Differences Between Clear Glue and White Glue

Importance of Hair Glue

Many men and women wear wigs or hair replacement units. We know there are various ways of ensuring strong attachments to the scalp while doing so. Many of the older methods required fusion points or to weave the hair pieces into onto the scalp.

For most hair wearers, this was never a comfortable option and most of the time, the hair unit rarely stayed in place for a long period of time. It had poor enduring strength and the hair unit or wig would never look entirely natural.

In the early 1990’s, hair glue was revolutionary in comparison to this method. Hair glue was easy to apply, fast to dry and would hold up to 6 weeks.

Currently, there are two major types of glues available within the marketplace; clear glues and white glues. So, how do you know which one to use?

Clear Glues

To clarify, the component within each formulation that makes glue sticky is called the carrier. It is the liquid that forms the basis of the adhesion. For clear glues, the carrier is solvent.

Clear glues are also commonly referred to as solvent based glues. Most hair replacement companies will label their products as acrylic glues because the term solvent based glue tends to become unattractive to the consumer.

The main advantage to clear glues is that they are typically used for long term use. It can last upwards of 6 – 8 weeks. Clear glue is also easy to apply, and goes on clear. Once any type of clear glue is applied, it is very hard for anyone to tell that you are wearing a wig. You also have a short waiting time before you can apply your wig. One of the negatives to using clear glue is that they are typically solvent based and come with health risks.

White Glues

The second major type of glue is white glues. White glue is typically a water based formulation.

Because the glue is water based, the glue will have a white colour when being applied, however, the glue will dry clear. This ensures that you have a completely undetectable front hair line and it will not be noticeable that you are wearing a wig or a hair unit.

White glues have many uses, some are used for a daily use bond but typically, water based adhesives can last up to six weeks or longer if applied correctly. See our latest case study to see our Ghost Bond adhesive in action.

One thing is for sure, white glues are a little more forgiving so if you make a mistake, it is much easier to rectify than if using a clear glue or solvent based glue.

Sometimes, They Join Together

With such a vast array of information available on glues for hair replacement use, people believe that white glues and clear glues are two completely different entities.

Clear glues are usually formulated with a solvent base and white glues are made with a water base. So in theory, they must be separated always right?

This is not the case.

Sometimes, there are clear glues made with a water based material and in some cases, there are even white glues made with a solvent base.

Companies and manufacturers are experimenting with combining the properties of both glues. While this can help consumers obtain the best hold, at Pro Hair Labs, we always advise to read the label to check the ingredients of the clear glue or white glue they are using on their skin. This will also help to avoid adverse affects.

Most Popular Glues

When you are looking for the right glue for you, it is helpful to start with the most popular. It is not a guarantee, but it can help.

The most popular hair glues are:

Ghost Bond

• Walker Ultra Hold

• Vapon No Tape

Ghost Bond is a water based hair glue. It is most commonly used for both lace based and poly based hair replacement systems. It dries clear and gives a solid hold. Also, the full product range by Pro Hair Labs are one of the only product lines that are fully approved for global export and free sale.

Walker Ultra Hold is a solvent based hair glue. Ultra Hold is one of the original clear glue products that has been available for hair wearers. It is well known for being shine free but comes with it’s own health risks as it contains Toluene.

Vapon No Tape is another popular solvent based, silicone adhesive which performs similar to Walker Ultra Hold. No Tape contains Xylene which also carries health risks such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Have any other clear glues or white glues you think should be added to this list? Get in touch and let us know!

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