First, you’ll need to understand your skin type. Each and every scalp is different and produces different levels of oils. Is your scalp oily, dry, or sensitive? These are things you will want to consider in your choice of the best adhesives to try.
Another important part of choosing an adhesive is being a label reader. Health experts encourage us to be label readers with the things we put in our bodies, so it is important that we consider the things that we put on our bodies as well as in them; many adhesives have harmful chemicals in them, and these are prone to permeating the skin.
Choosing an adhesive can be overwhelming. Choosing the right one that fits your needs can be a challenge for the uninitiated. The first step is to talk to your stylist or wig expert; we have the knowledge, experience, and often the personal trial an error under our belts to help point you in the right direction. We hope that this simple guide will help you better understand the best questions to ask and the things to consider.
Every wig adhesive is different. Each reacts differently to the demands of your lifestyle, climate, and various other factors, so you will want to consider the following things first:
How long do you intend to keep your wig on?
What is your climate like? Is it humid, dry, temperate? Is it hot or cold?
Consider the changing seasons; you’ll need different products for each of the different seasons, more than likely if weather conditions differ greatly in your region.
What is the weather forecast? Will there be rain or sunshine?
Where do you spend most of your day? Are you especially active? Do you work in an office where air conditioners or heaters are frequently blasting?
You’ll want to think about these things and discuss the answers to these questions with your stylist. Depending upon your region, they may have already considered many of these things for themselves, and they will surely appreciate your thought about these matters. Wig care is incredibly important and will shape the experience that you have with your wig.
Water Based Versus Solvent Based
Once you have the answers to the questions we discussed earlier, you are one step closer to choosing the right wig adhesive to use. As new technologies for wig adhesive products are developed, these questions are taken into consideration so that a product can be tailor made for a specific type of wearer.
The original wig adhesives have been solvent-based adhesive, not unlike other types of glues that are commonly manufactured for other purposes. These types of adhesives are great for extended wear and will typically provide a tight hold. Solvent-based adhesive requires a very specific regimen before application as well as for safe, easy removal. Those who have not worn wigs for long may be a bit standoffish about some of the chemicals involved in the preparation and removal of solvent-based products, however, many advancements have been made to reduce the potential harm and to increase the overall gentleness of these products. Walker Tape is a brand that offers many wig preparation and removal products that are highly regarded and known to be more gentle.
Customers with especially sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis are most likely to encounter dryness, irritation, and mild allergic reactions in spite of the many advancements in a solvent-based adhesive application and removal products and techniques. These are common factors that may impact the overall comfort of wearing a wig as well as how long a wig can be worn without experiencing discomfort.
These concerns have paved the way for the development of gentler and less irritating water-based wig adhesive products. These water-based adhesives are lower maintenance and known to be easy to apply and to remove. They are comparable in hold time to traditional solvent-based adhesives. Water-based solvents can be easily removed with soap and water, which cuts down on the often irritating removal products and chemicals used with solvent-based glues. Those looking to reduce the number of product applied to the scalp may find this to be a popular option.
Water-based adhesives are known for their difference in texture. They are applied clear and are not prone to getting stringy as solvent-based adhesives do. This makes the overall appearance of water-based adhesives more attractive while also requiring fewer touch-ups than traditional adhesives would.
It is worth noting that while water-based adhesives are the most ideal option for some, even the strongest water-based options are not as long-lasting. This can be a considerable con to water-based solvents. Typically if you are not sensitive and have not experienced allergies to solvent-based adhesives, or if you wish to wear your wig for two months or more, water-based options might not be the best for you. These solvent-based adhesives generally require less frequent trips to the salon, which is much of the reason why they have remained so commonly used. However, discussing these things with your stylist is the best way to gauge what will work best for you; your stylist will know your scalp and will be able to offer the best and most practical advice the balances the pros and cons of each option.