Hair and Knots
We bleach knots enough to help hide them, but not so much that the hair sheds too fast. It’s a narrow target range and we usually hit the sweet spot.
- If you want to further bleach your knots yourself, it’s at your own risk. But it is very easy. Here some guidelines.
- Buy white powder bleach from the beauty supply store and either 30% or 40% volume cream developer. Avoid thin, runny liquid developer.
- The hairpiece should be dry, clean and free of any adhesive residue, and the hair must not be wet or damp as this would run the bleach up the hair shaft.
- Place bleach powder into plastic or glass bowl and add cream developer a little at a time, mixing with a nylon dye brush. (no metal).
- Paint the resulting thick paste onto the underside of the lace. Do not push it through, just liberally coat the scalp side of the lace (see picture below, hairpiece is upside down here).
- If the mixture is too runny it will go through the lace and give the hair blond roots, and if it is too thick, it will not bleach the top of the knot, so mix it to be just a bit softer than toothpaste.
- You can also add a drabber (purple liquid) if you are concerned about brassy tones.
- After 10 or 15 or 30 minutes (visually check frequently), rinse it out from the top (hair) side and then shampoo the unit to neutralize the process.
- Besides the list above and photo below, there are several YouTube videos online that demonstrate this process or something similar.
Hair and Knots (a large amount of information!)
- Aways wash out swimming pool water a.s.a.p.
- Knot bleaching is a way to minimize the dotty appearance that can be seen when dark hair is tied to lace.
- We do not accept any type of hair from the client for use in manufacturing of CoolPiece hairpieces. But the hair that we use is very well regarded by our clients.
- Donor hair does not come from religious ceremonies and it is not un-kosher. It's harvested from hair brushing, no hair is cut off the donors, with the exception of "Mongolian" and Virgin, described below.
- Advice for Synthetic only: Do not use hot water to wash synthetic hair, including gray hair which is almost always synthetic. It is better to wash it off the head in a sink of cool water than in a warm shower. Do not use a hair dryer or any other dry heat device or the synthetic hair will be damaged (melted).
- Avoid heat blasts from barbecues, sauna rocks etc. For extra care, get a satin pillowcase so there is no abrasion.
- Don’t specify knotting, we use the least visible possible in all situations.
- Ladies, baby hairs at the hairline don’t last as long as the rest of the hairs, and they expose the lace and the adhesive. This feature is not recommended and is not available.
- Indian hair is the best for hairpieces and wigs.
- Remy Indian hair is (arguably) too big in cross section, but is good for tighter perms. Remy hair is simply less processed. It is not virgin hair from cut-off pony tails (See Mongolian below).
- The price of Chinese hair, the first choice for totally straight hair, rose dramatically in 2015 and so we had to remove this option from our order form. If you need it, contact us for a custom quote. It will raise the price of your order considerably.
- Mongolian hair, (a name used for Indian human pony-tail hair), is available for a surcharge. Longer lengths of this hair are in very short supply and often unavailable. Ask for quote or availability.
- Chinese (naturally very straight) hair is available for a surcharge. Longer lengths of this hair are in very short supply and often unavailable. Ask for quote or availability. It is very expensive.
- Virgin European hair is not available. Beware vendors of this, as it is usually not as described.
- Virgin Indian hair is available, this hair is not as appropriate for hairpieces as processed hair. The cuticles tangle. Contact us for quote.
- Virgin Chinese hair is sometimes available, this hair is not as appropriate for hairpieces as processed hair. The cuticles tangle. Contact us for quote.
- Brazilian hair is only a marketing term. It is just Indian hair given a different name by some sellers.
- Indonesian hair is also only a marketing term. It is just Indian hair given a different name by some sellers.
- Synthetic hair makes the best gray for the first 30%. Above 30% we blend in white yak hair by default because a higher percentage of synthetic gray does not look or feel right. Human gray can appear yellow and it is very over-processed because the donor hair is dark brown or black. However synthetic gray can look unnaturally bright in UV black light. If you frequent UV lighted rooms please mention it when you order and we will not include the synthetic gray and use yak instead.
- Human or Yak gray, be aware that if you recolor your unit, this gray will turn the same color as the other hair. Synthetic gray will stay gray after you recolor a unit.
- We can often texture-match your hair-sample and try to match any type of hair regardless of ethnic origin.
- Evenly distributed highlights will change your overall color blend and may cause a mismatch with your real hair
- Spot highlights look like streaks or chunks except the color goes all the way down through the knot.
- You can send pictures if you are confused about highlight percentages.