Differences between Net Bases and Skin Bases

Skin and net are the two most popular kinds of toupee base materials in the hairpiece market. However, these two bases differ from each other and the more you know about their differences, the better and more informed suggestions you will be able to make to your customers.


Skin bases

Skin bases are very popular because the skin is very thin and very similar to our own skin. Only under very close inspection would someone be able to tell that it is a skin base and not someone’s own scalp. Normally, the thickness of a skin base is 0.03mm, 0.06mm or 0.08mm. People tend to prefer 0.06mm over the other two thicknesses because 0.03mm has a very short lifespan and for others, 0.08mm is too thick for the look they are going for. Although skin bases are very thin, they are still made by glue so they are not particularly breathable.


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Net bases


Let’s begin by introducing the two most common types of lace hair system materials: French lace and Swiss lace.

French lace is thin, light and natural. These features make it very breathable. We normally use single reverse split knots on the first 1/2” of French lace hair systems. These knots are very small and thus help in creating a natural hairline.

We do double split reverse knots on the rest of the material. That’s because double split reverse knots are bigger and stronger and help make a strong hairpiece with knots that do not loosen easily and cause the hair to shed. The maximum hair density that a French lace base can hold is medium-heavy.


Then, there is Swiss lace. At New Times Hair, the Swiss lace we use is a super fine variety. It is even thinner and more natural than French lace. At the same time, it is very fragile and tears easily. It will actually last less than four weeks so if your customers are looking for a long-lasting hair system, you shouldn’t recommend Swiss lace.

We can only do single split knots on Swiss lace since the base material is so thin. If we were to do double split knots or double flat knots, the strands of Swiss lace would simply break during the knotting process. In terms of hair density, Swiss lace cannot support anything heavier than medium-light.

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Now, let’s move on to monofilament which is more commonly referred to as mono. Mono is not as thin as French lace but it is woven more tightly than lace which makes it far more durable. Mono hair systems are actually some of the most durable hair systems.


The first mono type we would like to introduce is fine welded mono. Fine welded mono is fine, natural and breathable. It is thicker and more durable than French lace. Similar to French lace, we normally do single reverse split knots on the first 1/2” of the base and double reverse split knots on the rest of the material. The maximum hair density for fine welded mono is extra-heavy because the more durable the base material, the more hair it can hold.


Next, we have super fine welded mono which is also natural and breathable. It is thicker than French lace but thinner and softer than fine welded mono. It is as strong and durable as fine welded mono. As is the case with fine welded mono and French lace, we do single reverse split knots across the front hairline of super fine welded mono and double reverse split knots on the rest of the base. Super fine welded mono can hold up to medium-heavy density hair.

Not only are both types of mono lace durable, but they are also undetectable and sometimes even more so than French lace because the strands of mono lace are transparent and very thin. Additionally, the texture of mono lace is completely different from French lace and Swiss lace. It is much rougher, so if the client has sensitive skin, it may not be a good choice for them.

Finally, we will discuss two other mono hair system materials: 

  • Fine mono
  • Super fine mono.

Fine mono is very soft and comfortable whilst also being very strong. It will last a long time. You need to be aware that it cannot be used on the edge of the base: it needs another material to seal its edge. Skin and ribbon are two materials typically used for this purpose. We can do double split knots all over fine mono and it can hold an extra-heavy hair density.


Super fine mono is softer, finer and smoother than fine mono. It also cannot be used on the edge of the base as it needs another material, like skin or ribbon, to seal the edge. We do single split knots across the front of super fine mono. Super fine mono is very fine, soft and smooth. If we were to do double split knots on it, the knots would be too big and would stick out on the underside of the base and make it rough and prickly against the head. Super fine mono can support medium density hair.

Your customers who opt for a mono hair system need to be aware that the cleaning process is more complicated because of the way mono is woven. The strands of mono are very tight. This means the residue from tape or skin or natural oils from the skin will end up embedded in the holes of the mono. This residue is very hard to clean and remove. A user may feel that they have cleaned all the residue and oil from the base but closer inspection often reveals some white residue left in the very small holes of the mono base. Residue damages the roots of the hair and ultimately leads to hair shedding.

You should also know that super fine mono and fine mono do not have the elasticity that lace materials have. That means that when the base size is bigger than 8” x 10”, more than one piece of mono is needed to make it and to also ensure the base has a good shape. If only one piece is used, the unit will be too flat and it will not have the right shape to it.

View our mono systems:  https://www.newtimeshair.com/mens-hair-systems/mono-systems/



Now that you understand the differences between net and skin materials, you can make better choices and recommendations when it comes to base designs and combining different base materials.

At New Times Hair we believe we can offer you the very best in not only hair systems but also the very best support for your business thanks to our extensive knowledge of the toupee industry. For further information about wig base materials or anything else, please feel welcome to email info@newtimeshair.com.

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June Chen

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June is detail-oriented, excellent at simplifying complex issues, making them understandable to all our clients, particularly those new to our services and products or unfamiliar with China.

Originally from Weifang, China, known as the hometown of kites, June moved to Qingdao in search of a better work-life balance. This has been her first job ever since. Over the years working at Newtimes Hair, she has cultivated a friendly demeanor and a sense of humor. June considers Newtimes Hair her second home, a place where she invests her passion wholeheartedly.

Her role extends beyond just solving problems; June acts as a bridge between our team and our clients, embodying our commitment to impeccable customer service.

● What hobbies and interests do you have?

I enjoy exercising. That’s a very important part of my life. I’m a super active person.

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No, not that I know of. I’m a very realistic person. If you mention outlandish stuff like aliens, monster in the bush, I’d be out of my mind.

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I want to learn how to swim. I know it might sound a bit sarcastic, as I just mentioned that I enjoy doing exercise. Unfortunately, swimming hasn’t been on my list. I think I better catch up on that.

● What wig would you wear if you wore one and why?

I’d give HW1 a try. It looks natural and beautiful. Though we categorize it as a medical wig, almost any female can wear it. It’s got a lace mesh base, breathable, and flexible. You don’t need glue or tape to fix it to your head. Pretty easy, and it gives you all the long hair look a girl could want.


Sherry Sui

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Are you new to China or the hair-making industry and feeling a bit lost about where to start? Sherry is your go-to expert. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of our products and services, Sherry will help you identify the perfect product combo aligning with your business needs and client requirements.

Grew up in Yantai, and moved to Qingdao in 2015 with a medical background, Sherry’s thoughts are beyond simply selling hairpieces. She cares about the end user’s health, too. In the process of sourcing the most suitable hairpieces for your clients, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what Sherry says in terms of scalp health and hairpiece maintenance. You can think of her as a comprehensive, yet concise hairpiece encyclopedia, equipped to offer you top-notch recommendations and ideas for exceptional customer service.

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At our end-of-year conference, my colleagues agreed that I’m a warm hearted, positive, and easy-going teammate. It gives me a sense of reward.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t like being confined in a very small space. I believe it was due to a childhood experience. When I was six years old, I accidentally tripped and fell into a shallow well. I had to wait for two hours before I was found. Since then, I’ve found I just can’t tolerate the idea of being alone. I guess that makes me an active team player.

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This may sound boastful, but it’s true. It’s just part of my nature to help others. When I actually see that what I did for them has helped them achieve something, it just makes me excited.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

I recomend HS25V. Oftentimes I’d introduce this model to my new clients to start with, so they can introduce this to their new clients see if hair systems are what really suit them, before they carry on with lace or mono hair systems.


Winni Yu

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Born in Weifang, China’s kite capital, and moved to Qingdao in 2013, Winni has never looked back. Since joining Newtimes Hair, Winni has been a dynamo of efficiency and innovation. She is a problem-solver brimming with ideas and has become a vital part of our team.

From your first contact with Winni to the moment your orders are delivered, Winni ensures a smooth and exciting experience. With her at the helm, the business isn’t just easy but exhilarating, and every challenge becomes an opportunity for innovation.

Transitioning from a client developer to a retention specialist, throughout the years, Winni has successfully assisted numerous clients in solving their issues, particularly concerning product details, logistics, or custom hiccups.

  • What hobbies and interests do you have?

I’m into so many things. All the popular stuff you name: Swimming, badminton, running, all for keeping me in good shape.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

They keep calling me “pretty Winni pretty brainy.” I’d take that as a compliment. I’d say I’m generally pretty fast in term of thinking and figuring out solutions. My teammates often turn to me for help, too. And It turned out that most of the time my ideas worked for them.

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I’m a typical town girl, you know. I’m into cats and dogs. But things like snakes, all sorts of insects, and hamsters; they are not my cup of tea. So, never get them near me.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that?

Most of my clietns are after Q6. And their clients happened to be guys who are into hair systems that are durable and natural. Q6 is a pretty good pick for them. With proper care, it should easily last 6 months.


Tori Zhang

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Tori or Victoria to be exact, originally from Heze, brought her passion for life to Qingdao in 2016. An avid reader with a Teacher’s Qualification Certificate, Tori is known for her professional yet intriguing persona at the office.

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I’m always fascinated about an exotic lifestyle. I really wish I could travel a lot, go to many different countries, and try their local gourmet food, and get in touch with the locals to actually have a feel of their culture.

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I’m always afaid of heights. With any tall buildings, be it a chimney or TV tower, I look at it, and imagine I’m looking down right from the top, it will give me sweaty palms.

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Not at all. I generally love all pets. Dog, cats, guinea pigs, rabits, etc. I love them.

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When you feel tired,it means you are walking uphill. I believe this quote as a truth that gives me a lift whenever I’m down. I believe there’s no gain without pain. Without trying, we can’t achieve anything.

  • Which men’s/women’s hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

With me personally, the best-selling hair system has been HS1. It has what it’s required out of a good quality hair system, in terms of a natural-looking hairline, undetectable scalp, etc. Most wearers and salon owners are familiar with it. Plus, all our clients have faith in the quality of this hair system. According to their feedback, this is an easy-to-attach, easy-to-maintain hair system for both men and women.


Ivan Mu

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Born and raised in a quiet town named Binzhou, China, where the Yellow River whispers its final secrets to the ocean. Ivan’s life was set to transform in ways he could hardly imagine. After completing college in Qingdao, young Ivan little knew that this vibrant coastal city would capture his heart and chart a new course in his life.

Ivan joined Newtimes Hair in mid-2022 soon after his graduation from his master’s. As a trilingual and someone with a professional understanding of Western cultures, Ivan plays a critical role in establishing customer relations in the US and Europe. His approachable nature and a mind of precision make him an invaluable asset to the team.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

I eardrop, and I hear them talking about me. I’m optimistic, proactive, and very friendly, and eager to help.

  • What is something you would love to do in the future?

I love basketball. And I’m a basketball freak. You can call me that. That’s just me. I’m looking at organizing a basketball team in the near future. 

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t know why I share the same gene with Doraemon. I’m scared of rats. I’m a 6’3″, but I hate rats; seeing one really freaks me out.

  • Which men/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

New Australia. When it first came out in early 2023, it made me top of sales. I think most wearers like it because at the design statge, our experts considered all possible aspects people could want from a hairpiece, such as a natural look, a level of comfort, and affordablity; it’s similar to lace, but most wearers can afford.