Thin Skin Hair Systems 101: Everything You Need to Know!

0.03mm Ultra-Thin Skin Hair System, an example of a thin skin hair systems

Whether you’ve thought about wearing or selling hair systems or not, you’ve probably looked up “thin skin hair systems.” When you first heard about thin skin hair systems, your thought might be, “Skin?” Is it something to do with leather? No, it doesn’t.

As one of the most sought-after hair systems to fight hair loss, thin skin hair systems have nothing to do with leather. The word “skin” here purely means the material that resembles our skin, or viable epidermis, to be exact, the very top, thin, whitish superficial layer of our skin that doesn’t contain any nerve endings.

What Is a Thin Skin Hair System?

To know what a thin skin hair system is, let’s first get familiar with what a skin hair system is. Skin hair systems, also called poly hair systems, toupee, or hairpiece, is a typical men’s hair replacement system consisting of a poly base and tens of thousands of hairs that are either knotted or injected into the base.

an example of our poly skin hair system

To put on a hair system, a qualified stylist usually puts tape or glue on the bottom of the base and sticks it to the cleanly shaved head of the wearer. Now the dude has a full head of lush hair.

Thin Skin Hair Systems Are a Type of Skin Hair Systems

A “poly skin hair system” is the type that has a base made of a proprietary blend of thin layer of polymers to create a feather-light translucent membrane. The membrane resembles our epidermis in many ways. You or your client’s scalp will show through it. With the tens of thousands of hairs injected into the skin base, your skin hair piece is made.

0.03mm thin skin base material of toupee

Have you figured out what a thin skin hair system is now? A “thin skin hair system” or “thin skin toupee” simply means a skin hair system with a thin base.

How Thin is Thin?

Skin hair pieces are considered thin if their base is between 0.02 and 0.1 mm thick, among which the 0.02-0.03mm poly skin is sometimes called ultra-thin.

  • Note: Technology has helped us easily create the ultra-thin 0.02mm poly hair system. However, thinner doesn’t necessarily mean better or worse. It all depends on what features you or your client try to achieve. The thinner the skin, the lighter and more natural the hair system is. Whereas the thicker the skin, the longer the hair system lasts.

From 0.12-0.14mm, we call them medium thin, and from 0.16-0.18mm, we call them thick. There are other types of poly skin bases, too, like poly with gauze and poly coating, which we usually use to strengthen the lace or mono hair systems.

The list below will help you fully understand base thicknesses:

Clear Skin

thin skin


medium skin


thick skin


Poly with gauze 

thin gauze with a layer of poly, used as perimeter or whole base

Poly coating/NPU

French lace or fine mono with a layer of poly, usually used as perimeter

Types of Thin Skin Hair Systems

Thin skin hair systems vary in features and base structures for different purposes. Here are some of the most popular thin-skin hair systems. Let’s count them all up.

Full Thin Skin Hair Systems for Hair Loss at the Crown

Full skin hair systems are a fundamental type of hair unit with the whole base in translucent, skin-like poly material. They are much more affordable and user-friendly compared to lace hair systems.

Full skin hair systems can be attached in multiple ways, such as using tapes, adhesives, etc. They are easy to handle and maintain. That’s why they are a great option for wearers beginning to wear hair systems. The most commonly used thin skin hair systems or toupees for men are 0.06-0.08 mm hair systems.

Thin Skin Hair Systems with a Lace Front

Full skin hair systems are great for their prices and user experience, but they can’t beat lace hair systems in terms of looking real, especially when it comes to the hairline. Thin skin bases have a natural shine along the front hairline. Many wearers are concerned about that.

That is why we add a lace front in the front of the poly base hair systems, usually 1″ from the front edge towards the back and spanning horizontally across the entire forehead is made of French lace. That’s why we call them “lace front hair systems” or lace front wigs.

The lace front makes the thin skin hair system base absolutely undetectable at the front. Their knots can also be bleached to give an absolutely natural look.

With the help of the lace front, the hair system creates a most realistic hairline, which makes all pull-back hairstyles possible, and the wearer may save quite a bit.

HS15+ Men’s Lace Front Thin Skin Hair System is an excellent example.

Poly Base Frontal Hair System for Receding Hairlines

Thin skin hair systems are easy to attach, clingy, and ideal for beginners. Frontals cover only the forehead. Before reaching age 50, most men will start to develop a receding hairline. Hair frontals are primarily made for people whose hairlines are thinning and the rest of their head is still full of hair. A PU-hair frontal makes it the most straightforward to wear and saves the wearer more money.

PU frontals at New Times Hair will show you how a PU frontal hair system works best.

Thin Skin Hair Patches for Alopecia

Hair patches are designed for wearers with alopecia or bald spots over the head. As their name suggests, hair patches are also a type of hair system that covers only the patchy bald areas around the head.

As most of the wearer’s head is still covered with hair, PU hair patches are the most convenient way to have the spots covered. PU hair patches are small in size. They can be further cut to fit the bald areas perfectly.

WPT hair patches are available in different sizes to suit all sorts of hair loss patterns.

Thin Skin Full Cap Hair Systems

Different from those crown hair systems or partial hair systems, thin skin full cap hair systems cover the whole head and are designed for those with entirely bald heads.

Similar to other hair systems, full cap hair systems are attached by tapes and glues. You can also cut them into various hairstyles. It has all advantages that PU hair systems have, such as clingy, knotless hair, etc.

NJC1961 will show you more.

Pros and Cons of Thin Skin Toupees

There are always pros and cons to hair systems. Realistically, all hair systems have some qualities that are better than others. Here we’ll focus on some significant advantages and drawbacks of thin skin hair systems so you are prepared before making your first purchase for yourself or your customers.


  • Easily Attached and Easy to Clean

Thin skin toupees are easy to wear and maintain. They are the most ideal for new wearers. Add adhesive or tape to the wearer’s clean-shaven, oil-less scalp, and stick the thin skin hair system to the scalp. Done. When it comes to cleaning the hair system, the surface of the underside of the base is flat and smooth; it’s effortless to get rid of the tape or glue residue.

  • Knotless Roots

Unlike lace or mono hair systems, hair gets knotted to the base in either double-split knots or double/single knots; thin skin hair systems can have their hair injected or v-looped into the base, so the hair doesn’t show any knots. All the hair looks like it’s growing out of the wearer’s natural scalp and gives a realistic look.

transparent base along the front hairline of thin skin hair systems
realistic knotless effect of a poly base hair system
  • Affordable

Each poly hair system is a money saver. As skin bases generally cost significantly less than lace or mono bases and are easy to maintain, new wearers can ideally use thin skin toupees before they can handle hair systems better and shift to other base materials.

  • Durable

Well-cared-for thin skin hair systems can last considerably longer than lace hair systems, given that they are the least costly hairpieces available. 0.06-0.08 mm skin hair systems can typically last 4-6 months with proper care.

  • Cuttable

Thin skin hair systems are the most adaptable hair systems among all other hair systems. They can be cut into smaller hairpieces and used as patches or frontals. Once applied, they will create the sturdiest hold.

  • Clingy, Ideal for Sport Lovers

If you or your client loves some of the most extreme sports, we strongly recommend thin-skin hair systems. They create the strongest hold among all hair systems. The wearer can do almost all sports in thin skin toupees.


  • Not as Realistic as Lace

This becomes its drawback only because lace bases can better maintain a more realistic look and best breathability. Occasionally, the surface may have a whitish shine under the sunlight.

  • May Not Be as Breathable

Unlike mono or lace bases, which have thousands or tens of thousands of holes, thin skin bases don’t have that many holes. That makes them less breathable compared to lace or mono hair systems. However, some of our latest poly base toupees now have bigger holes. Hair and heat can quickly come through.

Lace vs. Poly Hair System

Lace and poly hair systems, which one is better? How should I choose? As we have shared in some of our articles, there’s no such thing as the best hair system. Whatever hair system you choose is closely related to what you’re trying to achieve.

Poly skin hair systems: Having talked about all pros and cons of poly or thin skin hair systems, poly or thin skin hair systems are easy to handle, attach, and maintain, and they cost less than lace hair systems. That makes poly or thin-skin hair systems the best choice for newbies who’ve never used hair systems. Lace is more breathable than thin skin.

Lace hair systems: Lace hair systems are breathable and look the most realistic. Comfort and looking realistic are the critical qualities wearers or hair system sellers can ever want out of a hair system. The base melts seamlessly into the scalp as one and is perfectly breathable. However, lace systems are harder to maintain and cost about 1/3 more than a thin skin hair system.

Which one to choose? If you or your client seriously consider hair systems, lace hair systems are the best choice. They combine comfort and a realistic look into one, achieving the best-looking hairline and parts. However, thin-skin hair systems are sound if you are a beginner with a limited budget. Use hybrid or lace front hair systems if you want a realistic hairline and parts.

Related: Lace vs Poly Hair System

How Much Does a Poly Hair System Cost?

There are various designs of poly skin hair systems. The hair used for the hair system is also different in quality, and so are the base materials. That’s why poly skin hair systems vary greatly in their prices. On average, a poly-human hair system may cost from $100 to a thousand; it also depends on what supplier(s) unit is shipped from.

Poly base hair systems, on average last 3-4 months. You will need 3 or 4 poly hair systems annually as a wearer. Plus, for the monthly touchup or reinstallations, you need to set a budget of around $1,000-$1,800 for a year.

Related: How much Does a Men’s Hair System Cost?

How Long Do Thin Skin Hair Systems Last?

The rule is that the thicker the base, the longer the hair system lasts. However, the thinner the base, the more realistic and natural the scalp look compared to the wearer’s natural scalp.

Here’s a list of all the different skin base thicknesses for your reference.

Base Material(Product Code)Lifespan
Skin 0.02-0.03mm(HS25)Around 4 Weeks
Skin 0.06mm(HS1-V)2-3 Months
Skin 0.08mm(HS1, HS15+, INS)3-4 Months
Skin 0.1mm(HS1VP, DURO INS)3-6 Months

How to Attach a Thin Skin Hair System?

The steps for installing a thin skin hair system are pretty simple. First, let’s get the tools ready, doing our job twice as quickly: Comb, balder, scalp protector, scissors, white eyeliner pencil, 99% alcohol wipes/spray, and measuring tape.

Now watch and finish watching the short video.

Have you finished watching it? I take it as you have. So now I’ll save some words on this.

Step 1: Prepare the scalp. Decide which section of the scalp you want the hair system to be. At this step, you must make a template to help you divide the area where you will attach the new hair system. With this step, you need to make a template.

Read our article to know the exact steps to make a toupee template.

Step 2: Cutting the hair system base to size. Follow the edge of the template to draw the contour of the area you want the hair system to be. Locate the hairlines.

Step 3: Clean the scalp. Make sure the scalp and the underside of the base are as clean as possible and without any oil. New hair systems have gone through a process known as grease conditioning to make the hair as shiny and lustrous as possible. So new hair system bases tend to have some oil remaining. Clean it with alcohol wipes, making sure there’s not a tiny bit of oil remaining on the underside of the base and the scalp.

Step 4: Apply a scalp protector on the scalp. This step is optional. But it’s for wearers with sensitive scalps or who love swimming. It protects the scalp, secures the bond, and keeps the hair system on the head longer.

Step 5: Attach the hair system. Here come the tapes and glues. Everything is straightforward about this step. Apply adhesive or tape on the wearer’s scalp, and stick the hair system correctly, fitting precisely the area and contour where the hairpiece should be.

Step 6: Hairdressing and styling. Here is the hairdresser’s favorite step, cut the hair into styles. It’s just like cutting the wearer’s natural hair.

How Often Should You Reinstall Thin Skin Hair Systems?

We can’t prevent our natural hair growth and sweat underneath the base. The tapes and adhesives become less sticky, so the hairpiece will lift. All hairpieces will lift after being installed for a while. Typically, each hair system needs to be reinstalled once every 3-4 weeks.

However, not all hairpieces are fit for reinstallation. Ultra-thin skin hair systems (with bases 0.02 mm to 0.03 mm thick) are too thin for reinstallation. Usually, they will tear or break in the removal process and can’t be used anymore.

Hairpiece bases over 0.06mm have a thicker and stronger base. These can be reused and reinstalled.

How to Remove and a Clean Thin Skin Hair System?

The crucial part of maintaining a hair system is to remove and clean it. The steps are simple, but when you practice them, it does require attention and patience. Watch the video below and read the related article on hair system removal and scalp cleaning; you will quickly master the cleaning task.

Step 1: Spray some remover on the base, let it soak a little while, and as the hairpiece gets loose, peel it off bit by bit. If a spot remains stuck, apply more remover, letting it soak a little longer, and continue peeling. Patience is the key!

Step 2: Soak the peeled-off thin skin hair system in cool or lukewarm water.

Step 3: Lay the hairpiece flat and remove the glue or tape residue, following the video. Gently stroke it with your hands.

Step 4: For stubborn residue on the edges, use the C-22 adhesive solvent. Brush it on with a fingernail brush to loosen the residue. Then, break it free.

Step 5: Wash and shampoo the hair system, ensuring all residue is off. Then dry it with a towel.

Why Is My Hair System Shedding? What Shall I Do?

Unlike lace or mono hair systems, whose hair gets attached to the base through single, double, or double split knots, thin skin hair systems, however, usually have their hair attached to the base in v-loops; some bases have the hair injected into it to achieve a realistic-looking hairline or part.

Without knots, hair is quickly shed, especially when the wearer fails to take proper care of or abuse them.

Here are some tips to preventing hair shedding from v-looped or injected poly hair systems:

  • Avoid applying conditioner and or shampoo on the base, which may loose the hair attached to the base.
  • Never brush the hair when wet.
  • Do not pull hard on the hair or use hair clippers when cutting the hair.
  • Do not wash the hair systems in hot water or blow dry the hair system with hot air. Hot temperature will enlarge the holes where the hair goes in or out, leading to easy shedding.

Why Doesn’t My New Hair System Stick to the Tape? What Shall I Do?

Some wearers or hairstylists have the experience that no matter how much adhesive or tape they apply on the scalp, the hair system just wouldn’t stick.

That’s because before hair systems are out of the factory, they usually undergo “grease conditioning,” a process to make the hair more lustrous and shiny. That’s why cleaning the underside of the base with alcohol is essential. Ensure the base and the wearer’s scalp are absolutely 100% oil-free. Read this article to find a more detailed instructions: How to Make Tape or Adhesive Sticker for a New Hair System?


Thin skin hair systems are hair systems that have a base made of polymer, which is a layer or thin membrane resembling our epidermis. Hence, their name is created: “thin skin hair systems.”

The average thickness of thin skin hair systems ranges from 0.01 mm to 0.18 mm. 0.02 mm, and 0.03 mm bases are usually called ultra-thin. They typically last for 3-4 weeks and are disposable, whereas most other thin-skin hair systems can be maintained and reinstalled once every 3-6 weeks.

Thin skin hair systems usually have a lifespan of 3-6 months with proper care. The wearer must visit the salon every month for cleaning and reinstallation. They cost less and are easier to maintain than lace hair systems. Thin skin hair systems are ideal for new wearers.

Again, there’s no such thing called the best hair system. The best hair system is only what suits your or your client’s needs. Click here to shop for some of the world’s premium thin skin hair systems.

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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.

● 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.


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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.

  • 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.


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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.

  • 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

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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.

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.


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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.

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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.