If you’re new to the bamboozling world of hair replacement, or even if you’re a seasoned hair system wearer, the following guide will help you choose the best hair replacement system for your lifestyle, your budget and even your personality.
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The options of hair replacement are plentiful, too plentiful perhaps. As with 5-page restaurant menus, having too much choice is often confusing. Do we pick the cheapest? The most expensive? Most convenient? Most satiating? Or, the one you’ve heard a lot about?
To find the best hair replacement solution for you, select which of the following concerns you most identify with:
All well-made hair systems should be undetectable to sight. Traditional, old-fashioned, off-the-shelf wigs won’t be, but the difference between the two is vast.
Hair systems are constructed with super fine materials to mimic the appearance of scalp. A lace or skin base are both invisible to sight, and, if bonded correctly, touch.
If you’re concerned about someone touching your head and discovering your secret, opt for a full-head bond, i.e. your entire head will need tape or liquid adhesive applied all over to fully secure the base, as opposed to just the perimeter.
If you wear your fringe high off your face or you want your front hairline exposed, a French or Swiss lace front is advised, as the material is barely visible once applied to skin, especially if you select a lace material to match your skin-tone.
Skin bases are perfect to create the illusion of hair growing directly from the scalp, as can be seen in the photo.
The ideal solution is a skin base with a Swiss front.
Custom-made hair replacement systems are delicate creations: individual strands of human hair are hand-sewn onto an ultra- fine base material/membrane. As such, they are not crafted to last for ever. Whether you pay £300 or £3000 for a new hair system, realistically, you will need a new one every 5-6 months, on average.
It is not unfeasible for hair systems to last up to 12 months, especially if they have been thoroughly looked after, but colour loss and hair shedding will almost certainly occur.
If you want a hair system to last longer, you can choose synthetic hair which will never fade or oxidise and/or select a monofilament base which is slightly thicker and heavier than the more popular lace and skin bases.
Regardless of which base you choose, all hair systems need TLC. Never use harsh chemical-laden products on the hair, such as shampoos and conditioners with sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), as this will strip colour prematurely. Apply weekly a deep-conditioning treatment, and always use a UV protection spray. Visit our online shop for more product ideas.
Don’t buy into the salon hype that the cyber-graft-matrix-volumiser ‘system’ they’re selling for £2000 is unique to them or revolutionary. Whilst hair systems will vary in quality from supplier to supplier, they’re essentially the same product – human hair woven into a specific base material.
Whilst our customised hair replacement systems start at £245, considerably cheaper than a salon provider, they are certainly not inferior in quality. As primarily an online provider, we have far fewer overheads than a business with a fixed salon premises. There are other reasons for the price differences, which were discussed in this previous blog: How to switch hair replacement providers.
If you desire the very best hair replacement system regardless of limitations, the base choice is not as important as the hair type you select. European hair is our best hair available, due to its minimal processing. Other hair types require more chemical treatments to prevent tangling during the collection stage of production.
The costs of hair replacement were discussed in this previous post, so that’s definitely worth a peek if you need to consider all the costs associated with wearing a hair system.
We have an incredibly popular pay-monthly option for anyone looking to spread the annual cost of their hair replacement. For example, our Bronze plan offers two hair systems per year at just £38 per month.
If cost is no option for you, chose a lace or skin base, opt for European hair and replace the system every 2 months. That’s the ideal scenario.
On the other hand, if budget constraints prevent you from choosing the hair system of your dreams, consider a ready-made ‘stock’ hair replacement system. Although not customisable to your exact requirements or head contours, at £165, it should be an option to consider if funds are tight.
Stock systems are available with the following bases: ultra-thin skin (0.03mm), thin skin (0.08mm) and lace; as well as a multitude of colours. They are all made with a slight wave and have a ‘freestyle’ hair direction, meaning there is no fixed parting and the hair can be styled and brushed in any direction.
As they are ready-made, stock hair systems can be with you within a week, so they’re also worth considering if you’re looking for a hair system in a hurry.
If you’d rather a custom-made hair system, opt for a monofilament: the slightly thicker material will last considerably longer than a lace or skin base, possibly up to 12 months. However, the hair colour will most likely fade during this time and you could experience a degree of shedding. A knot-sealing product will keep the knots sealed for longer, but, as previously mentioned, no hair system is meant to last for ever.
Which hair system base you choose should depend on your lifestyle and/or physiology. If you consider yourself particularly sweaty, select a fully breathable lace base.
If you are into wrestling or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, i.e. the type of activity which may involve someone grabbing your head, you’ll want to ensure you’re wearing a tough and dependable hair system; we recommend choosing a hair replacement system with a skin/polyurethane base and using a full-head bond with a strong liquid adhesive such as Ultra-hold or Ghost-Bond (Ghost-Bond was specifically formulated for perspiring scalps, so ideal for super-active types).
Regardless of which adhesive you choose, it is imperative to prepare the area correctly prior to application. Your scalp must be as dry and clean as possible; not a speck of adhesive residue anywhere. This is the best way to ensure a strong bond. For tips on achieving the perfect bond, visit the blog post: Sticky tips for bonding hair replacement systems.
Regardless of which hair system base you select, it is imperative to frequently remove and thoroughly clean the base and your scalp. Ideally, remove the system once a week with a suitable adhesive remover and thoroughly cleanse your scalp. If you keep your hair system bonded for too long, not only will adhesive break-down and start to leak through the base and/or sides, but it is simply unhygienic.
Modern-day hair replacement systems are made to complement your lifestyle, not to hinder it. Hopefully, the above options have providing some insight into which hair system is best for you. If you need any further advice, please do call us. We’re here Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm on 0800 014 8085.