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Must-Have Hair Replacement Product Checklist

Ok, so once you feel like you've mastered the basics of hair system products. And as you wear hair for awhile, you'll run into common hair system problems--dryness, tangling and oxidation chief among them--that all hair wearers face at some point. Below you'll find some hair-saving and hair-maintaining product essentials:

Now there are a few items—stuff like tapes, glues, solvents, etc.—that are missing from this list and it may seem crazy that we didn't include them. Don't worry, we haven't lost our minds! We just thought that since we already covered the nitty-gritty, basic product stuff, we'd focus on products that really take your hair-wearing experience to the next level.

Eight Products You Should Have in Your Hair System Toolbox 

NN-Moisture Mist

Leave-In Conditioner - Any type of conditioning is beneficial to your hair system, but leave-in conditioners for hairpieces are ideal because they not only keep hair feeling silky, but many (like Nearly Natural Moisture Mist) also contain sunscreen protection that helps fight hairpiece color fading (oxidation).

Styro Head

Hair System/Wig Block - Heads and half-caps, wig blocks and stands are perfect for wig and hairpiece storage/protection and off-of-head styling. T-pins are an ideal companion product because they hold your hairpiece securely in place when styling and storing on a Styrofoam head or wig block.

ProTouch Adjust a BondProTouch Adjust-A-Bond - Adjust-A-Bond is like a time machine in a bottle and here's why: When you're trying to get your hair system straight on your scalp, only a few seconds can separate awesome and awful. Why? Because your hairpiece may immediately stick to your scalp when it makes contact with your skin. Adjust-A-Bond prevents your adhesive from sticking right away, giving you a few extra moments to make adjustments if your placement is off kilter.

Protouch NoSweatProTouch No Sweat - Scalp perspiration is frustrating to novice and veteran hair-wearers alike. Sweat can weaken your bond, shift your placement and shorten wear time. No Sweat works by blocking the oils and salt in your perspiration to form a barrier of protection between them and your bond.

Satin Pillowcase

Satin Pillowcase - Did you know hair replacement systems can be damaged by friction while you sleep? A major cause of that friction comes from pillowcases made from coarse materials. Using a satin pillowcase can dramatically reduce the level of friction and extend the life of your hair system.

Knot Sealer - Ironically, the products that help you style and maintain your system can also cause a buildup that can weaken your hair system knots over time, causing hair loss. So a knot sealer's primary function is to prevent hair loss by locking the knots to the hair system base with a thin layer of silicone. And some sealers, like TDi Knot & Tape Tab Sealer, can even strengthen your tape bond.

Exfoliating Mitt

Exfoliating Mitt (Glove) - Kind of like a loofah for your scalp, these gloves can be worn on either hand to remove itchy, dead skin cells for a thorough head cleaning to bring healthy, attachment-ready skin to the surface.

HD Vent Brush

A Comb & A Brush - Sure, this might seem like a no-brainer, but a comb and brush are vital not only for styling, but as tools for touch-ups and maintenance. Resin, wide-tooth combs and brushes usually work best because they allow the hair to pass through smoothly to reducing tugging and pulling.

What's not on the list?

Ok, so here's our big "duh" list of products we didn't include on our must-have list.

  • Tapes & Glues
  • Solvents
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Mirror
  • Hair Dryer
  • Towels

We figure most hair wears will already have these common (yet still important) items listed above. For more Product 101 goodness, checkout the six basic categories of hair replacement products.

Did We Mention None of This Is Exactly Etched in Stone?

We wouldn't call this a definitive, "be-all-to-end-all" list of products for every single hair-wearer on the face of the planet. Still, it's pretty darn close. Just consider this our, "If I was stranded on an island, I'd want to have these things with me..." kind of list. Really useful products to keep your hair system looking its best for as long as possible. But everyone is different. Some happy hair-wearers use less products. Other use way more. So it's really up to you to throw on your lab coat, experiment a little (or a lot) and figure out the perfect products scheme for your noggin.

BTW, if you have products you can't live without or other hair care tips, give us a shout and let us know. We may just add 'em to the pile!