• 02-04-2018 06:26 PM
    LongHairGuy
    Full Cap: Tight elastic band in the back = potential health risk?
    Since I went from toupet to full cap, I've been having struggle with fixation of the wig in the back, i.e. nape area.
    I tried taping and glueing it down, but it wouldn't work. Didn't stay in place when moving... plus even hurting... getting itchy after 24h and so on and so on...

    So I switched back to the option of sewing in an elastic band to fit my head so tight that the wig doesn't move, even if I shake my head upside down. So far so good, looks goods, feels okay.

    However: The tighter I measure the elastic band, the more I feel a pressure where it is (obviously). Now, I'm wondering, as the skin and flesh surrounding the skull is full of important blood vessels (and nerves and stuff) that support or brain and body and everything, how do I notice if I take a (long term?) risk by tightening an elastic band half the way around my scalp? (that means: from temple across nape to other temple... the front will still be glued down).

    Is there any rule of thumb, just like "as long as you don't get a headache after an hour, you'll be fine all the way in the long run"? How do I know?
  • 02-05-2018 12:22 AM
    grincher
    Interesting. I would have thought if you start getting headaches or dizzy spells then that would be very concerning. Meanwhile, any discomfort would be a sign of the need to remove it. Regarding longer term effects, this is pretty unknown with your method.

    The strap for full caps is decades/centuries old without any major repercussions.

    Do you remove it daily?
  • 02-05-2018 09:54 PM
    BaldBearded
    "Now, I'm wondering, as the skin and flesh surrounding the skull is full of important blood vessels (and nerves and stuff) that support or brain and body and everything".

    Unless the elastic band goes around your throat, you are fine. The major nerves go through the spinal column and the carotid arteries are on the side of your neck, not at the back.

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