Male Hair Replacement Systems

How Long Do Hair Replacement Systems Last?

Each client is unique so the length of time that your hair system will last is entirely based on your lifestyle and the activities that you do in your day-to-day life. On average we say that you can get between 3 to 6 months of use out of a single hair system, Providing that you follow the advice and guidance given and take care of the hair system. 

Over time you will notice that your hair system will start to lose hair, this is perfectly normal and is one of the reasons that these hair systems cannot last forever, This is due to a combination of breakage when damage occurs to the hair and when the knots become loose and come away from the lace base. 

We are more than happy to teach you how to take care of your hair system and perform certain treatments on your hair system in the salon between service visits should you choose to have them. Given the cost saving that regular maintenance can save you, we'd highly recommend taking care of them. 

Can I Swim With A Hair Replacement System?

Definitely! I (Tom) personally wear a hair replacement system (Shocker) and at the time of writing this, I've been wearing a hair system for almost a year. In that time, I've been swimming in them, worn them in the sea, showered in them and even been to the gym in them, there really aren't any restrictions on activities that you can do with them. The only advice that I would give, is that if you are swimming in them, the chlorine will fade the colour over time as well as dry the hair out. They can be coloured to be darkened down again but the colour match isn't always guaranteed to be perfect. 

If you do intend on swimming in them, I would recommend either wearing a swim cap or wetting it down in the shower first so the hair takes in less chlorinated water when you are actually swimming. I'd also highly recommend putting a nice hair oil on your hair after you've shampooed and conditioned your hair. All of the treatments and products we recommend we do sell in the salon and they are all products that we have personally tried and tested ourselves on a hair system that I wear daily. 

How Do You Maintain A Hair System?

Maintaining your hair system is honestly super easy! Especially if you're using the adhesive strips! If you are using adhesive strips then we'd recommend removing your hair system every two weeks, We've found this to be the perfect length of time before the adhesive has spread too far, it's still relatively easy to remove from the lace of your hair system and hasn't caused too much buildup on your scalp by this point.

When you're doing the maintenance, simply remove the hair system from your scalp, lifting from the front and upwards. Once removed, remove all of the adhesive strips from around the edges of the hair system. If you're finding it hard to remove or there are a few bits hanging on, you can use adhesive remover which we sell in the salon.

Once removed, you can wash your scalp, I also like to exfoliate my scalp as well, just to get any bits of dead skin off, It also feels incredible. While the hair system is off, you could also use this time to shave your scalp again ready for re-attachment or if you're not comfortable doing so, we would do this as an in-salon service. If you have your hair system adhered with adhesive though, this will need to be an in-salon service.

We would recommend having it removed every 4-6 weeks, This would also give us an opportunity to shave down the scalp again so it was nice and fresh for the hair system to be re-adhered again.

What Should I Wash My Hair System With?

We always recommend using sulphate and paraben-free shampoo, these won't fade the colour as fast and they're not as harsh on the hair. 
When washing, we advise that you wash in lukewarm water and wash in the direction your hair is worn. e.g. if you wear your hair forwards, then you would wash it forwards, If you wear it back, then we'd advise that you wash it backwards. It's important that you don't scrub the hair like you would your natural hair. This can lead to knotting, matting, damaged hair or even ripping the lace. 
Once you've washed the hair system, it's important that you always apply a good hair conditioner, I like to leave the conditioner on my hair for a few minutes before rinsing off. a bit of personal advice from myself would be, once you think you have all the conditioner off, keep rinsing a little more so you can feel the water running off your scalp through the lace. I've found that sometimes if I haven't rinsed for long enough, there can be a buildup of hair conditioner on the scalp which then leads to an itchy scalp. 
Once you've washed and conditioned, It's advisable to apply argan oil to your hair system as the hair doesn't get any natural oils, you want to do everything you can to keep the hair from going dry and brittle. This will increase the lifespan of the hair system and save you from having to replace it as fast. `