How to Create a Natural Hairline for a Hair System?


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Imagine you are a customer wanting to buy a hair replacement system. What would be the most important factor when choosing a hair system? I think 99% of people would say realism. It must be natural, natural and natural.

That poses the obvious questions: how to make a toupee with a natural hairline? Today, we would like to show you how we can make a natural hairline.

 

Bleached knots

Bleaching knots is the most common technique for creating a natural hairline. It simply requires the application of a bleaching mixture to the knots to remove some of the color from the hair roots. This way, the hair roots will not look dark and the dark knots will become light and virtually invisible to the naked eye.

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So, how to bleach knots? First, we will mix bleaching powder with bleaching liquid. The resulting mixture cannot be made too thin. If it is too thin, the mixture will spread too far up the strands of hair and create an unnatural appearance. Then, we will brush the mixture on the areas of the hair system that require bleached knots and leave the mixture on the hairpiece for a while. Usually, this area would just be the front one inch of the hairline. It is crucial that the bleaching mixture is not left on the knots for a long time otherwise the hair will become over bleached and it will break. Conversely, you cannot leave the mixture on for too short a time because the knots will not be bleached well enough. Finally, the bleaching mixture needs to be fully washed off. If not, the entire hair color will change. Then, inspect the hair to check the knots are undetectable. This is what bleached knots should look like.

However, be aware that bleached knots are not possible for all hair colors. Colors #1 and #1A are too dark for bleached knots and some base materials, like fine mono and skin bases, are not suitable for bleached knots. But what can we do about improving the realism of the knots of dark hair colors? Thankfully, there is a method called dye-after.

 

Dye-after  

As the name suggests, the hair is dyed after the knotting has been finished. So, for dark colors such as #1 or #1A, if customers want natural-looking, invisible knots, we usually knot the hair along the front hairline with light colors such as #3 or #4 or other light colors. Then, once the knotting is done, we dye the hair to #1 or #1A but we will leave the roots and knots light and undetectable. During this process, the most important thing is that we do not dye the hair too far from the hair root. You can see what dye-after hair looks like in the photo below:

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Small knots or no knots: single split knots, V-looped hair and injected hair

To get a natural front hairline on mono or skin materials we usually ventilate natural-looking knots or use a knotless method.

We do small, natural, single split knots across the front hairline of lace or mono whereas we do V-looped or injected hair for skin bases. V-looped hair and injected hair are both knotless methods that create the illusion of hair growing directly out of the scalp as shown in the photo below.

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Another natural method is injected lace which is also called silk top.

Silk top hair systems are a combination of French lace and silk mono. The hair is first knotted to French lace with single knots and then pulled through the silk mono. From above, it looks just like your own scalp with hair appearing to grow out it the way our hair does. This photo will help you understand the design process better.

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Graduated hair

Graduated hair is another way of making a natural hairline. We usually ventilate a single strand of hair per knot across the first line (or two lines) of knotting along the front hairline, then two or three strands, before mixing up the number of strands of hair per knot. The knots along the front hairline will also be small.

Graduated hair makes a graduated density. We tend to use a graduated density at the front. A graduated hair density means less density and an irregular front hairline which then graduates through to the main density of the hairpiece. This method also avoids a very neat and straight front hairline. The overall effect is a more natural front hairline that mimics our natural hair pattern. However, if your client needs thick hair at the front then we will not use the graduated method. Here is a photo of graduated hair:

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Under hair

Under ventilated hair is mainly used on thick-edged bases such as fine mono bases with poly around the edge, bases with folded net along the front hairline, hairpieces with a ribbon around the edge as well as silk tops with a poly coating. When these kinds of hair replacement systems are worn they may not look as natural as others. So, in order to make the front hairline appear natural and make the unit undetectable to others, we usually knot under ventilated hair to mask the edge. The following photo will help you understand better:

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Under hair is not suitable for lace bases because the material is already very thin and transparent and under hair actually detracts from the overall look. Instead, we use a graduated front hairline on lace systems to enhance the natural look because it mimics the hair-growing pattern of a natural hairline.

 

Scalloped fronts

When a hairpiece has a lace or skin front, some customers ask for a scalloped front as it makes the front edge of the base irregular-shaped instead of appearing as a very straight line. This helps to create a more natural front hairline effect. Please note that a scalloped-front cannot be used together with a graduated hair density.

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Age-appropriate front contours

Choosing an appropriate front contour also helps to create a natural front effect. Different people have different front contours. Some people have sharp front contours, some have flat ones whereas other people have irregular ones.  So, you need to ask just fitting contour for your clients then the hair system can give them a perfect front hairline. We have several common front contours – A, AA, B, BB, C and CC – that can all be seen below.

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C or CC contours are relatively flat and these two front contours are appropriate for most women. If a female customer has no specific requirements then we will make a CC contour.  Perhaps, a customer is not sure of the exact shape of their front contour. If so, then they could make a template or they could order a CC shape because a CC shape can be cut into other shapes. That’s why all of our wholesale stock hair systems are a CC shape.

So, there you have the most common ways to create a natural front hairline. We hope this blog can help you to guide your customers to choose a natural-looking toupee for them. We are a professional wigs manufacturer so we welcome all your ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to send them or your questions to wig@newtimeshair.com.


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Monica joined New Times Hair in 2013. She is responsible for dealing with sales and aftersales inquiries. She brings a catalogue of experience in the field of hair replacement systems and women’s wigs. Monica works closely with the sales team and the central management team on business development.

     



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