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What are hair replacement systems: models, features and benefits

Hair prosthesis: what it is and how it is made

Those suffering from baldness or other conditions related to hair loss often have to deal with a sense of insecurity, distrust, and discomfort. However, thanks to technological innovation, there is now an effective solution for those who wish thick hair without undergoing a transplant: hair prostheses. The application of a man or woman hair replacement system is painless, noninvasive and guaranteed to maintain a long lasting result. Next we provide all the useful information about women and men hair systems, from the existing types to their aesthetic advantages.

Hair prosthesis: what it is and how it is made

A hair prosthesis is an artificial or natural hair restoration device that is intended to conceal thinning or extensive baldness. It is a nonsurgical technique for hair thickening that offers a variety of aesthetic solutions depending on the desired effect. A hair system consists of a silicone, resin or fabric base onto which artificial or natural hair is grafted or knotted. The materials used should be hypoallergenic and breathable, suitable for prolonged use on the scalp.

Hair prostheses are different from classic hairpieces or toupees because they give a more natural look, are easier to manage, and fit perfectly with each person’s physical features. The best hair replacement systems for men and women are designed and custom-made considering the shape of the head and , in cases of thinning or alopecia, also the color and style of the hair.

Hair prosthesis models

Hair systems differ in their base and hair grafting method. The base may be in lace, monofilament, or polymer material, while the grafting method can feature injected or knotted hair. Let’s look in detail at the characteristics of the materials and grafting techniques.

La base in lace
The lace base is made of a very fine mesh, the thinner it is – and thus the less visible it is – the less durable it will be. It is possible to create it in different colors so that the texture reflects the color of your skin. The lace base is very breathable and for this reason it is suitable for large prostheses, meaning hair replacement systems for women and men who need full or otherwise extensive coverage.

Poly base
Also known as skin, polyurethane, film or skin patch, a poly base is among the thinnest on the market. Its thickness, can range from 0.25 mm for silicone ones to 0.03 mm for ultra-thin ones. It provides excellent support for the hair, thus ensuring more naturalness and great aesthetics result.

Monofilament base
A monofilament base is made of nylon or polyester. It is more breathable than the poly base, but more visible than the lace base. Because of its technical characteristics, the monofilament base is almost imperceptible to the touch and adheres perfectly to the scalp without creating creases or thicknesses.

Grafting techniques: injected or knotted hair
The bases just described also differ in the way the hair is grafted . Regarding lace, which is a very thin hairnet, the method used for hair grafting is to knot the hair. The knot can be single or multiple, and if necessary it can be lightened to achieve a natural effect. However, lightening can weaken the hair, so it should be done carefully. The knot always remains somewhat perceptible to the touch.

However, with the poly base you can choose between injected or knotted hair. People generally prefer the former technique as the result is much more natural. In this case, the hair is injected individually into the polyurethane film to ensure the hair comes out naturally thus making it softer.
This technique provides greater strength and is the ideal solution for people who play sports, wear helmets when riding motorcycles, or like to swim.

How long does a hair replacement system last

Whether it is a hair prosthesis for men or women, its durability depends on several factors such as the fixing technique adopted, one’s lifestyle habits, and the response of one’s body. For example, a person who plays sports constantly, sweats a lot, or has particularly oily skin will need to clean and care for the prosthesis more frequently, considering the constant stressors.

On the other hand, people who lead more sedentary lives can count on greater durability, especially if the hair replacement system is made with materials and techniques that impart greater strength. Ultimately, the factors affecting the longevity of a hair prosthesis are the following:

Skin pH: If this value is high, the hair system is more likely to last less
Use of alcohol and solvents: these substances can damage the hair system
quality: the higher-cost hair prostheses usually have a longer life span
lifestyle: a more dynamic and busy life, where exposure to weather agents is more frequent, affects the durability of the hair replacement system.

Depending on the factors listed above, a hair prosthesis for men or women can last several months. The lifespan of an inexpensive systems is around 2-4 months, but by choosing carefully it can be as long as 8-10 months with proper care. It must also be considered that, as the months pass, the hair loses its shine and naturalness. Therefore, to ensure a long life, proper and periodic maintenance should be performed.

How to maintain hair prostheses

One of the main concerns in choosing a men or women’s hair system is durability. The fixing of the system to the scalp takes place through nontoxic cohesives designed specifically for this purpose. When applied carefully, the prosthesis will not move or come off, adapting optimally to the scalp.

Sealing depends on the quality of the cohesive and the environment (hot, humid, cold, etc.), and generally lasts up to 3-4 weeks. During this time it is possible to shower, swim, and play sports without experiencing issues. However, with good maintenance it is possible to extend the life of the hair replacement system and preserve its aesthetic characteristics.

The maintenance routine of a hair replacement system takes about an hour and consists in:

removing it from the scalp using appropriate deactivating products
cleaning it of glue and sebum residue
washing the scalp
preparing the scalp for a new application by using drying and degreasing cleansers
applying the cohesive to the prosthesis and/or scalp
spreading and applying the hair prosthesis to the scalp, taking care not to create creases.

Why it is beneficial to use a hair system

There are several advantages for men and women in using a hair prosthesis. First of all, a hair prosthesis makes it possible to regain the desired self-image in a short time, regardless of the condition of the scalp (more or less scattered thinning, alopecia or baldness).

Hair replacement systems made using today’s technologies are hardly noticeable. They have no special contraindications for practicing sports and adhere perfectly to the scalp. Their lightness and breathability make them undetectable even in summer, and they can be removed at any time.

Which hair system to choose to enjoy peace of mind

Hair loss is a condition that affects men and women of different ages and is experienced as a decrease in beauty that interferes with one’s self-esteem. Finding experts is key to getting a custom-made hair prosthesis that fits your lifestyle and restores your self-confidence.

The professionals at CRLAB, a company with more than 50 years of experience in the hair-thinning industry, offer a customized solution for men and women with varying degrees of thinning hair or balding disorders. The natural thickening system devised by CRLAB involves the use of 3D technology and biomedical-grade materials to restore a natural, radiant look.

Moreover, the prostheses designed by CRLAB are made from hair of the same color and texture as the original hair, ensuring maximum freedom of physical activity and maximum resistance to stress. An exclusive, patented system that allows people to live carefree every day of their lives, regaining confidence and self-esteem.