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Okay, now the unit has arrived, and we have made an appointment for an attachment and a cut in. This is a long appointment for me, because I do want to make sure that I cut it in correctly. If I don't, we've got to wait another nine weeks for me to get another one to put on her head.
I am going to start by watching the unit first of all. It's traveled, although, it's not been worn, it's dusty. It also makes it much easier to work with. With the unit comes the mold, so that you can hold on to that and make others that are in exact same size, shape, and contour. There is also a template that comes with it. This is taken off of the top of the mold and it's used for the attachment. It's going to give me a guide to know exactly where to place this on the head.
I am going to be using for Roxane a silicone attachment. If I want to make this temporary, like I said before, I could attach clips usually four or five around the perimeter maybe 6th one in the very front, if she still has hair, If she doesn't have hair, I'll use contour tape; double-face tape to adhere in front of this.
But I am going to line up the top, so that I make sure that it's just right in the center of the head and I am going to place the front, right against her hairline. If she doesn't have hairline, very easy way to find it, is that the forehead is one-third of the face. The nose is another third and the chin is the third.
So if you measure from the tip of the nose to the bridge of the nose and bring that measurement up, it will fall in line with where her hairline is supposed to be. Line it up with the hairline, and then with a sharpie, usually a different color, in this case she has black hair, I probably use red or green so that I can see through the hair the markings that I am going to put on her scalp, that will give me a guideline as to where her hair piece is going to cover.
Now, I use the silicone adhesive called No Tape, it's from Vapon. There are different types of adhesives, it just happens to be the one that I prefer. Comes in an individual tubes, you can probably get about 10 or 15 applications out of each tube. You want to be very, very careful with this, you want to spread this in a thin track all the way around the perimeter of where we are going to be covering, then you are also going to spread it on a thin track right around the inside edge of the hair piece. This is a silicone adhesive, which is also a cohesive. It sticks to itself, not to the scalp.
I usually comb hair down as far as I can, so that I can see my outlines and then apply in short strokes towards the outline. So I am building a thick track of pure silicone adhesive. I always go from the center of the head out, not back-and-forth because what you will end up doing is you will be pulling hair back into the adhesive and it makes it really messy application.
Now, I am going to apply the adhesive to the inside perimeter of the hair piece, approximately half-an-inch wide and making sure that I don't drip any of the adhesive down towards the edge. I don't want to get it into the hair, because it makes it very difficult to get out.
I let the adhesive dry for a few minutes on both surfaces, then I will line up the front of the unit to the front of her head, right on her hairline, and roll the unit back onto her head right into the adhesive. Press down just a little bit and within just a minute, this is permanently attached. That's not going anywhere for at least another four weeks.
The adhesive will bond the hair to the unit, but not the scalp. So after about four weeks, this will be a little loose, because a half-inch of hair will have grown. What I usually instruct my clients to do, if they have tape in the front, is to pull the unit down forward a little bit more, this will keep the unit tied onto the head, and give you the illusion of the hair pieces actually growing, because in four weeks your braids are longer and you need a hair cut.
Now all we have left to do is to cut it. I did the haircut and Roxane is ready roll. Also you have to do is once in month come in, we remove the hair piece by soaking it with a solvent underneath the unit, then prey the unit off. Use that same solvent to clean out her own hair, clean out the inside of the hair piece, then I give her cut and collar if necessary, and reattach the piece in the same way I did before. The only difference is, I only have to cut from here down. What I would do is attach it first, then lift up my hair as to find the guideline for my hair piece, work my haircut backwards. She is ready to roll.