How to Choose Suitable Base for a Hair Replacement System?

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The basic structure of an hair replacement system can be broken down into the following components and customers can always mix and match the different variables within each component to create their ideal hairpiece.


For base we mean the material on which the hair of the hairpiece has been incorporated.
Everyone has a different lifestyle and consequently there are several different types of bases.

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Foundation features

  • Very comfortable & breathable
  • Soft, light weight, yet strong & durable
  • With or without scalloped front
  • Made for any type of systems
  • Base material in a variety of colors

The following content will offer you a choice of different materials.

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Lace is the most undetectable material used in hair systems today as it virtually disappears into your scalp once placed onto your head.

SFS Super Fine Swiss Lace is the thinnest and most delicate lace available.  Although it can be used as a base, it is more recommended for the front hairline.

#18 Swiss Lace is a little thicker than the SFS Super Fine Swiss and therefore more durable, but it still does disappear onto the scalp very well.

#64 French Lace is a good choice for the base as it is very durable and has good disappearing qualities on the front hairline as well.

  • Most natural, breathable and comfortable
  • Undetectable when glued properly onto the scalp
  • Delicate material
  • Short lifespan of about 6 months

Lace is a neutral-colored woven material that is so fine that when placed against skin, it seems to disappear, creating the appearance that the hair is really growing right out of your scalp. 

French Lace: For most people, especially new wearers, French Lace is your best choice. It is durable and quite invisible against skin. Also known as #64 lace.

Extra-Fine Swiss Lace: Extra-Fine Swiss Lace is even more invisible than French Lace. It is also more delicate and requires a bit more care. This is the best lace for an undetectable hairline.

Swiss lace base hair system

Swiss lace base natural hairline

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Thinskin is a very thin skin-like material that can be used as a base and for the front hairline, and looks very natural when hair is injected into it. 

thin skin toupee

  • Easier maintenance when used with tapes and strong adhesives
  • Natural front hairline
  • Longer life span (8-12 months)
  • Less breathable than lace
  • Less natural than lace in the front hairline
  • Cannot accept hair density of over 85%
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Polyskin is a thin permeable skin-like material which is thicker and more durable than Thinskin and can therefore be used for heavier hair densities.  It looks very natural with hair Injected and knotted into it but is easier to detect to the touch than Thinskin.

  • Easier maintenance when used with tapes and strong adhesives
  • Accepts heavier hair densities
  • Ideal for extended wear
  • Longest life span (1-2 years)
  • Less breathable than lace
  • More detectable to the touch than Thinskin
  • Less natural than Thinskin in the front hairline
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Fine Monofilament

Fine monofilament bases are similar to lace bases but is stronger and more durable than lace.

  • Very breathable
  • Accepts heavier hair densities
  • Good Life span (1 year)
  • Hair knots don’t need to be bleached
  • Less durable than Polyskin
  • Less natural than lace in the front hairline
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Monofilament is a good base choice for a higher-density system. It is stiffer than lace and holds its shape very well. You cannot use Mono for an exposed hairline, but you can add a lace front onto a Mono base.

Mono base toupee for men

Monofilament toupee

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Possible Combinations

Other than constructing your base out of one single material, you can opt to further customise your HairSetup system with any of these combinations:

 1. Lace in the front and in the base + Thinskin around sides and back:
  • Tapes and stronger adhesives can be used on the Thinskin
  • Thinskin is more detectable to the touch than lace
 2. Lace in the front + Thinskin in the base:
  • Natural front hairline
  • Easier maintenance when used with tapes and strong adhesives
  • Thinskin is less breathable than lace and cannot accept hair density of over 85%
3. Lace in the front + Polyskin in the base:  
  • Natural front hairline
  • Easier maintenance when used with tapes and strong adhesives
  • More durable than lace or Thinskin
  • Polyskin is less breathable than Thinskin and more detectable to the touch

hair system base type combinations

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Base material colors

Clear, flesh, pink, black, brown, light reddish brown, yellow or any other color you prefer.

Hope these information can help you choose a suitable hair replacement system. If you have any other opinions, please feel free leave your comment.

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