5 Hair System Tape Problems & How to Fix Them


#1: Fixes for Reducing Hair System Tape Failures


Note our inclusion of the word “reducing” failures here. Considering all the challenges that are outside of your and our control, failures might happen from time to time. Bonding to skin is actually taping to one of the most complicated surfaces out there. 


Here are three overall useful tips to reduce hair system tape failures.


Storage Tips


  • Maintain at Room Temperature (60°F-80°F / 15°C-26°C)
  • Use Before 1-Year Shelf-Life Expires
  • Keep Away from Light & Oxygen
  • Store Dry & Well-Ventilated 


Proper storage is vital because anything and everything can affect tape: light, oxygen, dust, oils, pressure, shelf life, heat, cold, moisture, dryness (see what we mean?). Heat softens tape and can make the adhesive more likely to become gooey. The cold hardens tape, weakening its ability to hold strong because it becomes glassy.


Both light and oxygen also weaken tape, making it brittle and more prone to failing. Then, of course, there’s the added factor of time! Make sure to keep track of your studio’s tape shelf life, keeping in mind that we guarantee our tapes to last for one year after their purchase date.


Install Tips



The things to watch out for here are what’s on the surfaces involved: the hair, scalp, and skin. You want to keep the surfaces as clean as possible. This is why it’s necessary to wash your client’s hair before the install. The leftover product in their hair weakens a tape’s hold. 


This same principle bears out for the hair system too. You want to make sure that the system’s base is free of any residual dust, oils, or skin cells. 


Another important consideration is the importance of matching the right tape to the install method. For example, if you’re working with hard bonds, then we recommend either using PAT Tape or German Brown.


Looking for even more detail into using our products? Check out the Walker Way! This gives you an in-depth look at what we consider to be the best way of working with Walker Tape. 


Tips for Clients


  • Wait 24 Hours Before Bathing, Using Product, Swimming, & Exercising 
  • Wear Swim Cap in Chlorinated or Salt Water


Since our tapes grow stronger after install, we urge you to encourage your clients to wait 24 hours before showering, swimming, or exercising. After this point, our tapes should’ve grown strong enough to handle these more challenging environments. 


If your clients want to find a way to skip the 24-hour wait, introduce them to our strongest scalp protector, Max Hold Sport. It allows them to go right from your appointment to the gym.


#2: Finding Replacement Tapes for Clients with Skin Sensitivities


At Walker Tape, we offer a diverse portfolio of tapes to choose from. In fact, we’ve made sure that there are hypoallergenic options in all three hold-time categories. These gentle tapes are great options for you to test with your clients with skin sensitivities


#3: Reducing Stubborn Liners on Hair System Tape


Storage Tips


  • Avoid Piling Anything Directly on Tape
  • Maintain at Room Temperature 


Tape is known as pressure-sensitive adhesives because their stick responds to pressure. If there is pressure on them, such as sitting at the bottom of a pile, then the adhesives can start sticking to their liners. 


We’ve created each tape to come with an easy release liner, but these liners can still be stubborn to remove based on how they’re stored. We suggest keeping the tapes at room temperature so the adhesive doesn’t soften and ensuring that no weight is putting pressure on them.


#4: An Easy Fix to Avoid Crinkled Tape


Storage Tip


  • Avoid Over-Packing Tape Containers 
  • Store Dry & Well-Ventilated 


Some of our tapes use softer adhesives than others or may be more delicate or stretchy. For this reason, we suggest keeping them in under-packed containers to avoid the tapes from having to bend or crunch in order to fit. We also encourage you to keep them in well-ventilated areas so the tape doesn’t become even softer and more susceptible to crinkling.


#5: Slight Adjustments Needed During Tape Install


  • Avoid Adjusting Already Set Tape During Installs


If you’ve already set your client’s system, but need to make an adjustment, you are going to need to retape. This is because the tape will take your client’s skin cells with it upon removal. These skin-cell additions make the bonding potential of the tape much weaker and surely affects hold times.


Instead, if you need a solution to install adjustments, we recommend using Just-Rite Positioning Spray. It’s a super easy fix that allows you the comfort of making adjustments without the headache of having to start over.


Additional Resources to Fix Common Tape Problems




Want to discuss any tape issues you’ve been having? Call or email us today, and we can help get your tape problems solved!


  1. Jada Alston on August 31, 2021 at 11:06 am

    I have a question what if your client is itching what will be the best results what would you do when wearing this hair system what can I put on the scalp before and after during just need some guidance thank you

    • Monique Morrison on August 31, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Great question! There are a few different ways to approach this.

      First, would be to do a “patch test” with another type of adhesive to see if they still itch after switching products. You could also try using some of our medical grade or hypoallergenic products, like Pro-Flex II or 1522 Clear.

      A second option, would be to use Scalp Protector or Max Hold Sport before applying the adhesive and hair system. These products help create a barrier between the scalp and products to reduce any itchiness, irritation or sensitivity. Plus, it helps the hair system adhere longer.

      Hopefully this helps!

  2. Roseann Garzia on August 31, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    can you use pro flex ii on lace front, tried so many tapes, all of them irritate his scalp

    • Monique Morrison on September 1, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      Yes, you could definitely try that! As well, feel free to contact our customer service department and they can give you more in-depth help. https://walkertapeco.com/contact/ Thank you!

  3. Andrew Jordan on December 6, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Hi, I have just acquired a hair system and have ordered some of your products. I propose the following regime for an install: (i) shampoo, wash and dry my scalp; (ii) clean my scalp with rubbing alcohol and leave to dry; (iii) apply scalp protector; (iv) then apply your positioning spray; (v) and finally, put on the hair system. Could you just confirm whether it is OK to follow this procedure i.e. to apply an alcohol rub first and then the scalp protector? Also, how long should I leave after applying the scalp protector before applying the positioning spray? Many thanks

    • Trey Pasch on December 6, 2022 at 12:41 pm

      Hello Jordan! Here’s the procedure we suggest for doing an installation:
      1. Shampoo your system and scalp with Bond Breaker Shampoo.
      2. Prep your scalp with 99% Alcohol and leave to dry.
      3. Apply one of our scalp protectors (we recommend giving our popular Max Hold Sport a try!) and give the area time to dry before you place the system.
      4. Apply your tape or adhesive product.
      5. Spray Just-Rite Positioning Spray to delay the hold of the adhesive product.
      6. Apply the hair system.
      We hope this helps you out with your installation process. Happy Tuesday!

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