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Understand the Language of Hair Loss Products and Services

Understand the Language of Hair Loss Products and Services

Have you ever gone to buy something and had no idea what to even call it? Hair pieces, hair extensions, hair rugs… hair loss terms can be confusing and like trying to learn Latin!

Well in the hair replacement world that can be quite common. If you go online (which is what most people do nowadays to do research) you can be stymied because everyone seems to have their own names and descriptions for the same products or services. Sometimes it can even be a generational thing where words that formerly meant one thing are now taboo such as “toupee.

Technology Makes a Toupee a Thing of the Past

Bad Toupee, National Hair Centers, Phoenix, Arizona, Blond Hair, Smiling ManIn the past, a toupee was a thick, “fake-looking” swatch of hair sitting on top of a guy’s head!! So do you think anyone still sells toupees? Well, does anyone still sell Blackberry’s that don’t grow on a vine? As the world changes technology impacts every area of our lives. The terms we use to talk about products and services also changes.

Let’s start with hair replacements and list some of the possible terms you may find while researching information about hair loss solutions. Instead of toupee’s, wigs, rugs or any of the other unfair and out of date descriptions you may have grown up hearing, we will look at terms currently being used in the field. The following terms are more relevant or correct concerning hair replacement but keep in mind that many hair replacement companies will add their own descriptive twist on their products and services.

Basic Industry Terms or Jargon

Hair System

A hair system is basically synonymous with a hair piece. It is generally custom-designed and tailored for each client so that the fit, color, and style match their particular physiology and look. It is often customized further by a Hair Replacement Technician who is trained to ensure it blends naturally with remaining hair to eliminate visibility to the untrained eye.


This is the name for the process where a Hair Replacement Technician will customize a new hair system to ensure it blends with remaining hair through cutting, coloring, and styling.

Hair Unit

A hair unit is basically a measure of quantity related to hair systems. Some clients are on hair replacement programs where they buy a single unit each year, whereas others prefer to update their system more frequently and will, therefore, require multiple units.

Provider Specific Terms

Often during your research, you will find terms used which are copyrighted and meant to denote a specific product type and/or service program. Virtual Reality© and Bio-Fuse© are 2 such terms which are prominent in the marketplace.

Permanent hair replacement

Most hair replacement methods require a service visit every 4 to 6 weeks since they are a “permanent” method of replacement. The word “permanent” is sometimes one of the most confusing terms you will hear because what it really means is that the hair replacement is a part of you 24/7.

 In reality, one does need to have it removed so that the scalp can be cleaned, exfoliated, and the hair re-adhered at the recommended 4 to 6-week interval for the benefit and health of your body and your Hair System.

What has changed in the last 20 years is the technology of “medical adhesives” which is what makes hair systems more “permanent” and easier to manage than in previous years.

Medical Adhesives

The method of attachment will usually depend on what type of hair and hair system is manufactured for the client. However, there are other factors which may affect the type of adhesive used such as the chemistry of the client’s scalp or even the climate they live in.

Your hair technician will have the training and experience to make this judgment call and work with you to make the best decision. In many cases, the choices aren’t obvious and can change based on personal experience with your hair system for the first time.

Hair System Bonding Methods

Though there are many different types of attachment methods the two most common are the polyseal or perimeter bonds and the CTR or full head bonding methods.

Polyseal/Perimeter Bond

A perimeter bond or polyseal involves adhering only the outer edge of the hair system to the scalp after shaving what is commonly referred to as the “track line” and is recommended for best results. A hair system can be attached over the hair using this method if the client prefers but will not typically give the best result. This method is used for both male and female hair systems.

Full Head Bond/CTR

A full head bond or CTR involves adhering the hair system to the whole balding area and can also involve shaving some hair in order to allow the hair system to contour to the scalp for best fit and comfort. This method can also be used for both male and female hair system but is predominantly used on males because of the amount of hair loss experienced and cannot be used for attachment over hair.

Learn More about Hair Replacement, Hair Pieces, Hair Systems

We’ve only touched the surface of the main terms related to the “Hair System” side of the business. Visit our blog often for more articles related to this subject. We always advise potential clients to be as knowledgeable as possible in order to make an informed decision about their hair replacement options.

If you’re interested in getting more information immediately, click here to arrange a talk with one of our Image Consultants in a safe, caring environment. We’ll answer not only those questions you have but also many other questions you haven’t even thought of.

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