Scalp Cleaning and Prep with Solvent

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.

This method uses liquid solvent with exfoliating gloves or mitt. You may also want to consider another method using ProTouch CleanSkin Scalp.

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.

If you have oily skin, avoid using a solvent that contains citrus or alcohol so your skin doesn’t overreact and produce excess oil, which will break down your next bond faster.

Supplies

  • Skin-safe solvent
  • Blue Dawn® Ultra Dishwashing Liquid, or similar dishwashing liquid with no skin softeners
  • Exfoliating gloves
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Electric hair clippers
  • Scalp protector
  • Wall mirror
  • Hand mirror
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Scalp protector

Additional items you may need

  • Disposable razor with lubricating strip
  • Template that matches your hair system
  • Makeup pencil or washable marker
  • ProTouch Adjust A-Bond
  • ProTouch No Sweat
  • Lint-free cloth

Step 1: Remove adhesive residue from your scalp

Once you remove your hair system, you need to clean the adhesive residue from your scalp. The ease of cleaning your scalp is determined by numerous factors, such as your body chemistry, the type of adhesive, the length of your attachment time and the type of adhesive remover you use.

To remove adhesive from your scalp, use a skin-safe solvent. Alcohol-based products like Lace Release or Adjust A-Bond will release the hair system, but won’t break down the adhesive.

First, put on one exfoliating glove and pour a little bit of solvent onto your fingertips. If you’re using a spray-on solvent, spray it on your scalp liberally.

Using the glove, scrub your scalp in the areas where the hair system was attached; this will 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.

Step 2: Remove solvent residue from your scalp

After you clear away the adhesive from your scalp, it’s vital to remove the oily solvent by scrubbing again with a grease-cutting dish soap like Blue Dawn® Ultra Dishwashing Liquid

If you can’t find Dawn® in your local store, use a dish soap formulated for cutting heavy grease that doesn’t contain any skin softeners.

Put on a clean exfoliating glove and apply some dish soap to the fingertips.

Scrub your scalp thoroughly to remove all traces of solvent from your skin. We recommend you repeat this process once more to make sure your scalp is free of all oils and ready for attachment.

If you prefer to combine Steps 1 and 2, you may consider using ProTouch CleanSkin Scalp, an exfoliating scalp scrub with citrus solvent in it.

Step 3: Shave the bonding area

After you have thoroughly cleaned your scalp, it’s time to shave down the hair in the bonding area. We recommend you use electric clippers to cut away longer hair, followed by an electric or disposable razor to trim the hair all the way down to your scalp.

Until you get used to shaving your head, you may want to make and use a tape template to help you define the area you need to shave. Use a makeup pencil or washable marker to trace the template onto your scalp prior to shaving. Afterwards, remove the line you drew with ProTouch Adjust A-Bond (or rubbing alcohol) on a paper towel before you wash your hair.

Electric clippers

Using electric hair clippers, trim the hair in the bonding area down to your scalp. Work very carefully and precisely, running the clippers along the visible hairline. Be sure you stay within the bonding area and refrain from trimming any of your natural hair outside that area. This will cause the bonding area to get larger, and your hair system won’t cover the entire area.

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.

Razor

After clipping the hair away, use a razor to shave the bonding area down to your scalp. If you’re using a disposable razor, we recommend one with a lubricating strip. Gently dampen your scalp before using the razor, but try to avoid shaving cream, as it makes it hard to see what you’re doing.

Step 4: Wash your hair

Once you’ve shaved the bonding area, give your scalp one last scrub, and wash your growing hair. It’s best to do this in the shower.

When you shampoo your growing hair, concentrate on the hairline adjoining the bonding area to make sure any last bits of adhesive are removed from your hair. If you choose to, you can condition your growing hair.

Next, put on an exfoliating glove and add some Dawn® dish soap to the fingertips. Scrub your scalp one last time and rinse it really well, so there’s no soap or shampoo residue left on your scalp.

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.

Step 5: 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.

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

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.

If you are prone to heavy perspiration, we recommend you apply one thin layer of ProTouch No Sweat, an antiperspirant, to your scalp first, before applying scalp protector. 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, but as a precaution, remember to use No Sweat if you are traveling to a hot or tropical location.

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. You may want to try one product and 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 Oily and Sensitive Skin.

Once you’ve applied your chosen products, your scalp is ready for attachment.