Transitioning from Clip-on to Bonding

There may come a time when your clip-on hair system no longer meets your needs. A clip-on system works well while your growing hair is still manageable, but as your hair thins, it becomes increasingly difficult (and possibly painful) to wear. Here we discuss when to consider transitioning to bonding, and common questions that arise when considering the change.

When to transition to bonding

Does this sounds like you? If so, it may be time to start bonding your hair system.

  • Your clip-on system is uncomfortable
  • You’re tired of painful hair-pulling
  • You’re tired of making frequent adjustments to your system throughout the day
  • Your hair has thinned and the clips don’t have enough to hold onto
  • You want a more permanent option
  • You want a less detectable system
  • You’d prefer to sleep and shower in your system

If you’re struggling with your clip-on system, bonding will provide a more natural look and feel and most likely be a lot more comfortable for you. You’ll no longer have to worry about your hair system falling off, pulling your hair, or shifting from side to side. You’ll be able to sleep, shower and swim comfortably; occasionally, you’ll forget you’re wearing a hair system. And perhaps best of all, you won’t have to deal with attaching the system every single day — just once every week or two.

How to make the transition

The transition to a bonded system is fairly easy once you commit to shaving — which is undoubtedly the hardest emotional hurdle to overcome. But don’t worry; we provide easy step-by-step instructions for shaving your head the first time, as well as everything else you need to know to move forward with bonding.

If your current clip-on system has a poly perimeter, you can simply remove the clips and begin bonding the same system. This is the fastest and easiest way to transition, with the least change in your appearance.

However, you may choose to redesign your system to have a lighter, less detectable, more breathable base. We can help you redesign your system to help support your changing needs before you make the switch to bonding.

There will be a considerable learning curve with the maintenance required for bonding and cleaning your hair system and scalp. We provide extensive educational materials to teach you everything you need to know in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step way. You may want to browse the Learning Center to see some of the necessary maintenance steps and products so you can begin to understand what is required to wear and care for a bonded system. Don’t let this information overwhelm or deter you. Most people find that a bonded system feels more comfortable, looks more natural, and helps improve their self-esteem significantly. In addition, though the processes can seem daunting, most people adapt quickly, and maintenance becomes second nature faster than they expected.

Common concerns

Like all things related to hair replacement, bonding can be an emotional roller coaster for a few months. However, the fact that you’ve already worn a hair system puts you far ahead of the curve. Emotional Transitions will guide you through what you can expect in the first weeks, year, and beyond, so you are prepared with the right mindset and can have the best experience.

Many of the questions first-time hair wearers have revolve around lifestyle concerns. You’re likely wondering what you can and cannot do in a hair system: if it’ll fall off during physical activity, what happens when you sweat, or if you can swim in it. You can find answers to these questions and more in Frequently Asked Questions.

Lean on us

As with every stop along your hair replacement journey, we are here to help. If you need help weighing the pros and cons, preparing for bonding, designing a new system, or any other concern, please call us.