Application of the 'No Slip' Grip
Open bottle. Be prepared for a strong ammonia smell! This will begin to fade but it is best to be in an open area when applying. Be sure NOT to sniff the product. (After it's applied and dry, there is no odor) This product should also be handled with caution so as not to come into contact with the skin. Should this happen, simply rinse with soap and water.
Once the odor has dissipated, remove the cap completely, with the brush attached, scraping any extra product back off into the bottle. With the Pointe Shoe 'No Slip' Grip, a little goes a LONG way! There's plenty in the bottle should you decide to add more at a later time. Just make sure to seal the top tightly! The product has a white, glue-like look, but will dry practically clear. START WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT AS YOU BRUSH THE GRIP ON THE TOE OF THE BOX! You can always add more.
Critical to note!
The more advanced dancer should start with the least amount of product. They should also focus more prominently on the tip of the box, with a very light layer. More can always be applied, even after it's been dried if desired! Also keep in mind, if the product is applied over the pleating and around the sole of the shoe, peeling may occur for the more active/advanced dancer. Again, this is not problematic, but reapplication may be necessary.
On the flip side, a newer or pre-pointe dancer may choose to start with a few layers as they are starting out; adjusting to 'pointe life'. These dancers will experience a more secure, "grippy" feel as they work through their pointe classes.
The Pointe Shoe 'No Slip' Grip was designed to adhere to the satin (fabric) part of the shoe. It will absorb better to this material. However, it can be applied anywhere, with the understanding that it may peel away, as those other areas of the shoe, as well as a worn box with little to no satin, may not hold the product as long. But more can always be applied should this happen.
Before applying, make sure that the shoe is clean of any rosin; rock or spray. This can potentially act as a barrier; not allowing the product to fully adhere to the satin on the shoe. If the shoe has already been used with rosin, simply clean the box with a damp cloth, and let dry for a few hours before application of the 'No Slip' Grip. Next, apply the product to the tip of the pointe shoe box. It is best to follow along the edge of the box also. Should you require better grip in other places along the outside of the shoe-never inside, as it should not rub along skin-apply in those locations as well. Start with a thin layer as more can be added after each layer dries. Avoid the edges as peeling could occur if too much is added at the pleating or along the box rim. (Should this occur, more can always be added!) The product should dry clear although it may apply white during application.
Once applied, the shoes must dry overnight. Make sure that the areas of application are not touching any part of the other shoe. It is best to either hang them from their ribbons or set them over the edge of a table, depending upon where the grip was applied.
This entire process is quick and can be applied, and used, within 12 hours! It is utterly important to wait for the product to dry.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact The Dancers Company at any time. We are here to make sure you have the most amazing experience with this awesome product!