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Posted By: sexibeach
Subject: LF Newbies/Members Compiled Thr
Date Posted: Nov 12 2006 at 7:01pm

the BHM Mods have decided to do a compilation thread with all the helpful information and tips and vendor info for our members and newbies.. I've attempted to do this in on page 6 of the Newbie's read here first thread started by Jolieprincess.. but then the vendor thread by Queenbee ends up floating around and we need that to be up too.. so b/c we don't want to look like the ghetto lf section with way too many sticky threads we want a neat look.. so i with the help of my co-mod's intend to compile New Thread containing the Newbie Info Thread, Lace Front Construction Club Thread, Tips, Tricks and Secret's, bleach bath information, the video's of how to apply etc..compiled into one Thread..

and then we will probably leave the Fotki thread out and only have two threads where you will have access to the various information that you need to know or would like to be able to refer too.. mainly b/c i get a lot of pm's about where's this thread, or where's that thread.. lol so we want you to have access to the information you need without clogging up the board where we can't see and view new posts..
so i hope you guys will appreciate this and we would really like it if you would refer newbies to the new threads instead of posting all these inks over and over again.. b/c actually we've not suppose to be doing that, especially clickable links, but we know this is the information that people want to know.. We want to make it available for them to read for themselves without the members and mod's having to post these links numberous times, and we appreciate your cooperation..
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Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 12 2006 at 7:04pm
i think this needs to be posted so we don't have to have a lot posts asking for this.. outside of doing the bleach bath, its always best to ALWAYS wash your unit on the wig head to avoid tangles..

1. Mix one gallon of very hot water (hottest available from the tap) with 1/4 cup of Clorox bleach. (Do not use old Clorox or a generic brand, it won’t work)

2. Totally submerge the human hair unit into the water for approximately 2 or 3 minutes.Do not leave longer than 3 minutes Small bubbles will normally appear durring the process. Comb or brush very gently when submerged.

3. Remove hair unit and submerge in a basin of luke warm water that has been pre mixed with shampoo. Gently lift in and out for about 3 minutes and also brush or comb the hair very gently when submerged. Remove and blot dry

4. Mix 1/4 cup of ammonia to 3 cups of warm water. Dip hair unit in and out twice.

5. Repeat step 3

6.Apply conditioner, rinse and style.

Your wig will look brand new and be tangle free

So is the bleach method not to be used that often because it will eventually change the hair color, also you can saturate the unit with nexxus or a deep conditioner on the unit place in a plastic bag, nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then put back in again for another 15 seconds.

Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 12 2006 at 8:19pm

zarawigs too..

Posted By: precioushur
Date Posted: Nov 13 2006 at 12:15pm
I told Queenbee this,but theres some info that needs to be corrected and added.
Rotesha is also Chenise1 on ebay and her website is not
The Hair Network,also known as Gothair on here should be added to the good vendors thread
Phyllis is also Fashion Essentials on ebay,website is stilll very much up and running,so it should be added to the bad vendors list.
Hair Affairs should be added to the good list also.

Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 13 2006 at 6:21pm
Professional Strength Bleach Bath By Hair Direct, compliments of the Queen Puppyluv
(this is a more intense bleach bath might be considered by those that have already experienced a matted hair on your unit after washing, in an attempt to salvage your unit)
the 1st bleach bath instructions should be used as a preventative measure to avoid tangles. If you are not experiencing tangling, or don't have unit that has matted, use the less intense 1st bleach bath instructions to prevent future tangles.
Professional Detangling Process for Human Hair Replacement Systems


The following process is identical to the one commonly used by professionals in the hair replacement industry for detangling most human hair systems

Although it is a relatively simple process, if executed improperly, may result in permanent damage to your hair system.

You Will Need:

Large sink with access to hot water.
At least 2 gallons of hot tap water.
2 oz. of Clorox™ bleach (must be Clorox™ brand).
2 oz. of regular household ammonia.
Wide tooth comb or brush (Vent Brush).

Step 1: Setup for Clorox™ Scrub
Draw one gallon of hot tap water into the sink. Next, pour the 2 oz. of Clorox™ bleach into the sink with the hot tap water.

Finally, place the tangled hair into the water carefully and begin the next step promptly.

CAUTION: DO NOT allow the hair to be in contact with the Clorox™ & hot water mixture for more than 2 mintures!

Step 2: Clorox™ Tangle Scrub
Using the wide tooth comb or vent brush, gently brush through the hair from top to bottom. Concentrate on the most tangled and knotted area of the hair.

The tangles should come out while brushing and the hair will become silky. Be careful NOT to brush more than 2 minutes while the hair system is in the Clorox™ mixture.
Step 3: Rinse Hair System
Drain the Clorox™ and hot water from the sink. Then begin to thoroughly rinse warm water through the hair system. While rinsing, keep the weft of the hair facing up. This will prevent the hair from inverting and tangling again.

Step 4: Ammonia Scrub
Draw another gallon of hot tap water into the sink. Pour the 2 oz. of ammonia into the sink with the hot tap water. Place hair in sink.

Start brushing the hair system again, same as before. Use a wide tooth or vent brush and gently comb hair for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5: Final Rinse
Drain the ammonia and hot water from the sink. Then begin to thoroughly rinse warm water through the hair system again. Remember, while rinsing keep the weft of the hair facing up.

After the final rinse, your hair should be silky smooth and tangle free. If you continue to have problems with tangling.

Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 13 2006 at 8:36pm

Once the hair is stripped of the cuticle, it's lost it's protective coating, and you will have to do WORK to keep the hair together.. Most BSS and some vendor's hair is acid washed to strip the cuticles off the hair. The hair is then coated with silicone to give it a shiny appearance.. Once the silicone wears off the hair shows it's true (damaged) nature, and will begin to tangle and mat..especially when the cuticles of the hair are not venilated in the the same direction...

Most of the bleach/ammonia solutions work on hair that has already been damaged. High quality cuticle aligned, cuticle intact quality hair on the other hand will last for years with proper care. That's the difference in ordering from a higher quality vendor with high quality aligned cuticle hair, than you might get from some (not all) of the chinese vendors when your taking the lesser expensive road. Thats why the bleach bath is necessary when you begin to experience tangling..If your unit has tangled and matted then use the professional strength bleach bath.. the ammonia doesn't have to be a name brand any brand will do..Some have used generic brands of the bleach and have been satisfied with the results. This really is temporay fix to cuticles that have not been aligned, and may have to be done again...
Hair Care and Washing to Keep Hair fresh and tangle Free

Don't treat you Lf hair like African American hair. Embrace your inner "white girl". Use high products designed for caucasion hair like Aveda and Nexxus etc. African American products cause build up which causes frizz and tangle. Even yaki textured hair is still closer in composition to caucasion/asian hair than coarse AA hair.


Wash with a clarifying shampoo at least once per month.and I rarely have problems with tangles, frizz or moisture in my hair lf wigs.

I wash my unit underneath the water sprout while still on the wig head, I don’t recommend the swishing the unit in a bowl wash. I find keeping it on the wig head and running my fingers thru as I shampoo and condition is best to keep it from tangling while washing. I then put the hair under the water, put some shampoo in the hair, and gently run my fingers thru the unit onto the hair. I rinse the hair, press with a the towel to get some of the water out. Put some leave in conditioner, comb thru the hair with a wide-tooth comb. Let air dry.
If additional conditioning is needed, I then take the hair off the foam head, put on deep conditioner put it in a ziplock bag, put it in the microwave for 30 sec.’s, once the microwave stops you then take it out and put it back in for another 15 sec.’s. Once it's done take the hair out of the bag and oh my god the hair is sooooo soft and silky. Put some biosilk oil on it, comb thru it with a wide toothcomb again, and let the hair air-dry.

Posted By: puppyluv
Date Posted: Nov 13 2006 at 8:41pm

I think that might be of some help also.

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Supply List: 

Choose between the items below the ones that suit your needs.
Citrus remover*
Lace cleaner*
Goo Gone
Ultra Hold Glue*
Skin Prep Pads (I use Cavilon)
Migthy Tite Glue *(not necessary ...your choice)
EnduraBond (from Truetape)
Acetone Remover
Kryolan (from Mallatts)
91 or 99% Alcohol (from the drugstore)
Sponge Q-tip -------------\
Orange Stick ---------------> from BSS
Tail comb ------------------/
Spray bottles
  - used for olive oil/alcohol mixture; and
  - mix of 25% Mane 'n Tail conditioner, 25% olive oil or tea tree oil, 50% water; or
For curly units:
  -50% water,25% Dreamcurls (John Frieda,
25% IC MOisturiser (make sure its the one in the brown bottle w/ the Aloe Vera plant on it)
Fast track knot sealer (from Adventhair)
Fray Block (at Walmart, Fabric stores)

* = from Coolpiece

Other items I frequently use:

Shampoo:  Creme of Nature, or Dove Moisture Intense, or Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing

Conditioner: Mane n'Tail, or Thermasilk Moisture Infusing, any Dove conditioner, or Kerasilk, or Marc Anthony's Strictly Curls - Frizz sealing conditioner

For maintaining curls:  John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Dream Curls-Curl Perfecter,  Sebastian's Wet Liquid Gel, Marc Anthony's Strictly Curls - Curls defining lotion, Ion Curl defining styling creme, Nexxus Curl Energee-Curl enhancing styler, IC Leave-In Moisturizer with Aloe Vera.
I prefer:  Christophe (Beverly Hills) Hydrating Curl Spray : it makes curly, dry or damaged hair soft & silky. Also another favorite is "Tres Semme Curl Care European Shaping Milk".

For lustre: Proclaim Glossing Polish

Here is my technique for washing my l/f (I do that before I even wear it):

Step1: Fill a container e.g. Bathtub with Luke warm water, add your favorite hydrating or conditioning shampoo to water (not to hair system).I prefer (my l/f prefers) Cream of Nature Detangling Shampoo for regular hair and Dove Moisture Intense shampoos. 

Step2.: Hold lace front firm with both hands, use a wide tooth paddle brush and gently brush your hair system from roots to ends to remove any tangles. 

Step3. Gently dip the hair system into the tub of water. Swoosh it around very gently several times for about 2-3 minutes, then remove it from the tub, squeeze all the excess water from the hair system.   Do not rub like when we hand wash clothes

Step4. Dispose of the shampoo and water in the tub, run a fresh batch of luke water, and use it to thoroughly rinse all traces of shampoo from the hair system until water runs clear.

Step5. Apply a generous amount of hydrating conditioner, massage from roots to ends of hair system.( I use Mane 'n Tail Conditionner and/or Thermasilk Moisture Intense). Let remain on the hair system for 2 – 5 minutes before rinsing.This is the point where you can put the unit in the nuke for 20 sec [Only 10 sec at a time checking in between]. Reminder: unit will be hot when taken out.

Step6. Rinse all traces of conditioner form the hair system until water runs clear.

Step7. Use a dry cotton towel to dry excess water from hair system.

Step8. Apply Fray Block to lace (to stop it from fraying) and spray Fast Tract Knot sealer to knots (to avoid shedding)
Step 9. Place lace front on your mannequin head in secure place, let stand and air dry preferably over night.
(DO NOT use blowdryer/microwave/clothes dryer to dry the system).

Addendum:  I have tried blowdrying with a diffuser attachment and it works well..

Your system is now ready for application.....
Applying your lace front:

Gather your supply
I use Ultra Hold (UH) and/or Mighty Tite (MT) as glue..I do not use tape and I hate Vapon Notape..  But I use it in extreme cases at the nape only…Now I am trying the combo ORWG/UH and it gives me a hold similar to EB but without the crustiness.
With your hair neatly cornrowed, try on your unit after you have cut down the lace..Leave about 1/8" of lace around the hairline. (I cut in a zig zag manner..Others suggest using trimming shears)...You can always adjust later.  Do a dry run by placing the unit on your head where you will want it positionned. 
1. With your first application,  place little black dots with eyebrow pencil as a guide line..If you are using your own babyhairs, that will be the time to separate them by bringing them forward and keeping them down with gel (use non-flaking gel).. You will be applying your unit on the visible line created between the babyhair and the cornrow.
2.  Wipe hairline/forehead with alcohol to remove any oily deposit. Also wipe the visible line between babyhairs and cornrow/cap with alcohol...You do not need any oily residue there, since this is the spot where you will be applying your lace.. You can also use skin prep and let dry before applying glue.
3.  Apply glue (with makeup brush, sponge q-tip or small spatula, or orange stick or icecream stick).

P.S. If you plan on using your fingers to apply the glue, clean fingers with alcohol first. We tend to forget the residue on those...

 Use only a very small amount..spread glue on the line you have created in a thin layer.  You can apply 2 light coats.  Then let dry, (usually 15-20min), but for your 1st application, I will wait 8-10 min.  The glue will still be a little wet and will make it a little easier for repositionning.
4.  Now you are ready to place your unit.  Keep the hair on the unit away from glue with hair clips.
5.  Place unit on your head lining hairline where glue has been applied.  Position lightly on glue line.  When you are sure that you have it where you want it,apply a little pressure on the hairline with the tip of a tail-comb or with slanted tip of orange stick...(same orange stick used for cuticle removing..sold at BSS). I avoid using my fingers since it transfers the oil from my fingertips unto the lace/glue area.
6.  You can use Adjust-a-bond to reposition the unit (do a search for that info).  I use a small amount of a mixture of olive oil and alcohol (1:1) in a spray bottle.
7.  Then I attach the nape with the same glue. (Others prefer tape....Do a search for  instructions on how to apply tape/glue to nape)
7.  Clean up extra glue with either lace/citrus remover or alcohol, careful not to touch the lace.
8.  Allow glue to cure with unit in place and the hair still away from the glued area for at least 2 hours...
You can spray citrus remover on your hands/fingertips to remove any glue residue.  Rub gently with a small towel.  Then wash with soap.
You are now ready to strut your stuff... 
Removing your lace front
1.  Spray citrus remover, or lace release or olive oil/alcohol mis to hairline and nape.
2.  Wait 4-5 minutes before lifting lace starting at ear.  If lace does not come up easily, reapply remover..  Repeat this process until the lace comes off without resistance.
3.  Use more citrus remover and/or lace release to clean skin.  Wash your face.
4.  Soak hairline (and only hairline) in Goo Gone for about 1 hr to release left over glue on unit.  Use small brush to help the process.  Do not rub or brush too hard so as not to destroy the lace...

5.  Wash your lace front for the next time.

If you are using EB (EnduraBond), you will need pure acetone as a remover.

Posted By: QueenBee
Date Posted: Nov 14 2006 at 6:59am


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Afrotreasures   (ebay seller)


Rotesha also Chenise1 on ebay
getrealguaranteed (Zara) off eBay

Ladydi (send her a PM)     
 GotHair (send her a PM)
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Chinese vendors on ebay (You will get a regular beauty supply store wig.  They will talk and know the ends and outs of "real lfs", answer questions and send you a regular beauty supply wig)
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Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 14 2006 at 7:44am
  • Length – self-explanatory
  • Texture - texture in auction or provide  pic (url) - self-explanatory
  • Hair Color - self-explanatory
  • Density (ultra light, light, light-medium or medium) you can have one density or different densities throughout the wig. The amount of hair in a style; may also be referred to as thickness or volume. This choice is definitely up to the customer. Choose a density for the hairline, front of wig and then the base of wig.
  • Hair style – freestyle: having no built-in tendency.  Can be worn in most any style, even backwards. or defined part: Part cannot easily be moved.
  • Bleached Knots - Bleaching of knots does not result in white or clear knots, but it does help to give the illusion of hair growing from your scalp by camouflaging the knots.

If your hair color is dark, then knots that hold the hair onto the base will be changed from dark to a light brown and will appear much less visible. Single knots such as those used at the front edge will be less detectable.

If your hair color is medium brown, the knots will be even less detectable, but with lighter brown hair, bleaching will make very little difference. Bleaching knots with blonde hair in not necessary.

With all-lace systems, where the hair density is such that there isn't enough room on the lace for all single knots, you will inevitably be able to spot some knotting upon close inspection from a top view perspective.

For extra light and light density systems, the all lace base is less detectable because there is enough room on the lace to use all single knots and still arrive at a medium to light hair density.

Knots cannot be bleached in areas of a lace or monofilament system that has a polyurethane tape tab system.

  • Baby HairBaby hair is fine short hairs that are added to the hair line area of a lace front wig. Some customers who think they might have a problem with camouflaging the lace request baby hairs where they would use gel or water to smooth down the baby hairs over the lace. And some just like the look of “baby hairs”.
  • If you plan on dyeing your unit a lighter color or adding highlights to your unit - please ask for virgin hair
  • Head Measurements - see attached form - self-explanatory

Other FAQS

What is the difference between a lace front and full lace wig?
A lace front is a hairpiece that has lace from ear-to-ear, which will leave you with an undetectable and unbelievably natural looking hairline. The lace fronts, have monofilament from where the lace ends in the middle of the unit to the nape of the neck. Some of our other pieces have thin skin in the back so it can be trimmed back and glued down (these units can be worn in a ponytail).

A full lace wig is a unit made of all lace, it can be glued down all the way around the perimeter of the unit. You can wear this in a high ponytail. If you did not want to wait 4 weeks for a custom this is the closest you can get.

All of the units are 100% hand-tied and knotted.

How long can I wear the unit?
I have some clients that take their unit off every night, and than others that wear them for weeks at a time. Depending on the holding strength of the glue or tape you can wear it up to a month.

How long will the wig last?
I have units that have lasted for up to three years with proper care. Usually they last up to one year. Depending on various things like, how you take care of it, how often you wear and how you treat it. Comb and brush your wig gently, condition it every once in a while, and it will last for a long time.



Posted By: chuladi
Date Posted: Nov 14 2006 at 2:33pm
Quote Density (ultra light, light, light-medium or medium) you can have one density or different densities throughout the wig. The amount of hair in a style; may also be referred to as thickness or volume. This choice is definitely up to the customer. Choose a density for the hairline, front of wig and then the base of wig.

To piggyback on this:

If your wig has "too much hair" chances are, it is not entirely a density problem

When hair is cut from a donor's head, there are hairs of different lengths. Just as on your own head, different hairs are at different stages in the growth process. You have some hairs that are longer and shorter than the other.

When wig factories use hair, the hair is sorted (double drawn) so that all the hairs in a particular bundle are the same length.

Double drawn picture here:

Single drawn here:

Explanation here:

Quote Length and make of hair pieces

Single drawn

Every hair piece looks like a ponytail made of different lengths of hair. The very short hairs have been removed.

For example: a hair piece of 20 inches of remi quality and single drawn has hair lengths of 14”, 16”, 18” and 20”.

Double drawn

Every hair piece contains only hair of the same length. This makes this type of hair piece also the most expensive one as this procedure is done by hand, not by machine.

For example: a hair piece of 20 inches of remi quality and double drawn has hair lengths of 20” only. It contains no hair shorter than that.

If your wig appears to be too thick, chances are this is because wigs are usually made with hair all the same length, which usually doesn't have short hairs on it (the short hairs you often see on your wig is actually the folded over hair when the knots are made). So if your wig seems to be too thick, the solution is often not to thin it at the base of the unit, but to mimick the shorter hairs in a natural head of hair.

This is also why the majority of wigs are not made with hair from a single donor. It is not common to obtain enough double drawn hair from one donor to make a single wig. If a wig is truly made with hair from one donor, it will have varying lengths of hair throughout (i.e. will look like single drawn hair).

If you are the type of person who has always felt that wig density is too "wiggy", then you should probably talk with your wigmaker about mixing in different lengths of hair to mimic naturally growing hair, or using single drawn hair. This is easier to accommplish with an American vendor or a Chinese vendor that speaks excellent English and communicates very well in English.

Posted By: essence
Date Posted: Nov 14 2006 at 9:37pm
I see yall getting yalls moderate ON over in this piece LOL

Great info!

Posted By: i*m*not*my*hair
Date Posted: Nov 15 2006 at 2:01am
Dear newbies: 
We at BHM LOVE pictures!!!  It has helped many people learn how to apply, and just about everything else about Lace Wigs.  Truly to the BHM community a picture is worth a thousand words!LOL  The most widely used avenue of picture sharing is a FREE file sharing account called Fotki.
Per your request SexiModerator,  this is just the beginning of a fotki picture tutorial on everything you want to know about fotki.  A fotki account is free to all! YES FREE!!  (I was surprised to find that a lot of newbies that pm'd me in the past did not know the account is free.) 
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Posted By: i*m*not*my*hair
Date Posted: Nov 15 2006 at 6:15pm
HOW TO WATERMARK YOUR PICTURES & VARIOUS WATERMARKING SOFTWARE LINKS (compliments of various BHM members.  Special thanks to DivaVocals)


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Posted By: swahili
Date Posted: Nov 18 2006 at 3:06am
I just wanna say give a big thanks, sexibeach you do really care of us people that were abit confused yet even though they read maaany post here. It gives u the confidence to order our first lf.Big%20smile

Posted By: first time
Date Posted: Nov 19 2006 at 3:30pm
already on good vendors list website information

Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 21 2006 at 5:14pm
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Posted By: sexibeach
Date Posted: Nov 23 2006 at 11:05am
how to lighten or color your lace units:
Salon Care 20 Volume Crème Developer
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Sally Item #: 760120

Sizes: 4 oz, Also available in 16oz, 32oz, 1/2 gal and gallon

Developer that provides a thick, easy handling gel consistency and maximum color deposit as for gray or white hair with lightening.

  • Regular lift formula
  • Gives uniform lifting and color
  • Stabilized formula

    Usage Tips
    When loosening cap, point away from face in case of pressure build-up.
    You can use any bleach but I use this brand also purchased at Sally's
    L'Oreal Quick Blue Professional Powder Bleach
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    Sally Item #: 500516

    Size: 1 lb

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  • Posted By: joileprincess
    Date Posted: Nov 24 2006 at 1:31pm
    I just thought that I would post this here since there is confusion about the differences between a lacefront and a full lace wig.
    The only criteria for a lacefront wig is that the front hairline (temple to temple or the entire hairline) is ventilated with a lace material. The area ventilated can be just the hairline or up to half of the wig (ear to ear). The remainder of the wig can be wefted or ventilated on a net material that isn't technically lace. I think that we are using the terms handtied and lacefront interchangebly. A lacefront does not have to be 100% handtied but a fully ventilated lace unit does. Hope that I didn't confuse anyone.
    A lacefront is a good choice for newbies or anyone who wears their hair down or in low ponytails. The lace area is limited and thus the styles are limited. Depending on how large the lace area is, you may be able to do a half pony or flat twists. The back may be elastic with adjustment hooks or it may have a small nape area that can be adhered to the skin.
    A full lace unit is a good choice for those experienced with lace wigs and those wanting full styling freedom. Now, there are vendors who are selling units that have elastic or stretch net and passing them off as full lace. I do not agree with this phrasing but it is common for the vendors used on BHM so be aware. Depending on the color of the stretch/elastic you can part all the way down the unit or the color may prevent you from doing that. Full lace units can be made from any of the lace materials but the most commonly ordered here are French and Swiss. Different vendors are using different laces for these so be careful. One vendors' French is another's Swiss because they know that most people don't know the difference.
    Hope this clears up some stuff.

    Posted By: first time
    Date Posted: Nov 26 2006 at 8:57am
    Just in case new members have questions about dying lf this was posted in thread awhile back. It might help someone if they have questions about dying their unit.

    FAQ: Coloring


    Will hairpiece hair take dye the same way as growing hair?

    The hair in the hairpiece will take the color about three to four times faster than growing hair.


    Do I use the same color?

    Generally, using a color that is one shade lighter will yield the perfect match for the hairpiece hair.


    Will the results have unwanted red tones?

    Most people should stay with cool ash colors if possible and you may add a few drops of a drabber such as "Red Out" to the mix. Hairpiece hair tends to shift toward the red otherwise.


    What sort of color should I buy?

    Rather than mix a pack of color and throw most of it away, use professional products. Use any brand of developer, ideally in 20% volume. Cream developer is less messy than liquid, and gel developer is less messy than cream. Use professional color from a leading brand such as Clairol, L'Oreal, Wella, Revlon etc. Normally the mix ratio is 1:1 color gel to developer gel/cream.


    What tools do I need?

    A non-metallic bowl, a nylon brush designed for hair dye application, a plastic or rubber comb, disposable gloves, and some hair dye remover in case you stain your ears and neck. Buy all at the beauty supply store.


    Will I ruin the hairpiece? How exactly do I apply the dye safely?

    Just brush the gel-like dye mixture onto your comb and then use the comb to direct the dye through the hair. Keep the dye away from the knots, the base, the lace and especially the polyurethane areas. You can also prevent the knots from beng dyed by rubbing petroleum jelly through the base from beneath before you start to dye the unit. It will coat the knots and the base of each hair and stop the dye from getting to this part


    The dye is on. Now what?

    After 10 minutes or so, rinse the dye out under the tap from the bottom of the unit. Shampoo and condition. Hairpiece hair reacts three or four times faster than growing hair to dye, because the cuticle layer is stripped away during manufacturing.


    How can I be sure the dye will just go where it should and not spoil the unit?


    To help you avoid staining the base or darkening the knots, just keep thinking about the money it will cost to replace the unit!
    The dye is on. Now what?

    After 10 minutes or so, rinse the dye out under the tap from the bottom of the unit. Shampoo and condition. Hairpiece hair reacts three or four times faster than growing hair to dye, because the cuticle layer is stripped away during manufacturing.


    How can I be sure the dye will just go where it should and not spoil the unit?


    To help you avoid staining the base or darkening the knots, just keep thinking about the money it will cost to replace the unit!
    Can color fading be prevented?

    It seems the color fading due to sunshine can be successfully prevented to a large extent. One product that seems to work very well is Redken Sunshape Sun Milk. It contains a strong SPF sunscreen, is a nice styling aid, and smells nice too. Control experiments of one unit with, and one unit without, have not been tried here, but it seems to protect the hair from any noticeable sun fading. There may be similar products from other makers.


    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Nov 27 2006 at 7:40am
    Additional Adhesive Thread:"Can we Talk Adhesives"
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 03 2006 at 6:23pm
    This vendor is NOT a recommended lace front vendor,,
    www. and/or
    If any member or newbies receives a private message recommending this site please let a BHM Moderator's know that you have been contacted.
    The rules of BHM forbid the selling or advertising by a site owner or vendor on this board.
    I would appreciate the help from our BHM sisters to let us know immediately if you have been contacted by any person promoting this website. Thank you.

    Posted By: SummerRayne
    Date Posted: Dec 05 2006 at 9:23pm" rel="no follow -  I figured this would be helpful to newbies and vets alike.  This is about Spirit Gum." rel="no follow -  This is about watermarking your pics. It was posted in the weave section.

    Posted By: MO
    Date Posted: Dec 08 2006 at 1:30pm
    Im not sure about his website but in his fotki he has info maybe its there....
    Jacksun (3 order min for new customers)

    Email: sy_hair2006@  yahoo

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    Posted By: MO
    Date Posted: Dec 09 2006 at 2:17pm
    Hair Replacement - Adhesive Health Risks

    If you are considering wearing a Hair system or already wear a hair system,
    you need to be aware of these important health risks concerning the use of
    Hair system adhesives.

    - Adhesive products sold for use with Hair Systems contain chemicals that
    are known carcinogens. Commonly used ingredients are benzene, formaldehyde
    and many other volatile organic compounds. They may also contain Methyl and
    ethyl cyanoacrylates that release formaldehyde when they degrade. The vapors
    can be noxious if inhaled.

    - Adhesive products sold in the Hair Replacement industry commonly do not
    list ingredients or health warnings. This despite that in addition to
    increasing your risk of cancer these products may cause a wide variety of
    short and long term side effects. A typical warning that is commonly not
    passed on to the customer is "This product can cause kidney, liver, lung

    - The FDA has not approved any type of glue for use with hair systems. This
    includes liquid skin, tape, bonding agents and glue referred to as surgical
    and medical.

    - There are no long term or short term studies on the health effects of
    applying these adhesives to your head. In fact they were never intended to
    be used by a person every single day for 20-30 years.

    -When you are exposed to the sun so is your hair system adhesive which will
    react with UV (ultraviolet radiation) and become highly toxic. When this
    type of toxicity occurs, it enters the body and goes directly to various
    organs and can be extremely damaging or even fatal.

    - Drinking alcohol, sweating or if the glue comes into contact with other
    chemicals may increase your skin absorption and therefore increase your
    health risk.

    - The Hair replacement industry will use deceptive practices and phrases to
    fool customers in believing their products are safe. This includes referring
    to their products as FDA approved or making claims their glue is medical or
    surgical grade when they are not.

    - An MSDS data sheet does not guarantee the product is safe nor does it
    indicate FDA approval. However an MSDS data sheet may contain valuable
    information concerning the health risks, ingredients, reactivity and side
    effects. Therefore always request one prior to purchase. Many companies
    however will refuse to provide you this information. If your Hair
    Replacement company is unwilling to provide you a copy, take your business
    elsewhere. They are putting your health at risk. In addition if you ever end
    up in the emergency room with a severe reaction, the first thing the doctor
    will need is the MSDS sheet.

    - Severe allergic reactions can occur from use of these products. Therefore
    as a precautionary safety measure have your Dermatologist perform a 48 hour
    skin patch test to determine possible sensitization to these products.

    - All adhesives contain ingredients that may cause skin irritation.

    - Latex adhesives can also create allergic reactions and has the additional
    handicap of creating heightened skin sensitivity with each successive

    - Acrylic and Silicone based adhesives should never be used directly on

    Posted By: QueenBee
    Date Posted: Dec 09 2006 at 7:12pm
    I am not sure why his changes automatically but Jacksun's email address is   sy_hair2006 @  
    (do not put spaces--only used them so email address would post without changing to  :" rel="no follow -   which is NOT Jacksun's email address, however, it keeps changing automatically on BHM.
    eta: Co-signing with Monet that the email address is listed correctly on his fotki--

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 11 2006 at 9:28pm
    here's a thread on the Oil Resistant White Glue from Cool Piece
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 13 2006 at 9:00am
    this is some research information i found in my research about lf's.. its really geared towards others that sell lace units. some may or may not agree but that's not the point..newbies need to have some understanding of lace units, I can not post the whole study b/c its very lengthy, but i will post some of the information:



    Swelling is one of the most damaging conditions of the hair. It loses flexibility, natural bounce, elasticity, and strength and is much easier to break.


    ·         The acidic-based permanents will swell the hair in a moderate 15%-25%.

    ·         The alkali-based permanents will swell the hair in a whopping 300%!

    ·         On our own normal hair there is a microscopic layer of natural oil. It keeps the hair’s moisture at the usual levels (10-11.5%), even though the relative humidity in the air (25-90%) is much higher. The layer of oil guards the hair from swelling.

    ·         When chemically stripping the cuticles, the oily layer is stripped from the hair and it loses the natural protection. Swelling occurs on a regular basis and is one of the main reasons the hair is so vulnerable to breakage.

    • When moisture decreases, hair becomes straw-like (which is a subject for many jokes and is easy to identify such hairpieces even by nonprofessionals).
    • Moisture is one of the most important factors in determining the physical (strength and elasticity) and esthetic properties (bounce, flexibility, etc.). When hair is fully wet, the elasticity may increase in 25%, but the strength will increase up to 300%!

    ·        One major reason for hair breakage is the combing forces applied. While shampooing, towel drying and conditioning the hair, one must stroke the hair in one direction. 

    ·         During combing, the hair is stretched and will break when stretched 30%-35% more than its original length. After the hair is stretched 17%-20% longer than the original length, there will be irreversible damage and it cannot bounce back to it’s natural length. For non-cuticle hair, the numbers are much scarier.

    ·         The ammonium within semi-permanent dyes and similar products do not damage the hair as much as the peroxide, although the experts claim otherwise for their product’s safety campaign.


    Hair has a negative charge. Manufacturers design their shampoos to have a negative charge, as we do not want the shampoo to adhere or absorb onto the hair. Manufacturers design conditioners to have a positive charge, as we want the conditioner to adhere and absorb onto the hair without leaving deposits. 


    • A responsible hair products manufacturer will measure the level of charge on the hair and will manipulate the products to match the charge of the hair and the charge of the product. Very few are so responsible for the entire cosmetic industry, let alone the hair replacement or hair extensions industry.
    • More importantly, do you know a company that is aware of the level of charge on non-cuticle hair?
    • Conditioners must reduce the friction between two strands of hair. For treating non-cuticle hair, they must isolate one strand of hair without leaving deposits.
    •  Conditioners do not permanently increase strength or elasticity. It is a common fib that we all take at face value. Temporarily, conditioners will deposit moisture and moisture will temporarily increase strength.
    •  Regular shampoo must clean the surface of the cuticles, a tough protective layer consisting of 75%-80% protein.
    •  Regular shampoos on non-cuticle hair act similar to peroxide on an open wound. The detergents burn and dry out the hair from the inside.
    •  Shampoos for non-cuticle must clean the exposed layer usually found underneath the cuticles that are now stripped. The under layer (the “B” layer or exocuticle) is very delicate, which is why regular shampoos fail by cleaning too harshly.
    •  The surfaces of cuticle and non-cuticle hair do not resemble each other and the difference between the two can be measured and must be measured in order to even begin discussing improving the issue of non-cuticle hair.
    •  One cannot treat both surfaces with the same materials. We do not clean our desks (a smooth surface that resembles the non-cuticle hair’s surface) with the same cleaner used on our carpets (a scaled uneven surface that resembles the cuticle hair’s surface).
    •  Usually, non-cuticle hair appears shinier than regular hair and leads us to believe that it is healthier. The reason is that the smooth and even surface reflects light at a higher concentration and therefore is brighter. Cuticle hair with it’s scaled uneven surface scatters the light in wider angle of reflection, appearing duller.

    Moisture and how it affects the hair’s appearance and the individual fiber’s strength.



    Moisture, why it matters:

    Simply put, moisture is the single most important factor in determining the way your client’s hair looks! When moisture drops below 10-10.2% (depending on the type of hair and the level of environmental humidity), hair will look like brittle straw as opposed to supple green grass.


    The critical moisture level is the difference between a fresh slice of bread and one left on the counter for 3 days. In the example of the straw or the stale slice of bread, if we apply the slightest pressure, they will break. The same pressure on the fresh slice of bread or the green grass shows us how malleable these materials could be. Likewise, any pressure put on dry human hair, as opposed to well-moisturized hair, will result in breakage.

    When companies send me hairpieces with high levels of breakage to analyze, I conduct tests that usually end with a clear conclusion: Dry hair leads to breakage, especially with repeated combing applied in a localized area [the crown]. Customers who have paid for hairpieces with high breakage levels are naturally disappointed, because they come to me to unearth what they imagine to be a complicated problem… and then return with a silver-bullet remedy. They are more than a little surprised when I tell them that they don’t have to buy my products, in fact, they don’t need to buy any products, in order to improve their hairpiece’s performance. When I explain that all they need is some plain water, they begin to fear they are spending their money consulting with me for nothing.


    Moisture = Strength:

    Here are some numbers to illustrate my point. An average strength properties reading for Indian non-cuticle hair with a diameter of 0.055mm would be 0.22 gn/m². An average result for the same type of hair from the same bundles, but completely soaked with tap water would be 0.66 gn/m². A normal value for such hair would be around 0.32 gn/m². (gn/m² stands for Giganewtons per square meter, which is a measure of pressure. For human hair, these figures explain the fiber’s strength – the amount of pressure it can withstand before breaking.)


    The important lesson here is that moisture - any type of moisture - will increase the strength of the hair by up to 300%! Every test I have conducted has shown me that plain water is as effective as any conditioner or leave-in moisturizer. For example, try wearing your jeans after washing them, while they are still soaking wet and feel the roughness of the fabric. This has to do with the swelling and increased strength of the fabric when wet. Until the water evaporates, the denim will be significantly stronger. The same goes for hair. All the stories written by marketing departments about conditioners that add strength and elasticity to hair are about as good as the stories your parents used to tell you to calm you

    before going to sleep – It’s all placebo effect.


    The role of conditioners:

    Conditioner will add strength, but only temporarily, just as water will. Now we are getting to one of the major tradeoffs between conditioner and water: Water will evaporate much faster, but will not leave deposits that will weigh down your client’s hair. Conditioner will evaporate much more slowly and contribute to the strength of the hair for a longer time, but will leave deposits that may weigh down the hair.


    In hot desert climates such as in Arizona and Nevada, it is extremely important to maintain the moisture of the hair, especially if the client spends any time in the sun. Just a few minutes of ultra-violet exposure on treated hair is enough to make a significant impact. In these conditions, a very light leave-in conditioner is highly recommended. If the client is not inclined to buy more products, give or sell him a very small mist bottle (2 oz will be sufficient) filled with water and have him mist his hair a few times a day.

    Here are some suggestions to help you take the best possible care of your clients. Let’s start with education. The first priority is to instruct your clients to maintain their hair better. Teach them to use the right shampoos and conditioners.  Unfortunately, in today's saturated market, it is difficult for most people to determine what products are actually beneficial to the hair and which ones are damaging.  For example, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is a harsh detergent which actually dries the hair, yet most shampoos contain SLS, sometimes in concentrations of up to 10% by volume. 


    Turning to conditioners, most of those sold to the public are not appropriate for the hair used in hair systems because of a marked difference in the surface energy of hair that no longer has its cuticle.  Using the wrong conditioner will coat and weigh down the hair without delivering the expected benefits.  Contrary to popular belief, the key function of a conditioner is to reduce friction between adjacent hairs, preventing the loss of vital hair cells, the generation of electricity both of which impact the hair's longevity and manageability.  Moisture retention is a benefit that was added at a later stage in the development of conditioners as scientists came to understand the physics of hair growth.  Even today's best conditioner can only retain moisture in top quality hair for 2 to 3 hours.  Damaged hair, or over-processed hair may lose its moisture in half that time. However there are a few conditioners specifically formulated for processed hair, but without your advice, your clients are unlikely to be able to find them. 


    If your client plans to buy a conditioner in his or her local drug store or supermarket, encourage them to select one that states on the label that it is for "Light blond hair" or for "Damaged hair”. The surface energy of light blonde hair at 36-38 mega neutrons approximates the surface energy of processed hair (42 mega neutrons).  For comparison, the surface energy of regular, growing hair is 30-32 mega neutrons.  A sophisticated (obsessional?) client might try calling his or her cosmetic company to request the surface energy range of the hair their shampoo or conditioner is designed to react with.  Alternatively, they could request the surface tension of the shampoo or conditioner itself to determine its compatibility with their own hair type. Unfortunately most of the time, they will find that the manufacturer does not have this information and probably does not even understand the question. This reflects the fact that most research dollars today go into fragrance, color and other cosmetic attributes, not the science of hair care.  


    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 13 2006 at 11:44am
    more information on the scientific research:

    Most of the hair ventilated into custom-made hairpieces sold in the US is sourced through India. Much of it is collected from monasteries located throughout the country. The largest and most famous monastery is in the south of India. Indian women donate their hair as an offering to their God as a sign of modesty. It is their understanding that it will be sold by the monk’s for a substantial sum of money that will be used to finance schools, hospitals and other publicly favored facilities. But not all hair that finds its way onto the market is the same - and this is where we encounter our first problem.


    During the collecting and sorting of the donated hair it is divided into two groups:


    ·         Remy hair: Hair that has been cut, and maintained with the roots aligned and bound together at the top of the bundle. These bundles are carefully preserved throughout the export process and arrive at the factory still intact.

    ·         Non-Remy hair: Hair that does not have its roots aligned. It may have been collected off the floor, or there may be some other reason they were unable to keep the roots together and running in the same direction.


    This hair is sold at a much cheaper price than remy hair.
    Once the hair arrives at the factory, it is treated in a hydrochloric acid bath to remove the cuticle. A word of warning - hydrochloric acid is extremely hazardous. Please do not put yourself at risk by experimenting with this chemical! It’s not the remy hair; remy hair is relatively easy to process and the damage inflicted during de-cuticalization is slight. Non-remy hair is the villain.


    Non-remy hair requires a higher concentration of acid since the cuticle runs in both directions. This frequently results in hair with very low moisture content that appears dry and straw-like. Moisture is critical to good-looking hair. Human hair usually contains 10.5% - 11% moisture (measured in a controlled environment of ISO 40% - 63% moisture). Non-remy hair has trouble retaining this vital moisture.

    Unfortunately, the problems do not stop here. The de-cuticalization process itself is often conducted inefficiently. Some bundles of hair are only partially processed. Others are over-treated or under-treated, which contributes to tangling problems and limp or lifeless hair. Regrettably, a lot of this lower grade non-remy hair can find its way into “expensive” custom-made hairpieces. Your vendors usually have no way to tell whether the hair in the units they sell is remy, non-remy, or non-remy blended with remy hair. This doesn’t make things easy for them.


    We have to understand that non-cuticle human hair means hair that has been fundamentally damaged. I compare it to my hand losing its protective layer of skin. I know this sound brutal, but mechanically it’s similar. If your hand were damaged in this way, you would run to the hospital where they would apply bandages and oil-based ointments not just isolate the pain but to prevent chaffing that could cause additional damage. Well, the same logic applies to non-cuticle hair - except it will never heal. Just like the hospital, we try to isolate and protect the hair by applying special oil-based liquids such as conditioners that (should be) designed specifically for non-cuticle hair. If you use hair care products made for normal hair, you will be doing your client a major disservice.


    Regular conditioners are formulated to condition the cuticle layer, a very durable layer that is over 30% protein. Instead, you should be using a conditioner formulated for the under-layer without cuticle. This layer is made up of only 3% protein (10 times less!) and requires a more powerful lubricating system! But it doesn’t stop there.


    The lack of a protective cuticle layer has other consequences. It allows everything to be easily absorbed into the hair – and lets vital moisture out again. Non-remy hair dries at a much more rapid rate and quickly loses its luster and body. You would never consider cleaning your favorite fine Italian cotton shirt with same detergent you use to clean your old cast iron pot. And you would not clean your carpet with the same detergent you use to clean your wood table. And yet many people do precisely this when it comes to human hair. Let me repeat - cuticle and non-cuticle hair are different product types with different maintenance needs. Each one requires its own specialist product.

    We are going to classify human hair as follows.  I will describe the characteristics of each variety and summarize its pros and cons. 


    Origin: China, Eastern Europe, Russia and India

    Grade: Cuticle, Non-Cuticle, Virgin, Processed, Single Drawn, Double Drawn, Remy and Non-Remy


    Type: Caucasian, Asian




    Chinese Hair (aka Asian Hair): A thick and coarse fiber that is naturally straight and dark brown to black in color.


    Advantages: High Quantity, Durability and Low Cost. It is the strongest human hair and is able to withstand multiple chemical and mechanical processes. It is easily mass-produced making it a low cost item. It is the most popular hair in the industry because it is comfortable to process at the manufacturing level and there is no shortage of supply. Ventilating a hairpiece does not require as much skill or care as with cuticle hair.


    Disadvantages: Poor Quality. Chinese hair requires extensive chemical processing to output hair that simulates European texture, color and body. The majority of the hair is collected and processed as double drawn, non-remy hair that requires heavy-duty chemicals to remove cuticle layers. It is still at a high risk for severe tangling problems because the cuticles are large and the layers are dense. The thick strands reflect light differently and appear 3 times as large next to Caucasian hair.


    Common Use: Inexpensive off-shelf wigs, hairpieces and machine made hair extensions.


    Indian Hair (aka Asian Hair, Italian Hair): A variety of fiber types from fine and straight, medium thick with bodywave and curly to thick coarse hair.  “Italian hair” is actually Indian hair that has been processed in Italy or Spain and then sold at premium prices.


    Advantages: High Quantity, Good Quality, Variety and Low Manufacturing Cost. Indian hair is popular to use for custom made hairpieces because it can be made to resemble European hair. Although prices for remy Indian hair increase every 2-3 months, it is still available in the less expensive non-remy form. The Indian hair fiber is small in diameter compared to Chinese hair and after chemical processing can feel and look just like European hair. Finally, a great attribute of Indian hair is that it comes in a full range of textures and body.


    Disadvantages: Low Quality and Higher Retail Cost. Indian hair still requires quite a lot of chemical processing to make it appear as European hair. And the efforts to maintain the integrity of remy hair and/or buy the best quality in India can increase prices closer to European hair. To reduce time and materials, many manufacturers choose to work with non-remy Indian hair, which must undergo the same processes as Chinese hair that results in a poorer quality.  Indian hair is also known to have split ends; lice and most exporters handle the hair badly.

    Common Use: The remy hair is often produced as European or Italian hair for custom-made wigs and hair extensions. The non-remy hair is processed for custom-made hairpieces and less expensive wigs and machine and hand made hair extensions.


    European Hair (aka Russian Hair, Caucasian Hair): A fine to medium density fiber that is naturally straight to slight wave and available in a variety of natural colors, most commonly dark blonds to medium browns. The Virgin colors will often be streaked with lighter shades or the ends will be much lighter than the roots due to weathering.


    Advantages: High Quality. True Caucasian hair, whether originating from Russia, Eastern Europe or even the United States, is the best quality for the European and American market. The fine textures and natural colors eliminate the need for extensive processing and can often be sold as is (virgin hair). It easily matches the density of Caucasian customers so the hairpiece or extension blends in with their own hair.


    Disadvantages: Low Quantity and High Cost. It has always been an availability problem and is becoming more difficult to source lengths longer than 15 inches and of a good quality. Limited availability makes the European hair a valuable item. The care that must be taken at the manufacturing level, as the fiber is fragile in comparison to Indian and Chinese hair, adds to the overall cost of working with European hair. Usually those that choose to work with this hair want it as close to its virgin state as possible, so much care and skill must be taken when ventilating a wig or hairpiece to keep the roots in one direction and properly trimmed to avoid tangles.


    Common Use: High priced custom wigs, hairpieces and hand made hair extensions. Preferred hair type by production companies for the film industry.






    Cuticle Hair (aka Remy Hair, Virgin Hair): Cuticle hair can refer to all hair, no matter the origin. It defines the state of the fiber and quality. The cuticle layers have not been chemically altered and care must be taken to keep roots and tips from running opposite directions.


    Advantages: High Quality. Hair with cuticles usually has the feel and look of natural hair. It retains dye colors and perms better than processed hair and lasts longer through normal wear and tear because the cuticles act as a protective layer for the rest of the fiber.


    Disadvantages: High Cost and Tangles. Cuticle hair is considered a higher grade of hair and the time and care during production make it a more expensive hair. If not properly handled or cared for before and during the life of the hair replacement or extension, it is prone to tangle. (Although it costs the manufacturer more to process hair to non-cuticle, many have the opinion that cuticle hair is more expensive. They are confusing the cost of ventilating cuticle hair with the hair process cost. Non-cuticle hair is a more expensive hair but easier to ventilate. Cuticle hair is a less expensive hair but requires greater skill to ventilate.)


    Common Use: High priced custom wigs, hairpieces and hand made hair extensions. Can only be manufactured by factories that know how to work with cuticle hair.


    Non-Cuticle Hair (aka Processed Hair): This hair type can also refer to all hair no matter the origin, including European. The cuticles have been chemically processed to remove the first few layers and fuse the remaining layers. The roots and tips can be mixed in opposite directions.


    Advantages: Low Hairpiece Manufacturing Cost and No Tangles. Less labor time when making hairpieces or wigs and less hair required per unit. If cuticle process is done correctly, this is a permanent process and used to prevent tangles even if the roots and tips are mixed in opposite directions.


    Disadvantages: High Hair Manufacturing Cost and Poor Quality. Unfortunately, this type of hair is usually mass-produced in large factories using harsh chemicals that greatly degrade the hair. Also the hair purchased for non-cuticle hair is usually non-remy hair. When the chemical process is applied poorly and the hair starts to tangle, it tangles severely. Dye colors and perms do not last and the overall damage to the hair creates a very short life for this type of hair.

    Common Use: Low to medium priced hairpieces, machine-made extensions and wigs.


    Virgin Hair (aka European Hair, Cuticle Hair): All hair types no matter the origin. Usually refers to European hair as Chinese and Indian hair is rarely sold in their original colors and textures. This is hair that has not been chemically altered at any time and care must be taken to keep roots and tips from running in opposite directions.


    Advantages: High Availability and Low Hair Manufacturing Costs. When it is truly virgin hair, the manufacture has very little preparation to perform before selling it. The lack of chemical processing leaves the hair in a healthy and natural state resulting in a longer life for the finished unit.


    Disadvantages: Low Availability and High Cost. The dwindling availability of good virgin European hair, especially in lengths longer than 15” has made it an expensive commodity. There is still quite a bit of hair to find, but most of it is very old hair that has a musty odor and tangles very easily. Unfortunately, most Russian exporters are selling this type of hair.


    Common Use: High priced custom wigs, hairpieces and hand made hair extensions.


    Processed Hair (aka Non-Cuticle Hair, Non-Remy Hair, Asian Hair): All hair types can be chemically processed (cuticles, color, texture). Usually the term processed refers to non-cuticle hair and its most common form is non-remy hair. If handled well by the hair manufacturer, processed hair can retain much of its original quality properties.


    Advantages: Variety. The hair manufacturer is able to chemically alter the cuticles, color and texture of the hair to simulate European grade hair and offer multiple color and textures to the customer.


    Disadvantages: High Manufacturing Costs and Low Quality. The hair manufacturer must apply multiple chemical processes to the hair. Each process lowers the quality of the hair and shortens the life of the finished piece.

    Common Use: All types of wigs, hairpieces and extensions.


    Single Drawn Hair (aka Cuticle Hair, Virgin Hair, Remy Hair): A bundle of hair, no matter its origin or grade that appears like a ponytail because all the short lengths of regrowth hair are kept in the bundle. Many a novice buyer thinks the shorter lengths are split ends. Different manufacturers sell bundles of hair in single drawn form, but sometimes split the percentage of short hair and sell at a higher rate. They may decide to take out perhaps 50% of the shortest lengths and leave the rest in the bundle.


    Advantages: High Availability, High Quality and Low Manufacturing Cost.  Single Drawn Remy hair is much easier to process the cuticles than Double Drawn Non-Remy hair because it requires less chemicals and processing time. This leads to a higher quality type of hair. The shorter lengths make the bundles appear tapered, therefore more natural. (Many prefer this type of hair. For example, one famous actress insisted that her wig be made with single drawn hair because the shorter lengths give it the perfect look.)


    Disadvantages: High Manufacturing Cost. The ratio of short hairs to longer hair within a bundle is usually greater, which causes a high amount of loss and waste. The manufacturer must purchase higher quantities to account for the wastage.

    Common Use: Medium to high quality hairpieces, wigs and hair extensions.


    Double Drawn Hair (aka Non-Cuticle Hair, Processed Hair, Non-Remy Hair): A bundle of hair, no matter its origin or grade that is all one length. There are no shorter lengths of hair present, which creates a very smooth and polished look. Due to expense and availability with Remy hair, Non-Remy Processed hair is usually sold double drawn. The term refers to a mechanical process that draws out all the shorter lengths from a bundle, and then draws again to realign the top of the bundle.


    Advantages: High Quality for Remy Hair, Low Cost and High Availability for Non-Remy Hair. One length creates a seamless silky curtain of hair that looks picture perfect. It gives the illusion of very healthy hair that has never suffered normal wear and tear.


    Disadvantages: High Cost and Low Availability for Remy Hair. Hair grows and breaks and regrows so that a natural head of hair contains several different lengths of hair. When a ponytail of hair is donated or sold, the bundle tapers down to a point. If the bundle is 18” in length and you draw out only the strands that are 18”, you are left with only a few strands of hair that represent maybe 10-15% of the bundle. The rest of the bundle contains the shorter regrowth hair.  It would take 10 kilos of single drawn 18” hair to make 1 kilo of double drawn 18” hair. This makes it very expensive and undesirable for the manufacturer who is now left with 9 kilos of shorter hair. It is much more cost effective to offer double drawn non-remy hair, but the blunt one length look makes the hair appear synthetic.


    Common Use: From Non-Remy hair: Low cost, off the shelf hairpieces and wigs. From Remy hair: High priced custom wigs and hairpieces.


    Remy Hair (aka Cuticle Hair): Hair that was carefully bundled at the roots from the moment it is cut from donor and maintained throughout production – the cuticles run in same direction. This hair is usually processed to non-cuticle, but the root direction is maintained.


    Advantages: Low Hair Manufacturing Cost, High Quality. The cuticles are not always removed for remy hair, therefore lowering productions costs and time. If the cuticles are processed, it is much easier than non-remy hair due to less chemicals and processing time. The reduced chemical processing reduces the level of damage that leads to a relatively higher percentage of moisture, as opposed to other types of chemically treated hair. This prevents the straw-like appearance that happens with processed non-remy hair within the first few months.


    Disadvantages: High Cost, Low Availability and High Hair Manufacturing Costs. For unknown reasons, the temples that collect the hair do not take care to keep the roots and ends sorted correctly; therefore the resource of non-remy is much more than remy hair. Remy hair with cuticles require smaller batches and careful processing during production to avoid matting and tangling the hair during bath circulations.


    Common Use: High Quality, custom-made hairpieces, wigs and hair extensions. (Our lab tests on many hairpieces submitted to us by customers have shown that the units were actually made with non-cuticle non-remy hair, although they were told that it was remy hair.)


    Non-Remy Hair (aka Non-Cuticle Hair, Processed Hair, Asian Hair): Hair that was cut and collected from the floor so that roots and ends are mixed. To solve the inevitable tangling, the cuticles must be chemically removed. Non-Remy hair is sold in Double Drawn form.


    Advantages: Low Cost. The reasons factories in the Orient prefer to buy this type of hair are for two reasons: 1) It is much cheaper than Remy hair, 2) you can bleach and dye several kilos of hair in one batch without worrying about matting during circulation, thereby lowering the manufacturing costs significantly.


    Disadvantages: Low Quality. The hair must undergo heavy chemical processes to remove cuticles. As a result the hair becomes very dry over a short period of time. The proceeding bleaching and dyeing reduces the diameter of the hair, creates dry course hair that eventually splits and cracks along the fiber. The tips are already vulnerable naturally due to years of growth and weathering. In Non-Remy hair the tips are running both directions so the entire bundle suffers split ends and breakage. There is also uneven distribution of fiber thickness since some roots are at the top and some at the bottom of the bundle, which makes it resistant to combing.


    Common Use: Medium to low priced hairpieces, wigs and extensions.



    Caucasian: Russian Hair. Very small resources in Poland and Romania.

    Asian: Chinese and Indian Hair. Very small resources in Philippines, Vietnam and other small countries, but the quantities are so small that they are not really considered.


    It is important to analyze the benefits of frequent hair rotation versus the possible loss in hair quality before you make a recommendation to your client. Could it be that today's new service plans have your clients wearing hair that is no better than yesterday's hair systems after six months of wear?  To understand the dilemma, you must to see it through the eyes of a hair factory manager. Hair factories have a choice of many different grades and sources of human hair.  The highest grade is of European origin, usually from Eastern Europe.  This is the most expensive hair available anywhere and the longer lengths are limited in supply.  Next comes Indian hair, which in many respects, with the exception of color, can resemble European hair. Finally there is a Chinese hair, known for its strength and affordability. 


    Top quality European hair can cost up to 10 or 15 times as much as the cheapest Chinese hair. Expectedly, the price differences are most dramatic in the longer lengths.  Price variations for short hair are much closer.  However, when you multiply those price differentials by the number of systems manufactured, the impact becomes dramatic. 


    But the cost of goods is not the only consideration.  Factory managers also have to maintain close relationships with their overseas suppliers and the cost of travel, ongoing contact, and the business infrastructure necessary to accurately place and track regional orders can be considerable.  So the search for economies is inevitable and you need to know where those savings are likely to happen – and who is going to be affected by them.


    A client who is replacing his hair system every 4 to 12 weeks is unlikely to receive exactly the same hair he got in the past.  Professionals should be aware of those differences even if their client is not.  If the client used to wear European or Indian hair, the first point of difference may be the diameter (denier) of their new hair.  The hair that is most likely to be used in high-turnover system comes from China and has a thickness of 0.1 mm and up on average.  As a result, it is not going to have the same texture, luster and manageability as European hair, or even Indian hair, even after decuticalisation. 


    Furthermore, it is likely that the color palette has had to be changed and this means removing much of the original, dark hair pigmentation and re-dyeing the hair, usually with a fabric die, to the desired shade.  While most factories have perfected this technology, it is nonetheless an assault on the hair, and it becomes more vulnerable no matter how gentle the color correction process may have been. 



    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 18 2006 at 7:41am
    These vendor's are NOT recommended lace front vendor's...
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    www. and/or
    If any member or newbies receives a private message recommending this site please let a BHM Moderator's know that you have been contacted.
    The rules of BHM forbid the selling or advertising by a site owner or vendor on this board.
    I would appreciate the help from our BHM sisters to let us know immediately if you have been contacted by any person promoting this website. Thank you.

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 25 2006 at 4:17pm
    These vendor's are NOT recommended lace front vendor's...
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    www. and/or
    If any member or newbies receives a private message recommending this site please let a BHM Moderator's know that you have been contacted.
    The rules of BHM forbid the selling or advertising by a site owner or vendor on this board.
    I would appreciate the help from our BHM sisters to let us know immediately if you have been contacted by any person promoting this website. Thank you.

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 30 2006 at 6:28am
    no sorry never heard of them..
    I'm posting a good vendor to add to the List, Hair Network on ebay.
    and for those considering stock units these vendors are recommended and you can find stock units:
    Chinese Vendors:
    Lydia, Jacksun or Rex has stock units
    you can find their information on page one of this thread with their fokti's and/or websites.
    US Vendors with Stock Units:
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Dec 30 2006 at 6:32am
    other Recommended US vendors that have stock units:
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jan 01 2007 at 2:17pm
    here's some threads on the dicussions of the toxicity of UH.. its been discussed many times after the various member's have had reactions to their bodies for using UH..
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    this one is about what the site true tape had posted about UH:
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jan 01 2007 at 7:15pm
    HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HEAD FOR A LF. these are just examples to get you started in the right direction for ordering your first lf..

    For Full Lace Wigs –all six (6) measurements are required
    1) Measure your head Circumference with a tape measure around your hairline.

    Circumference: This measures the distance around your head. Starting at the center of the front hairline, place the tape flat against your head, going just above the ear towards the back of the head, keeping the tape at the nape of your neck and go around to the opposite side of your head, just above the opposite ear and returning to the center of the front hairline. Circumference = 23 inches
    2) Measure Front to Nape

    Front to Nape: This measures the length of your head from the front to the nape of your neck. To determine where the nape of your neck is, tilt your head back and look up. Where your neck bends and may even develop a skin fold, is where your nape is. You want the bottom of the wig to sit right above this area so that when you do tilt your head back that far, your wig will not shift on your head. This area is often right at the occipital bone, but be sure to take the measurement with your neck bent down so that you are looking at your shoes. Starting at the front hairline, measure directly across the middle top of your head to the area that you have determined is your nape. Front to Nape = 15 inches.
    3)Measure from Temple to Temple and Ear to Ear Across Forehead

    Temple to Temple across Front: This measures your temple to temple length for tape tab placement. Place tape at your temple, just in front of your ear, bring tape up towards the top of the head and go 1.5 inch behind the front hairline, down to the opposite temple in front of the opposite ear. Temple to Temple = 13 inches. Ear to Ear =13 ½
    4) Measure from Ear to Ear Over Top of Head

    Ear to Ear Across Top of Head: This measures your head for the top of the wig base. Place tape against your head at the top edge of your ear and go directly across the top of your head to the top edge of the opposite ear. Ear to Ear = 13 ½ inches.
    5) Measure from Temple to Temple Around the Back of Head

    Temple to Temple Around the Back of the Head: Place tape against your head at the front edge of the hairline (sideburn area) in front of the ear, go around the head above the occipital bone to the opposite front edge of the hairline. Temple to Temple = 15  inches.
    6) Measure the Nape of Your Neck

    Nape: The measures the width of your neck. Place tape at the lowest point on the bone behind your ear (mastoid bone) and measure across the neck to the opposite mastoid bone. Nape = 5  inches.

    Wig Type: French Full Lace No Part, Freestyle,
               Hair Texture:  (example) wavy, afro kiny curly, straight, yaki remy etc..
    Hair Length: (example) 22 inches
    Hair Color(example) Color No. 2 With No. 6 highlites
    Hair Density: (example) Front Hairline & Side Edges: Top/Crown: Middle: Back/Nape: (example) densities types are extra light, light, light medium, medium and heavy density. Select the densities you would like your unit to appear. 
    Single knots(example) be specific if you want  single knots in the front hairline with Light Density which give a more invisible hairline
    Double Knots: (example) medium density
    Bleached Knots: (example) Yes bleach give the illusion of the hair growing out of your scalp
                Full Lace Color: (example) French Lace is suggested     for newbies b/c its more durable.. Full lace and Stretch Lace can wear in a high ponytail NO OR YES STRETCH IN THE MIDDLE.
    Stretch  Lace (yes or no) 
    Baby Hairs: (example) Yes in the hairline all around circumference of the hairline or no

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jan 14 2007 at 6:16am
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    Thanks to SoSeductive who found this thread for the newbies.

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jan 20 2007 at 6:24am
    Sealing Knots to Prevent Shedding, and Fraying of the Lace
    you need to seal the knots in your lf unit right after you cut the lace.. you can also use fray block to apply around the circumference of the lace to prevent the lace from fraying.. fray block can be purchased at any krafts shops or fabric trek knot and adhesive sealer use be applied after every washing and/or b4 you wear your unit for the first time..this will prevent the hair from shedding when you seal the knots..
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    Posted By: joileprincess
    Date Posted: Feb 01 2007 at 6:38am
    This is a personal decision that should be based on your needs and growth pattern. If you are a person who has a lot of natural babyhairs then you may want to apply slightly behind them, to the skin, to give a natural look and avoid damaging them. This should be done very carefully as hairline damage is a possibility if done incorrectly. For those who want to apply in front of their babyhairs make sure that you account for this in your measurments. Avoid high densities in the front hairline area to avoid the wolf hairline look. The same can be said for the nape area. Compare your natural hairline to that of the wig and you will notice that your hair naturally progresses from barely there to fuller. Your wig should follow a very similar pattern. Many vendors can work from a picture so feel free to send one for reference.
    Note about babyhairs and application.

    Posted By: Vally Gyrl
    Date Posted: Feb 02 2007 at 3:34pm
    Knot Sealer

    Knot sealer is used to minimize shedding and/or prevent hair loss. It is a form of preventive maintenance.

    It usually comes is a spray bottle or aerosol spray can. It is sprayed onto the lace on the underside of the wig. It is not meant to come into contact with the hair, other than the knots. Knot sealer is a product that needs to be reapplied. Most reapply the knot sealer each time the wig is washed, some use it on an as needed basis. When your wig first arrives it is a good idea to use knot sealer to initially strengthen the knots.

    Products that can be used to seal knots:

    TDI Fast Track Tape Tab & Knot Sealer (see link below)" rel="no follow -

    Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer

    Minwax Polyurethane spray

    3M77 Adhesive

    **There are many brands of "clear acrylic sealer" in addition to those listed above that can be used to seal knots**

    Where to purchase knot sealers:

    With the exception of TDi sealer, most of the above products can be purchased at craft stores such as Michaels or JoAnns. Home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. And of course, Walmart in the craft section.

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    Posted By: MO
    Date Posted: Feb 07 2007 at 12:03pm


    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Feb 08 2007 at 6:17am

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Feb 23 2007 at 5:55pm

    thanks to Queenbee:


    KevinCN:" rel="no follow -    or" rel="no follow -
    Tel: +86 532 85718620Fax: +86 532 85721780
    Rib Zhang  General Manager


    Kevin Yan:    kevinfreedelee (3 order minimum)" rel="no follow -

    Qingdao Hioh Hair Products Co., Ltd.

    Mr Kevin Yan

    Unit One, No.20, Jiangxi Road. Shinan District, Qingdao, Shandong,  China,  (Mainland)  266001

    Tel: 0086 532 83675381




    Lydia— Ms Lydia Gao" rel="no follow -   or" rel="no follow -

     Qingdao Longfei Hair Products

    31# Dayao, Ligezhuang Town, Jiaozhou City, Qingdao, Shandong, China


    Tel : 86 532 88295339

    Fax : 86 532 88295339

    Mobile : 13608973044" rel="no follow -    

    Longfei L/F wig   Password: longfei

    Capbase   Password: capbase


    Jacksun (3 order min for new customers)

    Website :" rel="no follow -

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    Email: sy_hair2006 @  
    (do not put spaces--only used them so email address would post without changing to  :" rel="no follow -   which is NOT Jacksun's email address, however, it keeps changing automatically on BHM.

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    Junjie Lace Front Wig:" rel="no follow -


    Wayne Ho (3 order minimum) 

    Sales Manager

    Company: Yiweidu Industry Group Co.,Ltd
    Add: 1-4F, NO.1, Building 87, Zongtang ,
    Yiwu, Zhejiang, China
    .   322000
    Tel: 0086-579-5200450
    Fax: 0086-579-5200451
    : 0086-13516991960
    Email:" rel="no follow -

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    Afrotreasures   (ebay seller)


    Rotesha also Chenise1 on ebay
    getrealguaranteed (Zara) off eBay

    Ladydi (send her a PM)     
     GotHair (send her a PM)
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    (According to various BHM members) 
     Elicia blythe,  ebay name eliciablythestore (EBAY)" rel="no follow -

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    Seller" rel="no follow - petitesuitecb (" rel="no follow - 333 Feedback%20score%20is%20100%20to%20499
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    Chinese vendors on ebay (You will get a regular beauty supply store wig.  They will talk and know the ends and outs of "real lfs", answer questions and send you a regular beauty supply wig)

    Will accept monies but not deliver wig
    Will accept monies but not deliver wig
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    eta:  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. However, because there are pros and cons to each vendor.  It is best to do a" rel="no follow - - - - - - - - - Search  (" rel="no follow">Search%20The%20ForumSearch ) on the vendor to help you make your decision.   It is best to email the vendor for a price list.  Sometimes posts get overlooked because the question has been asked many times and the information can be searched rather easily.  Good Luck with your research and success on finding the perfect lf!

    Posted By: SoSeductive
    Date Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 11:28pm
    For video clips of Basic Tape Application and How To Cut The Lace please visit:" rel="no follow -

    Here is a link to a great site with unique products such as Knot bleaching kits.. ColorBlock to block color from getting onto the lace.. lace thread for tears in lace just to name a few!  She's a super lady and extremely knowledgeable of hair products for wig wearers!  Her name is Debbie and I believe she has international shipping too!" rel="no follow -

    Posted By: lulu03
    Date Posted: Mar 08 2007 at 2:13am
    Thumbs%20Up An Excellent Adhesives Pros and Cons thread started by member  Gonnagrow
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Mar 31 2007 at 2:41pm
    Thank you MoreHair for your contribution to the Thread by researching..which i advise everybody to do..
    Hey all you fly Divas!Wink
    I am a research queen and I really wanted to show my appreciation for all the wonderful infomation shared on this forum.
    To get a group of people on a forum lest known mostly women together and not have cat fights, insults, and demeaning comments is sooo refreshing.
    I have compiled some information for myself that hopefully can be a benefit to all of you. 
    This information is in no-way conclusive and I strongly suggest that you read (no matter how time consuming Embarrassed) all the newbie threads set aside for us.
    Helpful Videos and Information
    Videos Explainations To Help You Get Started
    Cutting the lace video from Invisiwig
    This link also gives their version of apply a lace front wig with tape" rel="no follow -
    How to seal lace to prevent shedding - Knot Sealer" rel="no follow -
    How to apply a lace front with a cream adhesive
    This video also takes you through the step of using scalp prep
    I would suggest using 91% alcohol to remove excess oil for a better hold.
    Part 1" rel="no follow - =
    Part 2" rel="no follow - =
    Another method of apply a unit with tape adhesive
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    Removing your unit
    Version 1
    Notice that version 1 recommends lace release" rel="no follow - =
    Version 2
    Notice that version 2 recommends 99% Alcohol" rel="no follow - =
    The person that teaches version 2 also tells you how to remove the adhesive from your lace
    Using a mirror slide technique
    Version 3
    This version instructs you on how to remove specifically Spirit Gum adhesive" rel="no follow - =
    This adhesive is good for applications that you want to last one day
    Your lace front wig checklist
    This list of items are basic necessities  that you probably won’t find at your local Beauty Supply Store (BSS) for applying your lace front wig:
    You will need to order these items after you place your wig order so that you have everything you need to start the application process.
    1.  Adhesive and  Adhesive Removers
    You probably want to try a few different types of adhesives, this way you will know what works best for you
    Below is a wonderful link that discusses the pros and cons of the various types of adhesives.  Do your homework and
    go through this thread carefully.
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    Here is a post that explains how to apply Holister Medical Adhesive:" rel="no follow -
    Here is a link where a BHM member has offered information and tests on picture of different adhesives applied:" rel="no follow - =
    Places to order your adhesives from:" rel="no follow -" rel="no follow -
    Here is a convenient link to a site where you can buy a sample of a lot of different products and see what you really prefer:" rel="no follow -
    Read this helpful thread on removing adhesive:" rel="no follow -
    There are a lot more places to get adhesives from and the are listed through the post listed above.
    2.      Knot Sealer
    The purpose of  knot sealer  is to apply it to your lace so that your lace won’t shed so badly when you manipulate your unit.
    On our discussion board these are popular choices.
    3M 77 (can be purchased at an office supply store.)
    Knot Sealer (can be purchased at" rel="no follow - )
    Clear Acrylic Sealer (can be purchased at" rel="no follow - )
                                     (Also can be purchased at any Micheal’s Craft store)
    Don’t forget to view the video mentioned in the video learning section on sealing knots
    3.  Fray Block
    Fray Block is to be put on the lace, not to much though, it prevents the lace shedding and makes your unit last longer.
    You can get this product at your local Wal-Mart, or any fabric store.
    Online you get this product on ebay  as well as  Hanbig sausages Online at" rel="no follow - http://www.hanbig
    Here are some discussions on Fray Block:" rel="no follow -
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    4.       A wig head or mannequin
    You will need to put your unit on this when you are not wearing it.
     These can be purchased at most beauty supply stores and are sold online as well.
    5.      Wig cap
    This item is a matter of your needs. A light colored wig cap underneath your lakefront will give the illusion of a scalp.  If you prefer to go bald
    under your lace front you may not need a wig cap.
    Here is a good discussion on wig caps:" rel="no follow -
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    Here is a related post about creating a realistic looking scalp:" rel="no follow -
    6.      Scalp Prep
    The purpose of scalp prep is to protect your skin from the adhesives that you will be applying.
    You can purchase scalp prep or some people use liquid bandage. It is a personal preference.
    Here is a discussion on scalp prep:" rel="no follow -
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    The following are items that you will need that can be purchased from your local Wal-Mart, Wal-Greens, etc….
    91% Alcohol
    Witch Hazel, Sea Breeze (Some sort of Astringent that will remove oil)
    Makeup Sponge
    Pinking Shears (Too cut lace)
    Spray Bottles
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil (mix with Alcohol to remove clumps)
    100% Acetone (for cleaning lace)
    Banana Clips
    Nail Brush
    Baby Oil (Some say it is as good as lace release)
    The following threads are from giving BHM members that share their oops with us
    Be certain to visit this thread and learn from a BHM members mistakes:" rel="no follow -
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    Read this thread about a BMH member who killed her wig in the microwave:" rel="no follow -
    This is a thread where the BHM members share their tips and tricks:" rel="no follow -

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Mar 31 2007 at 2:48pm
    This is an informational thread only please don't post on this thread..
    for those that are attempting to grow out your natural hair while wearing a lacefront, here's some important information to take care of your natural hair while you wear your unit:
    i do have lots of information on hair growth to share with you and the others on the board.. i did intensive research visiting hair boards, research natural products etc..  prior to wearing my lfs' b/c i wanted to get my hair in the best condition i could.. i've had amazing growth since wearing them, and will continue to do so..i wanted to eliminate heat, chemicals and daily manipulation to get my hair in shape but you gotta understand what to do to get it healthy.
    its always a good place to start with aphogee protein treatment to stop shedding and breaking..i believe this information will help sort out the breakage issues and give some useful background information so that you can get a better sense of the direction on how you should go about with product and technique..

    understanding the difference between breakage and shedding is an important part of any healthy hair regimen...many people use these terms interchangeably to refer to any hair that falls from the head. In its true sense, shed hair is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and naturally falls from the scalp along with its root attached...the root is a tiny white bulb on the scalp originating end...if a hair does not possess this white bulb, then it is not a naturally shed hair rather, a broken one...shed hair tends to be longer in length than broken hairs, which are generally short pieces of varying lengths...if you are one that have stretched your relaxer for a great number of weeks, your shed hair will have the curly new growth present on the area next to the scalp, and you will be able to see where the relaxed hair begins...some find that garlic shampoos or products with garlic extracts help curb shedding. But remember, shedding is a natural, internal process and may not respond to topical, external don't be alarmed if nothing works for you..changes in diet, hormone imbalances, birth control pills, and pregnancy can also affect the rate at which hair is shed...

    breakage on the other hand is not natural, and is an indication of an imbalance of important forces within the hair strand..broken hairs do not fall naturally from the head, but are typically a sign of mishandling or abuse...the proper treatments, will help stop breakage in its tracks.. p
    rotein is what gives the hair its strength and is about 70% keratin protein by nature...protein is found most prevalently in products like instant conditioners (bargain brands like Suave and V05), leave in conditioners, protein conditioner treatments, and even some moisturizers...

    moisturizers are products that are water-based and nourish your hair deep within the strand...water is the ultimate moisturizer so water based products are best for really getting the best moisture benefit..products with moisturizing properties tend to be your conditioners and other water-based products...moisturizers may also be protein based, but these protein based moisturizers do not have the moisturizing benefit that moisture based moisturizers have...a good moisturizers will not contain ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, or lanolin..these are cheap product fillers... be wary of products that claim moisturizing benefits and contain these ingredients...there is nothing moisturizing about them.. petrolatum and mineral oil are sealants and have the potential to suffocate the hair and scalp and seal out the moisture it needs..the moisture you apply needs to be held in by something, which is oil...its called sealing the moisture in..
    a light coating of oil on top will help seal the moisture inside...oils are made of large molecules...these molecules are too large to absorb by the hair strand...applying oils to the hair and scalp will coat them and trap moisture that is inside on the inside and moisture that is outside on the outside..the key is to lock in the moisture within the strands with your oil..if you use oils without a moisturizer or before one, the oil will seal the moisture out of the hair strand and lead to eventual dryness...(this is what i do after all my hair treatments and heating cap to deepen the moisturizer, then i use other products to moisturize and then seal the moisture with oil b4 i begin to braid my hair back up to reapply my unit..)

    Wet or Dry) Stretches slightly/returns to original length /no breaking= you are balanced just stick with maintaining!
    (Wet to Dry) Stretching a little more than normal then breaks= more protein

    (Wet or Dry)Stretching, stretching, stretching/no breakage yet= more protein

    (Wet)- Weak, gummy, mushy, limp hair= more protein

    (Wet or Dry) Very little/no stretching then breakage= more moisture

    (Dry) Rough/tough/hard/tangle/brittle hair= more moisture

    Unsure= err on the side of moisture

    here is the product breakdown...this list is by no means the only products available, but its a good'll help you see which side you've been leaning on product wise and which side you need to incorporate products to achieve your balance..i've included strength indicators for most of the protein products..

    Types of Protein Products:
    Specialty Treatments
    Nexxus Emergencee (moderate)
    Nexxus Keraphix (moderate)
    Aphogee 2 Min Keratin Recon. (Mild/moderate)
    Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair (heavy)
    LeKair Cholesterol (mild/moderate)
    Dudley’s DRC
    Motions CPR(mild/moderate)
    ORS Mayo (moderate)
    Elucence Extended Moisture Repair
    KeraCare 5 n 1
    Joico K-Pac (mild)
    Elasta Qp Anti Breakage serum

    Protein Conditioners

    Motions Moisture Silk Protein conditioner
    Mane N Tail (shampoo)
    Aubrey Organics GPB
    Mane N tail (moderate/heavy)
    Garnier Fructis Long N Strong (mild)
    AtOne Botanicals Reconstructor w/ Moisture Recovery* (light)
    Any Instant Conditioner like Suave and V05 (light/mild)
    Got2B Soft 1 Minute Emergency (light/mild)
    Rusk Sensories 60 second Revive
    ORS replenishing pak (light/mild)

    Protein Moisturizers
    Cantu Shea Butter Break Cure
    Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong
    Elasta QP Mango Butter
    Profectiv Mega Growth and Healthy Ends

    Protein Leave Ins:
    Infusium 23
    Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
    Salerm 21(moisture w/ protein)
    Nexxus Headress (moisture w/protein)
    Mane N Tail (Conditioner can also be used as leave in)
    Profectiv Break Free Leave In

    *So light, this can double as a moisturizing conditioner.

    Follicle Care and Hair Growth Products: (these are some recommended growth products. which all is not necessary but it gets the ball rolling in a burst of growth)

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    This ought to get you going in the right direction.

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Apr 13 2007 at 6:48pm
    THIS thread this is an information thread only, so PLEASE don't post. Thanks
    Silicon Intense Treatment Mix is restoring old lf units and maybe removing the need for the bleach bath or as a preventive measure to avoid tangling units. I am working on finding a comparable product that will work with the silicon mix or just for lf's so that we can have a long life span with proper care of the hair.
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Apr 22 2007 at 5:20pm
    How To Make Bleach Knots Without Bleaching:
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Apr 22 2007 at 5:22pm
    This is an informational thread for READING ONLY, please refrain from posting on this thread..Post all questions on the main board. Thanks

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Apr 30 2007 at 5:37pm
    chinese holidays altho the dates will change from year to year b/c they go by the lunar calendar..
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    Posted By: 150-55-27
    Date Posted: May 24 2007 at 10:57am

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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jun 03 2007 at 5:09pm
    this is a post i did b/c of too much product build up and its helpful for your natural hair to be able to hold moisture while wearing these units.. so:
    there are many clarifying shampoo's on the market in the drugs store i even think suave has one that's very inexpensive.. with the ACV i use it straight on my natural hair, my momma use to use it as a rise when i was growing up... some dilute it with water.. i use 1/2 cup and pour it on massage it in and rise it out, and the secret is to rise it with cool water b/c it seals the shampooing afterwards.. 
    the ACV is really deeper than you think for your own hair care, b/c it restores the porosity which is the measure of the hair's ability to absorb moisture...this is determined by the condition of the hair's cuticle layer (the overlapping scales of the hair shaft), and is rated as low, normal, and high. In normal, healthy hair, the cuticle is compact and inhibits the penetration of the hair shaft by moisture both moisture going in, and moisture coming out...when the cuticle is overly compact and prevents the penetration of the hair by moisture it has low determine the porosity of your hair, simply feel it both when wet and when dry...if the hair feels straw like and rough when dry, or if it feels gummy or slightly rubbery when wet, then you probably have a problem with overly porous hair... if your hair is taking days to airdry. then your hair is's Great, that means it's in really good condition....think of a sponge with holes in it...these holes would be called pores..when the sponge is fresh and new, it is able to absorb a good amount of water and hold the moisture inside very the sponge ages, the pores (holes) become distorted, widen, and lose shape...these changes make the sponge super absorbent, yet less able hold the moisture it once could...the older sponge is said to be more porous or have greater porosity than the new sponge..


    porous means that your your cuticles are raised, allowing more product to enter...cuticles raised is a bad thing, it makes your hair tangly, it makes your hair frizzy.. and it makes your hair act mats up like dog fur when it's like this...what I read is that your hair's PH balance is out of wack, i think your hair becoming more acid, therefore raising the cuticle. Porosity control by Roux is a Ph balancing conditioner.... so anyone at any point can use it if their hair's Ph goes off, just by using daily styling products...even shampoo will throw your hair's Ph off...anyway...if your hair holds water, and dries evenly hours later, your hair is in great hair is now soaking up water and holding it like a sponge and that's what we really need wearing these units for weeks at a time.. i use porosity control conditioner by roux and they have a shampoo as well you can find at the BSS... you could use these products on both the unit and your natural hair.. after my AVC rise i use the porosity control conditioner so i dont' smell like we need to be able to keep our hair and the units hair moist, for our natural hair the only way to obtain length and stop breakage is by being able to keep our hair moist so its very important...

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jun 09 2007 at 6:52pm
    this is a link about dominican hair products for lf's units.
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jun 09 2007 at 7:13pm
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    Date Posted: Jun 09 2007 at 10:15pm

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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jun 10 2007 at 6:19pm
    Ok Thank you QUEENBEE, but you shoulda been posting your own post...LOL cuz i think we got all the youbetubes there are already!! but your's on the 10 Commandments was much more important!!!!!
    The link

    Buying LF Wigs Online

    Thank you for taking the time to read our guide. We hope that we can provide you with tips on purchasing the best lace front wig and help you avoid disappointments, scams and costly mistakes.

    The 10 Commandments to Follow When Buying Lace Front Wigs Online

    1. Thou shall find out how long the seller has been in business and if they do indeed make or order their wigs elsewhere. Many sellers purchase their wigs overseas from mass produced shops. They gather your measurements and then ship them off to the foreign shops to be created. This can be a bit risky since most foreign suppliers focus on quantity and not quality which could result in a poorly made unit that only last for a few weeks to a month. Also if there is a mistake with your custom unit then the wig will have to be sent back for repairs which will take even longer. Make sure you know what your sellers policies are in the event that your wig comes back with defects or errors.
    2. Thou shall ask the seller for references Many lace front sellers keep a compiled list of references for potential customers interested in purchasing a unit but would like to contact past customers first. Ebay feedback is great for viewing customers remarks about the sellers wigs.
    3. Thou shall be leary of 0 and private feedbacks.  Zero feedback doesn't mean that the seller is not legit. To be on the safe side request references or ask if they have any sample photos of their actual work. A lot of sellers use private feedbacks which means no one can view what is being said about their items. This is a red flag for most when ordering such a personal, costly item.
    4. Thou shall do your own research. Make sure that you are fully educated on lace front wigs before making the decision to purchase one.  Talk with others who wear & sell lace front wigs.Applying a lace front wig is an art within itself so get educated on the pros and cons of these wigs.
    5. Thou shall ask thyself if the price is reasonable A decent price for a lace front is hard to determine since people value their products at different levels. If the seller makes their own lace fronts and does not order wholesale then the price will be higher usually ranging from $500-$1,000 depending on length. It takes 40-60 hours for highly experienced wig makers to create a full hand-tied wig. Find out what others are paying for their wigs and the quality of the wig.
    6. Thou shall  request photos of the actual wig or photos of the sellers work Don't settle for celebrity photos on stock units. Matter of fact, don't settle for celebrity photos at all, not unless they are being used to compare their actual wig against a celebrities to show similarities. Reputable sellers do not use copyrighted celebrity photos to solely endorse their product. 1.) The celebrity in the photo may not even be wearing a lace front 2.) If they are, it is theft and misrepresentation of someone elses work and not that of the seller (unless noted that  it is indeed their work)  If you want to view the wig from a different angle ask the seller for a photo of the wig from that angle. Don't be hesitant to request the pictures you will need in order to make a decision to purchase. Most sellers will be more than happy to accomodate your wishes.
    7. Thou shall be sure the seller will offer after-purchase customer service. Customer service is big when purchasing a lace front wig. You may need help after you recieve your wig. Be sure to order from a seller that will offer you after service support and responds fast and professionally to all your request.
    8. Thou shall know the sellers policy. Be sure to read the entire ebay listing and make yourself familiar with their return policy and the way unsatisfactory is handled. If you are not confident the wig will fit, either ask for assistance on measuring your head or don't purchase the unit. Most sellers do not offer a refund which means you may get stuck with a unit that doesn't fit.
    9. Thou shall make sure the lace front wig comes with a guide Any product should come with a guide of use and care. Lace front wigs are no exception. Make sure that your wig comes with a guide that tells you how to apply, remove and take basic care of your unit.
    10. Thou shall remember the signs of danger. Be leary of sellers who do not respond to messages, stress immediate payment over and over again in their listing, does not have photos of their actual products or uses photos stolen from other sellers, has private, negative and or 0 feedback, does not offer after-purchase customer service, use celebrity photos to solely sell their products, has unorganized unprofessional listings, constantly uses 1 day listings. Also check the sellers completed listing in search of self-bidding.

    These are just a few basic things to consider when purchasing a lace front wig online.  If a seller has a few of these signs it doesn't mean that they are automatically a bad seller or scammer. Every seller has a way that they do business so what it comes down to is your personal choice. Do your research & choose a seller that you feel comfortable with.

    Happy Lace Front Buying!!

    Posted By: Lady_Q_Tee
    Date Posted: Jun 11 2007 at 5:03am

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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jun 28 2007 at 6:38pm
    here's information about re-perming a lf after you've lost the curl pattern..
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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jun 29 2007 at 9:49pm
    chinese vendors:
    Contact Person:   Mr.TONY ZHANG
     Company:   Premier Wigs Co.,Ltd
     Adress:   Haier Industry Park, Qingdao, China

     Tel/Fax:  086-532-87283718

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    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jul 01 2007 at 1:51pm
    Thank you members for all you've done and your contributions to the the board, however b/c of recent events we feel its necessary to make a disclaimer:
    Vendors: BHM is not responsible, liable, nor required or obligated to provide an updated, current or revised vendors list. BHM is also not liable for the customer service, hair quality, textures, bleach knots, cap construction, measurments or the sell in anyway with regards to members and vendors, or member to member sales..BHM is not responsible for emai/Letterl communications, telephone communications, turn around time or any part of your purchases from Vendors or Other BHM Members that you select to purchase from.. BHM is not responsible to revise, nor will there be an updated or revised vendor list, the one that already exist will remain the same and will not be updated.
    BHM does not want to, nor are we required to provide vendor imformation, nor do we bare any responsibility in the sell of lace fronts, nor are we affilated with any vendors on any list. The threads have been provided as informational only, it wasn't made as law. If you choose not to select those vendors, that's your choice to do so, and you should venture out and seek newer vendors it is at your caution.. Be advised that any new vendor list that is compiled WILL NOT become apart of the sticky threads that are provided, b/c of BHM not wanting to bare any additional recommendations or non-recommendations for new or old vendors on recently or old compiled list.
    Hair Advice: Is given freely by experience and going thru the ups and downs of learning about lf's.. the sticky threads are provided as a guide to go by.. Every suggestions may not be a suggestion that will work for you, especially if you have absolutely no prior abilities to do or perform certain hair treatments, chemical alterations do so at your own risk, and with caution..BHM is not responsible for tips, tricks are bleach baths gone bad, dye jobs gone bad, or tangles and matted units by any members of BHM.
    It is unfortunate that BHM has come to the point that a disclaimer is needed. While we appreciate all the members on the boards that contribute and make suggestions, and take the time out of their busy life to give advice it has come to this point..This is now the position of BHM. Thank you for your cooperation and contributions to BHM.

    Posted By: sexibeach
    Date Posted: Jul 07 2007 at 5:47pm

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