Hair Topper 101 - The Different Base Types
For people purchasing a Hair Topper for the first time, it can be useful to become familiar with the different types of hair topper bases to help you choose an ideal hair topper. At UniWigs, we offer four different types of bases in our Hair Topper collection. Each of the base types has different pros and cons.
1. Lace Base
The Lace Base features a lace material with individual hairs tied to the base, which can be a great choice if you want to ensure the front hairline simulates your own. Lace bases are very lightweight and breathable - perfect for hot days!
Pros of a Lace Base
Naturalness: Full Lace Toppers and Toppers with a Lace front are the only base types that perfectly mimic the look of a natural hairline.
Breathability: The Lace Base is considered the most breathable out of the three different bases, due to the lace materials' well-spaced and large pores.
Cons of a Lace Base
Visible Knots: Strands of hair are individually tied to a piece of sheer lace base creating a knot at the base, which can be visible around the hair parting line. However, the knots are less visible when the knots have been bleached or the hair topper is a light color.
2. Mono Base
With a Mono Base, individual hairs are tied to a fine mesh material that allows both light and air to pass through. The Monofilament Base allows you to change the part as you like for great styling versatility, which can give you a natural look. Mono bases are also extremely durable and have a long lifespan.
Pros of a Mono Base
Comfort: The Monofilament Base is soft and comfortable to wear, will not irritate your head and can be a great choice for ladies with a sensitive scalp due to chemotherapy treatments or other skin issues.
Realistic: The Mono Base can mimic the look of natural hair growth and provides a free and movable hair parting for easy styling.
Cons of a Mono Base
Breathability: The Mono Base is smooth and comfortable, but not as breathable as the Lace Base, due to the weave of mono base material being tighter than the lace.
3. Silk Base
The Silk Top Base is constructed with a layer of lace and pure silk fabric on the top front of the cap. The Silk Base has the most realistic scalp look that the market has to offer to date. A Silk Base will perfectly hide the knots and you won't need to worry about any other techniques to make the knots invisible or less visible, because the knots are hidden under the silk base.
Pros of a Silk Base
Realistic: Silk Base hair toppers give the appearance of a scalp that looks like your own. Silk Bases are the most realistic topper base on the market today. With a Silk Base, there is no need to camouflage the knots when you part your topper!
Styling Versatility: The Silk Base offers versatile styling options as you can part your silk topper in any direction.
Cons of a Silk Base
Difficulty Laying Flat: Due to the multiple layers in a Silk Base topper, Silk Base hair toppers are not as easy to lay flat on the head. Silk Bases may also encounter slight bulkiness on the crown. Due to this, Silk Bases usually take a little extra work to lay flat compared to other bases.
Breathability: Due to its unique layered construction, the Silk Base can lack breathability compared to lace and mono bases. Silk Bases may also be slightly warmer to wear during the summer than the other two bases.
4. Skin Base
The Most Realistic hairline and scalp. A skin base, as the name suggests, looks and feels just like your own skin. The hair is injected, v-looped, or knotted onto the base, making the knots 100% invisible. Especially in the front area, the skin base can blend in with the skin seamlessly.
Natural movement. The translucent material creates the ideal illusion that hair is growing directly from the scalp, moving just like your own hair would.
Laying Flat: Skin material is super thin and light and can easily lay flat on one’shead.
Less Breathability: The skin base is light and comfortable, but not as breathable as the lace base, due to the lack of pores on the skin material.
Less durable: The duration for usage and lifespan is shorter compared to otherbases, as the material of skin bases is super thin.
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