What is the modern day deterrent to wearing hair? Wearing the figure of what is recognized as a “hairpiece,” this term used as it is universal to male or female clients (extended to wigs as well). Please allow me to offer a few examples of most common offenders of the bad…
How do you as a hair wearer avoid being one of these victims? Who better to help guide you than a medical hair replacement specialist. Let me offer to you at the highest level the key to successfully wearing a natural looking hairpiece, top piece, or wig (for both human or synthetic).
Hairpiece or Top Piece wearers:
- Color – First give away. Color can draw a hard line when not matching, dead give away (Figure 1 & 2 for example)
- Front Hairline – Making sure the front hairline is flush with the scalp and not detectable to the human eye (Figure 3). Also to mention recession, your recession should be reflective of your age (no 50 year old has the same recession as they did when they were 20 🙂 ).
- Base – Make sure the base provides a natural appearance. The part or top of scalp appearance should be pleasing to the visible eye and reflect that of natural hair growth (bleaching of knots or rooting offer great assistance here as well).
- Texture – The texture of your natural hair and hair addition should be of the same qualities. In addition, ensuring your hairpiece is not dry or overly shiny.
- Density – Your hair density should match your natural hair or, at minimal similar to recession, match your age. If wearing heavy density (to prolong lifespan) custom’s will offer gradual density adjustments where needed.
- Maintenance – The unsung and often forgotten hero of achieving a natural looking hair piece. Your system will require home maintenance, regular washing and use of the appropriate products. A good hair replacement specialist will be able to provide you everything you need to achieve the maintenance of the hair color and quality.
*** All of the above, yes, these still apply to you and in addition…
- Details – Ensuring that the ear tabs are pointed in, toward the face and the tag (if not removed) is not peaking through. Yes, it happens… the wig tag will be a blaring sign that you are wearing a wig.
- Wiggy Base– Unfortunately, we haven’t came up with a better term yet. Refer to Figure 4 on the example. This wiggy base is a dead give away, there is nothing natural looking in this construction.
- Security – Your wig should be secure in place. Ensuring appropriate fit is critical and use of products such as wig grips also quite helpful.
- Customization – Wigs often have an out of the box appearance and will require styling. Wigs are constructed as a “one size fits all” there will be tailoring needed to achieve a natural look. Hair length and density will almost be guaranteed to require some work.
- Wig Maintenance – Reiterated, the unsung and often forgotten hero of achieving a natural looking hair piece. Your wig will require maintenance. Regular washing and use of the appropriate products.
- Synthetic Side Note: The fibers will transform from the heat of your neck or shoulders and will require attention.
And lastly to prove that you can achieve a natural look… check out our gallery for client examples of the good 🙂 Wishing you the best in your hair journeys!!!