Most people struggling with hair loss opt for a hairpiece or wig instead of surgical procedures for hair loss treatment. And why not? Who wants to deal with scalp stitches or worrisome side effects, right? But here’s the problem:
Among the hundreds of choices, what type of material should you choose — synthetic or remy hair? Will it look natural on you? Let’s check out your options and see why hair replacement systems are popular in Singapore.
CAN YOU SPOT THE REAL DEAL?
Just for fun, watch a clip from James Corden, where guests are asked to spot the wig from natural hair. The point is, distinguishing between genuine and faux isn’t a walk in the park, and that’s a good thing! Nobody wants to stand out for wearing a wig, so the goal is to make your hairpiece blend seamlessly with the hair you’re born with.
Here are some tell-tale signs of someone wearing a low-quality and ill-fitting wig:
- Stiff Neck When someone avoids turning their head or trying not to look down
- Forehead Shadow. If the hair casts a deep or noticeable shadow on the hairline area
- Super Thick. Wigs that are overly dense or have strands that are too thick to look
- No Frizz Zone. A wig doesn’t frizz even in super humid conditions when everyone else’s is
- Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow. The “scalp” along the part doesn’t quite look like skin
- Flawless Forever. No tangles? No split ends? No flyaways? No way that’s real hair
- Shiny & New. Wigs from artificial hair are unnaturally glossy, like furniture polish or varnish
WHEN IS A WIG, NOT A WIG?
To paraphrase the popular adage, “A wig by any other name would NOT look as great” — wigs aren’t the only game in town. In fact, some aren’t even referred to as “wigs.” Let’s break it down:
A wig is a single unit that covers your whole head. From natural human hair to synthetic strands, wigs come in a multitude of options. Wigs suit those who are totally bald or have minimal hair (around 5 cm or less). Caps may be made of rubber (like swim caps) or lace with urethane strips for adhesive application.
Monofilament wigs are similar to lace wigs but use micro mesh for the cap, offering a hand-tied appearance. There are also “cap-less” or thin-wefted cap wigs on which hair is spaced out more loosely, allowing any existing hair to show, and is cooler and more comfortable to wear.
Hairpiece. Ideal for those with thinning rather than no hair, a hairpiece is meant to add volume instead of covering the head (although some people use it to cover up a bald patch). There are also many different kinds of hairpieces (such as toupees) that come with varying methods of attachment and blending in with the existing hair, such as clips, ponytail holders, combs, or drawstrings.
Wiglet or partial wig. Also called a hair topper, a wiglet is smaller than a wig but bigger than a hairpiece, and is called so because it is meant to cover only part of the head. Wiglets have holes designed to let existing hair peek through, ensuring a natural look, and are attached to the head with clips or combs.
Hair weave. Often mentioned together with hair extensions, hair weaves refer to the method of attaching hair extensions to the scalp. The existing hair is very finely braided to serve as a base for attaching the wefts or locks of hair to be added.
Hair extensions are generally used to add length or volume for styling purposes and not for addressing balding or thin hair. Hair weaves are not recommended for people with thinning hair because the weight and the pull of the extensions might make thinning hair worse, or the hair may simply not be strong enough to support it. The extensions themselves, however, don’t have to be sewn into a weave but can be clipped into existing hair just like a wiglet or a hairpiece.
Hair replacement system. Unlike wigs, wiglets, or hairpieces, which are generally meant to be worn for a day or less and then taken off again, a hair replacement system is designed for extended wear, lasting for months. It is designed to volumise the hair, not cover bald patches or thinning scalp, to achieve a naturally healthy head of hair. A hair replacement system also has a cap secured to the scalp using special, long-wearing, hypoallergenic adhesive. It may also use synthetic or real human hair, preferably remy hair.
In a nutshell, a hair replacement system is a quick and convenient cosmetic hair replacement method with visible results in just under 2 hours and zero downtime. It is a hair replacement solution for both men and women, at any stage of hair loss. With a hair replacement system, you can try on different hairpieces and, guided by our hair replacement specialists, choose the right fit that feels great and looks good on you.
There are different types of hairpieces depending on the material they are made from and the quality of work that went into making them.
- Synthetic Hair: Made from man-made fibres, resembling natural hair. Some even use horsehair.
- Human Virgin Hair: Untreated human hair, never chemically altered. Can be styled with steam or blow-dry.
- Human Remy Hair: Top-quality human hair. Carefully collected to ensure intact roots and uniform direction of strands.
DARE TO COMPARE
When it comes down to choosing between a wig, wiglet, hairpiece, or hair replacement, you would need to consider several factors such as the existing hair condition, its quality, or the amount of their remaining hair (if any), the face shape, and lifestyle.
If you’re active and spend a lot of time outdoors, for instance, you might not want to risk your hair being blown away by the wind. On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time going to events and need to change your hairstyle every so often, you’ll need a more flexible solution. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
Because we believe that hair loss is a highly personal issue, we also believe that a hair loss solution is a personal choice, which no one but you can make for yourself. Our commitment to supporting every single one of our clients before, during and after the hair replacement process has always set us apart.
Our hair replacement specialists are more than happy to answer your questions about hair replacement systems in a free, no-obligation consultation. Or maybe you want some reliable advice to help you make a good decision, you’ll find friends who care at Aremyhair.
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