When you are about to apply mens glue on hair piece for a firm hold, you are expected to choose between two more common types of adhesive. While any wig glue experiences competition from other types of adhering tools, such as: tapes and clips, it also encounters competition from other types of glue. We would want to present to you two of the most popular hairpiece adhesives and explain why they are favorites among wig users.
1. Solvent-based adhesive
Solvent-based adhesives provide a strong hold of up to 4 weeks. It is based on a waterproof formula that provides resistance to high humidity and sweating, being a go-to adherence option for people who live in hot environments. Being a glue, the product is expected to have a specific smell. It is so up until it finds itself in the bottle. As soon as it leaves the bottle to be applied on the scalp, the odor tends to dissipate as the adhesive gets dry.
A solvent-based glue is praised in lots of reviews as being invisible and providing a residue-free application. In fact, it couldn’t be otherwise, as this glue has no color and it adopts the color of the scalp as it gets on it. A slight shine has been reported by some users, which is matter of little concern, as the shine goes away as soon as the glue dries out. If speaking of drawbacks, it could be mentioned the powerul hold provided by the glue, which makes it difficult sometimes to perform emergency removals. Also, there is a certain risk of interacting with chemicals, which can affect the scalp in case of frequent applications. This is why, this type of glue is not recommended for people with sensitive scalp.
You need to take some steps in applying the glue to ensure that you get a long-lasting hold. First of all, you need to use alcohol to remove grease and glue stains from previous wear. Then, you have to apply a thin layer of adhesive on the scalp, and wait until it gets tacky. As it becomes so, you have to apply another layer and let it dry. Then you are free to apply the wig, while pressing down with vigor to ensure that the glue adheres well.
2. Water-based adhesive
Water-based adhesive is another widely used wig glue. It has a white creamy texture and it is based on a water formula which makes it less harmful than solvent-based adhesive, and hence, available for more frequent applications. The formula contains anti-bacterial agents that prevent unwanted smells. At the same time, the glue becomes invisible with its drying, providing a natural look for your wig. Also, water-based glues are perfect for oily scalps and humid environments being waterproof. Men with sensitive skin can also use it, as there are no chemicals that can harm the scalp, leading to more hair loss.
If taking a look at drawbacks, this type of glue lasts less than its main competition, solvent-based adhesive. While the manufacturers of water-based glues claim that the bond is made to last up to 4 weeks, customers talk about one week of strong hold, after which the bond starts disappearing steadily.
First thing that needs to be mentioned regarding water-based glue application, is that it requires 4 layers of adhesive, compared to 2 layers required in case of the solvent-based agent. Thus, you will need to be patient and apply layer by layer, while not forgetting to wait about 30 seconds in between each coat application, allowing for the glue to get tacky. Also, never apply the glue directly on the lace. Use a poly&lace base, while if you have only a full lace base, you must apply red tapes across the perimeter of the lace, on which you will apply the adhesive. This advice refers to all liquid adhesives, as the glue can sneak through the lace netting and provide a weaker bond.
Making the right choice
The wig glue market is full of different kinds of liquid adhesives. Still, we recommend you to choose either water-based glues or solvent-based ones. They are invisible, provide a strong bond, prevent mess at application and work great with sweaty scalp and humid conditions. While both products are go-to options for ensuring a secure wig bond, you are better off analysing the drawbacks of each to see which one satisfies your scalp condition and lifestyle best.