By Jeff Waite on Jul 22, 2018 10:15:54 PM
Hair systems sizes and shapes are not standard. That's why you will need to provide an accurate measurement of your head. Also, choosing the correct size and shape will allow you to have a more natural look and a better fit. But first, we need to know how should we measure.
Keep reading, and we'll guide you through the secrets hair system measurements so that you can choose the perfect fit.
Hair length is the size of the hair from the roots to the tip as the hair is straight. Curly and wavy hair systems are usually 1-2 inches shorter than straight ones (it depends on how pronounced the curl is).
Wigs and extensions are measured differently. A wig is measured starting at crown to the tip of the hair, whereas extensions are the same length all over the head, whether it's the crown or the nape.
Knowing the right measurements of your base size will allow you to choose the best fit for a hair system. The size depends on how big the hair loss area is., they are usually divided into four types:
- Partial size: Hair loss areas equals or is smaller than 4” x 4”
- Regular size: Hair loss area with a size larger than 4”x 4” and up to 10”x 8” (or within 80 square inches of total area)
- Oversize (or larger size): Hair loss area larger than 10” x 8” and up to 10” x 10”
- Full cap: Hair loss areas larger than 10” x 10”
A full cap hair system is more common among women and men who have complete hair loss. They are designed to cover the entire head including side burns and nape areas. In order to measure a full cap correctly it's necessary to have 7 measures:
- Circumference: You must position the tape to the edges of your head following the hairline and nape of your neck until you rap it all around your head.
- Front to back: Place the tape at the center of the front hairline, measure directly across the middle top of your head to the nape of your neck.
- Ear to ear across forehead: Place the tape at your temple, just in front of your ear, measure from hairline at the base of your sideburn, go up across the hair line along your forehead to the same point in front of the opposite ear.
- Temple to temple over top of head: Place the tape at the bottom edge of the sideburn in front of your ear and go directly across the top of head to the bottom edge of the opposite sideburn.
- Ear to ear over top of head: Place the tape from hairline edge at the top of your ear and go directly across the top of your head to the hairline edge at the top of the opposite ear.
- Temple to temple across back of head: Place the tape against your head at the front edge of the hairline (temple area), go around the head above the occipital bone to the opposite front edge of the hairline (the opposite temple area).
- Nape width: This measures the width of hairline across the nape of the neck. Place the tape at the lowest point on the bone behind your ear (mastoid bone) and measure across the neck to the opposite mastoid bone.
Tips to have an accurate measurement:
- To have a better size figure use a cloth measuring tape.
- When measuring, don’t hold the tape too tight, let it a bit loose.
- Avoid the tape getting twisted when measuring, it must always be flat.
- Measure at least three times to have an exact measure.
Remember - having the correct measurement will allow you to have a perfect hair system fit!
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