Starting a successful hair system business is never easy for salons and wig makers with moderate skills, especially with so many competitors these days.

The sale of hair replacement products has seen a rapid increase in recent years and offering these products to balding clients can quickly increase your revenue.

A variety of products and services will set your business apart from the competition. The client will need a place where he or she can obtain various services related to their hair systems, including attachment, maintenance, cleaning, and styling. 

Listed below are some essential skills for the hair replacement industry.

Scalp and/or Head Measurements

As you determine the most suitable hair system design for your customers, you should first understand their actual needs. The importance of knowing the customer’s hair loss size cannot be overstated for settling on a fitting that will at least be wearable.

It is well known that people’s hair loss areas differ dramatically depending primarily on what stage of hair loss they are currently in. To cater to the needs of different user groups, it is best to offer a wide range of available hair systems.

Men’s hair systems typically have a base size of 8″x10″. However, additional options should be offered since people’s heads differ in size. A full cap wig that fully covers the scalp is usually the best option for guys with complete baldness. A partial hair system is designed for guys with a smaller area of hair loss. A partial frontal hairpiece would be sufficient for your customers who have receded hairlines.

To determine the size of the hair replacement system needed, measure the length and width of the balding area with soft measuring tape.

Creating a Hair System Template

In order to better serve your client, every stylist needs to learn how to make custom hair system templates.

A custom hair system template needs to be created if the client has a unique baldness shape or wants a particular type of hair system.

While stock hair systems are designed to fit almost any hair system wearer, custom systems may require more than just a general hair loss measurement to be exactly right. You should be able to tailor their hair systems according to the wearers’ specifics, such as head shape, hair loss size, scalp curve, etc.

Cutting the Hair System Base

There can be instances when the hair system base of your customers exceeds their hair loss size, which is generally not a problem. Cutting the base down to size is essential to achieve the most comfortable fit.

It is best to have this skill in case you must cut the base yourself in the future.  There is no need to send the unit back to the original manufacturer.

It is not difficult to master base cutting, and you will become very good at it after a few attempts.

Hair System Installation

This is probably the skill you will use most often for your customers. A flawless installation will keep your customers coming back for more!  It is critical to attach the hair system in a way that looks natural and will last long.

Tape or glue is usually used to attach hair systems. Choosing tape or glue between hair systems largely depends on the base material.

In general, tape adhesive is better suited for lace. Due to its liquid nature, glue tends to seep through the base and cause damage to the hair.

Poly bases are impermeable and are better suited for glue. Also, glue will appear more invisible than tape when the hair system is applied. Glue should be applied to the more obvious areas, such as the front hairline, so that it is difficult to detect.

In general, tape is better suited for fabrics with strong and durable properties. Fabrics with such properties are less vulnerable to tearing. Suggested fabrics include crystal monofilament and smooth monofilament foundations.

Hairstyling and Shaping

Most hairdressers already possess this skill.  Style the hair system in a way that complements the client’s overall appearance after it has been installed.

Removing, Cleaning, and Reattaching the Hair System

Another invaluable skill is the ability to remove and clean clients’ scalps, in addition to attaching hair systems.

Your client will typically visit your salon every 3-4 weeks to have the hair system removed and reattached.

The cleaning process for skin hair systems differ from lace hair systems.

Spray remover is recommended for removing poly skin hair systems before lifting the base away from the scalp. To preserve the shape, do not soak the hair systems in liquid for too long.

Conversely, lace hair systems require more work since the base permeable. We recommend soaking the lace hair system in water first. Carefully pull away the tape from the base of the lace hair system. Soak the hair system in liquid solvent for about 30 minutes. Remove any remaining residue, rinse and allow to dry.

Hair Coloring

Hair coloring is indeed a specialty for salons, just like hair styling. Many salons readily offer hair dyeing services. There are some hair system wearers who want to dye their hair into a different color if the color they want is not available. Hair coloring is also another great service to offer to clients.

Bleaching Knots

Knot bleaching may not be requested as much as other services but knowing how it is done would be useful for a few customers who may ask for your help in this regard.

Knot bleaching is often used as an add-on service for custom wig and hairpiece systems.  If the business is ordering from a vendor, the service is usually requested at the time of order.

In the hair system industry, knot bleaching is a very innovative technique. The procedure removes most of the dark color pigment from the roots of the hair to make them appear less noticeable and more natural. Bleached knots are practically invisible, making it appear as though the hair is growing directly out of the scalp.  This technique only applies to lace hair systems and can be a rather complicated process depending on your skill level.  Having a solid understanding of this process will make you stand out from the competitors and give your business a competitive edge.


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