In today’s day and age, there are many factors that come into play when talking about personal maintenance. Is there someone other than ourselves we want to impress? Are we expressing the way we feel inside through an outward declaration?
Looking at ourselves from the inside first is a great way to start communicating our own individuality through many different forms, one of which is through our hair– inclusive of whether we have it or not!
Hairstyles are often one of the first things another individual is able to notice when they first meet you, so why wouldn’t we want a little something up top to make us stand out?
Even if you feel you lack in the hair department, hair systems have thankfully paved their way into our lives through many creators and helpful individuals. So, you may be asking, what is a hair system and how long does it last?
What is a hair system?
A hair system was designed to put hair on your head. The systems are composed of a base to lay on the scalp or remaining hair, strands of hair attached to the base, and frequently an attachment method.
Different styles and types of hair systems are available to accommodate each personal requirement and preference. You can find your favorite length, style, color, and texture for any occasion. Also, for the attachment, there are a variety of ways to go about fine-tuning your new piece to fit your liking. But, the material you select and several other factors could impact how long your new hair system will last.
Longevity of your new hair system
As we said before, how long you can comfortably wear your new ‘do’ will depend on what type of hair system base you choose, how well you maintain your piece, and what products you use. In short, most pieces last anywhere from 6-10 months if worn regularly; however, many factors can go into determining an accurate number.
Below, we will cover what the different types of bases are and how this will affect the longevity of your new hair system.
Types of Bases
Thin skin bases typically last anywhere from 1-6 months, depending on thickness. The thinner the base, the shorter its lifespan will be simply due to the fact that there is less material to wear down.
Lace hair systems, on the other hand, typically last between 1-4 months. More often than not, French lace hair systems last slightly longer than Swiss lace hair systems.
Mono, or monofilament, hair systems are generally more durable than lace or thin skin bases. Although not as breathable as lace or thin skin, these pieces are made for daily use and can last anywhere from 6-10 months if properly maintained.
Finally, there are hybrid options to pick from, including skin and lace combinations, skin and mono combinations, and lace and mono combinations. Hybrid options are great for providing the benefits of multiple materials. For example, mono and lace systems offer durability and comfort or breathability. The lace and mono hair systems are the most durable of the hybrid options, lasting anywhere from 3-6 months.
In sum, mono-based hair systems are definitely the most durable and long-lasting; however, specific thin skin and lace systems can last for several months when taken care of.
How can I maximize the lifespan of my new hair system?
There are many ways to maximize the lifespan of your new hair system. Follow these tricks to get the best bang for your buck:
● Use detangler spray – Regularly applying a detangler spray will reduce the amount of stress your piece endures during the brushing process.
● Use a wide-toothed comb – A wide-toothed comb, as opposed to a hairbrush or a fine-toothed comb, will also reduce the amount of stress and pull on your hair system while detangling.
● Wash your piece with high-quality products – While you’ll want to avoid washing your hair system too often, you still need to give it a good scrub every ten days, depending on how often you wear it. Be sure to use high-quality products, though, because low-quality products can damage the hair system, decrease its lifespan, and lead to more expenses in the long run.
● Dry your hair system properly after each wash – Avoid using hair dryers and other heating tools on your hair system. Instead, allow your piece to rest on a hairpiece stand overnight in a well-ventilated area.
If you follow these tips and tricks above, your new hair system should last several months before it needs replacing. Pay close attention to the front hairline of the system because this is where most of the hair will begin to fall out. Once you notice hair falling out or breaking off, you should consider purchasing a replacement, as it will only get worse the more you wear it.