This is how you ensure the best adhesion of a tape to your hair system
Like pretty much everything else, tape is not fail-safe. The tapes from Walker Tape perform surprisingly well. However, there are still ways that it can go wrong. There are times when you prepare everything to attach the hair system perfectly, but the tape just won't hold. Or the tape loses its adhesion after a short time. So what?
We want to make it as easy as possible for you. To help you, we've created a guide to troubleshooting and resolving issues you may be having with your tape.
The right preparation helps to make the tape adhere well
One of the biggest things that can cause tape to not stick well is preparation. If the preparation on your system is not sufficient, the tape may lose its adhesion.
There are a few things you need to be aware of as you prepare. One is to wash your hands. All hands are covered with natural oils and residues from daily activities. So make sure your hands are nice and clean so those oils and residue don't get on the tape.
Another thing that might help is wiping down your work surfaces with 99% isopropyl alcohol . This will help remove any dirt or debris from the surfaces and prevent it from getting onto the tape.
Next, wash your hair and hair system. This will remove more, you guessed it, oil and residue. This way the tape adheres much better to your scalp and the system. The PHL #5 Clarifying Shampoo or that Fidentia Deep Cleansing Shampoo are perfect for reliably removing residues in the hair system and your hair.
One final tip is to have a positioning spray handy. If you with the Walker Just Rite Positioning Spray unfamiliar, this is a helpful tool to have with you at all times. It temporarily breaks the tack of an adhesive or tape, allowing you to adjust the hair system without losing the tape's adhesive power. If everything is properly prepared, you should have fewer problems with your tape sticking.
We all know that no one person is exactly the same. Some people have oilier skin than others. This could mean that even when washing, a reinforced tape might not do the trick. You may need even stronger tape.
If you are having trouble attaching an extended wear tape, perhaps a maximum wear tape would work better. If you have sensitive skin, there are also stronger tapes that are suitable for all skin types. Like this Walker Pro Flex II .
If you're using a weaker tape and you tend not to follow best practices to get the best wearing experience, the tape probably won't last very long. So for such cases, you should choose something stronger from the start.
Know your surroundings
There is one last thing that could make all the difference with the tape you use: the climate. Where you live can affect how well a tape sticks. If you live in a very hot and/or humid place, it might be difficult to apply a tape properly.
Between the sweat and humidity, the tape could struggle to find a grip. Here come prep products like that Walker Max Hold Sport in the game. They'll help keep everything in place during those hot, humid months.
Another product that could help with this is the Walker Scalp Protector . How Max hold sport it was developed with the idea that not everyone lives in the ideal conditions for attaching a tape. It can help reduce tack loss in tape when exposed to water, sweat, oil and moisture.
Of course, if you live somewhere cooler and/or drier, this won't be a problem for you. But if they go to the sauna regularly, for example, you may need to adjust your methods.
There's a good chance you're dealing with a mix of factors that can cause your tape to lose adhesion. This means you may have to experiment a bit to find the exact mix of fixes to get the tape sticking properly.
It's understandable if you're worried about how long it might take to find the right product mix. But there are ways you can streamline this experimentation. Keep in mind your habits and skin sensitivity level so you know which products to gravitate toward.