Still Demystifying the World of Hair Replacement

Shining a Light on the World of Hair Replacement

A few years ago, when we began the Hair Hub blog, we wrote the post below. A post which outlines our personal crusade to shine the spotlight on unscrupulous operators in the hair replacement industry and to outline our endeavours to help those experiencing hair loss.  We have re-posted the blog to remind our customers and followers that we are still committed to this aim and to guide new customers through the often-perceived complicated process of buying and wearing hair replacement systems:

Customers often tell me that they have been bamboozled by the pseudo-scientific jargon; the waffle marketing folk use to create an illusion that there’s more to hair replacement than meets the eye.

But being a hair replacement wearer shouldn’t be complicated, stressful or painful. Neither should anyone be paying over the odds for a new hair system.  Charging £1000 for a hairpiece/hair system is scandalous and exploitative. Some companies need to keep you in the dark to justify the high price tag.  We know; we’ve been in the dark ourselves.

Fortunately, reputable online suppliers like Hair Hub have stepped in to try and put an end to the rip-offs and questionable practices. Truth is, whilst making a hair system is hugely skilled and time-consuming – imagine weaving by hand, thousands of strands of hair into a super-fine base of material, exhausting! – the concept is remarkably straight-forward.

The Craft Behind the Hair Replacement System

Simply, human hair, strand by teeny tiny strand is hand-woven into a hair system base – lace, polyurethane or monofilament. There are no magic spells, test-tubes or cauldrons used.

The hair system is then posted directly to you for cutting-in, whether this is at a specialist salon of your choice, one of the Hair Hub affiliated salons nationwide, or a trained mobile hair-stylist at your home.

Sounds pretty straight forward? We think so, but our staff have been wearing wigs, toupees and hair systems for over a decade, so we can confidently call ourselves hair replacement aficionados!   If you’re not feeling so assured, grab a hand; we will guide you through the entire process:

The easy-peasy guide to ordering hair replacement systems online.

My best piece of advice for any newbie is to print off this guide, grab a coffee and take the time to read it.  It’s your hair and to ensure you get the right system, you’ll want to be armed with all the facts.

Quick thought – if you don’t have time to read this guide, or you feel confused and overwhelmed by the options of ordering hair replacement systems online, you can give us a call. Save our number: 0800 014 8085

Step 1: Choose your base.

The hair system base is made of three main types of material and you need to choose which one is best for you; your lifestyle and your pocket.

LACE – Undoubtedly the best overall base material for balancing sheer undetectability and comfort. It is extremely fine, lightweight and breathable. Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? Shame there’s one teeny drawback. It’s super delicate and needs to be treated with love and respect, so not recommended for the ham-fisted….especially our super fine Swiss lace (the most delicate lace we have – popular for the front hairline).  Typically, a lace based hair system will last two – four months, perhaps a little more, if handled gently.

SKIN – The Skin, so-called because customers report it feels like a ‘second-skin’, is a see-through, fine membrane in which individual hair strands are injected (or knotted for greater durability).  The translucent material creates the ideal illusion that hair is growing directly from the scalp.  The skin material (made from ultra thin polyurethane) cleverly matches the colour of your scalp.  It’s the chameleon of bases.

Although, not as fine as the Lace, this base is still extremely thin and so requires delicate handling. Also, I’ve heard that some customers prefer the greater breathability the Lace provides.

MONO – A suitable base for customers with medium-thick hair. Made from monofilament fibre, these thicker bases are the most durable and can last up to twelve months.  The ideal base for cash-conscious customers.

Step 2 – Choose the hair direction.

Before your real hair starting jumping ship, whether this was some years ago or is just starting to occur, you will be used to styling your hair in a particular way. Now you’re choosing a hair system, you will need to select the correct hair direction, to achieve your desired hair style.

Options include: freestyle (you can brush and style the hair in any direction), left/right/centre crown, left/right/centre parting, left/right break (not as defined as a parting), and brushed forward/backward.

Step 3 – Choose the hair density.

This is one of the most important decisions in the hair system customisation process as this can make the difference between wearing a realistic head of hair and something that looks like it came from a kid’s dressing up box!  We’re aiming for natural looking hair here, not fancy dress wigs.

Therefore, please, please choose the correct hair density for your AGE.  As much as we all yearn to be in our twenties again, wearing hair as thick as rope might draw unwanted attention.

It is preferable to select hair thickness to match any existing hair on the sides and back.

Options include: Extra light, light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, heavy and extra heavy.

Step 4 – Choose the curl and wave

If you require a curl or wave, you will need to choose from the following options: Straight/slight/medium/tight wave; loose/medium/tight curl; loose/medium/tight afro.  If you’re unsure which option is best for you, we can send you a curl and wave chart.

Step 5 – Choose the hair colour.

As with the hair system density, it is vitally important you choose the correct hair colour for your age and to blend with any existing hair. Nothing shouts ‘WIG’ more than a mismatched head of hair.  It should go without saying, that if you’re grey on the sides, you should not opt for black hair on top.

You have two options  – either send us a hair sample or order our colour chart.  Preferably, and to match your hair accurately, we’d like a snippet of your own hair. Ideally, 2-3 inches long and the width of a pencil.

If your hair colour varies, please send in a cutting of each different colour and label which part of the head they came from.

If you are unable to provide a sample, you will need to order our colour chart to select the best match.

Step 6 – Choose the hair type.

Only four choices to be made here: Synthetic, Indian,  Indian Remy and European.

Synthetic: Hair made from shiny/matt, soft/course plastic fibres which are now heat-resistant (a former problem with synthetic hair).  Most customers prefer human hair, but I personally recommend synthetic hair for those with medium-brown tones on a budget, as synthetic hair will never fade and will last longer, between 1-2 years.

Indian: Very similar to Caucasian hair in its structure, i.e. smooth and soft, making it a very popular choice with hair system users, especially as it’s our cheapest option.

However, the hair is subjected to a number of chemical treatments to remove the outer cuticle layer to prevent tangling in hair systems.  Therefore, premature colour loss can occur. Nevertheless, an ideal option for those on a budget who are prepared to take care of the hair by using a UV protection spray and regular colour conditioning treatments.

Indian Remy: Has the properties of Indian hair but the cuticle remains in tact and so, the hair will stay healthier for longer.  It is a mid-range option price wise.

European: Fine, silky and soft unprocessed hair. Our most expensive option simply because the hair is the very best.  It has not been subjected to chemical treatments and has been sorted by hand – a hugely labour intensive process.

Almost there! By the way, I know I said this was easy, and it is, however, it may seem there is a lot to learn initially. Once you have placed your first order, everything will become much simpler for you.  Not only can you just repeat any previous orders, you will also (thanks to our handy guide), be an expert on ordering a hair system in the future.  Plus, do bear in mind that all the info in this guide should only take you a few minutes to implement i.e. it won’t take you long to select hair density and direction etc on the online order form.

So, you’ve selected orange curly hair with green highlights and a side-parting (we do occasionally get such unique requests), what’s next?

Step  7 – The final step! Make a head template.

I’ve left ‘making a template’ to the end of the guide, as it’s probably the one detail of making a custom fitted hair system which customers fear, particularly those used to visiting salons.

When making a hair replacement system, we need to ensure we have accurately matched the size and contours of your head to enable a precise fit.

Again, what may appear initially complicated, is actually very straightforward.  You just need to arm yourself with the right info and follow my steps below.

Please note: If you currently wear a hair replacement system, you can send us an old or spare one.  This is the most obvious and straightforward solution to ordering your Hair Hub hair replacement system. We can simply use the system as a template for size, shape, hair density and direction etc.

How to make a template:

You will need:

Clingfilm, selloptape, make-up pencil, permanent marker-pen, scissors.

With a make-up pencil, outline your front hairline, from temple to temple. If you are completely bald here, place 3-4 fingers above your raised eyebrows and place a dot with the pencil. Now draw your front hairline, making sure not to make it perfectly straight as natural hair growth is not dead straight.

  1. Tear off a large piece of cling-film and cover the entire area of hair loss.  If you have hair on the back and sides, it is a good idea to dampen it slightly beforehand which helps the clingfilm to stick. Use enough clingfilm to cover your ears.  Twist the ends to tighten.  The clingfilm should be flat on your head.
  2. Take individual strips of sellotape and start to cover the clingfilm from front to back and then side to side. Finish with a row of tape from front to back.  You should have a lattice effect, like the top of an apple pie!
  3. Grab your marker pen (make sure it’s permanent) and start to draw the shape for your system beginning by tracing the hairline you drew in step 1.  Continue to draw a line that will form the perimeter of your hair replacement system.
  4. Once the perimeter has been drawn, mark the front with the letter ‘F’ and the back with the letter ‘B’.
  5. Add one more layer of tape, as in step 3, which will seal the markings.
  6. Remove the template from your head and trim off the excess tape and clingfilm.
  7. Relax. Put the kettle on. Pop your order in the post. Easy.

So, was that simple?  I hope so.   But if you’re still confused or don’t have the time to digest all the info, drop us a line instead. We’re here for you: 0800 014 8085 (UK), 740-337-4470 (USA) or email hello@hairhub.com