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    How Long Does a Hair System Last?

    When considering a Men’s Hair System as a solution to hair loss and a receding hairline, you will want to know how often when you will need to change your hairpiece toupee.

    If you want to know:

    • How long you can wear your male hair unit before you will need to replace it, and
    • How many hair replacement systems you will need to purchase per year,

    then read on!


    Hair System Lifespan

    ...how long will my toupee last?



    Different base systems have different average life spans. In general skin hair systems, due to their nature are extremely delicate. They are incredibly realistic and last between 2-6 months. Lace hair toupees and NPU hairpieces last even longer and sewing in clips can mean they last even longer.


    Let's have a look in detail at different types of bases.


    • How Long Do Skin Hair Systems Last?

    Skin hair systems are most of the most natural types of hair systems available. They are incredibly light weight, transparent and skin toupees are thus prized by the majority of hair system wearers. Did you know that the Lordhair UTS, a 0.03mm ultra thin skin poly hair system, is our best seller?

    Different skin hair system bases has different levels of thickness, and this impacts upon how long the hair system will last. OF course things like how well the system is maintained will also impact the hair system lifespan, but as a general rule, hair systems themselves have particular lifespans.

    The thinner the PU material, the shorter the lifespan.

    The thinnest hair system you can puchase from Lordhair is the UTS, ultra-thin skin, a polyurethane base that is 0.03mm thin. It is super soft and feels like a thick food wrap (cling film) to the touch. It is delicate and cannot be pulled directly off the scalp once stuck down. Since this hair system base is delicate, it needs extra care. When you remove your skin hair system, it is advisable to use a DEBONDER, or citrus spray with alcohol to help dissipate the glue or tape. This will help the toupee come off without having to pull at it, which may just rip a thin skin hair system like the UTS.

    Very thin hair systems can also be knotted using a V-loop method. What is a V-loop? Well, imagine that we have threaded a hair through the plastic-like material, and then thread it through again, it looks similar to a V going in and out of the plastic material. Hence we call it a V-loop. It is not tied, so it literally looks like hair coming right from the scalp.

    Slightly thicker hair systems, such as the Lordhair SuperSkin, a 0.08mm skin hair system, feature hair that has been tied onto the base with a knot, although the knots are bleached so they are invisible once on the head. Since knots on this type of skin base toupee are tied, the toupee itself is much more durable than a thinner base.

    The thickest type of thin skin hair system Lordhair makes is the 0.1mm thin skin. It can last substantially longer the the 0.03mm thin skin, and hair is tied on with a knot, making it longer lasting.


    • How Long Do Lace Hair Systems Last?

    The lifespan of a lace hair system depends on what type of lace is used, and the edge material. French fully lace systems are prized for how natural they look, and have a reasonable lifespan. Swiss lace hair systems are even more natural but last 1 month. 

    Many hair system wearers like a combination of lace and another material, such as lace and skin hair systems, which last on average 2-4 months, depending on the base. Mono and lace hair systems last even longer as mono is extremely durable. Additionally, systems with s PU perimeter make gluing the sytem on very easy and cleanup a doddle. Most men like to opt for a French lace front hair sytem, because the lace at the front is very natural.

    You can check out the expected length of time you can wear your chosen hair system base in the table below!


    How long does a hair system last?

    Skin (aka Thin Skin or poly)

    0.03mm ultra-thin skin hair systems

    1-2 months



    0.06mm super thin skin hair systems

    2-4 months




    0.08-0.15mm thin skin hair systems

    4-6 months

    Lace Hair Systems

    French lace hair systems

    2-4 months


    Swiss lace hair systems

    1-2 months

     Mono (Monofilament) Hair Systems

     Mono & lace hair systems

    3-5 months



     Mono & NPU hair systems

    4-6 months

    Hybrid Hair Systems Skin & lace hair systems 2-4 months
      Lace & mono hair systems 3-6 months  
      Skin & mono hair systems 2-6 months

     French Front

    French Front & Skin

    2-4 months


    French Front & Mono

    3-6+ months

    NPU (aka PU) Perimeter)

    Fine Mono & PU Perimeter

    6+ months


    French Lace & PU Perimeter

    4-6+ months



    Save this handy graphic for later, or share with your hair system wearer friends:

    how long hair system lasts 




    Can I make my Hair System Last Longer?

    We advise you to take good care of it by planning activities that are taxing your hair just before you switch out your new hair toupee. You can also wash it less frequently whilst wearing a shower cap if you are not in a hot climate and do not experience excessive sweat. Finally, don’t forget, sewing in clips can make your unit last even longer!

    By the way! We made a full blog post on extending the life of your toupee hair replacement system that you can read here.

    Taking good care of your hair toupee will extend it so far, you will still need to switch to a fresh piece periodically. Below we have tips on how to save on your non-surgical hair replacement.


    When it comes to making a hair system last longer, you need to watch out for these common mistakes that mean it may not last so long:


    Here is a list of reasons why your toupee may be shedding:

    • New toupee hairs shedding in the first few days - this is totally normal!
    • Toupee hair shedding due to incorrect care and maintenance - be gentle with your toupee, it is delicate
    • The toupee has reached its end-of-life - each toupee has a particular lifespan according to it's base and hair type
    • Product fault - this happens in less than 1% of cases, as all men's toupees go through rigourous testing, in most cases shedding is due to the aforementioned reasons


    toupee shedding




    How to Make Your Toupee Last Longer

    When it comes to making a toupee last longer, here is a checklist of items you should add in your basket:


    • Detangler spray for hair systems - keep hair in tip-top condition
    • Wide toothed comb OR ‘tangle teazer‘ to reduce pull on your hair system when brushing
    • Silk pillow case to stop your hair system tangling at night
    • Alcohol in a spray bottle/debonder spray for hair systems


    make hair system last longer



    How to save on your hair system purchases

    save money hair systems

    Now you know the number of hair systems you will need to buy per year, you can take advantage of buying a few hairpiece toupees at a time to save yourself some $$$. You can also take advantage of seasonal sales to bulk buy your toupee hair replacement system.


    How to save money buying a men's hair system 

    Even though, in the long run, men's toupees are the most cost-effective, intstant and suitable solution to men's hair loss. Here are some tips on how you can save money on buying men's toupees:


    • Buy in bulk during discount periods - you can get hundreds off toupees if you cbuy 2-3 at a time when there is a sale on
    • Take GOOD care of your toupee - how long your piece lasts depends in large part on how it is cared for
    • Do DIY adjustements near the toupee end-of-line - e.g. if your toupee has color fade, you may be able to simply re-dye the hair at home!



    Did you know? The UTS super thin skin hair replacement system is available to buy in a six-piece bundle, at $183 per unit!




    Buy the Ultra Thin Skin V-looped hair replacement system for men






    How often do you switch your hair system out? Let us know in the comments below or come and join our Facebook support group to connect with other hair system wearers!


    Check out our other posts:

    We Photoshopped these Male Celebrities with a Hair System

    Are Hair Systems Noticeable?

    Prolong the Life of Your Hair System: Tips & Tricks