- Most clients take care of the cut-in themselves after they receive their order, but there is nothing quite like the services of a great stylist to make you look your best. Haircut tips are listed here.
- In general you do not have to expose yourself by removing your unit in public. You usually go to a stylist with the unit firmly attached and it’s still on when you get home. So don't fear sitting in a glass fronted public salon and being embarrassed in front of the other clients. You just have to face the consultation with your stylist and be confident that they understand the sensitive nature of your situation.
- Due to the personal nature of hair-loss, many clients self-cut at home with with clippers, guides and mirrors. We highly recommend you spend a couple of hours researching on YouTube to see how you can avoid going out for that haircut altogether. Nothing beats the satisfaction and savings of ordering online and cutting your own hair!
- If using a regular stylist or barber, ensure that the edge hair is left longer for the blend. This is the main issue with going to a regular stylist. The most common disaster is the edge hairs get cut too short during tapering, blending, or fading. But if the stylist is made aware that the unit's edge hairs must remain longer, they should have the ability to avoid making this mistake.
- Cutting a hairpiece or wig is not the same as cutting growing hair. Straight-razor haircuts, which can be nice on growing hair, look lousy on hairpieces and you end up with something that looks like feathery split ends. Point cutting each elevation with shears or clippers works better, so politely tell your stylist you don't approve the use of a razor during your haircut.
- Scissors over comb and clippers over comb are recommended, but again, for side and back blending, these techniques have a high risk of making the unit's edge hairs too short, so be aware and make sure that such blending and graduation does not cause the hairs at the edge of the unit be cut too short. You need this edge hair for a natural transition from unit to real hair.
- Try to leave an extra couple of millimeters length because you can revive the texture and feel of an older unit by giving it a new haircut after a couple of months of wear. This tip alone can stretch the lifespan of an old piece by months.
- To reduce density, consider sending the unit in for a factory repair because if thinning shears are used, you'll still have the original knot density at the root and it will look awful and move terribly.
- If you want to try going it alone, AT YOUR OWN RISK, some things that are good to have at home include:
- a vacuum cleaner,
- the best clippers you can afford, for example Oster 76, or Andis Masters, and a full set of guard combs. (With a salon cut-in costing up to $250 every time, you can afford to buy the best clippers once).
- A comb, light colored plastic if your hair is dark, and black if you are blond or gray.
- a three-way mirror, or just a hand mirror and a wall mirror.
- a man-size Styrofoam mannequin head and a clamp stand, plus wig T pins, for comfortably cutting a unit you don't have on your head.
Quick and easy self hairpiece pompadour haircut!
- Cut your real-growing side and back hair short with clippers and guards. Taper to #1 if you like at the bottom but leave at least #4 length near the top. Do this with dry hair.
- Attach new hairpiece to Styrofoam head with wig T-pins.
- Wet and then towel dry the hair.
- Hold the Styro-head upside down and shake the hair down.
- With shears (scissors) in your dominant hand, cut down the length, leaving the front longer. Hair falls to floor.
- After attaching the new unit (dry hair), take the side and back edges down a bit with clippers and a guard that is one level longer than the top of your taper.
This will not rival a $200 hairpiece cut-in (actually it probably will!) but it costs nothing. and it takes ten minutes.
How short can I cut my hair?
This will depend on your natural hair's density. Assuming you have a hairpiece and your own hair at the back and sides, then if your real hair's density is light-to-medium or higher, you may be able to cut your own hair down to a #3 clipper comb, or 3/8". If your real hair is light density you should not go below a #4 clipper comb or 1/2". If your real hair is cut too short with insufficient density then there will probably be some kind of visible line where the hairpiece hair overlaps.
For the hairpiece hair, you need that hair to be a certain length to hide the base it is attached to. An inch is usually about as short as you should go.
In general blending in a hairpiece benefits from an inch on the unit and 1/2" on the head or it's just too difficult to hide the transition.
For full wig, until a better type of base in invented, you can forget about ultra-short fades. You usually need an inch or so to disguise the fact that it is a wig. The lower the density, the more length must remain to maintain the illusion. With heavier densities you may be able to get away with 1/2" or even 3/8" on a thin poly material.
Hair Stylists and Barbers.
We had a short list of salons and stylists listed in this position on the site for years but it was always going out of date so we no longer list service providers. We encourage you to manage your template-making and ordering by yourself. Any very good normal stylist can cut in your hairpiece.