Is A Long Lasting Hair Replacement System Always Better

Have you ever been asked, “How long do toupees last? Is non surgical hair replacement permanent?” How did you answer? Today let’s talk about it.

First let's take a look at the composition of the wig. Hair systems and wigs both have two parts: the base and the hair. When you ask how long a hair system should last, you should think about the two parts of a wig. The lifetime of human hair replacement systems is affected not only by the base, but also by the hair. The base has many different types of materials. Different base materials have differing lifetimes. Some base materials are durable and strong, while other types are not. There are many different types of hair, such as Indian hair, Remy hair, and Virgin hair. As with bases, the different types of human hair have different lifetime expectations. The purpose of this post is to provide the latest detailed information on both durability of the base and human hair. After reading this article, you should have a very clear understanding about how long toupees and human hair wigs last.

Let’s first talk about the base material.

Our factory produces the most popular material for human hair replacement systems and wigs. These are: French lacefine mono, clear poly or clear PU, poly with gauze, poly coated, integration net, silk mono, fine welded mono, etc.


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The first one is French lace. It looks like a mosquito net, a kind of net with holes. This is a good, breathable, and very natural base, but not that durable because it is very thin and with holes. It can last about 3 months with normal use and maintenance. Since it is very thin, has a natural appearance, and is breathable, French lace is the most popular material in hair replacement systems and wigs. The natural effect of French lace is produced not only by the thin base material but also by bleaching knots. French lace is the only material that allows knots bleaching. As a result, French lace becomes the most popular material.


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The next base material, Fine mono, looks like cloth. The cloth is both very durable and strong. Fine mono’s holes are very small. The hair tied on fine mono is tied with double knots and we don’t bleach knots. The hair can last longer. The fine mono material base hair systems and wigs last longer than French lace. A well maintained fine mono material can last as many as 8-12 months even years.

Of course there are many other materials. They all have their own features and have different lifespan. Generally speaking, the more the materials are thin, natural and invisible, the less the lifespan is. Like extra invisible material Swiss lace can not last over 1 month. Other mono base materials, such as German net, Mono lace and Integration base are all durable ones. They can last over 6 months and with good care even over a year or years.


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Let’s take a look at the poly material that is easier to attach tape or glue to. We have three types of poly: clear poly, poly with gauze and poly coated. Clear poly allows for different thicknesses of the base. Most clients prefer thin poly because of its softness and natural look, but thinner clear poly means shorter lifetime.

The model HS25 v loop is a good example. It has an ultra-thin clear poly skin of only 0.03mm thick. The thin skin requires hair attached with a V loop; there are no knots. This model lasts about 3-4 weeks. There are two reasons for its short life. First, the clear poly skin, though its natural look, is just so thin and soft, that it is just not as durable. The other reason is v-loop. The hair are not tied on the base, so the hair is prone to shedding. Although not as durable, this ultra-thin skin toupee is becoming more and more popular because of its natural look and softness. It is so comfortable that when worn it seems like it is truly not there. In addition, the perfect amount creates the most natural effect. Last but not least, it requires far less maintenance because the customer wears it for 3-4 weeks and then changes to a new piece. This is the most important reason why this ultra-thin skin system has become so popular. Not just ultra thin skin, other thickness clear PU also don’t last longer than the other two poly materials because of their soft and thin characteristics. Of course, different thickness clear PU will have different lifetime. The thicker the clear PU is, the longer the lifespan is. We made four different thickness clear PU units in stock which are also the most popular thickness in the market. Below are their around lifespan. It can help you choose the right one for your clients.

  • HS25: 0.03mm ultra-thin skin. The most natural and thinnest of all the skin bases. It has an expected lifespan of 3-4 weeks.  
  • HS1-V: 0.06mm super thin skin. (2-3 month lifespan)
  • HS1: 0.08mm thin skin. (3-6 month lifespan)
  • INS: 0.08mm injected hair. (2-3 month lifespan)


Poly with gauze is next. From the name, we can see a layer of gauze in the middle of poly. This gauze increases the strength of the poly, so it is very durable. It can last longer than clear PU. But because of the gauze, it cannot be made as thin as clear PU. This material can last over 6 months and with good care even over a year.

Poly coated is poly applied on material directly, and will add another layer of material. So there are sometimes three layers. It is the thickest poly and the most durable. It can last even years.

Above all, you can see if clients like high density (big volume of hair) and long life hair units, in that case poly coated material and fine mono material are absolutely a good choice. Differently, if clients like lower density and most natural effect, then suggest French lace and clear thin poly material.

The base material is like the foundation of a building. If the foundation is strong, so is the building. Likewise, if the base material of a hair system is not strong, the hair systems cannot last a long time. However, the durable base material is only one part of a hair system's lifetime.

Having addressed the types of bases, let’s talk about human hair. There are normally three types of human hair: no remy hair, Remy hair, and Virgin hair.

Let's see the below picture, which makes it easier to understand. 



Natural hair have cuticles, which are part of the reasons why they get tangled all the time. Non remy hair has different directions, so the cuticles do. When cuticles are not in the same direction, they will make hair tangle easier. To avoid this, hair needs to go through a heavy acid treatment to remove the cuticles. This way even with different hair direction, the hair will not tangle because of the different direction cuticles. If the hair piece has a thin and natural base which won’t last long time, this hair is good. But if the hair pieces is supposed to last over 6 months, better choose healthier ones.

Remy hair is healthy hair which has been cut from the head directly. The hair direction are same. It does not need to go through heavy acid treatment. However, we call it remy hair not virgin hair, because this hair are dyed or permed when making the hair unit. It is healthy enough and strong to last longer time.

Virgin hair is the same as Remy hair, has same hair direction. And for virgin hair, it means there is no chemical treatment, even coloring or perm. Like European Virgin hair, the raw hair material are ponytail and we will not do any coloring or perm or acid treatment on the hair. Just knotting it on the base and do basic washing. This one is the most healthy and strong. But it also needs the wholesaler or especially the salon owner to know what to use for their clients. Or it can not show out its benefits.


The third consideration in how long hair replacement systems last is the knotting method. Single knots are weaker than double knots. A single knot is more durable than the V loop and injected skin knot. Notably as well is different base materials use different knotting methods. HS25V model only uses the V loop. The front hairline of French lace must use a single split knot to create a natural front effect. But the remaining materials and areas use double knots to make the whole piece last long enough.  Also for all the skin hair pieces, we do v-looped hair on front to make a front hairline without any knots and single split knots everywhere else to make a strong and natural piece. There is also injected skin. It is not as strong as knotted skin though. In fact, the hair is injected to the skin base without knots, so it is easier to loosen.

You should now be able to answer your clients 

  • How long do toupees last?
  • Is hair replacement permanent?


Next, let’s look at the relationship between lifetime and the natural effect. When people use a hairpiece, the first requirement is that it must look natural – not like a wig. They don’t want others to know that they wear hair replacement systems. To achieve this natural effect, the piece should use small knots, no knots or bleached knots. Because these knots are small, people will not notice that it is a hair replacement. Well, small knots, no knots, and bleached knots are not strong knots, so the hairpieces are not as durable. In contrast, big knots, non-bleached knots are strong knots and hair systems are more durable. However, these larger knots are not invisible, and more importantly, not natural. From this point of view, lifetime and natural effect are opposite. It is not always true that the more durable hair system with longer lifetimes the better. The point is which one is more suitable for your clients, durable or natural.

Finally, how the customer cares for the hair systems also influences its lifetime. Each time your client removes the hair system, it should be cleaned. Remove the glue or tape residue, wash hair with hair conditioner, and rinse the hair system totally especially the hair knots. Do not comb hair when it's wet. We will post a blog about how to take care of the hair system in next few days. If you’re interested, please keep on paying attention to us at


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June Chen

Sales representative


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.

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

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.

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

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

Sales representative


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.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

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.

  • You are happiest when…

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

Sales Representative


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.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

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

Sales Representative


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.

As a quick learner, Tori always looks at customer’s needs from a tutor’s perspective. She has a sharp mind, is capable of picking up anything her client is unclear with, and offers the explanation in detail, making sure you understand it.

At Newtimes Hair, Tori thrives on the thrill of a sale, her triumphs now fueling the empowerment of her peers. Her journey at Newtimes Hair is marked by three profound words: abundant, proficient, and revolutionary.

  • Tell us an interesting fact about yourself other than your qualifications, your job.

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.

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

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.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

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

  • Do you have a favourite quote?

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

Sales representative


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.