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Hair Loss: Hairpiece Basics

Attaching the Hairpiece

Keep in mind that the way you attach your hairpiece will greatly affect the hair that may be directly under it or adjacent to it. A hairpiece can accelerate hair loss on the part of your head directly underneath it.

This is especially true of those hairpieces that are attached by bonding, a strong glue kind of adhesive, or that are attached by the weaving process. Clips cause minimal hair loss.

Semi-Permanent Attached Hairpieces

Hairpieces that are semi-permanently attached are not designed to be removed, except by a hair technician or stylist, usually once every six weeks.

In most cases, they are affixed to the scalp by various liquid adhesives. This process has many names -- poly fuse, naturalbond, polybond, or just plain bonding -- for the same result, gluing a hairpiece on your head.

This can be very unhealthy for you, your head, and your hair. Shampooing can't remove the natural accumulation of flaked-off skin cells, oil, shed hair, and other organic debris that accumulate between the hairpiece and the scalp.

Even if you have this kind of hairpiece, whether it's attached by bonding or weaving (the hair is woven into the bottom of the hairpiece to secure it to your head), it should be loosened or removed at least once every five days so that you can properly clean the scalp underneath.

Temporary Adhesive-Attached Hairpieces

Double-sided tape is used to attach the hairpiece. This is an easy kind of attachment, and you can remove it any time and then reattach it. It can, however, leave a sticky residue on your scalp and on the underside of the hairpiece, which you will need to wash off. The tape can come unglued when you perspire heavily, and swimming loosens the tape as well.

Clip Attachment

Metal clips that are securely attached to the underside of the hairpiece fasten to your own hair that is either under or adjacent to the hairpiece. These are secure but very easy to remove, just like tape attachments.


Published on March 1, 2010

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WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association

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