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Hair loss is a problem that affects almost 50% of men by the age of 50 years and 1 out of 5 women throughout their lives. For men, male pattern baldness or Alopecia can affect them as early as their late 20s. However, this problem has different solutions, such as hair replacement systems which are non-surgical, and surgical hair transplants. There are three types of hair used for the replacement system, human hair, Remy hair, and synthetic hair. Hair replacement is preferable to hair transplant since it is safe, effective immediately, and has no side effects.

What is a hair replacement system?

Hair replacement systems are helpful to people experiencing hair loss or Alopecia in men. These hair systems are non-surgical; these procedures attach a fine transparent layer of polyurethane onto the scalp, forming a tight membrane used as the second layer of skin. The skin replacement systems have detailed features that are specified to include:

  1. specific color matches,
  2. hair waves,
  3. the direction of the implant,
  4. density selection.

The polyurethane membrane, also called liquid skin, allows the patient’s scalp to be visible hence a natural appearance on the partings and at the crown. Modern non-surgical hair replacement enables the user to participate in any activity of choice without worry and with confidence.

Hair replacement system vs. transplant

Hair replacement systems and hair transplants are some solutions to hair loss. Hair replacement is a non-surgical, temporary, non-interfering solution to hair thinning and loss. On the other side, a hair transplant is done by taking a healthy donor’s hair and implanting them where there is hair thinning or loss on the receiver’s head. The hair taken from the donor’s head is mainly from the back of the head. A transplant can be done in two ways; Follicular Unit Transplantation or Follicular Unit Extraction. Hair replacement systems are not permanent but control hair volume, style, color, and texture. Hair replacement systems have no known side effects, making them popular and safe alternatives to hair transplants. Wigs, hairpieces, and toupees are examples of hair replacement systems.

These hair replacement systems have undergone improvements that have made them hard to distinguish from natural hair.

How long does a hair replacement system last?

The durability of the hair replacement system is a significant factor to consider. While purchasing a hair replacement, a person must buy something that will last longer and still look great. However, it is hard to predict the durability of a hair replacement using the available conflicting people. Many techniques can be incorporated into the daily maintenance of the hair piece, which can help keep it looking good for a longer time. The quality of a hairpiece is one of the critical determinants of its lifespan; therefore, choosing a hairpiece from a reputable manufacturer can ensure that the hairpiece will last. Generally, the durability of hairpieces varies; however, most hairpieces last between six and ten months before they require a replacement. The following are factors that influence the lifespan of a hairpiece;

  • daily lifestyle of an individual
  • the hair system attachment
  • cleaning and maintenance

Reattachments and bonding replacements of the hair can be done after every six to eight weeks. A person’s lifestyle can affect the lifespan of the hairpieces. Additionally, silk pillowcases or sleeping caps can prevent damage to the hair systems.

Implementing a nice hairpiece care routine can help increase the durability of the hair replacement system.

How to maintain a hair replacement system?

A hair replacement system has enabled people experiencing hair thinning or loss to have confidence in their looks. Therefore, taking good care of the hair replacement system is crucial daily. These hair systems have a care routine that is more than just washing and brushing. Having a high-quality hairpiece and taking good care of it can enable it to last longer.

  1. Using the correct maintenance products according to the type of hair system- it is important to check the kind of hair products one uses since they vary between synthetic and human hair products, and each type has hair products that work for it.
  2. Applying a suitable type of conditioner after washing- conditioners ensure that the hair system is hydrated, preferably leave-in conditioners. Applying an appropriate conditioner to the hairpiece after rinsing out the shampoo is crucial in restoring the moisture lost while washing.
  3. Storing the hair system properly when not being used- storing hairpieces in a dark, cool place away from light and dust is an ideal solution to maintaining hair products. Also, pinning the hairpiece in a canvas when it is not being used preserves it and keeps it ready to use whenever needed. Avoid exposing your hair system to too much sunlight or heat- maintain the quality of the hairpiece by keeping it away from excessive heat and sunlight whenever possible.
  4. Regularly cleaning the hair system – washing and cleaning the hair replacement system at least once a week will ensure its cleanliness and last longer.
  5. Drying- when drying the hairpieces, use a towel to dry the hair gently. Use a hairdryer on low heat to ensure the hair is not exposed to too much heat.

Hairpiece maintenance is essential if one wants the hair replacement system to last longer.


In conclusion, the hair replacement system has become an ideal solution to hair thinning, hair loss, and balding. Hair replacement systems are a temporary, non-invasive, non-surgical, temporary solution to hair loss problems. Hair replacement systems are more popular and safe than hair transplants since they have no side effects. These systems include toupees, wigs, and hairpieces made of human hair, Remy hair, or synthetic hair. Maintaining a hair replacement system is essential since it determines how long hairpieces last. There are different ways to maintain hairpieces, such as washing them regularly, using the right products for cleaning, such as conditioners, keeping them away from heat, and storing them appropriately.