By Jeff Waite on Jun 5, 2020 10:33:10 AM
Hairpieces are relied on by many of us to look and feel our best. An important piece of our daily style and identity — hairpieces can change our look instantly. Particularly for those that have experienced hair loss, a hair system can be a complete game-changer.
If you’ve been wearing a hairpiece for a while or even if you’re new to the world of hairpieces, you’re probably wondering what your hair system lifespan actually is. This blog post will focus on how long your human hair hairpiece will typically last and what you can do to extend its lifespan. Whether you’ve got a stock hairpiece or a specially made custom hairpiece, proper hairpiece care is essential for prolonging its lifespan. Keeping your hairpiece in top condition is easier than it may seem, and can drastically improve the lifespan of a hair system.
What is the typical lifespan of a human hair hairpiece?
The short answer would be that it depends. Taking into account high-quality materials and a good manufacturing process, combined with proper care and maintenance, an average hair system lifespan comes to around 6 to 10 months if used on a daily basis.
However, it’s key to keep in mind that this is simply an average, and there is a whole host of variable factors that influence how long a hairpiece will last. A hair system's lifespan is highly dependent on the quality of the products that you use on it as well as your hair system maintenance routine.
If your hairpiece has been properly manufactured and you spend time caring for it regularly, then there’s no reason why your hairpiece won’t look fantastic after 10 months!
How to increase your hair system lifespan
Now, the question most likely on your mind is, how can I increase my hair system’s lifespan?
To keep your hairpiece in tip-top shape for as long as possible, you will need to follow a few key guidelines:
- Don’t overuse the hairdryer on your hair system. If and when you must use a hairdryer, use it on the cold setting only. Never use high temperatures as this will only damage the hair of your hairpiece. It may be obvious, but it is worth mentioning that a hairpiece’s hair won’t grow back. Once your hairpiece’s strands are damaged, it can be challenging to get them back to their previous healthy-looking state.
- Always avoid shampoos that contain sulfates. If you’re wondering why you shouldn’t use products that contain sulfates, it’s not only irritating to your skin and hair, but also dries out the natural oils that make hair healthy and shiny. Since hair systems cannot naturally replenish those essential oils themselves, you’ll find that your hair system will start to dry out and look limp. In order to keep your hair system soft and shiny, it's important that you regularly apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair system.
- You should also be sure not to wash your hair system too frequently - once or twice a week is plenty! It’s also important to use specially formulated hair system shampoos like the ones available on Advent Hair.
- If you prefer to sleep with your hairpiece attached, choose pillowcases that are made from soft satin materials or other low-friction fabric like silk or satin. Friction is a main cause of hair fall, so if you start finding loose strands on your pillowcase, it’s probably time to switch up your pillow cases. For more tips on sleeping with your hair system take a look at our guide.
If you do end up damaging your hairpiece along the way, don’t worry it’s easy enough to do some simpler hair system repairs at home.
Follow those three simple steps and you'll be on your way to extending the lifespan of your hairpieces. It is important to note that there are many things you can do to improve your hair system maintenance such as: using leave-in conditioners, using the correct brushes and combs, and more. If you are looking for more ways to improve your hair system maintenance routine take a look at our Hair System Buyer's Guide!
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