Ladies, your hair is your crown jewel. Just like rubies and diamonds, sometimes a little maintenance is all you need to let it shine. A customized hair system is a safer alternative to surgical hair replacement procedures. However, choosing which style and cut works best for your look can be stressful. Here are five tips to use when shopping for your next hair system.
1. Choose the Right Size
We know that you're excited about choosing the cut, color, and composition for your hair system, however, not having the right cap dimensions will diminish the natural look of the hair piece. There are three common cap sizes for women, which are:
- Petite: 20.5-21.5"
- Average: 21.5-22.5"
- Large: 22.5 -23.5”
Measuring your cap size is a simple process. With your hairline as a guide, use a measuring tape to trace your head's circumference. From the center of your forehead, pass the tape behind your ear to the nape of your neck, then behind your other ear back to the center of your forehead. Be sure that the measuring tape is snug, but not tight.
2. Know What You Want
There are two primary choices for the type of hair used to create your hair system—human and synthetic, each with their own pros and cons.
A custom hair system made with human hair will have the most natural movement while providing you with styling versatility . However, this comes at a price and you should note that without the benefit of natural oils it's important to always keep it properly conditioned to look its best.
A high-quality synthetic hair system maintains its own shape and is less expensive. Dealing with flyaways is as simple as warming your hands and smoothing them over the wayward strands. The downside is that you have limited styling options and you can't use heat because the hair is sensitive.
3. Choose a Cap that Works For You
Caps are another tricky selection and like the hair types, each come with their own pros and cons.
The classic "capless" cap allows your head and natural hair to breathe easily, which helps with sweating. The caveat is that this style tends to be more stationary.
The mono-filament cap gives the appearance of natural growth around the crown of the head but its natural effects can be lost by moving the hair in front of your face to the back.
Hand Tied and Lace Front Caps
100% Hand tied caps are the most comfortable of the monofilament caps, and because the appearance of natural growth is over the entire cap, this cap style works well for those who like to wear their hair up.
Lace front caps create the most natural looking hairline and are thus the most versatile when styling your hair while maintaining a natural appearance.
4. Picking the Right Cut
Now you know your size, considered your budget, settled on hair composition, and picked a cap-type—you can look for a new hairdo. There are more color options than style options, however, choosing the right cut can help keep you from swimming in a sea of shades.
5. Adding a Splash of Color
Thanks to the numerous colors that are available and your stylist's ability to alter shades, you can have fun with your color match. You can choose a color close to your natural shade or take a chance on that wild pigment you've never been brave enough to try.
Taking the Next Step
Purchasing a customized hair system for the first time can seem like a daunting task when there are so many choices available to you. However, just because your natural hair can't give you a voluptuous look, doesn't mean you still can't look fabulous. With the aid of these five tips and the expert knowledge of the stylists at Executive Hair Additions, we’ll help take your hair system to the next level. Come in for a free consultation and we'll customize everything to fit your desired look and style.