Hair Density



Choosing the correct density is one of the most essential factors in ensuring your hair system looks unbelievably natural. It is pointless investing in a hair system that is obvious and detectable as a result of choosing the wrong density and the simple truth is that an unnatural looking hair system can be noticed from far away. One of the main reasons why most other hair systems are so easily detectable is a result of unnaturally thick hair. 


We strongly recommend that when choosing your density you opt for a transitional density that replicates nature. This means selecting a density coverage which has a subtle graduation to it just like real growing hair.


Some might believe that choosing a heavy density everywhere will mean that their hair system lasts longer. This is not the case as the quality of workmanship and after-care determine the life span of a hair system and if you opted for this choice all you would end up with is an unnatural looking hair system that is inferior and detectable.


At Lordhair we offer different densities to suit every need. This gives you the flexibility to reduce or increase the density in different parts of your hair systems, enabling you to create a natural transitional density that is similar to natural growing hair. This gives your hair a more natural appearance that is authentic to nature. This is where we are different. All of our system bases create a flawless illusion of hair appearing to grow directly out of your scalp. Even under the closest inspection, all you see is hair and scalp!


Please review the following density selections and choose a density pattern.

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 Hair density of hair systems



Hair density is the amount of hair strands on the head. Generally, it is measured by counting the number of hair strands found in one square inch (2.5cm) of scalp. When a stylist tells you that you have thick hair, it is high density he/she is describing. Generally, the classifications of hair density are thin, medium, and thick, and are unrelated to the texture of the hair. The average head has approximately 2,200 strands of hair per square inch, and a total of approximately 100,000 hairs.


Extra light 60%

Is way too thin, only for aged people.

Light 80%

This is an very light density, it will show your scalp when parted.

Light to medium 100%

This hair density is the most common density for men. Natural and not so much volume hair.

Medium 120%

This hair density is the regular hair density for young people.

Medium to heavy 140%

This hair density is a little bit heavy density for men, suitable for their twenties and thirties.

Heavy 160%

This hair density is too heavy for normal wear. This hair density is usually used for heavy theatrical wigs. (160% is unavailable due to the limited production during COVID-19)


We have certainly noticed a recent trend towards lighter densities and our hair systems give you the flexibility to reduce the density and expose some scalp giving your hair a much more natural appearance.


Selecting the correct density is determined by many factors:

-Your own hair density. It is important to choose a density that matches your remaining hair at the sides and back. This will help to blend your system into your existing hair.

-Age. A younger man could choose a thicker density (such as medium) and still look natural, providing your remaining hair is a similar density. Whereas, as we begin to age it is common for our hair to gradually reduce in density so a lighter density would render a much more natural appearance.

-Hair style. Thick hair is well suited to layered styles, while thin hair is often better suited to more blunt styles. People with thin hair often prefer styles with added curl to give an illusion of more hair.


FAQ regarding hair density:


Q1: Is your density scale the same as other suppliers?

Not necessarily. Factories all over the world use similar, but not always the same, density scale. Our factory uses the number of individual hair stands per square centimeter, ranging from 30 hairs per square cm to 150 hairs per square cm. 30 hairs per square cm would be considered an extremely thin, light density and 150 hairs per square cm would be considered an extremely thick, heavy density.


Q2: Will my density affect my choice of base design?

Absolutely! The lighter the density, the finer and lighter the base material must be. Example: If you choice 60% density, the base must be extremely invisible, the finest Swiss lace (or French Lace). A heavier density can support a heavier, stronger base. It is important to remember that when using heavier base materials and heavier densities you sacrifice a natural appearance but you gain durability.


Q3: Can my density be adjusted after the unit is delivered?

Yes, but it isn't recommended. It can easily be thinned with a thinning shear. The problem is when the hair on the hair system is thinned even as close to the base as possible, it leaves stubbles of hair down against the base. That stubble feels like a one week beard growth and could be unpleasant to the touch. In addition, all the hairs that have been thinned out now have unnecessary knots remaining in the base that still need to be concealed for a more natural look. NOTE: Thinning is not to be confused with BLENDING.


Q4: Can I order different densities in different parts of the unit?

Yes, it is possible for unusual style requirements but it’s your best bet not to try to be a rocket scientist when ordering your hair system. We've found that when it comes to your hair system it's always a good idea to use the KISS theory. That is... Keep It Simple Stylist.


Q5: What is a good density for a man in his sixties?

We rarely recommend more then 60 hairs per cm for a man in his 60s, unless he has a very unusual density for his age (think Ronald Regan).


Q6: Are the density recommendations different for a female?

Not necessarily, but most ladies prefer a higher density then men.


Q7: Can I order between your density percentages?

Our densities go up in incarnates of 10, starting from 30 to 150. All the hair is hand tied. This is just a communication tool and is an art, not a science. In being such, you can never get the exact numbers of hairs per square cm. in one hair system that you do in another.


Q8: Is there a maximum density for lace front or full lace hair systems?

You can order any density you want with the lace bases although it is not logical to order a medium to full density with lace because you can’t see down through it. Although conventional tops using lace fronts with medium to full density will make sense especially with brush back styles and using high definition hair lines.


Q9: If heavy density is the same price, shouldn't I just go for maximum hair?

Even if its free, too higher much density for your age and hair type will prevent it from looking as natural as possible. Neither is post production thinning recommended because it may weaken your hair system.


Q10: I ordered the same density twice but one unit is a bit lighter than the other. Why?

Because designing and making hair replacement systems is an art form, more than a science. Plus, each system is crafted from the ground up in the hands of a skilled ventilator. By the same token, there are no two snowflakes exactly the same.


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