Modern men's hair systems look just like your own hair and can stay in place for anything up to 13 weeks. You can sleep, swim, play sports, shower and in fact carry out all your normal daily activities while wearing a hair system and in many respects opting for non-surgical hair replacement is pretty much like regaining your own hair. But there are some important differences and understanding what they are will help you to give your hair system the best possible care.
Crucial Differences Between Hair Systems and Natural Hair
1. Hair System Hair Won’t Regrow
This means that every strand that breaks is one strand less on your head. You’ll want to do everything you can to avoid breakage.
2. Hair Systems Aren’t Protected by Sebum
Sebum is a semi-fluid secreted by sebaceous glands attached to hair follicles, it coats hair keeping it soft and hydrated. In the absence of sebum, you need to take extra care of hair systems to keep the hair hydrated and conditioned.
Tips for Hair System Care
Hair system maintenance includes things you should do, and things you should avoid or minimise.
✓ Things to Do
Do avoid tangling or matting hair and get rid of tangles promptly and gently:
- Use a wide-toothed comb or boar’s hair brush to brush out your hair. Always get rid of tangles at the ends first before brushing higher up the head.
- Consider sleeping on a satin pillow. This will cut down on friction which is a major cause of hair breakage
- Brush your hair prior to washing to get rid of tangles or matting
- Make sure you rinse your whole head with the water flowing in one direction when showering
Do make up for the lack of sebum with the right sort of conditioning:
- Use products recommended by your hair replacement technician or stylist which are specially designed for hair system care
- Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week, to keep hair hydrated
- Ask your hair stylist about spray on, leave in conditioners which are suited for use on your hair system
- Olive oil used on the ends of your hair can be a very good way of stopping them from drying out, splitting and breaking
✗ Things to Avoid, Limit or Take Precautionary Measures With
Don’t put your hair system under unnecessary pressure
- Wash your hair a maximum of two or three times a week – this is enough to keep it clean and will minimise chemical exposure
- Avoid very hot water, washing in tepid water is better for your hair
- When washing your hair, use patting motions rather than rubbing shampoo in
- The same goes for drying your hair, pat rather than rub
- Never sleep with wet hair, it’s likely to matt and tangle
Don’t expose your hair system to UV light of harsh chemicals
- If swimming in chlorinated or salt water limit the time you spend, use a product to protect your hair first and shower as soon as you get out of the pool
- Strong sunlight is also bad for hair systems – consider wearing a hat or ask your stylist about a conditioner with sunscreen protection
- Check with your stylist or hair systems care expert before using any permanent colours
Much of the advice about caring for hair systems is equally true of natural hair, but growing hair has some ability to protect itself and recover from bad treatment, Having invested in a hair system it makes sense to do everything possible to make sure it looks as good as possible for as long as possible.