CUSTOM UNIT HAIR CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Looking after your unit is not difficult, however, it does require routine maintenance for lasting results. Our custom units are very delicate They are hand made and each strand of your lace closure/frontal is hand tied singly. Follow these instructions to care and optimise the lifetime and wear of your lace unit. It is essential to restore the condition of your lace unit as although it is hair growing from your head, it does not receive any nutrients from your scalp like natural hair does but you can still care for it as if it did.
Placing your unit on a mannequin head will lengthen its lifespan. Lace wigs should be treated with respect just like your natural hair. Good care and maintenance will keep hair looking and feeling good, longer.
Gentleness, patience and daily care are the three key words for proper maintenance.
How can I prevent my lace wig from shedding?
We recommend using a wide tooth comb on the unit and starting from the bottom working your way up gently in small sections at a time. Do not use excessive pressure when combing.If using a brush, we do advise clients to only use paddle brushes as any other brush will weaken the strand and eventually cause the unit to excessively shed.
Try to refrain from scratching your scalp through your unit as this may cause shedding from your closure/frontal. Instead, pat your head with your hands or remove your unit and treat your scalp with anti-itch shampoo and conditioner and then moisturize your scalp with oil to prevent itching/dryness.
Moisture is Key!
Please avoid oily hair sheens e.g. Olive Oil Sheen Spray, Vaseline or other heavy duty greasy products on your custom unit.
Use serums to keep the hair moisturized. You must maintain the hairs healthy glow and soft texture by keeping the unit well moisturized especially if you have chosen a lighter color. Any color that is not virgin natural black has been lightened.
We recommend using Influance S3 Serum as it will lightly moisturize the hair without leaving it feeling greasy. We would advise using a pea sized amount to the hair as needed.
Styling your Lace Unit
Use heat protector serums or sprays before using straighteners, curling wands, blow dryers and other heat appliances. Avoid blow drying the unit as much as possible. We would advise letting your unit air dry or sitting underneath a hooded hair dryer. Heat from a blow dryer will damage and spilt the knots and cause shedding. Try not to overuse heat tools as they can cause the hair on your lace wig to dry out considerably and shed.
Flexi Rods are an amazing heat free alternative allowing you to achieve bouncy curls. Braiding your unit in two braids overnight will also give your unit a beautiful natural wavy texture to the next day.
To give your unit a natural looking part, take some of your foundation or concealer and apply a very thin amount directly to the lace parting. Avoid getting on hair. If you do get on hair, take a damp cloth and gently remove. The foundation/concealer will cause your lace to look as if it is growing from your scalp.
Cleansing and Conditioning your Lace Unit
We do not recommend shampooing your lace wig while on your head. Ensure the hair has been combed through thoroughly and it is nice and smooth before you start to shampoo the unit to avoid tangling. We advise cleansing the unit every two - three weeks to remove build up of product used on the hair eg. oil or serum. We recommend using Influance Hydrating Shampoo and Hydrating Conditioner on the unit. This product is extremely lightweight and will cause your hair to be nice and bouncy.
We recommend shampooing the unit in a straight line from the crown to the tip. Apply the shampoo/conditioner gently in a downwards motion. Top to bottom the same direction as the cuticle hair strands that are aligned on the cap as opposed to shaking the unit about in a bucket as this will cause excessive tangling.
At Bedtime: Protect your Hair
Ideally, it is best not to sleep with your lace unit on your head. If your unit cannot be removed due to the way it has been fitted or if you simply prefer to keep it on at night, always comb your unit before you sleep. If it is feeling a bit dry, lightly apply some serum. If you can wrap your lace wig up and use a clip to secure it quite high on your head. This is great because the hair will not be rubbed during sleeping. Silk head scarfs and silk pillow cases are essential to ensure your unit is protected. The friction of the hair rubbing against standard cotton pillow cases can use dryness and tangling. Even to your natural hair.
Body Wave Units
We recommend sectioning your unit in small sections and use a wide tooth comb starting from the bottom and working your way to the top. You can use Flexi Rods on the unit every few days to maintain the waves as well as leave in conditioner.
Exotic Curl Units
Our exotic Jasmine curl units require more maintenance, the tighter the curl pattern the more attention it will need to maintain. It is like having your own natural curly hair and the unit will require more moisture compared to a straight or body wave unit. We recommend detangling the unit in small sections dampned. Before detangling the unit, we recommend using water and conditioner or leave in conditioner in a spray bottle and then detangle the hair using a wide tooth comb in small sections starting from the bottom and working your way to the top. Once you have detangled the hair, we recommend putting serum on the hair immediately afterwards. With our exotic Jasmine curl units you can also use a hair lotion or curl activator.
In order to style the unit, we recommend lightly wetting the hair using a water spray bottle and then using a serum and/or a hair lotion straight away because if you do not put any serum on the hair the unit may begin to dry and tangle. You can use a curl activator on the unit as well.
If you have additional questions regarding care for you custom unit, pleae email renee at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will respond within 48 hours.