Tape Attaching Guide
Tape is fast and convenient to use. It offers simple attachment, removal and cleaning. Tape is available in variety of strengths giving you the flexibility to accurately control the duration of the hold.
Make sure both surfaces to be bonded (scalp and system) are clean, dry and free of grease and oil. Remove any stubble/hair from the area of scalp to be bonded.
Please note that once you have finished attachment, you should avoid washing hair for 24 hours.
* Scalp Protector
* Eye Brow Pencil
* Hair Clip
Apply a thin layer of Scalp Protector on the lace and on the scalp (in the areas where the tape will be).
Remove the protective paper from one side of the double-sided tape and apply around the perimeter of your scalp, EXCEPT the front hairline. DO NOT apply tape to the front of your scalp (approx 1" back from the front hairline and temples).
Remove the remaining protective paper.
Position the front of the system in place and then roll the system back over the scalp, making sure that the hair does not get onto the tape.
Secure the hair system to your scalp by pressing firmly on the taped areas and smooth it out so there are no wrinkles or folds.
Using a light colored eyebrow pencil, trace the contour of the lace by making a few dots approx. 1/8" in front of the front edge of the lace.
Now clip the lace front back, securing it to the top of your head with a hair clip.
Place tape along the hairline you have just traced. Position the tape down to the dots, but do not cover the dots.
Wipe the dots off your forehead.
Gently bring the lace front forward over the tape. Using the flat edge of a comb, press the lace down.
Simply brush to blend in with your own hair and you are finished.
1. Leave a small space between pieces of tape at the sides and back to allow for water and shampoo to escape if wearing your system for extended periods of time.
2. Spray a light mist of alcohol on the tape and to your scalp where the tape will be. This will allow you to align the system before the adhesive on the tape takes hold
FAQS OF TAPE BONDING:
Which is better, tape or adhesive for attaching hair systems?
They both work extremely well and it really depends on the client’s choice. Things to consider are how oily your scalp is and of course your lifestyle. Bekinghair’s tapes and adhesive are medical grade and perform excellently whether the client wants a prolonged hold of 2-4 weeks or a hold of 5-7 days.
Tape attachments are very easy to perform and really don’t take much getting used to, generally within a week you will be as qualified as a retail stylist.
Adhesives give a longer hold and if you have pretty active life then this attachment would be best. There really isn’t much difference from the tape attachment apart from the obvious, it has a stronger hold so attaching the hair system has to be completed correctly, with tender loving care and direction.
Which side of the tape is which?
Both sides are double sided tape and are tacky. The split side is where you peel the outer tape and apply to the base of the hair system. The long side will be peeled away after the tape is adhered to the skin. This is generally the written rule with all tapes that are used with hair systems.
Should I leave gaps between each length of tape?
Yes, this is advised for clients who have oily scalps and need extra breathing of the scalp. This does help with shampooing and washing away the cream from under the base.
If you have tape all around the perimeter base for extra security, then when shampooing your hair spend a little extra time to rinse and make sure all the cream has been released from the hair system.
What is the “Alcohol slide”?
This is a hair term or tip for an attachment using tapes as the hold. With the tape ready to attach, simply spray a small amount of alcohol onto the tape and perimeter of the hair system. The alcohol will give you a few seconds to put your hair system in the correct place for you before evaporating. Once the alcohol has evaporated the tape will return to being tacky and hold your hair system securely.
What is a “roll down”?
This is a term used which is similar to the alcohol slide and is used for tape attachments. Position the hair system with the backing paper still on the tapes. Hold the hair system with the backing paper still on the tapes. Hold the hair system in place and peel one or two tapes and roll it down. Continue from front to back.
How long a tape bonding can last?
This is an individual preference. We have clients that wear their hair systems fully bonded for 4-5 weeks. Clients that choose to have a tape attachment wear their hair systems daily, and up to 7 days. If you have oily skin or you sweat a lot, 2-5 days would be ideal. If you are dry and cool, much longer. Bekinghair recommends regular removal and most importantly extensive clean up (SEE OUR CLEAN-UP &REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS). Keeping your hair system clean and your scalp cleansed is very important for hygiene.
Where do I position my hairline with the hair system?
This is very important. As a rule 3-4 fingers above your eyebrows. Hair systems have improved so much over the last few years that natural looking hairlines are easily achieved. The natural looking hairline should begin where your natural hairline began. You should never place the front of the hair system on your frown line, that is far too low and hair doesn't grow naturally from there. Look in a mirror and feel your head. Visually your fingers should tell if they’re on your forehead or at the front of your scalp. To summarize, the hairline is 3-4 fingers from your eyebrow and NOT on your frown lines.