- How to Clean Your Hairpiece
- Step 1: Removing the hairpiece tape
- Step 2: Soaking the hair system
- Step 3: Cleaning the hair system
- Step 4: Rinsing the hair system
- Step 5: Shampoo and condition
No matter you are a daily wearer or extended hair wear, the adhesive that resides will gradually build up on your system and get into your hair. In order to protect your hair system, regular clean-up is recommended.
Step 1: Removing the hairpiece tape
Gently remove the hairpiece tape from the polyurethane areas of the hair system.
Use your fingernail to scrape up the edge of the tape to start the peeling.
Tips: Remove tape from lace areas will damage the system.
Soak the hair system in the adhesive remover first for several hours will make it easier for peeling off.
Step 2: Soaking the hair system
After removing the hair system, wash your entire head, hair, and scalp thoroughly at least twice.
Soak the hair system in a plastic or stainless steel container which is capable of holding liquid solvent. The time of soaking depends on the type of hair system and adhesive you’re using.
Step 3: Cleaning the hair system
Remove the hair system from the solution and lay it in a sink face up (the hair will be on the bottom).
To clean the lace areas gently brush the swollen adhesive reside with a fingernail brush to loosen and break it free.
To clean the skin areas use a teaspoon to scrap any excess residue off with gentle, short vertical strokes.
After getting most of the excess residue off, put the hair system back into the container full of solvent for 2-4 more minutes.
Tip: Mirror slide is a very helpful tool for lace bases. Do not use it with poly/skin bases though, as the sliding can cause them to stretch.
Step 4: Rinsing the hair system
Take the system from the solvent and put it into the sink. Squirt a liberal amount of hand dishwashing liquid onto the base while it is still dripping wet with solvent. Any remaining adhesive residue will have lost all tack.
Slowly and carefully glide the fingernails brush across the edge of the base and out through the air. 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 I still adhesive residue in the hair system, you may not soak it in the solvent long enough. You need to repeat step 2.
Step 5: Shampoo and condition
After rinsing thoroughly wash the hair system again and make sure that there is no residue, this time using a mild shampoo to balance the acid level and lastly condition.
Now, your hair system should be clean and clear of any adhesive residue. Wipe it with alcohol and you are now ready to reattach and begin to wear the fresh system.