Purchasing a hair system for medical or fashion reasons can be challenging, especially if you don't know exactly where to start. Hair systems have evolved far beyond the toupee of the past. Learn how today's hair systems can help you get your hair back and change your life with some of our most frequently asked questions.
Should I get a hair system instead of a hair transplant
Men lose their hair in a predictable way whilst female hair loss is generally more medically related however thinning of hair in women is becoming more prevalent. Both types of hair loss is widely referred to as androgenic alopecia. Factors that can speed up the hair loss process are ageing, stress, nutrition, medications and illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. A surgical hair transplant can replace hair in a bald spot, however it will not protect you against future additional hair loss around the transplant. A non-surgical hair system is your best bet even if you are a good candidate for a hair transplant, because you won't have to worry about future thinning or more loss of hair.
I'm afraid my hair system will fall off... can that happen
No, it does not happen. Your hair replacement specialist will set a maintenance schedule so that your adhesive and attachments are performing optimally, as well as to avoid any noticeable wear and tear on your hair system.
I don't want anyone to know I am wearing a hair system. How do I avoid that
Today's hair systems are so technologically and artistically advanced, they are virtually undetectable. Manufacturers can even use a base material similar to what is in a contact lens that is so light and breathable it looks as if hair is growing right out of your scalp. Skilled hair replacement specialists can match any scalp colour and hairline (from photos of you) and also determine a maintenance plan so that wear on the hair system never shows.
How many hair systems will I need per year
You may hear conflicting information as to how many hair systems you will need. It all depends on the type of hair system you are wearing, your lifestyle as well as the hair replacement company you choose to purchase from. If you are very active, you may require more maintenance and more hair systems. Some hair replacement specialists may advise you need two to start with so you can rotate them and wear a fresh one while another is being cleaned and maintained. Many hair systems are made using such lightweight materials called 'Thin Skins' that they are disposable, requiring a new one every time, approximately every month. Refer to our education page about expected lifespans of a hair system.
Why throw a hair system away when it looks perfectly fine
You should replace a hair system before it shows any sign of wear. Otherwise others might be able to notice a hair system's hair loss or fraying... and you don't want that!
Does the hair system always have to look the same
If you're adventurous and want to switch colours or hairstyles, you can certainly work with the stylist to create different hair systems, or you can stick with one to maintain 'your look'.
Will my hair system change as I age
Everyone should want their hair system to be as realistic and as natural as possible. If that includes shortening your hairstyle or showing a blend of grey hair, your hair replacement stylist will strive to make your hair system as age appropriate as you desire, matching it to your changing facial shape, hair colour, hair texture and skin tone. For men, lessening the amount of hair to match any overall thinning or pattern baldness around the hair system may also be appropriate as you age.
Can I remove my hair system at night, or is it permanently attached
This is totally your choice. It will be up to you how you want your hair system attached and how much care you want to take in attaching it yourself. Your hair replacement specialist will work with you taking into consideration your lifestyle, the best method of attachment and your ongoing schedule for removal and replacement.
What is the difference between custom made and a stock hair system
A custom made hair system is made by molding or measuring your head, it is then created 'strand by strand' matching your exact hair density, hairline and colour. As everyone has their own unique hair loss pattern and head shape, a custom made hair system is the better option for creating a more natural undetectable appearance. A ready-made stock hair system is bought 'off the shelf', however it will probably need to be cut to size, shortening the expected lifespan of the hair system and you will not have the various options that a custom made system offers. However your hair replacement stylist, can still cut, colour and style your hair system to your liking.