transfer onto the mirror.
Do not slide over areas on the mirror that already have adhesive on them, as this will deposit adhesive back onto the base.
Step 3: Mirror slide entire base
Once the section you’re working on is free of residue, rotate the system and begin to mirror slide the next section. Continue around the edge of the system in this manner until all areas are clean.
Lastly, slide any other parts of the base where tape or liquid adhesive was applied until the entire base is clean.
Step 4: Spray solvent on base
After you complete a thorough mirror slide, spray one layer of solvent on the underside of the base, where adhesive was previously applied. Because you’ve removed most of the adhesive with the mirror slide, it isn’t necessary to saturate the base with solvent.
Allow the solvent to sit on the base for 10 to 15 minutes, and do not rinse.
Step 5: Apply dish soap
It’s important to remove all traces of solvent from your base before proceeding with your next attachment.
After the solvent has had a chance to work, apply some dish soap to the base.
Step 6: Wash the base
To wash out the solvent residue, hold the underside of the base under a faucet with both hands, run a slow stream of cool water onto the base, and work the dish soap in with your thumbs, as if you’re working a stain out of a piece of clothing.
Once you’ve thoroughly worked the soap into the base, rinse the base and repeat Step 1.
Finally, rinse your base with cool water until all the soap has washed out.
Step 7: Final steps
If your hair is in braids or pigtails, remove them and carefully comb through the hair with a wide-tooth comb. Lastly, shampoo and condition the hair.