We spend a lot of time talking about how to properly size your hairpiece
to get the coverage and the look you want, how to get the front hairline to
look undetectable, how to properly choose densities, etc. There are over a dozen design specifications you need to consider when
designing your hair system, and each requires serious planning and thought.
But what about your actual hairstyle? If you're thinking about
wearing a bonded or clip-on partial hair
system, you've probably wondered if you can get it to blend seamlessly with
your own hair, right?
Below are five things you want to keep in mind when it comes
to choosing the hairstyle for your hair system. These rules apply to clip-on
hairpieces as well as a bonded hair systems, but of course design decisions do
differ between the two. Bonded systems have slightly different design
considerations than clip-ons.
Rule #1: Keep your
biological hair covered
The easiest way to
keep your partial hairpiece from being detectable is to completely cover your
remaining bio hair. What do I mean by that? Well, basically, make sure the
hair system is as least as long as the lowest length of your hair. So, if your
hair is only 2" long, the lowest length would not be 2", it would be
the length of the longest hairs around your ears and nape of your neck. If your
hairpiece is small, you will need to order longer lengths to reach the lowest
hairs, which could be 6" or so from the top of the base, if you have a
very short haircut. Because of this, you really couldn't have one or two inch
hair all over, unless you were wearing a full cap wig that covered your entire
head. Point being, avoid cuts that are
so short you see the blend line between your hairpiece and your bio hair.
This is a challenge that men typically face, but women have more flexibility
with hairstyles to be able to avoid it.
If the color, texture or density is not a perfect match, your
hairpiece will be a dead giveaway. However, if the hair from the hair system
can fully cover your hair, even if it's short and layered, imperfections will be much less noticeable.
In contrast, if you have a bob that measures 10" from
your crown, make sure that the hair in the unit reaches the bottom of the hair
in the bob. Basically, you don't want a
small 4" hairpiece sitting on top of your bob with your own hair poking
out the ends.
For longer lengths, I always recommend ordering an inch or
two longer than your bio hair so you can trim off the dead ends in the
hairpiece to match or slightly exceed the length of your bio hair. You may
want to account for the expected growth of your bio hair.
Of course some people wear hairpieces that are shorter than
their hair, however, it's less
detectable if you completely cover and blend with your growing hair than
stopping short. The hair system will oxidize at least a little bit over
time, eventually causing a noticeable color change. This is especially problematic if you color your own hair and it
oxidizes at a different rate than the hairpiece. If your bio hair is
strategically masked/covered by the hairpiece, the color difference is less
obvious and can even look very natural if your bio hair is slightly darker.
Rule #2: Keep the cut
I suggest you keep the haircut relatively simple so it can be
easily replicated. If you are rotating
two or three units at once, you'll need the cuts to be exactly the same. If
you only wear one unit at a time and don't care if there's a noticeable change
every few months, then it's not as big of a deal. If you'll be rotating multiple hair systems at the same time, make sure
your stylist knows that the measurements in the cut need to be precise. Also,
if you are trying to get it to appear as if you are growing out your hair over
time, be sure the stylist takes measurements of the preceding unit so she can
be sure to cut the newer one a bit longer.
(And hey, did you know
we can cut-in your hair system before it ships to you? And, there's no extra
Rule #3: Keep the
dependency on styling products to a minimum
If your hairstyle is seriously product dependent, you could end up regretting it. For example,
if you want a shorter spiky style or a messy look that requires gel, wax,
mousse or hairspray on a daily basis, you'll probably end up shortening the
life of your hair system and/or giving yourself the look of stiff, unnatural
hair. Heavy or sticky products typically need to be shampooed out every day,
causing more wear and tear on the hair. Many
products also contain harsh alcohols
that will dry out the hair. So between the ingredients in the styling
products and the excessive shampooing, your hair will likely dry out (which
will make it stiffer and less natural looking) and shed faster. If you can't
give up your haircut and eliminate the harsh products, it's OK, just know that
you might need to order units more often than is typically recommended.
Rule #4: Keep the
dependency on heat styling tools to a minimum
Women always ask what kind of wave to get so they can easily
straighten the hair. The truth is, permed
hair systems are not easily straightened with a flat iron or blowing out. A
lot of times steam is even required to get the hair really straight. Whether
the hair is straight or curly, you can feel free to heat style it occasionally, but if you think you want
to wear the hair straight as often as you wear it wavy, then order two different units. Then you can get the changing
looks you want without unnecessarily damaging the hair system.
Of course, everyone has different preferences. The above "rules"
are really suggestions for you to have the best experience possible. Feel free
to experiment and break the rules! Just know that you might need more hair systems in a year
due to the additional wear and tear you'll be putting on the units. I just
wanted to you understand what issues might come up so you can be realistic and
strategic when choosing a style for your hair replacement system.
If you're totally confused, no worries! Just give us a call and speak to a hair tech. She'll help you out and answer all your questions so you can move forward with confidence.