Which glue? Water-based or Hardbond

by | Aug 22, 2023 | Tips

When it comes to attaching a hair system, whether it be a wig, toupee or hairpiece, there are two main types of adhesives used: hard bond and water based. Both types of adhesives serve the same purpose – to keep the hair system in place – but they do so in different ways and have different pros and cons.

Hard bond adhesives are typically made of a chemical compound called cyanoacrylate, which is commonly used in household superglue. As the name suggests, hard bond adhesives create a firm, rigid bond that is difficult to remove. They are also generally more waterproof and longer-lasting than water based adhesives. Hard bond adhesives should NOT be applied directly to the scalp and can only be used with certain types of hair systems.

Water based adhesives, on the other hand, are typically made from a combination of acrylic polymers and water. They are applied in thin layers and provide a more flexible hold that is easier to remove than hard bond adhesives. Water based adhesives are safe for use on the skin and are a good choice for people with sensitive scalps. They are also suitable for use with a wider variety of hair systems.

So, which type of adhesive is better? The answer is that it depends on the individual’s needs and preferences. Hard bond adhesives are best for people who require an extremely strong hold, such as athletes or those who live in humid climates. However, they can be more difficult and time-consuming to apply, and can cause skin irritation if not applied properly. Water based adhesives are a good choice for people with sensitive skin, or those who prefer a more natural, flexible hold. They are also easier to apply and remove, making them a convenient option for everyday wear.

In conclusion, both hard bond and water based adhesives have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. When choosing an adhesive, it is important to consider factors such as the type of hair system being used, skin sensitivity, and desired hold strength. Ultimately, the best adhesive is the one that works best for the individual and their specific needs.

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