How is it made?
How is a handmade hair system made? First you need to attach the hair strands to a base material or foundation of the hair system. This is done with a special knotting tool to sew the hair into the base. That base material can be fine monofilament, welded net, silk monofilament, French lace, German net, or any type of net which is breathable. It could be made of nylon or polyester. The “graft” systems which look like a layer of skin, and don’t breathe like a net based system, are made primarily of polyurethane.
This polyurethane can be clear or even reinforced with a net inside.
The base material is cut on a bias so that it contours to many different head shapes. Some systems are top-of head only while others are full head caps like a full wig. Once the base is fabricated the hair or synthetic fiber must be hand tied into the base. It can be done with single knots, double knots or even looped into the thin skin urethane systems. How the hair is tied, the durability of the base material and the quantity (density) of the hair all play a part in the lifespan of the system. Thinner systems look more natural than thicker ones but don’t last as long. Some systems have a binding around the perimeter while some don’t.
Density (quantity) of hair, knotting pattern, base material type, front design, hair color and length are play a part in how natural your hair replacement will look. Remember, a keen eye can pick out the bad ones.
You simply don’t notice the good ones!
Minoxidil is a topical solution some men and women use to treat hair loss. It is available in 2% and 5% concentration and sometimes is available with a higher dosage by prescription only. It can come in liquid or foam form, depending on the fabricator and needs to be applied twice daily. Success is varied though up to 40% of test patients have reported some increase of hair regrowth.
Minoxidil is a vasodilator which means it helps blood flow more freely in your vascular system. As hair is fed by blood the principle is to deliver nutrients to the hair follicle faster to slow down hair loss and increase hair regrowth. Often minoxidil is used with laser therapy and propecia or saw palmetto, thus having multiple regimens concomitantly to slow down hair loss.
It is important that to give any regimen a fair try, the individual must use the product for a minimum of six months to determine its effectiveness. As hair thinning is progressive and takes a long time to become visible, a solution takes time to have any noticeable effect. As each person’s body chemistry is different the efficacy of minoxidil and its results are impossible to predict. All you can do is try!
The importance of conditioner on hair systems cannot be underestimated. Conditioner helps the hair “move” more freely as well as untangles matted hair. It allows a comb or brush to move the hair in the desired direction and coats the hair to help strengthen it. BUT do not over condition the hair system. Usually one to two minutes is sufficient. Over conditioning the hair can accelerate hair loss due to the conditioner loosening the hair knot in the foundation. Sometimes over conditioning can cause the hair to mat as well. We are talking about conditioners used in the shower. A good leave in conditioner also helps the hair leaving it with a healthy sheen. Look for one that also has sunscreen to help retard fading.
Hair density for “hair augmentation”, hair systems, wigs, hair extensions, and hair pieces can be challenging. Often the client (paying consumer) has their own idea of what color they want for their hair as well as how much thickness or density. How they see themselves is often different from how the hair professional sees what needs to be done. If the client wears too much hair, the hair “addition” looks wiggy and unnatural. It is important to have sufficient density for the client based on age, hair type, face shape and head size. For the hair system, wig or other hair addition to look “real” the stylist must take these factors into account so the client is wearing believable hair! The end result is also a reflection of the studio’s work!
Shampoo does not grow hair! The purpose of shampoo is to cleanse the scalp. It helps release dirt and particulate from the scalp and helps prepare it for hair growth. Ph balanced shampoo helps the scalp maintain normal ph (about 7.0) for healthy hair growth.
Lotions do not grow hair! C’mon man! If every crème, lotion, salve, rinse or conditioner regrew hair, why are there so many bald men? Lotions can restore moisture to the hair and scalp or make the hair more manageable. If it were a secret, why does Target or Wal-Mart sell it?
Potions are not a miracle cure! If Oprah isn’t highlighting the next new potions to regrow hair or NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams is not running a national story on it, do you think the new “doo grow” will regrow your hair? There are millions of men and women losing their hair every day. Most hair loss is caused by some form of alopecia or a byproduct of medication. There is no simple solution like rubbing olive oil on Thursdays during a full moon cycle on your head!
Contact your hair loss professional for the facts.
Pay Attention to Your Hairline
The front hairline is crucial to making a hair system look real. If it is too high your forehead may look disproportional to your face. If it is too low, your hairline may scream “HAIRPIECE!” Women, make sure your hair color is slightly lighter around your face – it may soften your facial features.
If you wear your hair with the hairline exposed, make sure you:
#1: Secure the front edge properly.
#2: Make sure density along the hairline is appropriate.
#3: Double-check your hair color is consistent with your temples.
#4: Don’t wear a hairstyle that commands too much attention.
#5: Examine your front hairline haircut – it is less forgiving than the sides, top, or back of the head. It will show density inconsistencies, as well as a poor cut line.
The idea is to have as natural looking a hair system as possible. Ask a close friend or relative their honest opinion. You want the best results for your personal image investment!
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How to Deal with Matted & Tangled Hair
Hair systems can have problems with matting and tangling. The hair can actually bind to itself as if it was working itself into the base. It can also get an elastic feel like a rubber band that is stretched out. Processed hair needs products to make it more manageable. This applies to “live” growing human hair as well as hair in wigs, hair pieces, and hair systems.
A good leave in conditioner will help untangle some of the knotting. Using a conditioner in the shower for about 2 to 3 minutes will help loosen the tangling so it can be brushed out. Using a leave-in conditioner after showering (while the hair is still damp) will also help. Don’t use force when brushing as that will cause hair breakage and fallout. Easy, smooth stokes of a brush, with patience, will alleviate the problem.
Hair styles when wet, not dry so it is helpful to have some water in the hair to help it move and disperse the pray in product better. Hair does not move well when it is dry so make sure you spray water at least 12 inches from your head. The mist will also water down the conditioner, allowing it to “move.” You can use a hair spray to hold the style at that point or even use gel or mouse. You can achieve a wet or dry look depending on what product you use and how much moisture is in your hair.
The Next Step
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Tape or Glue? Choose the Right Adhesive.
Some people attach their hair systems with tape or adhesive. I am often asked what method to use. Personally I like tape. Tape is essentially “adhesive” deposited on some type of backing. I like it because it is easy to remove. There are a number of tapes available – red tape, blue tape, clear tape, hurricane tape, no messy residue tape, lace tape, brown liner tape, yellow liner tape…the list can go on and on.
So, what about glues or adhesives? There are lots of options: silicone adhesive, acrylic adhesive, latex adhesive, daily wear adhesive, clear adhesive, white adhesive, yellow colored adhesive, thick adhesive, and thin adhesive. So many options can leave you scratching your head and wondering, “What should I use?”
Find the Right Solution for You
Everyone has their own opinion on what adhesive or tape to use. Your skin type can sometimes determine what is best for you. Your choice to be bonded, the amount of hair you have, skin type, manual dexterity, and lifestyle choice will also determine whether you want to use tape or adhesive.
My best recommendation is to consult your hair replacement center professional. They will know what works for you and should be able to give you the knowledge necessary to answer your questions. It all boils down to your hair attachment method being the right fit for your personal lifestyle.
The Next Step
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Alopecia 101: Facts & Solutions
Alopecia is a follicular disorder that affects men and women at any age. It is an auto-immune deficiency that can be triggered at any age due to stress, medication, hormonal imbalance, weight loss or a variety of other reason. It may or may not be hereditary. There are different types of alopecia but we will talk about the two primary types: Alopecia Areata and Alopecia Totalis.
Alopecia Areata is bald or thinning areas on the scalp that occur in random spots. There does not seem to be any consistent pattern to where the balding or thinning may occur. Alopecia Totalis is loss or all of one’s head of hair. Both types are traumatic to the individual as they may have had full head of hair only weeks prior to the occurrence.
Hair Replacement Solutions
Selection of a wig or hair piece is crucial. It is a good idea to match the individual’s original hair color. A similar hairstyle may help them transition during this troubling time. If the individual is a woman and she wears shoulder length hair, it is recommended that the wig be human hair. Most synthetic fibers will fray at the ends and look unnatural over time. Synthetic cannot tolerate friction and will frizz on the end. Unless the person wants to replace the wig frequently to maintain a fresh look, most synthetics will not suffice.
There are different qualities to human hair. Some human hair is thicker in diameter than other hair so it is important to get an education on what type of hair is best for you. Price will be a factor with better quality human hair as well. Human hair has more resilience than synthetic fiber. It can be permed, colored, and tolerate heat – unlike synthetic fiber.
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How to Choose a Flattering Hairstyle
Whether you are a man or a woman, when wearing a hair system it is important to choose an easy, flattering and low maintenance hair style.
1. Consider Styling Time
Do you spend little time styling your hair? Are you a very busy person with no time to waste? Obviously you need a “wash-and-go” hair style. Are you a man of leisure? A gentleman farmer with time to kill? Than you can pick a hairstyle that will take a bit of time to get perfect, and hopefully have the wallet to maintain it!
2. Pick an Appropriate Style
Seriously, when choosing a style, be real with yourself. If you are conservative, it may not be consistent to pick that aging rock star look. If you are a model, maybe longer hair with some “electric” highlights are in order. Most importantly, think about who you are, how much time you spend grooming your hair, and what image you want to convey to your colleagues, customers and friends.
3. Choose the Right Color + Texture
The same goes for hair color and wave pattern. If you are a mortician, it is unlikely you are going to get fire engine red hair. If you are 60 years old, that Elvis pompadour may not be appropriate or believable. Finger waves went out in the sixties. You don’t see many Jheri Curls in public. If you are greying, please don’t use too dark a hair color on your hair! Look at your skin tone and if you are very fair in skin tone, blonde may not be the right answer.
The whole key is to have a hair style that compliments your features. Accentuate your eyes, jawline, lips, and nose. Hair shapes the face, like the frame of a fine painting!
I want to leave you with a question:
What tips do you have for picking the right hairstyle and color?
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