Have you ever felt lost when deciding the best way to attach your hair piece? Watch this video and read below to learn the hair bonding basics from one of our hair topper experts.
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Hair bonding typically refers to a semi-permanent hair system attachment. This is a process that involves the use of adhesives to attach a hair piece or other hair additions (such as bonded extensions) to be worn for days or weeks at a time. Most often, bonding is done in a specialized hair replacement centre or hair salon as it involves the acquisition of a custom made base, use of medical grade adhesive and could also involve shaving some of the client’s natural hair.
Some individuals experiencing hair loss may choose a semi-permanent bonded “hair system” depending on their lifestyle and personal preferences. It means living, working, playing and sleeping in your hair.
Fully Bonded Basics
A fully bonded hair piece means clips and combs are not required to attach to the natural hair. The pieces are made with specialised base material (lace and/or polyurethane usually) that are suitable for the use of adhesive. A full bond means that adhesive is added to the full base, around the perimeter of the piece, and/or other designated areas on the cap. This is a skillful process to ensure a smooth and precise application which is why it is typically done by a trained professional. You will discuss your preferences with your hair replacement specialist to decide the best method of attachment for your lifestyle. While it is possible to bond over natural hair, this should be done by a trained specialist to maintain the integrity of your own hair.
Top Tip: Although all glues and tapes we supply have been thoroughly tested over the years and we have never had any issues with our clients, patch tests should always be done for 24 hours before application. Some glue and a strip of tape should be applied to the back of the ear and left for 24 hours without washing the area. Then check for any irritation, and decide appropriately which to use.
Partially Bonded Baiscs
You might choose to do a partial bond for a single day’s wear. Tape is a great option for a single day wear. For example, you can add tape to a lace front topper or wig, or a piece containing a polyurethane strip in the front, for the day and this would help the lace to sit flat, and give extra security to make your piece stay in place during any moderate activity. This also helps to reduce reliance on clips in sensitive areas such as the temples. For easy removal and secure attachment, and to preserve your natural hair, it is best to attach your adhesive to clean, dry, bare skin. This will eliminate pulling on your natural hair, and any residue getting stuck in the hair.
Hair Bonding Basics
To bond your front hairline, start by cleaning the lace or polyurethane strip with isopropyl alcohol. You will also use the alcohol to gently cleanse the skin free of oil and dirt. Apply glue according to the instructions to your clean, prepped skin, or double sided wig tape to the lace front or polyurethane strip, leaving the skin facing backing on for now. Line up your topper or wig without yet laying down the front. Once you’re happy with the placement, lay the front down on to the glue, or peel off the tape backing. Apply firm pressure for a few seconds. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions which can vary amongst products.
To remove your glued or taped front, you will need a “bond breaker” product such as C22 Hair System Cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.
Pros of Hair Bonding
Comfortable wear (no or fewer clips/combs)
Ease of daily activities
Longer term wear
Cons of Hair Bonding
Higher cost due to specialised service and/or products
More wear and tear on hair pieces if you are wearing it for days or weeks at a time
Might require shaving some of your hair
Shop Bonded Hair Pieces
Not all pieces are bondable. Cap construction matters as adhesives will work best on lace or polyurethane material. Human hair is more durable than synthetic hair so is better able to handle the wear and tear of semi-permanent attachment. Synthetic hair is suitable for a partial bond and should be reapplied for daily wear. Here are some examples of bondable pieces available from hairweavon.com