Thanks. Can tape be worn on the hairline if the hair on one's piece is long, dense and wavy? For reference, I wear my current hair similar to this:No-shine Pro is pretty good. Personally I use Ultrahold tape for a strong hold at the back and sides.
Tape is mainly just for the perimeter, but some people like to put a strip down the middle of their scalp, to eliminate any feeling of slackness in the middle of the base. Because I use glue at the hairline, I also put a piece of tape parallel with my hairline but about three-quarters of an inch back. The takes some of the pressure off the hairline glue.
Anyone recommend any particular tape or products for an extremely oily scalp?
I have a system with half an inch lace front with a net center and a polymer perimeter.I think a water based glue is the best, because it's least toxic.
Sorry to hear about the problems you're having with your bond. I have a number of ideas which might help:
- try letting each layer of glue (rather than just the last one) dry before you put on the next one. Each one should dry to tacky - like the glue on a Post-it note.
- try some different adhesives. If you are putting on 4 layers of Ghostbond and you're still not getting 24 hours of adhesion, that may mean Ghostbond just doesn't work for you. Everyone's body chemistry is different, so try something else. There are tons of options. I like the Davlyn glues for the hairline. Or you could try 3 mil tape, which is glue in a tape format - ie when you remove the backing there is just adhesive left; no actual tape. You don't seem to be having as much trouble with the tape, so that might be better, at least till you find a better alternative glue.
- are you cleaning your system and your scalp with a rub of alcohol before you apply the adhesives, to make sure there is no lingering oil? If not, try that.
- are you applying your system in a cool dry atmosphere, so that you are not sweating as you put it on? You should try to avoid sweating for a couple of hours after application.
- are you pressing the edge of the system well into the glue (just checking the obvious LOL). I press it down into the glue with the side of a comb. If you are using 3 mil tape, you can warm it up a bit with a burst of tepid hairdryer, and that seems to help too.
- if you are doing all this and it is still not sticking, maybe your perspiration is bad with glue. Try applying a medical grade antiperspirant on the areas where the adhesive is going to go. Hair Direct carry a brand called Maxxim (or something like that) which is good for the job.
- alternatively, use a scalp protector or liquid bandage on your scalp under where the adhesives are going to go. These create an invisible barrier between your scalp and the adhesive, blocking your perspiration and giving the adhesive a good dry surface to adhere to.
I hope one of these helps.