Clients of full service salons are trained to believe that it is okay to leave a hairpiece on for days or weeks, even if they have been perspiring. This is incorrect, unhealthy, stinky and disgusting. Learn to remove, clean and reattach quickly and always be clean, comfortable and never itchy or smelly.
Use a mild shampoo, or better yet, a "cleansing conditioner" in place of normal shampoo.
Conditioner is okay. Some say it loosens knots, but better to have soft hair for 4 months than dry hair for 12.
Don’t use hot water.
Use a good leave-in conditioner.
Roll your unit in a towel to absorb out most of the water and it should be almost dry.
Do not use any hot styling tools
If shampooing in place without removing, use as cool a temperature as you can tolerate. It’s just as quick to remove and replace and much more effective.
Don’t hesitate to remove very frequently to remain clean, odor-free and non-itchy. Ignore any different advice that you hear from a service establishment.
Use common sense when brushing or combing so you don’t pull on the hairs and lose some.
A soft boar bristle brush will condition the hair texture just by gently brushing it.
Push the bottom of the lace firmly across a mirror or plastic food wrap to pull out any stubborn glue residue (The Mirror Slide)
To prevent "wash-through", where some hairs make their way to the bottom side of the lace or monofilament unit, drag or slap your unit through the lather in a sink of shampoo and lukewarm or cool water is such a way that the flow of liquid is from bottom through the lace to the top.
Rinse with the water going from bottom to top, and then gently roll the unit in a towel to absorb most of the water.
To remove sticky, tacky residue or dissolved tapes from delicate polyskin bases, soak the residue with adhesive remover then push the underside down a mirror (The Mirror Slide). To avoid having to clean the mirror, cover it in Saran food wrap first.
Driven by marketing and advertising, we get many questions about shampoo and conditioner. It is important to remove all odor-causing bacteria from your scalp, your hairpiece base and the hair. It's pointless looking great if you smell like a hobo. But even the mildest shampoo will release and remove all traces of this. So research shampoos and find the least-harsh types of detergents available, and use cold water. Condition your hair as needed, but avoid soaking your knots in slippery conditioner because that can accelerate shedding.