Step One: Removing the hairpiece tape
- Remove the tape from the poly edge of your hairpiece first.
- Use your fingernail to gently lift the edge of the tape off your hairpiece. Doing this under warm running water makes it easier.
Quick Tip: Having problems getting the tape off the lace part without the lace ripping. Dip it into some solvent (like in step two) and let it sit for a few minutes then remove.
Step Two: Soaking the hair system
- Soak the hair system in a plastic or stainless steel container capable of holding liquid solvent. Always do this in a well vented area.
- Soaking times may vary greatly depending on the type of hair system and adhesive you're using. Some will only need their unit to soak for 20 minutes while others may need to keep it in the solvent for up to 24 hours! While your hairpiece is soaking - wash your entire head, hair and scalp thoroughly at least two times with a good shampoo. I would also use a scrub on your scalp.
Step Three: Cleaning the hair system
- Remove your hair system from the solution and lay it in the sink face up (the hair will be on the bottom)
- To clean the lace areas, use an old gift card and gently scrape outwards, then gently brush the broken down adhesive residues with a nail brush to loosen and break it free.
- To clean the skin areas use an old card (gift cards are great for this) to scrape any excess residue off with gentle, short vertical strokes.
- After getting most of the excess residue off, place your unit back into the container full of solvent for 2-3 more minutes.
Step Four: Rinsing the hair system
- Moving your system from the solvent back into the sink, squirt a liberal amount of hand dish washing liquid onto the base while it is still dripping wet with solvent. At this point, any remaining adhesive residue will have lost all tack.
- Gently glide the fingernail brush across the edge of the base and out through the hair — all the remaining adhesive residue should slide off easily. After a few minutes of brushing, rinse your system with high pressure lukewarm water down through the base. (Repeat this step a second time)
- If there is still adhesive residue in your hair system, you probably didn't soak it in the solvent long enough. Go back and repeat that step
Step Five: Shampoo and condition
Finally, after rinsing thoroughly wash the unit again, this time using a mild shampoo like our Amika line to balance the acid level and lastly condition.
Your unit should now be clean and clear of any old adhesive residue. Wipe it with alcohol and you're now ready to reattach and begin wearing the fresh (like new) system!
Tip: always use a vent brush to comb shampoo and conditioner through the hair