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Hairpiece Application: Preparing your scalp

middle aged man applying hairpiece after preparing scalp


We all know how easy it is to skip out on a good scalp preparation routine. If you’re new to hair loss and the world of wearing a hairpiece, you probably didn’t even think about how to prepare your scalp before buying a hair system. Those who have been wearing a hair system for a while will tell you just how important proper scalp preparation is as part of hair system care for a strong and durable bond.

It goes without saying that natural body chemistry and lifestyle play a big part in how long a bond lasts. However if you’re looking to increase the durability of your hairpiece bond, proper scalp preparation is key. It’s important to know how to properly remove hairpiece adhesive and hairpiece tape to get your scalp ready for the next attachment.

older woman reading guide on hairpiece application and scalp application

How do I prepare my scalp for a hairpiece?

Key products you’ll need:

- Spray bottle of adhesive remover
- Skin protector or scalp preparation oil
- paper towels
- Soap (any type will do, bar or body wash)
- Shampoo
- Bath towel
- A warm shower

Optional products for better results:

- A bottle of rubbing alcohol or MAX Matrix Anti-Bacterial Lace Cleaner
- Walker Scalp Protector spray
- Exfoliating mitt
- Electric razor
- Blow dryer


Step 1:

First things first, you’ll need to remove your hair system from your scalp. If you’re unsure of the best way to remove your stock or custom hair system safely, take a look at our hairpiece removal guide. You’ll need to make sure that the hairpiece adhesive or hairpiece tape is thoroughly removed and that there’s no residue left.

Don’t panic if you notice any irritation on your scalp, a bit of redness is normal and is to be expected.

You’ll likely see lots of adhesive residue, the moment you remove the hair system from your head. Start by wiping the larger chunks of residue off your scalp with a wet paper towel. The best way to do this is to wipe the paper towel from the back of your scalp all the way forward to your forehead.

Once you’ve removed the larger chunks of hairpiece adhesive, it’s time to use a proper adhesive remover instead of water. Spray the adhesive remover onto a paper towel and remove the remaining residue from your head. At this point your scalp should look clean.

Extra Credit:

For a really thorough cleaning, apply the rubbing alcohol or MAX Matrix Anti-Bacterial Lace Cleaner

middle aged woman with best hairpiece applied after preparing scalp

Step 2:

Hop in the shower and get your scalp thoroughly wet. Use your regular soap to wash your scalp and growing hair that you might have.

As soon as you rinse off the soap, it’s time to shampoo your scalp. Make sure to completely shampoo your scalp as well as your growing hair.

Extra Credit:

If you have an exfoliating mitt, it’s ideal to use it after using the soap and before shampooing your scalp. The mitt will get rid of dead skin cells, helping prepare your scalp for a stronger, longer-lasting bond.


Step 3:

Once you’ve finished soaping and shampooing your scalp, you need to make sure you thoroughly dry your clean scalp with a towel. Make sure your head is completely dry before moving onto the next step.

Extra Credit:

If you’re looking to get your scalp completely dry, try using a blow dryer. It’s also a good idea to shave away any additional stubble that might have grown since you last had to attach the hairpiece. Take care to shave the bonding area and remove any leftover hair strands that might still be there for optimal attachment.

senior woman wearing best stock hairpiece after preparing scalp

Step 4:

Now that your scalp is squeaky clean and dry, it’s time to apply your favorite scalp protector. If you’re not sure which one to buy, try one of our many scalp protectors sold on our online store.

Simply apply a layer of protector over the bonding area. This will not only make the bond last longer but will also prevent any rashes or redness that you might develop from the adhesive being in contact with your scalp.

Extra Credit:

If you live in a place with a hot and humid climate, or if you happen to have oily skin, try using Walker Tape Scalp Protector. Use the product by spaying a light mist over the applied scalp protector for a longer lasting bond.


That's it!

Once you’ve completed these simple steps, your scalp will be ready for a strong and long lasting hairpiece attachment. You’ll find that with proper scalp preparation your hairpiece will look its best.

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