Wow .. I am happy you found something that works for you ... but honestly, 3 weeks is way to long to wear these units.
These units are not designred to worn that long. I reinstall every 5 days or so which takes about 15 minutes .. so maybe you just need to get used to installing the units.
- after a week (tops!) I can smell that the adhesives (tape or glue) because it's chemical composition is starting to breakdown
- after a week (tops) if I flip my head ... I can smell a bit of 'the funk' meaning I can smell that my own hair underneath with it's natural oils are starting to mix in with dust etc .. so now my own head needs to be washed
- your scalp needs to BREATH free of the confidement of the unit as well as the adhesive. Otherwise you will eventually have heath problems with your skin as well as your scalp.
- after 5 days or so yes, my head starts to itch, feel uncomfortable etc. Maybe it's the dirt or adhesive .. I don't know but wow once I remove it .. give my head a few hours break and apply a fresh unit, it is great.
- after a week .. shorter .. of your wig being exposed to the elements, dust, smog, food smells, ciggy smells or what have you .. the unit itself with start to get a bit funky and certainly dirty. This takes a toll on the unit and shortens the life of the unit
This means you need to wash the unit. Yes, you can wash it in your head but honestly ... how clean can you get the unit when it is on your head? You don't want it wet down below against your scalp where is it dark and enclosed for long times. This is how you get mold/mildow growth up under there. This cannot be good for the roots of your hair!
-after 3 weeks of 4b/c hair being braided down .. omg will you have a such a time UNTANGLING your own hair. I dare say it would be somewhat matted etc. That will be a chore. You need to comb, clean, moisturize etc the hair (permed or natural) on a regular basis to keep it healthy.
- after a week or so the unit does not 'act right' anymore. It does not 'move' right because whatever products you have put on the unit have left some residue and it is collecting dust etc so basically the unit is starting to stiffen it up a bit from the accumulation of all of this.
- lastly ... really the unit cannot be 'looking' so good after that much time on your head.
I think if you wear these units regularly.. you really need to pay attention to the 'care and feeding' of the units .. as well as the care of your own hair/scalp underneath or eventually you will start to have 'problems'.
I think that's one of the reasons these units start getting a bad rap .. people don't 'take care' so when they start having problems - they blame it on the unit .. not recognizing how they themselves may be influencing a poor outcome.
Edited by Printer_Ink - Oct 09 2013 at 6:15am