Common Challenges for Hair Wearers
To prepare yourself for the hair replacement journey ahead, one of the most important things you can do is familiarize yourself with the small challenges you’ll face, like learning how to care for your hair system, booking in regular regrooms to make sure the hair system stays looking realistic.
The learning curve
When you first start wearing hair there’s a short-lived learning curve that can feel overwhelming at first. However, most people move quickly through the curve and feel comfortable with the basics in the first few months.
This curve consists of establishing your own:
You’ll need to decide if you want to use tape, liquid adhesive, or a combination of the two. An adhesive that works well for one person doesn’t necessarily work well for someone else. If you have sensitive or challenging skin, you may need to test out a few different products. We will always do a skin test to make sure there are no allergic reactions. You will also be testing adhesives for length of bond time. Every adhesive has its own attachment duration. Try different adhesives until you get the hold you want. This is normal and should be expected.
Hair care routine
It’ll take some time for you to get used to working with your hair system, since it’s different than caring for your growing hair. Your hair care routine — washing, conditioning, drying, and styling — will depend on the length of your hair, your hairstyle, and your lifestyle. You may need some time to adapt to styling hair in general, as you may not be used to working with hair. We provide tips to help you avoid common styling issues, and how to choose a hairstyle that will be easy to work with.
It’s possible your first hair system won’t give you the exact look you were imagining. Supplemental hair will most likely not look exactly like your growing hair once did. You need to expect that you will look a little different, and accept that change is good! It may take some time for you to get used to your new look. If something really isn’t working for you, such as density or color, we are always willing to help you with adjustments. Assume that it may take tweaking your order a few times to get it to a place where you are really comfortable.
Stay the course
The learning curve encompassed in the points discussed above is normal, necessary, and typically very short-lived. Keep in mind that “this too shall pass.” We also recommend you stay the course and commit. You may struggle for a few weeks. This is normal. After helping thousands of people, we know that it is truly possible to be autonomous with your hair replacement. You just need to be patient and remain calm and focused.
Working with non-growing hair
There isn't the common phrase 'Bad Hair Day' for nothing. All our system are made from human hair, so, as with growing hair, there can be some frustrations. Tangling, frizzing, breakage, and matting are common issues with human hair that is heavily processed (light color or tight curl) during manufacturing, or is poorly or incorrectly maintained.
That said, not all hair wearers experience these issues. They tend to depend on your unique hair system specifications, such as hair length and curl pattern. We will advise you if your hair requires special care.
Inconsistency with hair orders
The following issues commonly cause inconsistencies between orders:
The quality of donor hair from one system to the next isn’t consistent. Most systems require two or more donor's hair to be blended together, so it's normal to see slight variations between orders. The less the hair is processed, the longer its lifespan should be. Unfortunately, many donors are now processing (coloring or perming) their hair before providing it for use in hair systems. This means the hair may already be compromised before being processed again at the production facility. We do our best to purchase high-quality hair for your hair system.
Each hair system is a one-of-a-kind, handmade product. The same person will not be making all of your systems, even if you order them at the same time, so there will be slight variation, especially in density. Please expect this – it’s standard operating procedure in the industry.
Curl or wave
Wave and curl is challenging to keep consistent from one system to the next. It’s steamed into the hair using long dowels prior to ventilating the hair into the base. Many factors, such as hair quality and color, affect how well the hair holds curl, so it can be vary a bit from one system to the next. The tighter the curl, the more compromised the hair becomes, which shortens its lifespan. For example, if you have long hair with a tight curl, the hair will tend to tangle and shed more. In cases such as this, account for your system’s shorter life span when planning the frequency of your orders.
All of the above can seem daunting, but the day-to-day routine of wearing hair is really quite easy and comfortable. We provide this information to help you be aware of issues that may arise in the early months as you adjust to this new lifestyle, and longer term as well.
Flexibility (and a backup plan) are essential when you’re navigating the world of hair replacement. If you have unrealistic expectations, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment. We want to set you up for success! As always, we are available via phone or email to help in any way you need.