Scalp Cleaning and Prep with ProTouch CleanSkin Scalp Cleaner

After you remove your hair system, it is essential to follow correct scalp cleaning and preparation procedures to ensure the bond in your next attachment is as strong as possible.

The objective during this process is to remove all traces of adhesive, oil and accumulated dead skin from your scalp. Just one part per million of remaining residue can reduce the duration of your next bond by as much as 10%. To avoid compromising your bond, be thorough and follow instructions accurately.

The methods outlined in this guide are fairly quick and easy. Like most practices in hair replacement, cleaning and preparing your scalp will become easier over time.

Supplies

  • ProTouch CleanSkin Scalp Cleaner
  • ProTouch Scalp Cleansing Brush
  • ProTouch Adjust A-Bond
  • Electric shaver or trimmer
  • Shampoo
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Bath towel
  • Paper towel
  • Wall mirror
  • Hand mirror
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Fine-tooth comb

Additional items you may need

  • Scalp shaving template
  • Makeup pencil or washable marker
  • Scalp protector
  • ProTouch No Sweat

Step 1: Remove adhesive residue from your scalp

Once you remove your hair system, you need to clean the adhesive residue from your scalp. For best results, we recommend using ProTouch CleanSkin Scalp Cleanser with the ProTouch Scalp Cleansing Brush.

Dip the brush into the CleanSkin Scalp Cleanser to coat the bristles.

Scrub your scalp in the areas where the hair system was attached to loosen and remove the adhesive, while also exfoliating any dead skin. As you scrub, check your scalp with your free hand to make certain you’ve removed all sticky areas. It is normal for temporary redness to occur while scrubbing your scalp.

If you get adhesive residue in your hair, comb CleanSkin Scalp Cleanser through it with a fine-tooth comb to release the adhesive.

After you've given your scalp a good scrubbing, rinse your head thoroughly in the shower. Keep your eyes closed while rinsing to avoid getting cleanser in your eyes.

Once you've rinsed away all the adhesive residue, shampoo your growing hair at least twice.

Because lint on your skin may compromise your bond, use a towel that will not leave lint on your scalp. For best results, lightly pat the towel on your head, or let your scalp air dry. Try not to touch your head, because you can also affect your bond if you transfer products or oils from your hands to your scalp.

You’re now ready to prepare your scalp for attachment.

Step 2: Trace your template

If you are new to shaving your head, it might be helpful trace the shape of your system onto your head (using a template that matches it) so you can clearly see where to shave. A scalp-shaving template is delivered with each HD Skin system for your convenience. This step is optional.

To begin, find and mark the location of your natural hairline using a fine-tooth comb.

Next, peel the backing off the tape on your scalp shaving template, and coat it with a few pumps of Adjust A-Bond.

Using the front/center mark of your hairline as a guide, carefully position the scalp shaving template on your head. Make sure the front edge is on the mark and the template is evenly spaced from side to side.

Use a makeup pencil or washable marker to trace the template onto your scalp.

Step 3: Shave the bonding area

Using your razor or trimmer, remove any hair or stubble inside the line you drew. Avoid trimming any of your growing hair outside of this area; doing so will enlarge the bonding area and prevent your hair system from providing adequate coverage.

To shave the back of your head, use a hand mirror. It may take a while to get used to working backwards in the mirror, but it will get easier over time. Once you've shaved your head, brush away all the hair clippings.

Dampen a paper towel with Adjust A-Bond and wipe away the line you drew. To make sure your scalp is clean, spray a few pumps of Adjust A-Bond on a new paper towel and wipe your head thoroughly.

Step 4: Apply a scalp protector

The last step before you attach your hair system is to apply a scalp protector. This thin layer of protection helps avoid skin reactions to adhesives.

If you are prone to heavy perspiration, we recommend you apply one thin layer of ProTouch No Sweat, an antiperspirant, to your scalp first. This product prevents the bacteria in sweat from breaking your bond down too fast, and is a must-have if you sweat a lot, are very active or live in hot, humid climate.

To apply No Sweat, spray two or three pumps on a lint-free cloth and swipe it across areas where adhesive will be applied. It’s best not to spray No Sweat directly onto your skin, as too much can prevent the system from adhering properly.

You can skip No Sweat if you don’t sweat very much or often.

Lastly, apply your favorite spray-on or dab-on scalp protector. We recommend you apply two coats and allow it to dry in between.

If you notice a cut, sore or pimple on your scalp during the scalp preparation process, you can temporarily protect it from the adhesive using a spray-on liquid bandage. This product is available at your local drugstore. Liquid bandage can also be used as a scalp protector. If you have significant skin reactions, please discontinue wearing your hair system and consult a doctor.

Be prepared to experiment with scalp protectors. It may take some time to find the product, or combination of products, that works best for you. For example, ProTouch No Sweat can be used in combination with scalp protector. You may want to try one product, and then assess the strength of your bond. If you feel a second product may improve your bond, go ahead and add it on your next attachment.

If you have particularly oily or sensitive skin, or if you sweat profusely, please see Tips for Challenging Skin Types.

As a precaution, remember to use No Sweat if you are traveling to a hot or tropical location.

Once you’ve applied your chosen products, you're ready to attach your thin skin hair system.