You all might remember my post about using glue to secure my toppers–it’s a great way to keep them from shifting and to prevent bald spots.
Really, it’s a super-strong hair gel called Got2B Spiking Gel. I have both the 6 oz. tubes for everyday use as well as the travel size.
How often do I use this glue?
EVERY SINGLE DAY.
The worst part of my hair loss is about an inch back from my hairline, and that’s where I want my toppers to feel the most secure. And since my loss is bad here, I can’t place a clip there–there’s too little for it grab onto.
I had to get crafty.
You can read more about how I make this glue work in my first post, but basically you place a pea-sized amount of product on your head (try to move as much of the hair as possible out of the way…if it gets on your bio hair, no biggie. It washes right out during your next shower). Just let it sit for a few minutes exposed to air so that it gets tacky, then place your topper on.
When I was wearing my Noriko Milan, the glue used to hit the very front of my piece, right at the poly rim.
Which was perfect.
You want the majority of the glue to hit here because if it gets on the mono are (the meshy part), it will seep through to the hair on the other side.
This isn’t TOO big a deal as you can’t really see it, but it will cause your helper hair to stick to itself and feel crunchy.
With my current daily piece, Top Secret, where I need to place the glue doesn’t quite hit the poly rim.
I needed to improvise.
Glue is the perfect solution for me, but I can’t have glue seeping through my piece every single day.
Would you believe packing tape??
I use Scotch Ultra Clear Packing Tape. The only reason why I chose this one is because I needed a new tape FAST, and this one was one-day shipping on Amazon.
Here’s my beloved tape:
You’d think any tape could work, and maybe several do, but I tried this Wexford tape before and it was super-slippery and the glue couldn’t adhere very well.
Something about the texture of the tape just didn’t work with the glue…but since this tape works fabulously on boxes, it’s been relegated to pack-n-ship duty. 🙂
All I do is attach the tape to the poly rim, and press it down towards the back of the piece.
The tape does not stick very well to the mono top area at all – so I don’t think this method would work very well on other types of construction without a poly strip.
(If you have an ideas on how to make that work, let us know!)
The back of the tape kinda hangs freely, but that’s ok since it’s secured at the front – the grip is pretty strong on the poly.
This creates a nice barrier between the glue and my piece. I can get the glue all over this area if I want, and it won’t seep through to the other side.
Full-disclosure: sometimes when you are pressing the piece to your head in the morning, it does sound a bit crinkly. But, no one’s patting your head…right?
It’s a small price to pay, in my opinion. 🙂
The glue will catch 99% of the glue, but depending on where I place the glue, sometimes I miss the mark. Operator error.
Oh, and one 2″ piece of tape will last me the whole time in-between washes, so two weeks. It gets a bit grimy-looking, but…eh.
Not too shabby!
Do you have any topper hacks to share?
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