Safety and Skin Sensitivity
Whether you currently wear a bonded hair replacement system, or plan to in the future, it’s natural to have concerns about how the adhesives and maintenance products necessary for bonding can affect you.
Currently, there is no data we know of that discusses particular diseases associated with the use of hair replacement products for any duration of time. We aren’t aware of any cases where health issues arose as a result of the long-term use of hair system-related maintenance products, but we also cannot assume there has never been such a case.
Although we don’t know of any long-term negative effects from the use of adhesives, solvents, or other chemicals found in hair replacement products (including standard shampoos, conditioners, and styling products), many people experience minor redness on the scalp after removing their hair system. This is usually a temporary inflammatory reaction caused by the alcohol used to remove the system from your head, and the tension put on your skin during removal in the areas where adhesive was attached to your scalp. If you have excessive inflammation or discomfort, let us know and we will discontinue use. However, even if your skin appears fine, know that you’re using adhesives and chemicals at your own risk.
What we do know
Your safety is important to us, which is why we don’t sell any products that contain known carcinogens, such as hard bonds.
We provide you with comprehensive information, but you are using adhesives, solvents, and cleaners at your own risk. It’s important to note that in most cases, it would take exposure to a massive dose of a chemical considered to be toxic for it to harm you. If you already have an existing skin condition, such as eczema, psoriasis, scleroderma, etc., understand that adhesives and maintenance products will irritate your skin and will not adhere to skin that is excessively flaky or weeping. We do not recommend hair systems if you have an extreme skin condition.
We always skin test first
It’s important that before bonding a hair system, we carry out a skin test with tapes and liquid adhesives. If you have a pre-existing skin condition, or known reactions to any of the ingredients commonly found in hair replacement products (such as citrus, alcohol, etc.), you should also test all solvents and scalp preparation products prior to use. We will not proceed with a product if you have a reaction. Instead, we may test alternative bonding products.
What to do if you have a reaction
We recommend you consult a doctor about any skin reactions. If you experience minor skin irritation or similar non-threatening skin issues, we recommend an over-the-counter cortisone ointment, or your doctor’s prescribed remedy. we will stop bonding your system until the reaction clears. You may be able to clip on your hair system in the interim if you have some growing hair. Please contact us if you want to discuss this option.
Your system won’t stick to weeping or infected areas, or areas where you’ve applied ointment or cream. If you need to reattach the system during the healing process, we will use liquid bandage to cover sensitive areas; the adhesive should stick to it. If you’re certain scalp protectors are not causing your skin reaction, we will always ensure proper scalp preparation prior to attaching.
When you have a skin reaction, but can’t figure out the source, use a process of elimination. Review your entire cleaning process one step at a time and consider all the products you use. Eliminate or change one at a time until you find the problem.
It is common for adhesives to be the source of skin issues, but this may or may not be the case for you. Tape seems to affect people more than liquid adhesive does; if you’re sure tape is the problem and have tried others — particularly those that work well for sensitive skin — try a liquid adhesive.
Some people react to ingredients in solvents, shampoos, or conditioners. If that is a concern for you, let us know and we can recommend a new line of products, which are designed for sensitive skin. In addition, you can research gentler, more natural alternatives as well.