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Hair replacement systems offer a non-surgical solution to hair loss, presenting a safe and cost-effective alternative to hair transplants and or medications. Not only do hair systems avoid invasive procedures, but they also allow for normal hair care routines—including shampooing, cutting, and styling. Plus, they’re durable enough to stay put during swimming, exercise, and other outdoor activities.

The application of a hair system is quick, typically under two hours, and completely painless. It involves securing a hairpiece, which can be made from either natural or synthetic fibres, to the scalp using various attachment methods.

Hair System Components & Materials

A hair system combines different elements to give people a natural-looking hair replacement. The base of the hair system, which sits against the skin, is made to look like a real scalp and is what keeps the hair in place. It’s often made from materials like lace, which is light and lets the skin breathe, or polyurethane, which is strong and holds well for active people. There’s also monofilament, which looks very much like a natural scalp and can be styled in many ways.

The hair attached to the base is either human or synthetic. Human hair looks and feels the most natural and can be styled just like your own hair, offering a wide range of looks. Synthetic hair, while not as versatile, is easier to care for and more affordable.

Choosing the right hair system means looking at these components to find the best match for how you live and the look you want. 

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Hard Bonding

Hard bonding is a method used to attach hair replacement systems securely to the head. It’s like using a very strong glue that can keep wigs or toupees in place for as long as six weeks, making it a good choice for people who are very active or spend a lot of time outdoors.

To prepare for hard bonding, the area with hair loss is shaved down a bit. The glue is then put on carefully, making sure it only goes on the hair and not the skin. The glue is strong but can feel a bit stiff, which some people might not find comfortable.

As your hair grows, the bond will eventually loosen. Removing the hairpiece requires special care and can be tough, sometimes even uncomfortable, so it’s usually done by a professional. They use a special solution, often containing acetone, to take off the glue, which needs to be done carefully to avoid skin irritation or damage to the hairpiece.

PROS

☑️ Most secure attachment method; strongest adhesive for hairpieces/hair systems
☑️ Hairpieces stay in place for up to 6 weeks
☑️ Can be used on thinner hairpieces for a more natural look
☑️ No compromising on your usual daily routines because hairpiece stays secured
☑️ Hard–bonding glues are not water-based, so they don’t break down over time

CONS

✖️ Dries very quickly, leaving little time for adjustments
✖️ Shaving the areas with hair loss is required
✖️ Some glues may contain ingredients with harmful side effects
✖️ Professional application and removal is recommended; DIY is discouraged
✖️ Becomes hard when dried; can sometimes be uncomfortable and stiff

Soft Bonding

Soft bonding for hair systems is a method that uses gentle adhesives or tapes to keep hairpieces in place for about a month. It’s not as strong as hard bonding, but it’s secure enough for everyday activities and is easier to manage. 

Soft bonds are good for people who want a reliable hold without the need for harsh chemicals. The adhesives are usually water-based, meaning they’re gentler on the scalp and can be cleaned off more easily. Different brands of soft adhesives cater to different skin types and activities, ensuring that the hairpiece stays put even when you’re active or in humid conditions​​.

PROS

☑️ Strong but flexible hold
☑️ Hairpieces stay in place for up to 4 weeks
☑️ Easier to apply and remove than hard bonds
☑️ Can be used on thinner hairpieces for a more natural look
☑️ No compromising on your usual daily routines as hairpiece stays secured

CONS

✖️ Not as lasting as hard bonds
✖️ Shaving the areas with hair loss is required
✖️ May feel sticky in high or humid temperatures

Clipping

Clipping is a method used to attach wigs or toupees and has been around since the 1960s. It involves securing the hairpiece to the wearer’s existing hair with small clips that are similar to tiny combs or barrettes. These clips are attached around the edges of the balding area and snap onto the natural hair to hold the wig or toupee in place.

Modern hairpieces often come with these clips pre-sewn for convenience, though some people may find attaching them a bit tricky. While clipping is a relatively easy way to secure hair additions, especially for at-home applications, it may not always provide the most natural look. This is because the hairpieces designed for clipping can have a thick base to hide the clips and attachment points, which might give a bulky appearance. Additionally, over time, the clips can cause strain on the natural hair, which may lead to damage or pulling out of hair.

Clipping is commonly used with lace or lace-front wigs, which offer a more natural hairline. However, for a secure and natural-looking attachment, it’s important to ensure the clips do not pull too tightly on the natural hair and that the hairpiece is well-blended with your own hair.

PROS

☑️ No need to shave off the wearer’s existing hair
☑️ Attaching the hairpiece can be done at home, by the wearer
☑️ Easier to take off the hairpiece, wig, or toupee
☑️ No chemicals involved in attachment method

CONS

✖️ Does not look natural, especially when clipped on improperly
✖️ Must have existing hair onto which the hairpiece will be attached
✖️ Must be careful not to exert too much force on the hairpiece, lest it gets displaced
✖️ Existing scalp hair may get pulled out with frequent hairpiece removal
✖️ Must avoid swimming, windy places, wearing headgear/helmets

Weaves & Hair Extensions

Hair weaving involves sewing a whole hairpiece into braided natural hair, offering a way to change hair style, colour, and length without chemicals. It’s a great option for those looking for a big change, but it’s important to avoid braiding too tightly to prevent discomfort or hair loss​​​​.

Hair extensions, on the other hand, involve adding smaller sections of hair to your own, which can be clipped, glued, or sewn in. They’re fantastic for quickly adding length and volume, but adding too much hair at once can strain your scalp. Careful attachment is key to prevent damage​​.

Both methods can dramatically change your look, but it’s wise to consider the health of your hair and scalp when choosing between weaving and extensions.

When deciding on the best method for attaching a hairpiece, it’s important to consider how long you want it to last, how easy it is to put on and take off, and what feels most comfortable on your skin. 

PROS

☑️ No chemicals used
☑️ No need to shave hair
☑️ Adds some volume and length to existing hair

CONS

✖️ Does not look natural
✖️ Requires existing scalp hair for attachment
✖️ Hair breakage may occur
✖️ Existing hair may be pulled out if too much force is applied to the hairpiece
✖️ Must avoid strenuous activities, swimming, exercising, windy places, helmets, caps/hats
✖️ Hairpiece may loosen as the wearer’s natural hair grows out
✖️ Process is painful

Comparative Table of Hair Attachment Methods

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Hair Replacement System in Singapore

Choosing the right hair system involves considering your lifestyle, budget, and how much time you’re willing to spend on maintenance. If you’re active, you’ll need a durable system that can handle sweat and movement. It’s also important to think about how much you can spend, as the cost can vary based on the system’s quality and upkeep needs.

Maintenance is a big part of having a hair system. Some need a lot of care, like regular cleaning and visits to a professional for upkeep. Think about how much effort you’re ready to put into maintaining your hair system. If you prefer something easier to care for, let your provider know.

Your personal style preferences, like hair colour, texture, and length, are also key in choosing a hair system. It should make you feel good and match your desired look. Here at Aremyhair, our hair specialists can help you find a system that suits your needs and looks natural, too.

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