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First cut in with thin skin (PICS)
02-05-2013, 05:37 AM,
RE: First cut in with thin skin (PICS)
I will maybe post pics of my thinskin 1B hair parted when I do my next re-bond in a day or two. It looks like a real scalp. There's nothing more I can say about that.

For my bonding process:

I spray some 99% alcohol on my finger and work it in under the back edge, moving along the perimeter until it's loose. Then I just slowly peel the unit off. If you have a lot of stubble on your head like me (I have all my hair except the front 1/3) skin will probably not hold as well as lace at the back with just ORWG. The holes in lace let the stubble grow through rather than push the unit off the skin like thin skin. So I use just 3 pieces of Extendabond mini tape tabs. I actually now cut them in half across-ways as I only need a little extra hold in a few spots on the perimeter for peace of mind, due to the vast amount of natural thick stubble I have there. If you are pretty slick on top, no need for tape with a skin unit.

Once I've peeled the unit off I pour some Autoglym Tar Remover (as always thanks to Hersute for changing my life with this tip!) in a shallow glass dish and soak the unit in it face down while I carry on with the next steps.

Into the shower I go with my bottle of trusty Goo Gone Spray Gel and a bottle of Dawn dish soap. First I wet my head, then wash it with dish soap to take any oil off. Then I use my fingers to push across my scalp, making the ORWG into gooey balls and setting them aside. Once the bulk of the glue is off (takes about 10 minutes) I wash with dish soap again, then apply some Goo Gone and rub it around for about 2 minutes.

Then I apply some dish soap directly to my head and mix it all in and scrub. Rinse under warm water. Most of the glue and goo gone mixture comes off easily. Repeat the dish soap part until I feel there's no more goo gone or oil on my head. Repeat goo gone process to melt any remaining glue and dish soap again until head is flawlessly clean. This all takes me about 20 minutes.

Hop out of the shower and blow dry hair. Shave head with foil shaver. Foil shavers are best because they will only cut the stubble and leave the longer hair around the perimeter intact. Make sure it isn't one of those foil shavers with the little long hair trimmer in between the foils. The Braun Cruzer 3 is my favourite. This way your shaved area won't ever change in shape, unless you lose more hair. And you don't have to worry about shaving to the right place etc. Just go at it blindly until you feel no more stubble left!

Once shaved, wash with dish soap. Dry. Wipe with 99% alcohol until you are happy with the clean, dry feeling.

Now onto the unit.

Take some strong kitchen roll (I love Bounty) and wipe the bulk of the goo off the skin base. Just get most of it off with a few wipes, you don't need to spend too much time on this. Then wash with dish soap under running warm water. Keep rubbing in the dishsoap and washing off until there's no more residue left and it's perfectly clean. This takes about 10 or 15 minutes.

Once clean, sit on a seat/bath edge/toilet and put a clean towel over your knee. Put the unit over your knee with the crown on the knee and the front pointing towards you. Brush unit out to make sure it's tangle free and nice and sleek. Blow dry whilst brushing on a medium or cooler setting (cold takes to long. Hot is not good for the hair).

Now ready to attach.

I have lots of stubble so I find that I am needing a few tape tabs now like I used to use with lace. Put one tape tab (i cut mine into two smaller tape tabs now) on the back centre of my shaved area, close to the perimeter edge but not actually touching my hair. Put another the same way but round the head a bit, say an inch or two And same on the other side. With stronger glue tape tabs probably aren't needed even for those with loads of stubble.

Put a tape tab on each side, say in line with being above the ears but forward an inch. Peel off all backings. Now it's glue time.

ORWG is so fast and easy to apply. First apply a thin layer to the very front edge of the piece hairline, say 1 cm. Blow dry on cool/medium for a minute then add another very thin layer to the same place. That's the piece sorted. Now for the head. Apply very thin layer of glue all over the scalp and up to a little behind where your hairline will be. Dry on cool for a minute and apply another layer. I just use my finger to apply it.

Then I strongly recommend giving everything time to set a bit. Take 10 minutes to wait. Read a book, trim your toenails, pluck that grey hair out of your eyebrow, build a cube out of Q-tips.

Then apply the unit. I always start at the back, taking time to line the edge up with my hair edge for a perfect fit. Now, thin skin sticks STRONG so take care to get it where you want it. It's not as easy to peel off and reposition like lace is because skin gives a better hold. You might want to try a small spritz of alcohol to give some time to slide it into place and get any creases out. I haven't tried that yet for fear of weakening my bond. Please some input from those who have would be great.

If you can line up the edges well with no overlap and no gap it means you will have an incredibly undectable to the touch head, and you can have a really short hair cut if you want. I buzz my hair pretty darn short and I always have a perfect blend because I buzz the sides and back every 3 days which means I can have it so short.

So that's it bonded. Avoid getting it wet for 12 hours, but if you want to run just a litle water through it, you don't have to worry much like with lace. The water won't get to the bond under the skin base. I just apply some Paul Mitchel Dry Wax (I used to hate it until I learned that less is more) and style it how I like it. Then maybe a little warm water in my fingers and work it through. Use a Bore brush to brush it and you'll get a great smoothing action.

That's it. Total time is about 90 minutes and then I'm done for another week. 90 minutes of work per week for a great looking head of hair and a happier life. Plus these 90 minutes are a great chance to listen to music or the radio discussions about your favourite topic.

Readytogo - Yes that 1B thinskin parted hair pic looks right. I does look like a real scalp there but that's how a good quality thinskin looks.

The vLoop pic you posted is why I don't like them. The hairs are literally looped through the base so they come out sideways in a big C shape. This creates a lot of volume and bounce and does not work well with short styles. The hairline doesn't look good either, but neither do injected hairlines really. Light hair is ok because you can't really see the root. People with blonde hair are lucky! But then they do have their own issues like color matching is generally a bit harder.

The problem with injected hairlines is that the hairs have to be injected into the base at an angle. They can't inject them at a 90 degree angle to the base. So you can't have hairs coming straight out and up. You can only have them coming out at a forwrward angle or side or back. So it's hard to have a brushed forward short style that also has a flicked back hairline. As I said, if you wear bangs or even a 'brushed to one side and slightly down' style you are sorted.

Some companies are now offering a new injection technique called "lifted injection" which lets them have the hairs coming out in a more upward direction than before. It looks promising.

If they can get the hairlines perfected then thin skins are going to become the main choice, in my opinion. I have one idea already and that is to go with a slightly thicker skin that allows for a more upward injection angle at the front but have the skin taper to a very thin front edge so it disappears into your skin for an invisible edge.

I've tried 0.03mm ultra thin skin and the hairline was incredibly invisible but the v-looping was not good. Injection is better but the thicker the skin you go for, the more of a line you will have where the base ends and your forehead begins. So why can't they taper the thickness down for the last few mm from 0.1mm to 0.03. This would mean an invisible hairline that's clean and dry but with lifted injection hair. That's the dream!

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RE: First cut in with thin skin (PICS) - Hairenough - 02-05-2013, 05:37 AM

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