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For small units under 7 inches long, then length*width is usually good enough. Larger sizes will fit better if a template is used.
Establish how much of your remaining hair has insufficient surviving density and needs to be covered by the hairpiece. This may not be an obvious line, but aim for where the density just looks too low at the sides and back.
Draw your new hairline on your skin from temple to temple using a grease pencil or washable felt marker. If you will be using tape at the front of your new piece, use the same shape tape as a stencil for this line. Don't be a wolf man, the center front of your hairline is at least three fingers above the eyebrows when your brow is furrowed (eyebrows raised.)
The factory charges one price for any size up to 10" X 8". This is one reason why we ask for a template to be made a certain way for temple pairs. The other reason is that a small triangular template can be in any of three directions, or six if it's flipped. Therefore the way to do this is to make a bridge template, and we can cut off the bridge later.
Using a cosmetic pencil or washable marker on your skin, draw in your area of coverage at each temple and connect them with a thin stripe (the bridge) a few millimeters wide. Make the template to that shape and cut it out, and mark the front edge with an F. Mark your left with an L and your right with an R and write the word top on the hair side.
This type of template can be folded flat and sent in a flat envelope. This always gets it here safely. Leaving it large and three dimensional and sending it in a bigger box increases the chance of loss. In some cases empty boxes have been received. There is no need for a box, and padding etc. Fold it flat please.