Living with a hair replacement system doesn’t have to mean the end of your normal routine. Men with hair systems are able to work, exercise, and enjoy activities without having to worry about whether or not their hair replacement system will fall off.
In the following guide, you’ll learn all you need to know about how a non-surgical hair replacement system will impact your daily life. You’ll get information about cutting-edge hair system technology, hair system maintenance, and lifestyle guidelines to help you live your best life with a hair system.
One of the biggest concerns men have about non-surgical hair systems is whether they’ll fall off. Whether you’re outside on a windy day or working up a sweat in the gym, you want to know that your hair system will stay in place. With the right adhesives and proper attachment technique, your hair replacement system won’t easily fall off.
How to Avoid Hair Systems Falling Off
There are several things you can do to make sure your hair system doesn’t fall off.
Prepare your head and hairpiece correctly.
Before you put your hairpiece on, you need to make sure your head is clean and free of any oils. Rubbing alcohol is helpful to make sure dirt, oils, and other debris won’t interfere with your hairpiece.
If it is a completely new hair system, we suggest you shampoo it and clean it with alcohol before you attach it to head——as most hair systems will go through a special production process called “grease conditioning” in the production to make them look natural and lustrous. Click to check out our guide to deal with new hair systems not sticking.
Use the right adhesives.
The right hairpiece adhesives are important to ensure a secure hold. Different climates (especially humid ones) may require different adhesives. If you aren’t sure what kind of adhesive you need, consult your hairpiece manufacturer or stylist.
Reattaching Loose Hair Systems
Your hair replacement system will still get loose over time.
If you noticed your hair system getting loose, take some time to properly reattach it. This will help you rest assured that your hair system is firmly in place.
When your hair system gets wet (from water, rain, or sweat), the adhesives can weaken. However, it will feel loose long before the adhesive fails entirely.
If the adhesives are weakening, carefully peel back your hairpiece, clean the lifted portion, and reattach it in the front. This will ensure the secure fit of your hair replacement system.
Removing and Reattaching Hair Systems
Non-surgical hair systems typically need to be removed and reattached every three to four weeks. Even if your hair system only needs to be reattached once a month, weekly touchups can help ensure the secure fit of your hair system.
The type of hair replacement system you choose will be a large factor that determines how often you need to remove and reattach your hair system. Some people choose systems that require daily application, while others prefer hair systems that only need to be attached once a month. The base of your hair system may influence how often you can remove and reattach it.
Can Anybody Tell if I Wear a Hair System?
The single biggest concern men have when looking into a hair toupee is whether or not people will notice that their hair isn’t natural. Most people feel like no hair is better than an unnatural-looking hairpiece.
Check out the video below to check how the thin skin hair system looks undetectable in the front hairline.
Modern hair replacement systems look more natural than ever before. We use a number of innovative techniques and technologies to address nearly all your concerns about how a hair system will look. Instead of looking unrealistic, your hair system will look just like your own natural hair.
Hair systems can be applied by a hairstylist in a salon or applied by the wearer at home. Wearers can remove and reattach their hair system as often or as little as they like, depending on the style of hairpiece and adhesive strength.
Wig Tape, Hair Glue, or Both?
Double-sided wig tape and hair glue can both be used to attach a hair system. If you plan to take off your system every day, you should use wig tape only, since this will damage your hairpiece less. However, hair glue should be used if you plan to wear your hair system for a long time before removing and reattaching.
Hair System Installation Tutorial (for Stylists)
If you’re attaching a hair replacement system for a customer, you’ll need to have double-sided wig tape and glue on hand. Follow the steps below to successfully attach your customer’s hairpiece.
Step 1: Attach wig tape to the hairpiece.
Take the wig tape and cut it into thinner, shorter pieces. You should tailor the pieces to your customer’s wants and needs. Gently place the tape around the edges of the hairpiece. You should leave a space between each piece of tape, since this will give sweat a place to go when your customer gets warm.
Keep the back on the double-sided tape for now, since you’re not ready to use the other side to attach the piece to your customer’s head. Press on the tape three or four times to make sure it is secure and flat.
Step 2: Mark your customer’s head.
Gently place the hair replacement system (with the backs still on the double-sided tape) on your customer’s head and position it. Once you’ve chosen a location to place the hair system, make marks on your customer’s head to indicate where the system should be placed once adhesives are applied.
Step 3: Clean your customer’s hair toupee and head.
Both the hairpiece and your customer’s head should be gently cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Remove all dirt, debris, and oils before moving to the next step. It’s important to get rid of any oils, since they may prevent a hairpiece from bonding with your customer’s scalp.
Step 4: Apply hair glue to your customer’s scalp.
Once the rubbing alcohol dries from your customer’s scalp, apply a thin amount of hair glue evenly across his scalp. An even application will give the hairpiece a more secure hold when fully bonded.
Step 5: Prepare the hair piece for placement.
By this point, the double-sided wig tape should be laying completely flat on the hairpiece. Gently pull off the backs of the double-sided tape, revealing the sticky portion that will be placed on your customer’s head.
Step 6: Position the hairpiece.
Gently apply the hairpiece to your customer’s head, being careful to line it up with the lines marked in step 2. Start by applying it to the scalp on the front of their head and gently move toward the back. Make sure you don’t tape down any of your customer’s natural hair during this process.
Once the hairpiece is in place, apply pressure evenly across the scalp to make sure it’s secured to the customer’s head.
Step 7: Style the hair system.
Once the system is in place, you’re ready to style your customer’s hair as desired. Make sure to only use products safe for hair systems when styling your customer’s hair. Some ingredients in normal hair gels may cause damage to a hair system.
How to Attach a Men’s Hair Piece (at Home)
If you’re attaching your hair unit at home, the steps vary slightly. The following instructions will help you securely attach your hair system from the comfort of home.
Step 1: Prepare your natural hair and skin.
Comb the hair on your head to remove any knots and tangles. Your natural hair should be pulled or brushed away from your hairline so it won’t be seen when you get your hair system in place.
Clean your scalp to remove oils and dirt. Rubbing alcohol is good for ensuring your scalp is clean and ready for your hairpiece. A clean scalp will help the adhesive and tape hold your hair system in place. If you have any stray hairs in your balding areas, shave them off so they don’t interfere with your hair system’s bond to your scalp.
Step 2: Apply scalp protector and (optionally) put on a wig cap.
Apply scalp protector to prevent skin irritation and skin damage. You should apply scalp protector to all areas of your skin where the hairpiece will be bonded.
If you plan to use a wig cap, put it on now. Both net wig caps and skin-toned nylon wig caps may be used under a hair system. It’s important to make sure all of your natural hair is underneath the cap. Secure the cap in place with bobby pins.
Step 3: Apply adhesive.
If you’re using liquid adhesive, dip the brush into the adhesive container and use it to apply a thin layer of adhesive around your hairline. Allow it to dry for a few minutes until it becomes wet and tacky.
If you’re using wig tape, carefully place the double-sided tape along your hairline, securing it to your skin. Leave small spaces between each strip of tape to allow moisture to get out when you’re sweating.
Step 4: Place the hair system on your head.
Hold your finger on the part of the headpiece that should be at the center of your forehead. Lift your hairpiece over your head and lay it on your scalp, moving that finger to the center of your forehead to ensure correct placement.
Once the hair system is lined up, pull the rest of the hairpiece down over your head. Make sure the sides of your hair system are away from the adhesive so they don’t get stuck until they’re in position.
Step 5: Secure the hair system.
Use a fine-toothed comb to press the front edges of your hairpiece. If your hair system uses a lace base, make sure the lace areas are smooth against your head. Uneven application of silk-based hairpieces can make the hairline look unnatural.
Once the front half of your hair system is fully secured, wait fifteen minutes for it to set. After fifteen minutes, press and secure the back of the hair system and wait another fifteen minutes.
Step 6: Style your hair system.
Once your hairpiece is securely in place, you can style your hair to your preferred style. Be sure to only use styling gels made for hair systems, since regular hair care products may cause unnecessary damage to your hair system.
Will My Hair System Stay on Forever? Are They Permanent?
Hair systems will not stay on forever because they are not a permanent solution. Once in place, a hair system will typically last for a month or more. The base material, hair type, hair ventilation method, and other factors play a big role in how long your hair system will last.
Although your hair system should be touched up every week and completely removed and reattached every month, each hairpiece will last longer than one application.
The base material of a hair system plays the biggest role in its longevity. Some bases are more resistant to damage.
If you want a hair system that lasts a long time, hairpieces with mono bases often last six to twelve months with regular wear. Mono bases are the ideal choice because of their quality and durability.
Full French lace lasts for three months and Swiss lace lasts for only two months.
The durability of skin-based hairpieces will largely depend on the thickness level of the base. The thicker the base is, the longer it will last. For example, a 0.03mm base will last about a month while the 0.08mm base can last up to four months. If you choose a poly skin base with gauze, it can last even longer.
8 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Hair System
Regardless of what type of hair system you choose, there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your hair system. With proper care, your hair system may even last longer than the estimated lifespan of your hairpiece type.
Below are eight great tips to help you prolong the life of your hair care system.
1. Use products designed for hair systems.
Regular hair care products can cause extra damage to hair systems. It’s important to use products designed specifically for your human hair system. Get shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, and brushes designed for use on hairpieces.
2. Don’t wash your hair system too often.
Washing your hair system too often can cause the hair to grow brittle and break. On average, you should only wash your hair system once every week or two. However, if your hair system gets dirty or wet, you may need to wash it more often.
3. Clean your hair system gently.
When it’s time to clean your hair system, make sure you’re being gentle with it. If you’re too rough when washing your hair system, you can pull strands of hair loose. This will significantly reduce the lifespan of your hair system.
4. Avoid heat, humidity, and sweating.
You’re going to get hot and sweat. Even though you can use a hair system in extreme conditions, avoiding heat and moisture can help you prolong your hair system’s life.
You don’t have to radically change your lifestyle just to avoid heat. Go for your daily run in the earlier hours and avoid damaging environments like saunas. The less you sweat in your hairpiece, the less often you’ll need to clean it. The less it’s washed, the longer it will last.
5. Reduce how often you remove and reattach your hair system.
Every time you remove and reattach your hair system, you’ll have to wash away the adhesive and reapply the system to your scalp. To prolong the life of your wig, you should do this as infrequently as possible.
6. Use a satin or silk pillowcase.
If you wear your hair system to bed, make sure you use a satin or silk pillowcase. These materials will help prevent friction and pulling, which can damage your hair system. Cotton and polyester pillowcases can cause excess wear to your hairpiece.
7. Don’t overuse your hairdryer.
The heat from a hairdryer can cause damage to your hair system. When possible, allow your hair system to air dry. When you remove your hairpiece to wash and reattach it, make sure it has had enough time to dry without the assistance of a hairdryer.
8. Use several different hairpieces.
One of the best ways to prolong the lifespan of a hair system is by rotating between several pieces. This will cause less wear over time as long as your unused hairpieces are kept in a clean and dry environment.
Rotating hair pieces is also a good way to let your hairpiece air dry between uses. Even if you’re trying to reattach a hairpiece in a short amount of time, the alternate hairpiece can air dry while you go about your day.
How Often Should You Wash a Hair System or Wig?
Most hair systems should be washed every one or two weeks. The more you wash your hair system, the more it will fade and the faster it will need to be replaced.
However, how often you wash your hair system will also depend on how often you’re wearing it, how much you sweat, how humid your environment is, and how clean it is after your daily routines.
You will need to wash your hair system earlier if any of the following happen:
- The hair system begins to smell. Remove odor buildup by washing your hair system.
- You go swimming. It’s important to wash chlorine and salt out of your hair as soon as possible to prevent damage.
- Any time your hair is soaked with sweat. Sweat can quickly lead to bad-smelling hair. If you’ve had a vigorous workout and your hair is soaked with sweat, you will need to wash your hair system.
- There is excess dirt or debris on it. If your hair system looks dirty, it needs to be washed. For light amounts of dirt, rinsing the hair system thoroughly may help you get your hair clean without the damage caused by shampoo.
Outside of these conditions, you should only wash your hair system once every one to two weeks. You should wash your hair system each time you remove and reapply it, especially if you use hair glue to keep it in place.
Most modern hair systems are strong enough to be washed while in place. However, the best way to wash your hair system is when the hairpiece is off your head. This allows you to thoroughly remove dirt, oil, and adhesive from your hair system.
To wash your hair system, follow the steps below to ensure the safe removal of dirt, debris, oil, and adhesives.
Step 1: Remove hairpiece tape from your hairpiece.
Gently remove the hairpiece tape from your hairpiece. It’s important to do this as carefully as possible so you don’t damage the base of your hair system. Special hair system solvent can be used to help you remove hair tape and glue residue.
Step 2: Brush your hairpiece.
You should brush your hair system while it’s dry. Using a hairpiece stand may help, since this allows you to brush it without snagging the base material. Be very gentle when you brush your hairpiece and pay special attention to the nape of the base. This area tends to get more tangled than the rest of your hair system.
Step 3: Soak your hair system.
Soak your hair system in warm or cold water. Never use hot water, since hot water can cause your hair system to become brittle and break. Let the water run from the top of the hairpiece to the bottom. Be sure the water evenly covers the entire hair system.
Step 4: Remove excess water and apply shampoo.
Gently squeeze out excess water from your hairpiece. Your hair system should be wet, but not dripping. Use a shampoo that is safe for human hair systems and apply a small amount to your hands. Rub the shampoo between your hands to create a thick foam and apply the foam to your hair system.
Gently turn the system inside out and carefully wash the inside of the hairpiece to remove oils from the base. Oils from your skin often get on the base, so it’s important to wash this part carefully, even though it is largely unseen.
Step 5: Remove residue from the base.
There are lots of residue removal products to help you get adhesive off your hair system’s base. Allowing the solvent to soak into the base will make it easier to remove residue. Gently use a lint-free or microfiber cloth to clean off residue embedded in the base of your hairpiece.
If you haven’t already done so, make sure to remove any adhesive from your scalp with shampoo or gentle soap. All old adhesives must be removed before you reattach your hair system.
Step 6: Rinse the hairpiece.
Rinse your hairpiece from top to bottom. Make sure you don’t scrub or crunch the hair, since this can damage your hair system. Make sure all shampoo residue is rinsed out of the hairpiece.
Step 7: Apply conditioner to your hair system.
Use a conditioner designed for hair systems to condition your hairpiece. Start at the tips and work your way up toward the base. Make sure you avoid putting conditioner directly on the base of your hair system. Let the conditioner sit for two minutes or longer so it will be fully absorbed.
Step 8: Rinse out the conditioner.
Carefully rinse all conditioner and residue from your hair system. Make sure you aren’t pulling or tugging the hair as you rinse. There should be no residue of any kind left on your hair system.
Step 9: Allow your hair system to air dry.
Leave your hair system out to dry long enough that all moisture has evaporated. Although you can use a hairdryer on your hair system, using hot air will reduce the longevity of your hair system.
Can You Shower With a Hair System?
You can shower with a hair system on since the adhesives are strong enough to handle moisture. You should avoid using shampoo every time you shower, since your hair system should only be washed every week or two. Rinsing your hair system in cool or warm water is fine, although you should avoid hot water.
If you want to protect your hair system in the shower, you can use a shower cap or carefully avoid getting your hair completely wet. Preventing excess moisture can help you expand the lifespan of your hair system.
Make sure you don’t get your hair system wet within 24 hours of getting it attached. It takes a whole day for the adhesives to properly bond your hairpiece to your scalp. Getting your hair wet before then can weaken the adhesives and reduce the strength of your hair system’s hold.
Can You Sleep with a Hair System?
You can sleep with a hair system, especially if you’re using a high-quality hair system that’s meant to be reattached on a weekly or monthly basis. Although your hair system may last longer if you don’t sleep in it, stronger adhesives make daily hair system removal an unnecessary hassle.
If you plan to wear your hair system to bed, you can prolong its lifespan by using a silk or satin pillowcase instead of cotton or polyester. This reduces the amount of friction on your hair, leading to less hair pulling and hair loss during sleep.
It’s also helpful to create good sleep habits. If you’re tossing and turning, you can do a lot of damage to your hair system. Make changes to your sleeping environment and sleep habits to ensure restful sleep. This will help you reduce the damage done to your hair system.
Can You Exercise With a Hair System on?
You don’t have to give up your daily exercise routine when you get a hair system. Although hair systems will last longer if you avoid heat and sweat, they are designed for daily wear.
Lace and mono-based hair systems are better if you plan to work out regularly. They are more comfortable when you’re hot or sweating because they breathe better. If working out is a regular part of your routine, you should seriously consider getting a hair system with a lace or mono base.
Limits around Exercise with a Hair System
Make sure to use water-proof wig tape and glue to prevent your hair system from slipping or falling under the added strain of exercise. Your hair system shouldn’t fall off due to vigorous exercise, but using weaker adhesives can cause problems while exercising.
It’s also important to wait at least 24 hours to exercise after your hair system is installed. The tape and glue need to be well-set on your scalp before you get it wet. This will prevent your hair system from getting loose later on.
Hair System Care after Your Workout
After exercising, it’s important to wash out all odors, dirt, and sweat from your hair system. Although you should only wash your hair system once a week, it may be necessary to wash it more frequently if you’re doing vigorous exercise.
Once your hair is clean, use hair conditioner to provide extra moisture for your hairpiece. If you plan to regularly work out and regularly wash your hairpiece, you should plan to apply conditioner more often. This prevents your hair system from growing brittle from over-washing.
Can I Swim with a Hair System On?
You can swim with a hair system on, although there are a few things you should do to care for your hair system before and after taking a swim.
Make sure you use water-proof hair system tape and glue to prevent your hair system from falling off in the water. Although most hair system adhesives should hold up against some moisture, water-proof adhesives can give you peace of mind that your hair system will stay in place.
It’s also important to wait at least 24 hours after your hair system is attached before swimming. Excess moisture can prevent your hair system from fully adhering to your scalp.
Before swimming, rinse your hairpiece in freshwater. This can help prevent hair damage caused by chlorine, salt, and other pool chemicals.
After swimming, thoroughly rinse and shampoo your hair. Make sure all chemicals are completely removed from your hair, as these can cause damage to your hair system. Apply conditioner for extra moisture after shampooing your hair. This can also help combat the harmful effects of chlorine and saltwater.
I hope this guide has already addressed your doubts and concerns about using a hair system. With the right application methods and maintenance, your new hair system will become your best partner for work and play. Confidently wear it while you work, go out, sleep, shower, work out, swim, and more!
Most men worry about getting a hair system because they’re afraid to get a hairpiece that looks unnatural. However, modern hairpieces use techniques that help conceal the fact you’re wearing one at all. No one will notice that you’re wearing a hairpiece because it will look like your natural hair.
The other major concern men have is whether their hairpiece will fall off while exercising or going through their normal routines. With the right adhesives and attachment techniques, your hairpiece will not fall off.
Waterproof adhesives allow you to sweat, shower, and swim without worrying about your hairpiece. A hairpiece shouldn’t keep you from any of your regular daily activities. If your hairpiece does get loose, though, take some time to reattach it.
Your hairpiece’s lifespan depends on the base material and how well you care for it. Hairpieces with a mono base often last significantly longer than other base types. To prolong the life of your hairpiece, avoid overwashing it, using heat to dry or style it, and take care to rinse out chlorine and other chemicals after swimming.
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