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Hair Replacement System Base Type Guides and Their Differences


For those who’re troubled by hair loss, what’s the best way to restore hair and confidence? Well, there’re three ways available on the market, getting restoration surgery (also called hair transplant), trying drugs and topical treatments and wearing a hair system. Each has its own pros and cons. But which is the best option for you?


  •  Hair Replacement Surgery: it’s a surgical but effective solution for men and women who experience a light amount of hair loss. Finding a right doctor and educating yourself on hair restoration are the key factors, with an additional cost of $2,500 - $20,000.


  • Drugs and Topical Treatments: though many people have claimed to experience new hair growth in varying levels with these medicinal treatments with a cost of $100 to $500, nobody knows if it’s for you.


  • Hair Replacement Systems: it’s a way to wear a hair system, also called a hairpiece, toupee or wig. Though socially awkward for some people, it’s an affordable ($200 - $2,000) and safe solution to hair loss. And with the enhancement of techniques, a natural appearance is no longer a problem.  

 hair loss hair replacement systems


While comparing these three hair restoration methods, we’ve found that hair replacement surgery costs most and at the same time, the clients would risk surgical infection; if choosing drugs and topical treatments, least cost but also the least possibility of a full head of hair; So how about to wear a hair system?


How to Choose Hair Base Systems?


For many clients perhaps the hardest decision is to choose out the best hair base for themselves. But in fact, the key decision is about your main objective: natural and undetectable appearance or its durability.

  If you're looking for a base featuring most natural, undetectable appearance possible, lace hair bases are into your choice.

  If you're looking for a base that is durable enough and can last for a really long time, a conventional hair base system seems to be a smarter decision for you.

 Surely, you can consult for a custom base design based on a point somewhere in-between the two extremes. For example, you prefer to the most undetectable and natural hairline and durable hair base, that is Hollywood (Swiss) Lace Front w/ Thin Skin Perimeter. But why these materials combined can obtain your objectives? That’s because of different materials have different features and thus different functionalities.

 So getting a good understanding of what base material utilized in hair system, you’re closer to custom the best hair base system. Although the hair replacement industry has got many creative bases names for marketing purposes, all hair system bases can be reduced down into two types of basic construction material: Polymer and Fabric.

  • Polymers: as close resemblance to real skin tones, Polymers are often used to create skin bases, and especially those to strengthen stressed areas, such as the tape tab and the base perimeter. While, as polymer bases are primarily constructed from Silicone and Polyurethane, there’re also some differences. As silicone is not affected by body acids and other elements, silicone base is durable but not natural-looking and difficult to attach with tape or bonding adhesives. While, polyurethane is vulnerable to body acids, so it is easy to be dyed to resemble natural skin tones and to attach; inversely, it’s easy to turn yellow and break down with time.


  • Mesh Fabrics: are used for a fine lace material and typically made of either Nylon or Polyester. The key difference is that Nylon base is woven from monofilament thread and Polyester base is knitted, not woven, from multifilament fiber.


Here’s the comparison between Polymer Bases and Mesh Fabric Bases:


Polymer (Skin) Bases

Mesh Fabric Bases



Comfortable and Natural-Looking;


Uncomfortable and Not Airy;

Easy to Wear Out;

After getting a good understanding of the most popular base materials available for hair replacement systems, much easier you could access to the following hair bases and make the best choice. Now, on the market, there’re four basic construction methods for hair system bases, almost covering every type of custom hair system.

Lace Base Systems: entirely made of mesh fabric or “lace” material, so these systems are thought to be the lightest and most breathable, and to provide the most natural appearance possible, in the sacrifice of a limited life-span, which require regular repairs or replacement. 

Swiss Lace, French Lace and Hollywood Lace are the main rivals in lace base systems. Though they are all belonging to lace base category, when talking about the least detectable and most comfortable, the fact is: Swiss Lace > French Lace > Hollywood Lace; while conversely, if for durability: it reverses: Hollywood Lace > French Lace > Swiss Lace.


Well, if you wear hair base system for the first time, an all lace system is not recommended; if you prefer a heavy density, Lace is not a good option.

 lace hair replacement systems


  • Skin Base Systems: if in your hair system preference, natural appearance wins comfortable and breathable wearing, you’re at the right place, as these base systems can be made very thin and almost “mold” onto your scalp.
 skin hair replacement systems
  •   Lace Front Base Systems: considering a good combination of natural appearance and durability, these systems are using the lace material in the front and hairline area and skin material in the back and top. As it is, your fingers will reveal a small “bump” at the point where the two materials meet.

 Lace Front Base Systems


  •  Monofilament Base Systems: it’s a kind of conventional hair bases, featuring the highest durability of any base, but failing to achieve the same level of undetectable front hairline at the Full Lace and Skin Bases with a monofilament base.

 Monofilament Base Systems

Actually, when you make a final decision on which hair base system to go, it’s all about a balance between the appearance and durability. So it’s a good advice to move into combining of two different materials that allows both long wear and an invisible front hairline.

 Except considering a natural appearance and durability, here’s also another factor you may take into account, that is, the hair density. Referring to this point, which has something to do with how hair is attached.

 The popular types of ventilation are called knotting, injection and looping. As Knotting is a little more complex, another chart will be followed.


knotting, injection and looping

Generally, here’re four knots distinctive from different sizes, that is, double knots, single knots, half knots and bleached knots. 

knotting, injection and looping

To be brief, if you want a high density of hair, that is about injection with a somewhat thicker base which will duplicate the look of natural hair growing from your scalp, for example, the Skin Base; while, those thin bases, like Lase Bases, usually have the hair either looped or knotted. 


For a so-called “best” hair base, lifestyle, durability and the most natural look will all play a part in the selection. Surely, you could consult with about your expectations before placing order.