| MassGal wrote:|
I sewed the straps into one of my units. I have no intention of shaving anything ( nor did I buy into that when I used adhesives, some would say the same about shaving the hairline.)
I found this is a good method instead of or to supplement the elastic band method for times when you want a bit more hold or if the elastic stretches too much as it does with wear. Plus, I can never get my measurements just right with the elastic so this is a great supplement. You can always modify a method rather than just criticize.
I am curious about the comment that the straps weren't "made" for hair. None of this is really. Fabric is fabric. I think it is about the tension.
Thanks again to the OP.
Umm what I meant was just what I said. :)
Those (bra) straps are not designed to be attached to the lace (the wear will put stress on the areas on units where you sewed in on). And the (bra) straps will rub, rub, rub against your natural hair/nape which will eventually cause problems.
The straps are 'built into' the nape of the units so they are not exposed to skin/hair. They are 'designed' to hold the unit securely without putting stress on the lace or stress on your hair.
It's not just fabric either because the little 'elastic' straps are like double wrapped in fabric - then lace and once again they are literally 'built into' the unit so there is no chance of your natural hair being touched at all. Note: the elastic is installed way up just behind your ears (internally) so you have the whole back half of your head secured by this internal strap really.
(An extra advantage I discovered is that you can have an emergency appl when you want. Like if you are in for the night and remove the unit to wash your own hair etc ... but if you have to step out and take out the trash, get your mail or just answer the door .. you can place the unit on your head and the straps hold it secure for that little but of time.
Whereas without the straps you would either have to do a real app or wrap your head in a Do Rag. (My Do Rag days are over!) Everytime I step out of the house .. it at least 'appears' like a real app with these straps employeed. :) )
When I apply tape to the skin around my face as well as the nape (under the little straps) - the unit is sooooo secure. :) This gives such assurance when I am walking down the street in a strong wind or when I am out dancing all night.
Again - it only takes a good 10 bucks to have these built into your units.
Your head measurements don't have anything to do with straps. I just received 2 units and when I place them on my head - they fit like a little cap. Then the straps an back make it 'snug'. So maybe you should have a friend measure your head. But measure it several times.
If the elastic (which is fairly thick) get too loose what I do is sew an extra 'notch' along side the regular notches and this gives you extra hold again.
I really think the 'care and feeding' of these units makes all the difference in terms of the health of your natural hair and the longevity of the units.
Sorry but whenever I hear of these 'tricks' to apply these units outside of the way they were intended to be applied ... it makes my scalp itch because by nature these tricks will eventually take a toll on your natural hair. Little things ... add up.
That is not a critisim ... that's my opinion ...
Edited by Printer_Ink - May 04 2014 at 1:51am