Thin Hair, Thinning Hair and Hair Loss – Are Men’s Hair Pieces a Good Solution? Part 1

13 August; Author: Hair Extensions Australia

Thin Hair, Thinning Hair and Hair Loss – Are Men’s Hair Pieces a Good Solution? Part 1

We’ve all seen the commercials for the big companies that sell men’s hair replacement systems.   A guy has a great natural looking head of full hair and says it’s his own real hair and he can wash it, swim with it, women run their hands thru it etc.  Is this all true or just marketing hype?
The reality is – well done hair replacement systems can look really great and do wonders for your appearance but they also can be pretty expensive and even time consuming to maintain. Not to mention – If you choose a bad piece – it can be simply embarrassing to wear in public.

The Commercials Can Be Slightly Misleading- How do These Actually Work?

The systems you see advertised on TV are simply human hair attached to a base of either Mesh or Polymers. These hair pieces are usually then attached to your hair using either a clip system, strong tape or strong glue (often referred to as something medical sounding but it’s essentially glue).

The mesh base can be more comfortable due to it’s lighter weight and more breathable material.  Mesh bases also afford for a more natural looking hairline. The main drawback to a mesh base is mesh is it’s much less durable and thus more expensive as it breaks down and needs replacing more frequently. Good mesh systems look great but are also very high maintenance.

Polymer hair pieces are generally made from silicone or polyurethane and are much stronger than mesh. The Polymer is a skin tone and can mimic the appearance of the scalp when the hair on the piece is parted. The “look” of a polymer system can be a lot less natural than mesh however. The other big drawback to the polymer system is that Polymer materials can be pretty uncomfortable to wear because the base on the polymer piece does not allow your scalp to “breath”.  Essentially it’s like a piece of rubber with humanhair attached to it then glued or taped to your scalp.   On the positive side- the polymer base for hair pieces costs less and is more durable.

In order for the base of piece to attach to your head properly – any existing hair on the top of your head needs to be shaved down as close to the scalp as possible.  When you have these first “installed” they shave your head – glue, tape or clip the system in place – then cut the hair attached to the system down to your desired length and style.  If you are unsure about the hairstyle you desire when choosing new hair systems – start with a longer hairstyle in the beginning.  Once the system is cut to a certain length you can’t go longer since the hair on the system obviously does not grow.  If you start with a longer cut you can always go shorter once you get used to wearing it.


Maintenance & Expense for Hair Pieces

Once hair system is placed on your head – there is a certain amount of monthly or even as often as bi-weekly maintenance required.  This will depend on if and how fast your own hair under the hair system base grows out and pushes the base out of place.  How much you exercise and are outdoors also can matter.   The more you sweat – the more most systems will naturally loosen.  The fragile human hair on the unit is also susceptible to damage from the sun’s rays.

With most hair replacement systems providers or clubs this maintenance is where there can be unexpected expense so make sure you factor maintenance intothe equation.  Your own hair on the back and sides needs to be cut and shaped bi-weekly or at least monthly so that it blends in properly.  In addition the human hair on the system will likely need to be dyed on a regular basis as well so that it continues to match the color of your natural hair.
This is because the hair attached to the hair piece will also tend to oxidize over time.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that affects the color hues in your hair anytime oxygen is present and the molecules are exposed to UV light.  Oxidation tends to cause these hairs to turn reddish or an orange hue – especially the more the hair is exposed to sunlight.
Servicing hair pieces – as well as your natural hair – is essentially a monthly expense that is going to be hard to avoid if your going to keep the hair piece looking natural.  These charges vary but will run you between to 0 a month depending on where you have it done.

Frequency of Replacement for Hair Pieces

All hair pieces tend to break down over time.  The more lightweight and natural looking the hair piece -the more fragile it will be.  The most natural looking hair pieces (lightweight mesh) need to be replaced the most often.  Some companies even advise replacement of these light weight hair pieces monthly.  With a more durable piece and regular servicing you should be able to achieve several months of wear.

A Great Alternative to Hair Systems and Pair Pieces – Hair Concealer Fibers

if you are reading this and thinking you have not lost enough hair to want to go thru the rigors and expense of wearing a hair piece you might consider a hair loss concealer such as 20 Second Hair.  This is a quick and inexpensive fix to conceal and cover thinning hair and balding spots.

20 Second Hair Fibers are in-expensive, safe and effective hair loss, thinning hair and thin hair concealing fibers.   The fibers come in colors that match your own natural hair and are statically charged to attach themselves to your existing hair.  They create a fuller and thicker head of hair and completely and naturally conceal your thinning hair and hair loss. Visit or see the link to Part 2 of the article for more info on 20 Second Hair.

We continue the discussion on hair pieces in the second part of this article.  Please see PART 2 OF THIS ARICLE Here:–are-mens-hair-pieces-a-good-solution-part-2

20 Second Hair is dedicated to helping people better understand the issues related to hair loss while improving our own understanding of these issues. We are hair loss sufferers and are dedicated to better understanding our own as well as others alternatives for treatment. Hair loss concealer is a wonderful cosmetic tool while to utilize while we search tirelessly for our best options to a more permanent solution. For more info on hair loss concealer visit

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