Cj I've talked to a lot of big tanning names and they are all in agreement that the tan would not be the culprit, problem lies somewhere else and I've heard nothing but good things about what I'm using and have ordered 2 separate batches of tan just to make sure it wasn't just a bad tan. Cyclone, pickle is pretty basic, 3oz of citric or 1/2 fl. Oz of no harm per gallon and 1# of salt, so you think maybe try to go heavier with the citric and just even the p.h out with baking soda? Last few batches I've been doing 12 gallons with 3 capes in a batch. Hair seems to always be locked in pretty well when I actually put the tan on, so if the pickle was the culprit you don't think the hair would do this while it's in the pickle?