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In our previous blogs, we covered how to use either Tape Adhesive or Glue (liquid adhesive). Both have their pros and cons (such as tapes are easier to use and clean compared to glue. However, glue can give a perfect, precise finish with higher levels of invisibility).
This blog, however, will cover how to combine the use of both adhesives on a single men’s toupee. Quality is something that should always remain consistent, from purchasing, from quality suppliers, providing quality cutting, and especially quality fitting.
For more experienced specialists methods of attaching hair systems for men may vary, what does not change is the materials used in the attaching of men’s toupees. Glues and Tapes have been used for as long as toupees have existed, and they will continue to be used for the foreseeable future. Therefore, for beginners wanting to learn how they can provide their clients with a service worth sharing with their friends about, we have tailored our blogs just for you! So, here is how you can use both Glue and Tapes when attaching your client’s toupee. Let’s get straight into it.
Unlike wigs and wefts, toupees are attached with Glue or Tape. The main difference is in women’s hair systems majority of the time are attached with hair clips that clip on to the existing hair on their head. Meaning every night they take it off, and every morning they put it back on. Even though they can switch up styles more frequently, men using toupees have a different need and desire, switching up and standing out is not what they want.
Glues and tapes provide a fixed attachment to the wearers’ scalp for a set duration of time, allowing them to go on their daily activities without worrying about their hair, these activities include waking up and going to bed, showering, sports, daily commutes, etc.
Types of Tapes: Mini Taps, Strips, Lace Front Tape, Rolls and lastly Contour tapes – On Average tapes last between one – to – three weeks depending on which one so double-check the packaging or reach out to our customer service team for any questions.
Types of Glue (Liquid Adhesive): Commonly they are water-based that are both latex and formaldehyde-free, which is perfect making it non-irritable to the scalp, easily applied and strong enough to last up to two – to – four weeks.
Why use a combination of both glue & tape?
As we stated before the main benefit of using Tape (even though it is not as strong) is due to the simplicity of putting it on and cleaning it up. Less mess fewer problems! Also, using glue can be a bit risky, especially if it gets onto the hair, this can cause permeant damaged and must be adequately removed, left to dry and then a second attempt to attach can take place. However! Glue is far stronger, will last longer, and the best part of it is transparent and thus making it the ideal choice for ensuring a natural look and invisible toupee.
The area of the toupee which is the most obvious and noticeable is the front Hair Line (section one), so using glue on the front Hair-Line section is a better alternative than using Tape /’Contour Tape’. The other seven parts are less noticeable, and therefore Tape is a suitable option for these seven different sections.
Note: We do not recommend using glue for Monofilament bases as it can become too messy and easily cause damage to the base material.
Applying liquid adhesive to skin/scalp
First, it’s essential to clean the scalp thoroughly, removing all hair or dust and dirt that may mix into the glue when applying it. Once the area is clean, use a marker pen to outline the hairline.
To get a rough idea of what this means, the area your marking is as if the client’s hairline was still there and you’re drawing a line correctly along the edge. This will be a guide for the positioning of the toupee when attaching it. Don’t worry too much, it may seem tricky at first, but after a few successful attachments, you will get the knack for it.
Keep nearby something to wash out any glues from your fingers or the hair that will allow you to reposition the hair system before the glue sets and hardens.
First apply the first coat of glue to the chosen area, leave to dry then repeat once or two more times.
When using both Tape & Glue, applying the glue is always the last part. Let’s look at how to use both together.
Using both glue & tape to attach men’s toupee
Ok, let’s break it up into two easy–to–manage steps, Preparation and Attachment. Great!
Have all the equipment you are going to use ready and keep a towel in case the client begins sweating, what’s even better is lowering the room temperature. It is crucial the scalp is dry and clear from moisture and or impurities so keep an eye during the attachment process and do not rush, take your time, and nothing will go wrong.
Mark the front har line of the client, ensure that he is happy with the space between his forehead. Usually, people have the width of three-to-four of their fingers as the space between the hairline and their eyebrows.
Next, begin by attaching Tape to the toupee, around perimeter avoiding the front hairline area, this area is the part at the front of the toupee between both temples. Keep the outer backing on the Tape.
If the hair on the toupee is longer than 6 inches, or it is slightly obstructing the around edges of the toupee, you should clip the hair back. This will also help avoid any glue attaching itself to the hair later in the process. Never apply any glue / liquid adhesive directly to the base, still can lead to a very sticky situation, unless it is a full skin/poly toupee.
The best method of attaching a toupee for men with both Tape and glue are by first securing the toupee in place with the Tape on the wearer’s scalp. Afterwards, gently pinning the front toupee backwards away from the bonding area, and then apply the glue to the scalp following the instructions in part four of this blog titled ‘Applying Liquid Adhesive to Skin/Scalp’.
Step by Step:
First, use an A-bond spray of your choice on the scalp to avoid the Tape sticking immediately, this will all you to adjust the toupee on the client’s head to get the right placement.
- Remove the backing of the Tape and carefully pick the toupee up and attach the temples first to the clients’ scalp and then focus on the back and sides. Ensure it is in its right position.
- Press down and secure the hair replacement into position, it may take a few minutes for the bond between the Tape and skin to occur so be patient.
- Gently and careful pin backward the front of the hair system with a hair clip, ensuring that no hair and or base is near the area of the scalp where you are applying the glue — using a brush or applicator of choice careful spread a thin layer of glue on the scalp roughly 1 inch away from the edge of the toupee. You should repeat these two or three times.
- Leave the adhesive to dry, and this can take 10-15 minutes, once the glue looks less wet and thicker, carefully let the front down, press with your fingertips on the top part of the front hairline, ensuring it bonds strong and holds it for a short period.
- A while and you can begin styling your clients new head of hair!
The main benefit of using tape and glue for men’s toupee is to utilize the benefits of both attachment methods! Glue provides high levels of invisibility and longer fix. While tape is used in the more inconspicuous areas and is easier to clean and remove! Remember, keep something nearby to clean your fingers of any glue so that to avoid any mess caused by glue sticking to the hair. We hope this blog was helpful! Stay tuned for more.