Prevent System Hair Loss
Friction and bacteria are a dangerous duo that can wreak havoc on your hair system. But you can fight back! Together or on their own, friction and bacteria can cause physical trauma to your hair. Limiting this trauma will help prevent hair in your hair system from falling out and keep it looking its best for longer.
Cut Down On Friction
Hair replacement systems are vulnerable to friction because they lack a substance called Sebum. Sebum is a natural oil secreted by the follicles of your growing hair to lubricate and protect the hair shaft against friction and static.
A major cause of friction comes from sleeping with a pillowcase made from coarse materials. The constant contact with linen leads to hair breakage. Most times, simply using a satin pillowcase will dramatically reduce the level of friction and extend the life of your hair system.
Avoid wearing hats or helmets for extended periods of time. This will also help to lengthen the time bonding adhesives stay effective.
Friction is also caused by excess combing and brushing. Using a lubricating agent like ProTouch Spray Gel Mist will moisten the hair and reduce friction while you’re in front of the mirror stylin’ the doo.
Keep Out Bacteria
Bacteria build up will destroy hair structure and cause it to weaken and break. The knots where the hair is tied into the system are most vulnerable as they tend to hold and retain moisture.
It is better not to use rinse type conditioners that contain hydrolyzed proteins like panthenol (pro-vitamin B5). Instead, a spray-on, leave-in conditioner may be a better alternative as it will not collect in the knots of hairs that have been tied in to a hair system base.
However, using a shampoo that contain these hydrolyzed proteins is recommended. This is because the hair in your hair system will absorb the proteins during the cleaning process and the excess is more likely to be rinsed away
Use a Knot Sealer
Everyone knows that styling products are a great way to keep your system looking great, but did you know these products can also weaken the knots in your base over time? Stuff like shaping crèmes and hair sprays seep into the knot, loosen them and cause the hair to fall out. So a knot sealer can slow or even stop hair loss by locking the hair knots to your base with a thin, silicone-based layer of protection. With regular use, a knot sealer could virtually eliminate hair loss in your unit.
Stuff to Remember:
Friction and bacteria are the bad guys
Use a satin pillowcase when sleeping
Avoid wearing hats or helmets
Avoid excessive combing of dry hair
Do not use rinse type conditioners that contain protein
Do use shampoos that contain protein
Use a knot sealer to lock hair knots to your base.