Since the key to the success of a hairpiece is its fit, the base must correspond to the patron’s head shape and original hairline recession. Making a tape template of the head which can be seen through and drawn upon is an ideal way to develop a pattern for such a base to make the proper hairpiece.
- Place an 18-inch square of clear plastic wrap so that it covers the top portion of the head.
- After pressing the wrap close to the head, use tape to contour the head shape.
- Beginning at the forehead, place transparent tape on the wrap over what will become the outer perimeters of the pattern. The areas of baldness determine these outer perimeters.
- After you have taped the boundaries, cover the inner portion of the plastic wrap with overlapping pieces of tape.
- Apply 3 layers of tape.
- The tape will lock the plastic wrap into a permanent transparent tape template.
Hairpiece Pattern: Using a Sharpie® permanent marker, draw pattern lines on the tape template while it is still on your head. Though requirements vary from person to person, some rules of thumb apply to most. Front hairline should usually be established by placing 3 or 4 of your fingers (depending on your age) above the brow line. Lines are drawn from that point to form a pattern, which covers the bald area. Deeper recessions look most natural.
- After the entire outer perimeter of the pattern is drawn, the desired style should be indicated.
- If a part is desired, draw a line from a pivot point at back crown to the front hairline. Placement of the pivot point should correspond to what can be seen of your original growth.
Indicate the probable growth pattern on the tape template, the date the tape template is made, as well as other pertinent information concerning your hairpiece. After you have finished marking the tape template, add one more layer of tape (now 4) to cover and seal in the markings.
Since the average life of a hairpiece is 12 to 18 months, good record keeping is advisable to keep the hairpiece current. Remove the tape template from your head and trim the excess plastic wrap off.
The image below provides guidelines for best measurements when fitting a full wig. Please use this guide to take proper measurements. Note: all measurements are in inches.
Placement. Gripper® clips may be used in a 3 or 4 location placement, with an optional location at the front of the foundation. We recommend the small size for frontal positions.
Attachment. The clip is sewn on the foundation edge using the holes provided.
Attaching & Removing. Use a scoop motion. Place the Gripper® through hair and then lock into position.
Optional Frontal Location. The Gripper® small clip is especially recommended for the frontal location. There must be a sufficient amount of hair for the clip to hold.
The proper care of your hair enhancement or extension will keep it looking like new. Most find it is best to have more than one hair enhancement, not only to alternate hair styles but to allow the proper time for cleaning and drying.
Care & Maintenance for Your Human Hair Enhancement
Cleansing: To ensure proper color retention and to prevent intense tangling, be sure to use only professionally recommended products on your hair enhancement.
Comb hair gently, then, using warm water, completely wet hair. Apply a dime size amount of shampoo into palm to make a lather in hands first. Run lathered hands through hair to gently remove any oils or buildup from scalp and hair. Avoid vigorous scrubbing because this can loosen attachment or create tangles in hair.
Rinse well. This step may be repeated if necessary.
Conditioning: Apply a dime size amount of conditioner to hands and run fingers through hair in a combing motion. Wait a minute or two, then rinse well.
Proceed with styling.
Any questions concerning the care of your hair enhancement can be answered by calling our toll free number at 1-888-536-6981
Frequently Asked Questions
A. Hair loss is perfectly normal among both men and women. But the cause and progress of thinning and losing hair can be quite different. Many men develop male pattern hair loss, which is characterized by a receding hairline and/or loss of hair on the crown. This type of hair loss is almost always genetic and cannot be prevented, although once it starts it’s impossible to predict how much hair will be lost over time. This condition is known as alopecia.
A. Let’s start with one fact: The most common forms of hair loss—aging and genetics—are irreversible. There is no magic cure for baldness, despite what you may have read or heard. No pills, potions, herbs or shampoos will bring back a full head of hair.
If your doctor has ruled out any medical reason for the hair loss, you might first try Rogaine (minoxidil) or Propecia (finasteride). Rogaine is the first (and most common) FDA-approved non-prescription treatment for hair loss. Propecia is a prescription-only medication. Rogaine (and other topicals) and Propecia do work, but really successful hair restoration occurs in only a handful of people. Most often the results are fine, patchy hair—don’t expect a full head of hair. Also, Rogaine and Propecia don’t necessarily stop hair loss, only slow it down. And they are both expensive. Once you begin either treatment, you need to continue with them forever, or else the hair loss will continue. Finally, Propecia is recommended only for men, and because it is a prescription drug, it can interact with other medications.
A more radical approach is a hair transplant. First of all, you need to have sufficient scalp hair to harvest. Keep in mind that while the transplanted follicles do grow in their new location, hair transplants don’t stop the actual loss of additional hair. So as time goes on you might need more transplants. And that means you need to keep finding areas around your scalp where there’s enough donor hair. Now there’s no doubt that hair transplants can look great. But they can be extremely time-consuming, painful, and expensive, costing as much as ten thousand dollars, or even more.
Then there are hair replacement systems. That’s what I offer. Usually made of natural, lustrous hair, they are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. You get more flexibility and control over the style and design of your hair. Best of all, you see positive, immediate results.
Also be sure to check below for detailed information about hair replacement systems.
European like. Hair is soft, more silky feeling than synthetic hair. Human hair can be colored and permed, also curled with a heated iron or rollers. Recommended for a smoother look or clients who like to work with their hair. Many feel it is well worth the effort.
Hair is very natural looking, comes in a variety of shades and tones and curl or wave patterns. No heat can be used, yet a wet set is easily achieved yet not necessary. Synthetic hair is recommended for those looking for ease of style and care.
Daily wear hair replacements are worn by the client for a limited time and removal each night before sleeping. They are secured to clients’ hair or scalp using tape or clips. This method ensures a longer lasting hair system. Many clients prefer this method of wear.
A hair system or wig that is removed at the end of the day. Some clients prefer not to sleep with the hair system on to help maintain their style.
Hair worn in an extended wear method becomes one with your existing hair. The hair is secured for 3 - 6 weeks using various methods of attachment such as weaving or bonding. Many clients feel more secure with this method; however the replacement may need to be replaced more often than Daily Wear.
This is a thin, clear, skin-like polyurethane material designed to be slightly wavy along the hairline, giving a realistic appearance. This type of front lasts the longest. Density can be whatever you choose. Scallop front is attached using a tape tab. Under-venting (hair coming from the underneath side of unit) cannot be done with a scallop or lace fronts. It would show too heavy of a solid line.
Introduced in the past year, the lace front has been described as a breakthrough technology in hair systems. A very thin lace section is placed on the front of the unit from temple to temple and back about 1"-2". The lace is invisible to the eye, and hair appears to be growing from the scalp. Density in lace works best choosing 'light to medium.' The back of the system is made the same way as other units, with a tape tab perimeter.The lace front is attached with a special lace tape. This lace front is designed to be replaceable because it is fragile.
This is the most widely used hairpiece tape. Also referred to as clear tape, it has a moderate holding strength. Recommended for daily use.
Whiteliner - "Clear" is one of our popular adhesive tapes. It has a moderate attachment strength, recommended for daily use. Whiteliner - "Cloth" is a white cloth tape with white paper backing. It has a slightly stronger adhesive, and also waterproof.
This is the most widely used hairpiece tape for permanent attachment. It's a popular clear tape with a "reddish" backing. Don't be misled by the name; this tape is definitely clear. It is more water resistant than other tapes and has a strong holding strength. It is great for extended wear along with the Be Sure II adhesive enhancer.
Also known as German-Brown Liner Tape. This tape is slightly thicker than the other tapes listed and is not clear. The paper backing is a golden color, and the tape itself is white-cloth tape. It has the equivalent holding strength of the Redliner tape.
This tape is great for lace units. The paper backing is blue, and the tape is clear. "Lace Release" will remove this easily.