Hair loss may be an unpleasant and distressing situation. Consider hair loss treatments like hair restoration or hair transplant surgery, hair loss drugs, or hair replacement systems if you want to hide your balding scalp or add volume and fullness to your current hair. To provide the illusion of more hair on the head, a hair system is affixed to the scalp or natural hair. For people who worry about the negative effects of hair loss drugs or the invasiveness of hair restoration and hair transplant surgery, hair replacement systems could be the most appealing option. The most practical solution for people who are not suitable candidates for certain hair loss treatments may also be hair systems. No matter why you need hair replacement, there are several solutions accessible right now.
Hair Replacement System
Everyone believes they can identify the man with the hair system. This is due to the heavy materials and primitive design techniques employed in the past to create hair systems. As a result, there is a lengthy variety of common slang phrases, such as the rug, toupees, wigs, and men’s hairpieces. However, times have evolved. What was formerly known as toupees, men’s hairpieces, or wigs are now known as hair systems because of advances in hair construction materials, hair tape and glue adhesives, and greater knowledge of how hair develops.
Directly linked to the scalp, hair restoration devices are designed for those with partial baldness. Hair systems are available in a wide range of hues, lengths, textures, and styles and may be produced to order or from stock. When applied, a custom-made hair replacement system is trimmed and groomed to mix in with the natural hair. It is moulded to perfectly match the scalp’s balding region. Over time, there has been a tremendous improvement in both the quality of the materials and the technique used to integrate them with natural hair. Modern, well-made hair systems, unlike many older solutions, are essentially unnoticeable.
Quality of Hair in a Hair System
Different hair systems have different hair densities, waves and curls, colours, styles, and structural components, giving people a range of options to suit their particular requirements. The quality of the hair, which may be from either human hair or a synthetic mix of fibre, is the most important factor of a hair system in terms of external looks. Human hair may be heated to create a variety of looks for the wearer. Although synthetic mix fibre cannot be heated to style it, it is more resilient than real hair. Some hair systems strike a compromise between style and maintenance needs by combining human hair with synthetic mix fibre.
Hair System Base Materials
A piece of material with hair attached to it either manually or automatically forms the base of a hair replacement system. Polyurethane, monofilament, and lace are just a few examples of the materials that may be used to make the bases. Which base material is chosen by the user of the hair system ultimately depends on their preferences, lifestyle, and demands. Bases made of lace and monofilament provide ventilation. Due to their flexibility and thinness, polyurethane bases enable users to connect their hair system using suction rather than hair tape glue. To include the numerous benefits, some bases are made utilising two or more materials.
Attaching a Hair System
The scalp may be secured with bases utilising several techniques. Extremely sticky surgical-grade hair glue or hair tape glue permit the wearing of hair systems for several weeks without removing them. Vacuum suction is used by vacuum-fit hair systems to adhere to the scalp. With a flawless fit between the base of the scalp created by this sort of base, which is built from a bespoke mould, enough suction is created to keep the hair system in place. One of the most important components of a hair restoration system is the hair system bases. Sadly, they might also be the most perplexing.
Although the hair replacement business markets these hair system bases under a variety of ornamental labels, the actual basic construction components are simply two: polymer and mesh fabric.
Design of Polymer Base
Due to their close resemblance to natural skin tones, polymers may be used to make an imitation skin-like material and are sometimes referred to as “poly” hair systems.
Polyurethane bases, which may be quite durable depending on the kind of polymers employed, are occasionally added to other hair systems to improve stressed regions like the base and the part perimeter. Polymer bases are made mostly of polyurethane or/and silicone, are not permeable to air, and may be quite warm and uncomfortable.
Due to its natural resistance to bodily acids and other substances, silicone is very durable. Additionally, it is very hard to connect these hair systems using hair glue or hair tape, making it difficult to get a realistic skin tone.
Although polyurethane is not as strong as silicone, it may be coloured to closely mimic real skin tones and is easier to apply with hair glue and hair tape. On the negative side, polyurethane is sensitive to bodily acids and will eventually become yellow and degrade. To get around this, silicone and polyurethane are sometimes combined when constructing the base.
Designs for Mesh Fabric Bases
The mesh materials that are used to make delicate lace are often composed of polyester or nylon. There are hair system bases made completely of mesh, but they are less frequent and are often only utilised in the exposed portions since they provide a more natural appearance. The lifetime of the material may be shortened depending on its weight and thickness.
Monofilament / Lace Base
Polyester (Lace) is a knitted multi-strand and multifilament fibre rather than a woven one. It has a definite honeycomb appearance from the knitting process.
To weave the mesh, a monofilament (single-strand) thread called nylon was used.
Hair systems made of mesh fabric may be quite flimsy and quickly rip. They are susceptible to bodily acids, which may result in injury and early degeneration. Mesh fabric hair systems often need replacement more often than polymer hair systems. Mesh fabric is still the most often used kind of hair replacement method despite these disadvantages. Additionally, to continuously producing an invisible and natural hairline, they are cosy and cool to wear.
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Hair System Bases
- Lace Hair Systems – These hair systems, which are the most popular trend in the hair replacement market since they are the lightest, most breathable, and provide the most realistic look imaginable, are made completely of mesh fabric or lace material. The longevity of a complete lace hair system may be increased by using a variety of lace materials, but it will likely have a short lifetime and need to be replaced more often.
- Poly / Lace Hair Systems – To replicate the natural look of a whole lace hair system while offering a long life, there are combination systems employing lace material solely in the front and hairline region. These lace / poly hair systems come in a wide range of various patterns and materials. With poly in the back and top for added strength and durability, the fronts are mostly made of lace. Running your fingers through the hair will sometimes expose a little “bump” at the junction where the two materials converge; this is due to the varied weight between the lace in the front and poly in the rear.
- Poly Hair Systems – Polyurethane-based hair systems are popular due to their longevity. The lack of ventilation in poly hair systems is their main flaw. Due to their heated temperature, they are less pleasant to wear than lace hair systems.
Hair System Ventilation
Your hair replacement system’s look and durability are highly influenced by ventilation. You may be able to create a better-looking hair system by having a basic understanding of ventilation and how the hair is linked.
How is the hair attached? Ventilation techniques such as knotting, injection, and looping are the most common. Although it may be done with poly hair systems as well, knotting is most often utilised with lace hair systems. Looping and injection are often mistaken for one another. Both varieties, which give the impression that the hair is sprouting from the scalp, are only available in poly hair systems.
Hair Looping and Hair Injection
Injection ventilation is most often used in poly hair systems because it needs a larger base to seal the hair between layers of silicone and polyurethane. The great aspect is that hair cannot be returned. Therefore, tangling is seldom a problem since all of the hair follicles point in the same direction.
On the other hand, looping ventilation involves sewing the hair through the base in a manner that resembles a V or U. With looping, there is a hair return, although it is not as powerful as an injection. The polyurethane coating, however, might be much thinner.
The Hair Knotting Process
The majority of knotting occurs in lace hair systems. Intricately little knots of hair is knotted around the mesh material. These hair knots are typically offered in three sizes: half knots, single knots, and double knots.
Various Hair Knot Types
Double Knot – is suitable for a dense hair system with loads of volume and height. Because it is difficult to lay the hair down flat due to the larger hair knot size, the haircut should be broader.
Single Knot – is the simplest to lie flat and complements a freestyle hair pattern the most.
Half Knot – is the tiniest and most undetectable hair knot, and it provides a little lift. The half knot may also be used to create a smooth back hairstyle and is even smaller than a single knot.
Bleached Knot – bleaching removes the majority of the colour, leaving an almost unnoticeable hair knot. The disadvantage is that it may shorten the hair knot’s life by shrinking it.
The base material, hair quality, and hair care and maintenance are the three key criteria that determine the expected life of hair systems. The broad criteria shown below provide an overview of the expected lifespan of your hair replacement system.
The base material of a hair system influences its durability. The least noticeable is the least durable. A hair replacement system is often more noticeable the more robust it is. The following list indicates how long a hair system should last:
- The average life of Swiss Lace and Thin Skin hair systems is 4-6 weeks.
- French Lace hair systems typically last 4-6 months.
- Systems with a combination of mono and poly hair often last 6 to 9 months.
- Systems made of polyurethane hair typically last 9 to 12 months.
Quality of Hair
There are hair replacement firms that consistently give poor hair because they work with questionable suppliers of hair systems, and then there are hair replacement companies that sometimes provide poor hair since it happens to everyone periodically. There are so many different factors, such as the original donor hair’s quality and the degree of processing we want to get the style we want. The amount of processing needed to achieve tight curls and light colours affects durability. A processed hair system typically lasts between three and six months, depending on the hair’s quality and degree of processing.
Care and Upkeep
Your lifestyle and the way you take care of the hair system will also have an impact on how long it will last. Since they want their clients to purchase products directly from them and buy more hair systems on a more frequent basis, hair replacement companies typically only provide minimal and incomplete information to their customers about the proper ongoing maintenance needed to take care of their hair system. Unfortunately, they do not always consider what is best for the customer. Because of this, individuals who are unfamiliar with utilising hair systems often choose hair care products and style techniques that are ineffective, resulting in dry, knotted, unmanageable hair that degrades more quickly than is reasonable. The lifetime of a hair system is rapidly reduced by improper care and upkeep.
It might be difficult to buy a hair system for cosmetic or medicinal reasons, particularly if you do not know where to start. The toupee of the past is no longer the standard for hair systems. Some of our most commonly asked questions will help you understand how modern hair systems can help you regain your hair and transform your life.
Do I need a hair transplant or a hair system?
Male hair loss is predictable, but female hair loss is often more medically linked, however, female hair thinning is becoming increasingly common. It is common to refer to both kinds of hair loss as androgenic alopecia. Ageing, stress, poor diet, drug use, and diseases including diabetes and heart disease are all factors that might hasten the hair loss process. A surgical hair transplant may restore hair to bald spots, but it will not stop you from losing hair surrounding the transplant in the future. Even if you are a good candidate for a hair transplant, a non-surgical hair system is your best option since you will not have to worry about more hair loss or thinning in the future.
I am worried that my hair system may fall out; is that possible?
No, it does not take place. A maintenance schedule will be established by your hair replacement professional to ensure that your glue and attachments are operating at peak efficiency and to prevent any obvious signs of wear and strain on your hair system.
Nobody should be able to tell that I have a hair system on. How can I prevent that?
Modern hair systems are so scientifically and aesthetically sophisticated that they hardly ever draw attention. Manufacturers may even utilise a base material used in contact lenses that is so breathable and light that it seems as if your scalp is sprouting hair. Using pictures of you, skilled hair replacement experts can match any hairline and scalp colour. They may also decide on a maintenance schedule to ensure that the hair system never shows signs of deterioration.
How many hair systems will I need annually?
Various sources may provide you with different advice about how many hair systems you will need. Your lifestyle, the kind of hair system you are wearing, and the hair replacement firm you choose to buy from are all factors. If you have a busy lifestyle, you could need more upkeep and hair systems. Some hair replacement experts may suggest getting two at first so you can alternate between them and wear a new one while caring for and cleaning the other. Many hair systems are disposable and need to be replaced on average once per month since they are constructed of lightweight materials called “Thin Skins.” For more on anticipated hair system lifespans, see our education page.
Why throw away a hair system that seems to be in good condition?
Before a hair system begins to exhibit any signs of wear, it should be replaced. Otherwise, hair loss or fraying in a hair system could be visible to others, and you do not want that!
Does the hair system have to constantly have the same appearance?
You can work with the stylist to develop several hair systems if you are feeling daring and want to swap colours or hairstyles, or you can stay with one to keep “your look” consistent.
Will my hair system alter as I get older?
Everyone should strive to have a hair system that looks as natural and realistic as feasible. Your hair replacement stylist will work to make your hair system as age appropriate as you like, adjusting it to your changing face shape, hair colour, hair texture, and skin tone. This may include shortening your hairdo or displaying a mix of grey hair. As you age, it may also be acceptable for males to reduce their hair to match any general thinning or pattern baldness around the hair system.
Can I take off my hairpiece at night or is it permanently affixed?
You have full control over this. Your choice as to how and with what level of care your hair system is connected is entirely up to you. Your hair replacement expert will collaborate with you while taking into account your lifestyle, the optimal way of attachment, and the regularity of your removal and replacement procedures.
What distinguishes a stock hair system from one that is manufactured to order?
A personalised hair system is developed by moulding or measuring your head, and it is then built “strand by strand” to precisely match your hair’s density, colour, and hairline. A custom-made hair system is preferable since everyone has a different hair loss pattern and head shape, making it easier to get a more natural-looking undetectable appearance. A ready-made stock hair system may be purchased “off the shelf,” but it will likely need to be trimmed to fit, which will reduce its estimated lifetime and prevent you from having the variety of alternatives that a custom-made system provides. You may still have your hair system trimmed, coloured, and styled in any way you choose by your hair replacement stylist.