Why have wigs, hair systems, and hair pieces changed in design? The answer is evolution. What does that mean? Hair additions (wigs, hair systems, hairpieces and hair extensions) have evolved in how the hair is processed as well as how natural the hair addition is perceived.
What is a Hair System?
A hair system, also known as a hairpiece or toupee, is a non-surgical hair replacement option for individuals experiencing hair loss or balding. Hair systems are made of real or synthetic hair that is attached to a base material, which is then attached to the scalp using an adhesive or clips. The base material can be made of various materials, such as lace, monofilament, or polyurethane, depending on the individual’s needs and preferences.
Hair systems can be custom-made to match the individual’s natural hair color, texture, and style, and can be cut and styled just like natural hair. They provide a quick and easy solution for those seeking to restore their hair without undergoing surgery or other invasive procedures.
Hair systems come in a range of styles and types, including full wigs, partial wigs, hair extensions, and hairpieces that cover only a specific area of the scalp. They can be worn for extended periods of time and can be easily removed and replaced as needed.
Hair processing has changed in the last 40 years. Different hair types are available. Indian, Indonesian, Burmese, European, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Remy are all descriptions of hair type and processing. Remy simply refers to leaving cuticle on the hair so it is more natural and less processed. The other names or “places” are where the hair originated from. We did not have several choices of where the hair originated and the factory did not disclose this information. Hair was simply hair.
Most hair was original sewn into weft, a line of hair commonly used in less expensive wigs or extensions. Now hair is hand sewn into net, silk, urethane, or another type of base material so it looks more natural and is more versatile in application. Hair systems, hair pieces, mono top wigs and handmade wigs use a more natural base material so the appearance of the hair “addition” looks more realistic.
Lace fronts, skin units and other types of handmade materials were not readily available years ago so the systems were heavy and thick in appearance and not as natural looking. In the 1980s the hair market actually had a shortage of human hair, thus giving rise to mass production of synthetic fiber for use in hand made hair goods.
Synthetic fiber was a suitable replacement for human hair, until clients realized it could not tolerate heat, friction and could not be colored. Furthermore, long, synthetic fiber, when worn over clothing, will get frizzy over time. Therefore, we went back to human hair and found alternate sources of supply.
The Future of Hair Systems
Modern quality hair systems are typically made of either natural human hair or high-quality synthetic fibers. The type of hair used will depend on the individual’s needs and preferences, as well as their budget. Here are some of the most common materials used in modern hair systems:
- Human Hair: Human hair is the most natural-looking and durable option for hair systems. It can be styled and dyed just like natural hair and typically lasts longer than synthetic hair. Human hair systems are typically more expensive than synthetic hair systems.
- Synthetic Hair: Synthetic hair is a more affordable option for hair systems and has come a long way in terms of quality and appearance. High-quality synthetic hair can mimic the look and feel of natural hair and is more resistant to fading and frizzing than human hair.
- Hybrid Hair: Some hair systems combine both human hair and synthetic hair to create a more natural and durable option. The base of the system may be made of synthetic material, while the hair is made of human hair or a blend of both.
- Lace: Lace is a common material used for the base of hair systems. It is a thin and breathable material that allows the scalp to breathe and provides a natural-looking hairline.
- Silicone: Silicone is a soft and flexible material that is often used for the base of hair systems. It provides a comfortable and secure fit and can be used with adhesives or clips.
- Monofilament: Monofilament is a durable and breathable material that is often used for the base of hair systems. It provides a natural-looking scalp and allows for easy styling and parting.
Overall, modern quality hair systems are made of a variety of high-quality materials that are designed to mimic the look and feel of natural hair. The best option will depend on the individual’s needs, preferences, and budget. It’s important to work with a hair restoration specialist to determine the best hair system based on the individual’s specific needs and goals.
If you are ready to achieve the hair of your dreams, Eldorado can help. We offer Baltimore hair systems that help our clients feel happier with their appearances and more confident overall. Call (410) 931-3399.