How our hair looks says a lot about our personality and self-image. It may even reflect our health and state of mind. For some, the crowning glory can make or break a person’s appearance and confidence. No wonder people with bald spots, receding hairlines, or thinned-out scalps go to great lengths to find the perfect hair loss solution.
Wigs and toupees are the most popular options because these are safer than taking medications or getting a hair transplant. But really, what is the difference between a wig and a toupee? Let us break it down for you to help you decide what suits you best. But wait, is there an even better solution? Read on to find out!
- A Wig Covers The Entire Head
- A Toupee Covers Bald Spots Or Parts Of The Scalp With Thinning Hair
- Wigs Are Worn By Females And Males Alike
- Toupees Were Originally Created For Males With Premature Baldness
- Typical Wigs Can Be Worn/Taken Off Easily, No Glue/Bonding Necessary
- Toupees Use Adhesives/Bonding Agents To Keep Them Firmly In Place
- A Wig By Any Other Name…well, It’s Still Called A Wig
- A Toupee Is Also Called A Hair Replacement System (HRS)
- Wigs Have To Be Removed When Showering, Swimming, or Sleeping
- You Can Treat Your Hair Replacement System Like Your Natural Hair—and It Looks Like It, Too!
- Why Aremyhair for Toupees and Hair Replacement Systems
A Wig Covers The Entire Head
A Toupee Covers Bald Spots Or Parts Of The Scalp With Thinning Hair
A wig is a single-unit accessory that covers your whole head. It is made of human hair, animal hair, or synthetic fiber. Wigs are better suited to people who are bald or with very little hair that isn’t more than about 5cm.
Generally, wigs have either a cap base or a lace base. Cap wigs have a base that’s usually made of rubber, making it similar to a swim cap. Meanwhile, lace wigs have a base made of lace, with urethane strips where adhesives are placed.
Similar to lace wigs, monofilament wigs use nylon or polyester micromesh for the cap, where hair strands are hand-tied. There are also called “cap-less” or thin-wefted cap wigs, where hair strands are spaced out more loosely so that existing hair shows through.
On the other hand, toupees cover bald spots or parts of the scalp with sparse or thinning hair. Like wigs, they are produced from human, synthetic, or animal hair, including a horse, yak or buffalo. Synthetic toupees use man-made fibres and polymers or low-grade acrylic.
Wigs Are Worn By Females And Males Alike
Toupees Were Originally Created For Males With Premature Baldness
Men and women alike have been using wigs since time immemorial. Early Egyptians with shaved heads wore them to protect their head from the sun. Ancient Greeks and Romans used them as a fashion statement. And across Europe and Asia, wigs are worn for cultural, religious, and official purposes.
The toupee, on the other hand, came in later, at around the 18th century. The word itself translates to the French toupet, meaning “tuft of hair or a lock of hair at the top of the head.” It was originally developed as a “partial wig” mostly for men who want to cover “partial baldness.”
Women also wear toupees for the same reason as men. However, they are called hair toppers, wiglets, hair enhancers, top extensions, or simply toppers. These are specifically designed to add volume to thin or fine hair and are attached basically the same way as toupees.
Typical Wigs Can Be Worn/Taken Off Easily, No Glue/Bonding Necessary
Toupees Use Adhesives/Bonding Agents To Keep Them Firmly In Place
Putting on a wig is easy, it’s ensuring that it stays on that’s tricky. To get the wig in place, first make sure that your hair is flat and combed evenly under a wig cap. A wig cap protects the natural hair from breakage and prevents the wig from looking lumpy on your head.
Meanwhile, the best way to keep a toupee in place is through the use of bonding agents or adhesives. Your choice of hair attachment technique depends on what works best for you.
Hard bonds are the superglue for toupees. Hairpieces that are hard-bonded stay in place the longest, usually up to 6 weeks, even in humid climates. Although slightly less adherent than hard bonding, soft-bonding is entirely secure. It utilises flexible glues and adhesive tapes, which keep the toupee in place for up to 4 weeks.
If you don’t want adhesives to be used on your toupee then you could opt for weaving, which is different from the hair weaves we know from popular culture. In this technique, natural hair is woven through the toupee and tied onto the wearer’s hair and can be painful each time a service is done.
A Wig By Any Other Name…well, It’s Still Called A Wig
A Toupee Is Also Called A Hair Replacement System (HRS)
Toupee isn’t just another word for wig, it’s also called a Hair Replacement System (HRS). The hairpiece that comes with a hair replacement system is also known as a toupee because it’s mostly men who sign up for a hair system. However, there are a lot of women HRS users, too!
Getting a HRS isn’t like getting a wig, where you buy it, wear it, take it off at night, and then put it back on all by yourself. With HRS, you get the entire system, which includes the toupee or hairpiece, professional services, and studio visits for maintenance.
With a wig, your entire head is covered with hair that’s not yours. But with a hair system, your natural hair is integrated with a toupee that looks a lot like your own. During hair replacement, a professional stylist attaches the toupee in a process that’s both painless and instantaneous. You can literally walk out of the studio in an hour and a half with a brand-new head of hair.
Wigs Have To Be Removed When Showering, Swimming, or Sleeping
You Can Treat Your Hair Replacement System Like Your Natural Hair—and It Looks Like It, Too!
The price of a wig in Singapore usually starts at $150, depending on the quality. The more organic and natural-looking it is, the more expensive it gets. And since you’d want your pricey wig to last for a long time, wearing it while sleeping or showering isn’t such a good idea.
With a professionally installed toupee, however, you won’t have to compromise on your everyday lifestyle or constantly worry that the hairpiece might fall off. Toupees can be shampooed, cut, and styled like natural hair. You don’t even have to take it off when you go swimming or hit the gym.
Then again, a toupee may have to be replaced from time to time due to the usual wear-and-tear and for being in contact with the skin’s natural acids. Some people have experienced itching or flaking when the toupee has not been adequately cleaned. The buildup of oil and dirt will also make it dull-looking and sticky, and quite uncomfortable to wear.
Why Aremyhair for Toupees and Hair Replacement Systems
When it comes to hair replacement, the main objective is to make it look so natural that nobody can tell it’s not real. That’s why high-quality materials and craftsmanship are crucial. At Aremyhair, we don’t just sell toupees, we offer a full-service hair system with all the bells and whistles.
While other hair studios may be cheaper, their quality may be compromised in order to support their lower rates. You may not be given the best possible services or products despite being told otherwise, such as scrimping on the amount of adhesives applied.
To Aremyhair, a hairpiece purchase is not just a transaction, it is a promise to all our clients that we will do our utmost to ensure that each hairpiece lasts as long as possible. That means providing the best available hairpieces, products, services, and user advice. We go the extra mile by throwing in free touch-ups, free adjustments, warranties, and even repairs, in special cases.
With an average of 700 customers a month, Aremyhair’s professional stylists are formally trained hair replacement specialists who focus their time and attention on each of their customers. And they’re able to do so as our studio has a dedicated backend team to fully support them.
Our goal is simple: We want to give our customers the joy of finding a solution to their hair loss problem. And we’re not talking about over-the-counter wigs but a hair replacement system that’s comfortable, convenient, and totally fits their lifestyle and personality.
If you have any other questions about wigs, toupees, or hair replacement systems, please feel free to tap below. We’d love to talk to you and help you get set up for the full head of great hair you deserve TODAY!