Not only are glues and adhesives a no no, they are a HECK NO!
We have all heard the stories and seen the evidence of glues gone bad on edges.
Glue extensions, or double-sided tape, are often used with popular lace wigs. Unfortunately, they can cause damage that is often permanent. The glue can block your scalp pores and damage your hair follicles as well as burn and dry out your hair. It is difficult to clean your scalp with glue extensions in it creating unhealthy hair.
Let us not forget that glues and adhesives are chemicals! No matter how you look at it or what you’ve heard. Glues and adhesives are chemicals applied against your scalp which saturate and seep into your skin.
Since we are speaking of chemicals, I have included this link: https://womensvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Ingredients-to-Avoid-in-Salon-Products_workers.pdf an easy-to-read chart of chemicals to be aware of that are found in common salon and beauty products. These chemicals we either use or have used many times and are unaware of their cancerous causing ingredients.
Oh, by the way . . . Velcro isn’t any better! I found that out by wearing Nike and Adidas tennis caps for 10 years on and off the tennis court with the adjustable Velcro strap under my natural hair ponytail that the Velcro was pulling my strands. Over time, it damaged my hair. So no, Velcro is not a friend of your hair.
Heavy extensions pull on your scalp resulting in thinning hair. Hair extensions can also cause headaches and bald spots.
One of the key gripes from wig-wearers is slippage. When a wig slips, it is inconvenient and embarrassing, but it can also severely damage hair by pulling on the hairline.
Traction alopecia is form of gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. It is particularly prominent in African and Caribbean women due to protective styling, and the greater use of wigs and hair extensions within the community.
The British Journal of Dermatology reports that over 31% of African & African American women with relaxed or natural hair will experience some form of traction alopecia.
Southern Girl Luxe Hair encourages you to step away from the glue and adhesives and step into the future where you can find new and improved products that are kind to your hairline, hair, scalp and overall general health.
A glueless wig is a better option.
Shop Southern Girl Luxe Hair Exclusive Wig Collection for glueless wig options.
Another option is this new product pictured here:
Congrats to this young sister Aasiyah Abdulsalam, inventor and owner of Wig Fix, £25 ($34 USD) a specially engineered, silicone headband that secures your wig while protecting your scalp and promoting natural hair growth underneath.
It is a universal size, works with all full wigs, lasts for years and can be worn on heads with or without your natural hair.
Don't be fooled by the copy cats on Amazon and other places often sold by Asian, Chinese and Korean Beauty Supply stores. So, if you buy please support the "Sista" that invented this headband. Yes, Silicone is synthetic and a mix of chemical additives but Silicone is also considered to be nontoxic and safe by experts and used in contact with food and drinks and we cook with silicone cookware, utensils and wear gloves made of Silicone.
The take a way from all of this is that: Silicone is much safer than directly applying glue to your scalp and hairline!
Remember that if it was manufactured in China, Asia or outside of the USA you should probably avoid it because it is likely made of harmful chemicals. The USA has the FDA which governs and controls anything that is used on our skin or body be it ingested or applied directly which includes practically all beauty and hair related products. China and Asia does not have the strict governmental regulations and oversight to help keep harmful products off the shelves and away from our unknowing consumer happy hands.
To read more on this Glues and Adhesives article: https://blackdoctor.org/ishair-glue-hazardous-to-your-health
Blackdoctor.org . . . very worthwhile reading by the way. I love their tagline and how absolutely relevant it is to their website: “Where Wellness and Culture Connect”. Please subscribe to their free newsletter.
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BUY BLACK . . . The Owner of Southern Girl Luxe Hair