Best Ways To Avoid And Treat Scalp Redness

George Hen

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I wear a French lace system with poly borders around the side and back.

I’ve recently changed some things in my rebonding routine. The biggest change was that I stopped using bonding/glue altogether so was only using tape.
Removing bonding from my routine made for an incredibly easy clean up. Cleaning the system itself is super quick with hardly any mess to deal with, it’s great.

the problem is that itchiness has become a real issue since I made this change. I think it’s probably because the system is looser on my head without the extra hold from the glue and that’s causing a lot of irritation.

yesterday I rebonded and the redness was worse than ever. I’m not able to stop wearing or take a break because I’m always working and around people. The redness usually goes away by itself but I’m wondering if anyone has any advice on how best to reduce it in general?

steps I’m going to take from now on include:

• Applying a small amount of bonding again to the very back and near(ish) the front of the system. Using tape on the actual hairline has been a game changer for me in terms of maintenance (dramatically reduced it) and I don’t want to go back to only using glue there and having to clean it every two days.

• Reduce the time between rebonding. At the moment I change every two weeks. My new plan is to change roughly every 10 days. The last 4 days are when things rapidly deteriorate for me anyway.

• minimise the time I have cleaning agents on my scalp. Yesterday I think I left some things on my scalp for too long. I also tried shaving my head before shampooing just to save time but I’m going to revert back to shampooing asap after cleaning and then shaving.

Big question - what’s the last thing you use on your scalp during rebonding: shampoo or alcohol and why? I should say second last because I use scalp protector last but I’m curious it’s see if using shampoo/alcohol second last makes a difference at all(?)

thanks in advance for any insights
 

Nostab2

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Good topic

Are you getting redness on the areas where the adhesive is only? Or on the areas that are not bonded?
 

George Hen

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Good topic

Are you getting redness on the areas where the adhesive is only? Or on the areas that are not bonded?
Bit of both. I’d say it’s slightly worse in the areas which aren’t bonded.

Important detail I missed out: I renewed the tape at the front of my system halfway between rebonding last time and it made a big difference to the redness at the front, I’m assuming because it held the front of the system firmly in place again.
 

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You may want to try different types/brands of adhesives, or tapes to find the ingredients you are not sensitive to.
Thanks. I do suspect that could be an issue here. It’s just weird that I have hardly any redness when I use tape AND bonding, but lots of redness with only tape.
 

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Thanks. I do suspect that could be an issue here. It’s just weird that I have hardly any redness when I use tape AND bonding, but lots of redness with only tape.

By "bonding", you mean adhesive/glue? It means you might have an insensitivity to the adhesive in the tape. There are dozens of different tapes to try.
 
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Nostab2

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Bit of both. I’d say it’s slightly worse in the areas which aren’t bonded.

Important detail I missed out: I renewed the tape at the front of my system halfway between rebonding last time and it made a big difference to the redness at the front, I’m assuming because it held the front of the system firmly in place again.
Is there any pain or just redness? How long have you been wearing? I have never kept it real tight on my head as it bothers me. General red areas could be friction but do you notice any movement when you turn your head to one side or another? I had a couple months of this and it turned out I was not using enough glue.
 

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Is there any pain or just redness? How long have you been wearing? I have never kept it real tight on my head as it bothers me. General red areas could be friction but do you notice any movement when you turn your head to one side or another? I had a couple months of this and it turned out I was not using enough glue.
There’s a bit of pain, yes, but only when the affected area is touched. I can’t feel anything when my unit is on (like right now).

I’ve been wearing for three years now. I’ve had spells of this before but this is the first time in a long time it’s been this bad. It correlates with the change to tape only so it’s either a reaction to the tape or just that the unit is looser, probably the latter.

I don’t ever feel any movement of the unit when I move my head - it’s very firmly on my head but not so much that I can feel any restriction of any kind.

sounds like you had the exact same problem as me then! Looks like I’ll be going back to using glue in order to maintain a stronger hold.
 

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There’s a bit of pain, yes, but only when the affected area is touched. I can’t feel anything when my unit is on (like right now).

I’ve been wearing for three years now. I’ve had spells of this before but this is the first time in a long time it’s been this bad. It correlates with the change to tape only so it’s either a reaction to the tape or just that the unit is looser, probably the latter.

I don’t ever feel any movement of the unit when I move my head - it’s very firmly on my head but not so much that I can feel any restriction of any kind.

sounds like you had the exact same problem as me then! Looks like I’ll be going back to using glue in order to maintain a stronger hold.
Interesting, as you said above it must be cause of itching all the time. I have found using the minimum products is best. Try bonding in more areas for starters
 

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There’s a bit of pain, yes, but only when the affected area is touched. I can’t feel anything when my unit is on (like right now).

I’ve been wearing for three years now. I’ve had spells of this before but this is the first time in a long time it’s been this bad. It correlates with the change to tape only so it’s either a reaction to the tape or just that the unit is looser, probably the latter.

I don’t ever feel any movement of the unit when I move my head - it’s very firmly on my head but not so much that I can feel any restriction of any kind.

sounds like you had the exact same problem as me then! Looks like I’ll be going back to using glue in order to maintain a stronger hold.
Did you ever get to the bottom of the redness?
 

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In my case, it was not the glue but slight rubbing of lace on unglued scalp. I am a side sleeper and when my head is resting on pillow, creases are created and lace rubbing occurs. Here is a picture of my scalp with creases caused by resting head on pillow to better explain.

I currently am wearing a UTS (daily wear ) using got2be attachement. No redness at all and giving scalp a break..

You can also try liquid plaster on red area prior to attachement to protect it. See my previous post
https://www.hairlosstalk.com/intera...ion-from-your-lace-piece.117078/#post-1865764

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