Just how smart is it to run your system under hot water in the shower?

SD1984

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I'm curious how many of you guys do it? We all know that heat is a system's kryptonite and I've also read from some wearers that if you can avoid it, then do so, and only wet your system on the 1-2 days a week you wash it. I just can't imagine that hot steamy showers while continuing to run your head under hot water can still be a thing when you are a hair system wearer. (I am not yet wearing but am looking to learn)
 

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Hot showers are harder on the bond than on the hair but not great for either. The risk of tangling is too high from just letting it soak like that. I do run my hair under warm/hot water a few times a week but I always am combing through it when its under the water. Other days I will use a spray bottle to wet and style. I have found that to be more gentle. Sometimes I throw on a shower cap when I shower to really preserve the style or the bond. On days where I am not wearing , usually 2-3 days every few weeks, I let it rip on the hottest shower I can handle. u are right, I do miss it every day but its not great for natural hair either to be rinsed with burning hot water every day
 

SD1984

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On days where I am not wearing , usually 2-3 days every few weeks, I let it rip on the hottest shower I can handle.

What do you mean ? You just don't wear it some days every couple of weeks?
 

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What do you mean ? You just don't wear it some days every couple of weeks?
Yea I do my own maintenance so usually I take it off, clean and wash it and then let it fully dry for at least 24 hours to reattach so I give my skin some time off from the adhesives. In the past re applying to quickly has caused a buildup of irritation with certain glues.

I also live with my family who knows about it, work from home on a job with very little Zoom (sometimes I throw on a beanie) and my girlfriend knows as well. I understand that isn’t a possibility for everyone
 

Hair2019

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I find lukewarm water best for washing my hair system (sometimes gently with shampoo too).
 

jimlad

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Shower cap for the majority of the showering time, then lukewarm water rinse for 30 seconds or so. Unless it's a wash day of course, but don't need to do that too often.
On a side note, one of the reasons I wear a UTS is because it feels normal when I have a shower! My first system was a 0.05 and it felt like showering with a hat on! Sometimes you've just got to do what feels right...
 

Fanjeera

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But water will evaporate and then it's dry again. I'm not sure, if it affects the bond at all. Doesn't do anything to the hair either imo.
 

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A super-hot shower isn't good for your skin, and it isn't good for your hair system.
 

matt0135

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I mean it depends on how hot we’re talking lol. Personally I used to wet my system hair in the shower but now I dont, but im not worried if i do. The reason why is mainly the fact that the hair gets wet and takes long to dry, and then i have to restyle. Whereas now I just wash my natural hair or at least wet the natural hair in the shower every day or so and then that dries fast compared (I usually do a fade cut style and my hair is on the thinner side)

I find the water in general can affect the bond, but once dry the bond returns to normal strength. I used to use glue for my hairline but have since been able to achieve the same effect more or less with walker signature tape. Just placed a 1-2mm or so behind the hairline (you will have to experiment with this)
I also find if you re attach on a weekly basis most of the skin issues will resolve. I do find my scalp is dry and flaky at times but i just put a little moisturizer and usually works good. (Not too much or else fan impair the bond when re attaching)
 
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