How Long Does A Hair System Last?

How Long Does a Hair System Last?

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Adam Bennet

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Your hair system is that superhero cape you never knew you needed. But like any hero, these hairpieces also have their own tale of endurance and durability and at the same time it is important for you to know all the tactics to maintain your hair system to extend its lifespan.
So, grab your popcorn because you are going to witness the journey of longevity of your hair system where we’ll answer all your why’s, how’s and what’s and maybe crack a joke or two along the way, because who said learning about hair-system couldn’t be a hair-raising adventure? It’s time to buckle up your seats!
A quick thought? Do hair systems have an expiration date, or are they more mysterious than the ‘best before’ label on a jar of pickles? Get all your answers in this blog, so happy reading.

What are the factors that influence the longevity of a hair system?

So, get ready to experience the first step of the journey where we will share the factors that influence the longevity of your hair and play a huge role as well, stay tuned!!

1. Base materials

Think of the base material as the backbone of your hair system. Whether it’s lace, polyurethane, or a hybrid of both, this material determines not only comfort but also durability, the better quality you choose, the excellent life and sustainability you will get, so invest in a hair system that has a strong foundation ( base material) and enjoy the after benefits.

2. Hair type

  • European hair: European hair is often known for its fine texture, natural softness, and lighter colors. Its thin diameter might make it prone to tangling less but requires gentle care to maintain its elegance.
  • Indian hair: Rich, lustrous, and full of character! Indian hair tends to be thicker and more versatile in texture, offering a wide range from straight to wavy and even curly.
  • Chinese hair: Strong, resilient, and with a slightly coarser texture! Chinese hair is typically thicker and straighter, resembling silk in its robustness.
Quality and proper maintenance tend to be more critical factors for durability than the type of hair itself. So, whether it’s European, Indian, or Chinese, the key to longevity lies in the tender loving care you provide to your hair system!

3. Hair quality

  • Virgin hair: Virgin hair refers to hair that has never undergone any chemical treatment or processing, maintaining its natural state it offers unparalleled versatility, natural shine, and longevity.
  • Remy hair: Remy hair refers to hair where all the cuticles align in the same direction, ensuring minimal tangling and a smoother, more natural look.
  • Non-Remy hair: Non-Remy hair comes from various sources, and the cuticles might not all align in the same direction. This hair might require more processing to reduce tangling.
Hair coloring and bleaching are as harmful as they are to our natural hair because they will dry out the strands of the hair causing it to become more brittle, the drier the hair becomes the shorter the lifespan of the hair system. If you have to bleach your hair system, kindly do it carefully following the correct procedures.

4. Hair coloring/ bleaching

Hair coloring and bleaching are as harmful as they are to our natural hair because they will dry out the strands of the hair causing it to become more brittle, the drier the hair becomes the shorter the lifespan of the hair system. If you have to bleach your hair system, kindly do it carefully following the correct procedures.

5. Ventilation method

The ventilation method in a hair system refers to how the hair is secured to the base, allowing for a natural-looking appearance and comfortable wear.
  • Knotting: This is one of the most widely used methods. It involves tying individual strands of hair to the base using tiny knots. This method is ideal for lace and mono bases.
  • V-looping: In this method, the hair is inserted into the base in a V-shaped pattern without creating knots, and is ideal for the skin hair system.

6. Storage

Treat your hair system super delicately! Give it one fixed spot away from direct sunlight, moisture, and extreme temperatures, a well stored hair system will stay with you for the best duration you can ever imagine.

7. Lifestyle

Your activity level matters! If you’re the one who is constantly on the go, engaging in high-energy activities, your hair system might face more wear and tear and need all the special attention and care. Moreover, if you are the one who is not into fitness activities then you might need to pay a little bit less attention and care to your hair system.

How long can you expect hair systems to last?

Welcome to the second phase of the journey!

Type of hair system

Base material


Skin hair system

Made from a thin layer of polyurethane material

1 to 6 months

Lace hair system

Constructed with a delicate lace material

3 to 12 months or even longer if maintained well

Mono hair system

Made up of fine mesh material that resembles natural scalp skin

3 to 12 months or even longer if maintained well

Hybrid hair system

Made by combining different materials, such as lace, mono, or skin

3 to 12 months or even longer if maintained well

How to maintain a hair system to extend the lifespan?

Now, you are witnessing the third and the most important phase of the journey!
  • Proper washing & conditioning : The master tip lies here, always take outstanding care of your hair system while you are washing your hair system, use shampoos and conditioner that are being instructed to you by your hair stylist.
  • Choosing the right hair system : This is important, like a lot. Pick what suits you and your needs the best.
  • Brushing & styling : Detangle your hair system gently and avoid any over- brushing or brushing, use wide tooth brushes at the same time, be extra careful while styling your hair.
  • Night time care : Gently brush your hair system before bed using a suitable brush or comb designed for hair systems and use a silk pillowcase, that helps prevent breakage tangles and keeps the hair in good condition.
  • Buy multiple units : Having multiple units allows you to rotate them, reducing wear and tear on each system.
  • Avoid chlorine water : Chlorine can cause damage to the hair system's fibers or base material; it leads to dryness, or weakening of the material.
  • Store correctly : Proper storing means your hair system is clean and free from any adhesive residue, dirt, or styling products.
  • Professional maintenance : Professional maintenance is necessary as they use specialized products and techniques to clean and condition the hair system thoroughly.
  • BONUS tip : To extend the life of your hair system, consider rotating between multiple units as alternating between different systems allows each one to "rest".

How to determine when to replace your hair system?

And finally you are in the last and the final phase of the journey.
  • Hair system shedding : A little shedding is normal, but if you start to feel that the shedding has taken a larger portion from your hair system you should look for ways to control human hair system shedding and if you feel that these ways are not working for you, then get in touch with your hair expert to change your hair system immediately.
  • Color starts to fade : This is the green signal that now is the time to change your hair system.
  • Looks dull and feels dry : Due to the usage of heavy styling tools, it might happen that your hair system looks dull. In that case change the system rather than doing any “DIY’s”.
  • Persistent smell : If the smell persists despite your efforts in the hair system, consult with a hair system specialist. They may have specific recommendations to address stubborn smells or they will also ask you to change the system.


From the materials used—be it lace, skin, mono, or hybrid—to the hair type, maintenance routines, lifestyle choices, and care, each element plays a crucial role in determining how long a hair system will grace your scalp with its presence.
What truly defines the longevity of a hair system isn’t just its lifespan but the confidence, joy, and comfort it brings to those who wear it.

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Adam Bennet

Adam Bennet is a Certified Trichologist at IHS Hair replacement with over 21 years of Unbeatable experience. Throughout his remarkable career, he has successfully completed an impressive 8000 hair replacement systems. Adam is dedicated to transforming lives and boosting self-confidence so that one can live with all the pride and confidence. Adam Bennet has served over 800 satisfied clients and still-counting, while helping them get their natural appearance and emotions back with all the pride and confidence.

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