STEP 1: DETERMINE YOUR TYPE OF HAIR LOSS
It is easiest to begin shopping for a hair topper or wiglet by determining the type of hair loss that you are experiencing. The stages of hair loss can be classified by the amount of hair that you have lost.
Hair loss begins in a diffused pattern at the top of the head resulting in minimal loss. Most women with this stage of hair loss will need a topper with a smaller base size or one with an interable base.
This is the stage of hair loss where the scalp becomes noticeable through sparse areas of hair. A medium to large base is typically needed.
STEP 2: MEASURE THE AREA OF HAIR LOSS
With a soft measuring tape, record the measurements of the widest points from front to back and side to side across the area where you are experiencing hair loss.
Record the measurements, adding one inch to each measurement to allow for a half an inch of hair on each side or end of the base for a clip to attach into your existing hair.
If your measurements are larger than what you see available in our topper selection, try having a friend or family member take your measurements to double check your accuracy. If you are still finding your area of hair loss to be larger than the topper bases offered, you may consider shopping for a full wig.
STEP 3: CHOOSE A BASE TYPE
Now that you know your measurements, take note of where your hair loss is located. This will help in determining the type of base that you choose.
For example, if your hair is thinning mainly at the part, you may need a base that is long and skinny with a monofilament construction. But if your hair is thinning at the crown, you may need a wider base and be happy with a classic style construction. There are two basic base types:
This base is formed by attaching each individual hair to a soft mesh material. Because each hair is hand tied to the base, it gives the appearance of real hair growing from the scalp.
This type of base features rows or wefts of hair. Often, your own hair can be pulled in between the wefts to integrate your own hair with the hairpiece.
STEP 4: SELECT HAIR TYPE, LENGTH & COLOR
Just like wigs, hair toppers come in synthetic, human hair and heat friendly synthetic hair options. Because a topper is meant to blend in with your existing hair, many women prefer heat friendly synthetic or human hair toppers. These types of hair allow you to create texture with heated styling tools that closely resembles your own hair. Synthetic toppers are a great option as well. Synthetic toppers come in straight, wavy and curly textures to help you find just the right one to blend with your own hair. They are also very easy to maintain and offer a high quality look at an affordable price point.
The length of the topper that you will want to choose will depend on the look that you are trying to achieve. Women with short hairstyles often desire wiglets that match the length of their style from root to end, while women with longer hairstyles can choose toppers that range in length from short to long depending on whether or not their hair is layered. A gorgeous topper can be a great way to add the look of layering to your existing style. You can choose to wear a topper with strands shorter than the length of your existing hair and have your stylist cut your hair to look like the topper is layered into the rest of your hair.
You want your hairpiece to resemble your existing hair color as closely as possible, but keep in mind that there will not always be a perfect match for every shade. We highly recommend taking advantage of our free wig consultations with our certified wig specialist to help color match your topper to your existing hair. Sometimes, it is a good idea to find a topper shade that is as close to what you want your hair to look like as possible and then have your existing hair professionally dyed to match the topper. This can really give you a natural look.