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Hey! Charron! 
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TWO ADDITIONAL VENDORS:

Name:CHUNHAI  DIAO
website: www.goldenwigs.com - slow site but he is good with email
 
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i found two new products...i've found some steri strips which is what i used when i had my full tummy tuck, yes i have a flat tummy LOL but they have improved them since then.. they are now called Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure.. i thought it thru brought some and put it in the part of my chinese virgin remy.. i will post pictures tomorrow to show you, its very realistic.. the down fall is they have skin tone, but it won't match everybody's skin tone unfortunately.. maybe they will make darker colors but they have clear, or you might be able to utilize them by blotting some bare minerals makeup on top the skin tone colors to make it match your skin tone..
 
i added a little Mr. C's on the sticky side of the steri strip so that it will stick to the lace, and it looks like scalp, its extremely thin and has a little fuzzy side on the back so it won't stick to your hair once you place it in the cap.. and it stayed in place and then i put it back on the wig head.. i only placed it close to the edge and left the lace remaining where i knew i was on to adhere the lace to my natural skin so it will blend.. here's some information on the steri strips and what they are used for.. also i found some dry powder shampoo that sprays powder that can not only assist in dulling the shine on the virgin units, but also clean it at the same time and not harm the hair..
 
3M announces the addition of the Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure, a primary wound closure device, to its family of skin and wound care products. The Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure is a non-invasive, adhesive-based wound closure device designed to treat low-tension lacerations and surgical incisions painlessly and without the use of needles. Faster and easier to apply than sutures, the Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure is designed to provide a time-saving option for surgeons and other medical specialists.
 
This innovative technology creates a new skin closure option with multiple benefits, including minimizing scarring, which is important to many patients who undergo various surgical procedures each year," said Craig DiLorenzo, business director of 3M Skin Health. "We are pleased to introduce the Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure as part of our ongoing dedication to providing dependable, easy-to-use, skin-friendly solutions to the health care community."
The Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure is simple for clinicians to apply quickly and is available in assorted sizes to accommodate various wounds. In addition to a primary wound closure, it also can be used with suture or staple closures, or as reinforcement for wounds after early suture or staple removal. The device is constructed of soft polyurethane pads and interlaced polyester filaments to provide strong, secure skin closure on most any length of wound. The Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure can be worn for up to seven to 10 days, during which patients can take brief showers without any additional covering.
The Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure, formerly distributed as ClozeX wound closures, was added to the 3M line of skin closure products in April 2006. A variety of surgeons and physicians in different medical specialties have already experienced the dependable outcomes associated with the Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure after surgery. These health care professionals include physicians specializing in plastic and reconstructive, cardiothoracic, vascular, OB-GYN, general, orthopedic, dermatologic, and emergency surgeries.
 
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here's the dry powder shampoo:
 
Algemarin Shampoo "Dry-Powder Spray"
 
 
 
 
oh yea forgot to say if your knots are bleached, the grid completely disappears, you don't see it anymore...Wink and i had a little tear a small hole in the cap once i put the steri strip on it sealed it up made it lay flat and no sewing needed so it repaired it too..
 
UPDATE: here are the pictures, i must say this works, the skin tone color is a little bit loud, but i found using the bare minerals blotting in the part did tone it down.. i did use Mr. C's to apply the strip to make sure it sticks to the lace, the strip is a blunt cut on the end, so i clipped it with pinking shears to have a zig zag end.. at the end of the zig zag and where the lace was left out, i used the bare minerals to make it blend together so you can't see where it starts are ends period.. for my dark skins sista's i'm going to keep thinking this thru, i do think that the darker powder makeup will work but you'll probably need to add this as soon as you apply the strip to the unit, while its still sticky.. b/c its applies sticky side up, in order for the powder to stay stuck.. altho i still want to think it thru to perfect it for them.. altho if your willing to do your own experimenting i would suggest that you buy one pack of skin tone and one of clear and get to work...however this is working the grids are gone.. so i'm pretty satisfied for the first try, but you know me i'll keep thinking of ways to make sure it never fails for all of us..
 
 

I mean you can experiment for what suits you, but i found that once i brush the Mr. C's adhesive on the strip i immediately apply it to the unit the grid disappears then.. then place it on the wig head.. i think for the more brown complexion its important immediately once its pinned back on the wig to begin to blot with the darker powder makeup and it will change the color.. i did test last night with the darkest powder i have which is tan, and did it that way.. i blotted as soon as the mr. c's was applied and was wet tackyness and the powder stuck and changed the color of the skin tone strip. this is the darkest powder i have, so it not really a dark shade, but it did change it.. once you do the first blotting when its in a tacky wet stage after applying to the lace and then the wig head.. then once you do you actual application, you should be able to add more if needed..
 
 
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Work it Sexi!!  You are so helpful!!
Those strips are tha bizness!!!
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Can you use the strips at the nape with Mr.C's adhesive?
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How long does your application last using this method before you need to do it again?
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BAm! look at that app! that part! that SCALP! Lovely
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Sexi ...
can you make this thread an informational one only?
 
nothing against the ladies questions but it would be easier to read without the back and forth
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Originally posted by kalenjin kalenjin wrote:

Sexi ...
can you make this thread an informational one only?
 
nothing against the ladies questions but it would be easier to read without the back and forth
What if the admin simply hid all the posts in this thread that are not related to newbie information.. I think we could ask her to do that if we explain why we want it done (she's VERY good about this kinda stuff too).. I think she could make it read only too as long as everyone is DONE posting newbie information to this thread.. (which is the only reason why it's a sticky thread but still open for replies).
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diva i'm not done adding information but if she could just hide stuff that would be great until i've completed it..
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Got it Sexi.. I'll let her know..

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how to wrap your hair underneath if its too long for braiding:
 
 
how to cornrow:
 
 
different types of braiding:
 
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PERMING A LACE FRONT:

 

The Rods Themselves
       Perm rods are designed on a universal standard. The various sizes are color-coded, even though the manufacturers may use shades of the same color that vary from other manufacturers rods of equivalent size. The key is to learn what basic colors mean, since some of the rods may not be readily visible as being different in size.
       (It should also be noted that perm rods come in both concave and straight versions. The concave rods get slightly thinner toward the center and flare at the ends. This has two benefits. One, it allows the rod to sit snugly against the scalp with hair wound around it to a point at least. And two, it gives a slight variance in the curl making it looser to the outside of the segment for a more natural look. The straight rods have the benefit of creating a uniformly shaped curl.)
       Lets take a look at the rod color groups: (Listed lengths are approximations, not meant to be hard rules.)
       Red: Red rods are the smallest rods made, and are typically only used on short hair lengths to create tight, kinky curls. The hair lengths that would most often require such small rods are those less than 2 to 2-1/2 inches.
       Blue: The blue rods are larger than the red and could be used on the shortest hair lengths to give larger curls, but also can be used to give longer lengths (say from 2 to 3-1/2 inches) a nice tight curly style.
       Pink: Pink perm rods are the next stage, and are usually good to give tight curl to hair that is from 3 to 4 inches in length. It can be used on the shortest lengths to create looser curls and wave, or on the 2 to 3-1/2 inch range for loose curl.
       Gray: A gray perm rod is the usual all purpose thickness. It is generally good for giving a nice tight curl to hair that is 3 to 5 inches in length, or to create looser-looking curls in shorter lengths of hair.
       White: White rods are generally the largest rods used in creating a curly perm style. The rods are ideal for hair that is 4-1/2 to 6-1/2 inches in length and create a nice tight curl in this length of hair. Used in shorter lengths of hair the curls will appear looser and can even create simple body in short lengths.
       Purple: The purple perm rods are generally called body wave rods because they create such large curl that most salons use them for body waves only, unless the client has really long hair and wants lots of curl.
       Occasionally, you may find slightly larger body wave rods that are orange in color, but these may not be commonly found.
 
Finishing the Style:
       In perms designed for curl, the hair will usually be styled afterward to maximize the volume in the style and emphasize the curl. This may involve blow drying using a diffuser and scrunching the hair, or it could be a matter of cutting the hair to maximize the curl by evenly distributing the weight of the hair.
       For body waves, the hair may not be styled to utilize the curl created by the perm. Instead, the purpose may be to create added texture in the hair to allow the hair to be more easily curled. Body waves tend to be used mostly for limp and lank hair to add texture and body (obviously) or to adjust or normalize the wave pattern of hair that is too curly for a clients taste in its natural state. 
 

 

go to sally's and get a natural apple perm its not a professional strength since its already been processed it won't be harsh.. get the rod size you want, follow the directions in the box.. wash it first and rod while wet, then apply the perming lotion, cover with plastic cap.. rinse out after the required time, which you can reduce if your scurred..Wink but it should be fine, and apply 1/2 bottle of the neutralizer while its still rodded and leave on for that required time usually 5 mins.. and then unrod and apply the remaing half of the neutralizer, and let it set for about a min or the required time.. then rinse it out, DON'T WASH IT.. you can't wash it for 3 days after perming to allow the curl pattern to set in... PLEASE DON'T USE BLACK PERMS ON THIS HAIR, IT'S NOT BLACK HAIR..embrace your inner white gurl and get busy.. when i allow it to dry i sit it on a towel on the floor and gather the hair around the base of the wig head so when it dries it curls tightly.. you can use the silicon spray matrix generic brand of shine on it while wet so it dries with some shine and moisture..but don't wash it for 3 days..

 
at some BSS you can get a perm for white hair like the professional strength quantum perm, but you have to ask them if they have perms for white hair, and they usually do way back in a corner if its a large BSS store.. they will allow you to buy professional strength perms curly and straight for white hair if you ask without a license to do hair...in sally's they will not allow you to buy those professional strength unless you have a license, that's why the natural apple perm is the only one you can purchase without a license and its less harsh for re-perming a lf that's already been processed b4.. i have different sizes of rods, i don't like small rods, but the smaller the rod the more curly and kinky the perm.. the larger or medium sizes like the white or the pupple are medium, the pupple being the bigger of the two.. i have the orange but they are very large and you will definitely get a big water wave, barely curly at all..
 
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SUMMERTIME TIPS:
 
when summer comes you'll be hard pressed with adhesives and wearing your lf.. some that sweat alot this is a tip for you.. Some us certain dri for your scalp you're supposed to put it on overnight before you plan to go out because it actually closes your sweat glands up.  usually take your lf off in the evening, apply certain dri and moisturize hair if needed, then get up in the morning and reapply. It helps a lot cause being a heavy sweater! But it does itch if you put it on freshly washed skin, so you have to be careful to wait awhile after you clean your adhesive before using it. I also use Desolve-it + alcohol to remove my lace.

 

The ingredients in Certain Dri is Aluminum Chloride, sodium bicarbonate, & water. Certain Dry works by closing off the pores. Any sweat that would normally be release from that area will be safely redistributed to other areas of the body's skin surfaces (Reading from the pamplet inside the box).

 

Ms. YahYah's Grandmother came up with this Tip: 

 

For one week I applied it around my hairline at night (the box says to use it at night since that is when it works to shrink the pores) After the week was up I just applied it once  a week, any time of day, whenever I reapplied my LF.

 

I applied in this order - certain dri (let dry completely)-scalp protector-glue/tape.

 

I believe the scalp protector made the hold weaken and some said it made it stronger  so I guess it depends on the person body chemistry.

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hey people!!!

I just ordered my first custom lace wig from Rex...I'm so excited!!! Have any of you guys ordered from him before? I found the information in the newbie thread.... Just wanted to express my gratitude for this site being here! You've saved me an awful lot of money!!
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HOW TO THIN A LF BY BREH:
 

Okay, here's what you all have been waiting for. I've taken a few pics to give you all an understanding of what I am talking about. If you follow the steps that Ive laid out you should be able to thin a hairline on any lf.

 

 

You will need hair clips, a rat tail comb, thinning shears, and tweezers.

 

1. With the rat tail comb part the hair. Include the baby hair and a little bit of the hair from the hairline. (Do this across the whole front section of the hairline; although it is not shown in the pics).  

2. Braid the parted hair to separate the hair from the rest of the hair. Place a clip on the hair to keep the hair out of the way.

3. Part a small section about 1/8" to 1/4" in size directly behind the braided hair. This should be about 15 to 20 strands of hair.

 

You will start at the back of the small section of 15 to 20 strands of hair.

 

4. Holding the small section in one hand and the thinning shears in the other, sparsely separate about 5 to 6 strands of hair with the flat surface of the thinning shears. (Remember you are working at the back of the small section, not the front. The flat surface of the thinning shears should be as close to the knots as possible.)

5. Close the shears so that the sharp teeth cut the 5 to 6 strands that were separated.

6. Tweeze any short hairs that are sticking up.

7. Take the section that has just been thinned and place a clip on it. (Do this so you do not thin this section again)

8. Repeat the process starting at step 3 for the whole front hairline, and temples.

9. After you are done comb the hair to determine whether you like the result.

 

If the density is to your liking then stop, if not, then continue. Remember move very slowly until you have your desired density for the hairline. Move to sections of hair that have not been thinned yet. Do not continue to thin the same sections or you will have bald spots.

Do not thin too much. Remember your unit may thin out a little later.

This process is tedious, takes hours to complete, but if you take your time the end result will be great.

http://public.fotki.com/brehanne/instuctional/how-to-thin-a-hairline/

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BREH'S INSTRUCTION ON CREATING A NEW HAIRLINE:
 
Hi Ladies,
 
I know it's late, but I'm up playing beauty shop with one of my new lfs. It is absolutely beautiful, except once again the hairline is all wrong. Why does this happen? You email a picture to the vendor, and they still get it wrong. I didn't want to send it back because I just got it and I sent it back the first time to be remade. So, I have learned that somethings you just have to fix things yourself.  I have some very simple steps that anyone can do to create a new hairline. I haven't gotten on the same level as Bless yet(the girl is talented)Wink, with the ventillating in all, but I'm going to learn one day. In the mean time, I have illustrated some steps with pics in my fotki. I'm not all glamed out, so be gentle. Wink
 
Follow these simple steps and you'll have a customized hairline everytime.
1. Gather your supplies. You will need scissors, a colored eye liner pencil(something bright that can be seen through the lace), and a rat tail comb.
2. Trace the outer perimter of your natural hairline with the colored eye liner pencil.
3. Place the lf on your head, and part the hair so that you can see the colored pencil through the lace. Part the hair in the desired hairline shape that you want(using the colored pencil as a guide. )
4.Seperate the parted hair that you want to be cut away by loose braids.
5. Cut along the parted sections.
6. Place the lf back on your head and check out your new hairline. Make any adjustments that you see fit.
7. Create babyhairs (optional). IMO, it always looks better. Wink 
 
 
***Update*****
Just thought I would share a few pics of how new hairline looked applied.
Nevermind the breakouts on my face. Wink 
 
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BREH'S INSTRUCTION ON DYING THE LACE:
 
Hi Ladies,
 
I went to the fabric store last week looking for Rit Dye to dye the lace of my lf.  I wanted to dye my lace from a light brown which blended very well with my skin to a brown shade. While looking for the Rit Dye I stumbled upon these permanent fabric dyeing pens, called FabricMate. I was skeptical so I purchased the Rit Dye along with the pen. I tried the pen out on a left over piece of lace that  I had, and I must say that it worked pretty well. I just got around to trying the pen on my lf, a few minutes ago and it works very well. I took the pen and lightly colored the inside  and outside perimeter of my cap to see what it looks like and it looks great. The lace blends so well with my skin that it disappers with no adhseive applied. This is a great product, the color is permanent, and you don't have to worry about getting any dye on the knots. Thumbs%20Up You can purchase the fabric dyeing pens at any fabric store, craft store, or online.
 
 
This is the exact pen that I used to dye my lace from a light brown to a brown shade. Wink
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