Last month I wrote a blog
post about transitioning into wearing hair. One of the things I mentioned
was the concept of gradually increasing density over time to create the appearance of regrowth, rather than having too much
density right off the bat.
But how exactly do you do this?
In this post I'll give you a more
specific example of how this can be done so that you can feel comfortable
making these changes to your system as you begin wearing hair.
The Case Study
First, let's assume you're interested in wearing a top-of-head (partial)
system. Your growing hair in that area
has thinned to a density of about 40, but the hair on the back of your head is
closer to an 80. Your ideal density
for your system will match the 80 density on the sides and back, but will be a
little bit lighter through the front and top. How can you make this transition
without throwing up red flags?
More on density
can be ordered in increments of 10 (40, 50, 60, etc.). We often refer to them in "percentages" but it actually refers to
the number of hairs per square centimeter in the unit. For example, a 70% density
is actually 70 hairs per square centimeter.
In this case, I would recommend
starting at a conservative density of 50 all over. With each new system, I would suggest increasing the density just one
step (from 50 to 60, 60 to 70, and so on) until you reach a density of 70. On
the last version, keep the density at 70 on the front and top, but increase the
sides and back to 80, to match your growing hair in that area.
Now why do I recommend increasing
density only in increments of 10, rather than 20? The simple answer: shedding. As you wear your system, shedding is part
of the natural wear and tear of a system and something that can't be
completely avoided. Although some people will experience it more than others,
your system will undoubtedly have less hair when you retire it than when you
So, let's say your system lost
10% of its density by the time you were ready for a new unit. If your next system was ordered with an
increase of 10%, the new unit will actually be 20% thicker than what you were
wearing. Now imagine it was ordered with an increase of 20%, this is
actually a 30% increase from what you are retiring--and that will be really
If you're comfortable telling
people that you're wearing a system, by all means, take the plunge and go right
for that thicker system you are looking for! But if you're not comfortable
letting everyone in on your secret, this is a way to make things easier. The point of this is to replicate the
appearance of regrowth, to make it look like your hair has begun growing
thicker on its own. If your hair is gradually getting thicker over time, I
highly anyone will doubt the fact that the hair isn't your own!