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What is a clip-on hair system?

What is a clip-on hair system?

Posted by Superhairpieces on 2022 Mar 14th

When it comes to hair systems for men, most assume the method of installation is either with tape or liquid adhesive. For the most part, that is a valid assumption as those are by far, the two most common methods of bonding a hair replacement system to one’s scalp. However, there is another method which involves clipping the hair system on. This blog will explain everything you need to know about clip-on hair systems.

About clip-on hair systems

Let’s start with what a clip-on hair system is. As the name implies, it is a hair system for men or women you attach with the help of clips as the attachment method. Just like clip-in hair extensions, they are to be clipped onto your remaining natural hair. Such hair systems come with clips already attached within the base material. However, you can also purchase and sew in clips on a regular hair system as well if they don’t come with them already.

Benefits of clip-on systems

very quick to install clip-on systems

So what are the main benefits and why don’t more hair replacement system wearers — men in particular — wear clip-on systems? The biggest benefit of a clip-on system is that it is very quick to install. When it comes to attaching with glue or liquid adhesive, you have to be extremely careful and precise with the application. Not to mention, you have to wait for the glue to dry and cure while there is also a risk of potential damage to the system if not installed or removed correctly. Attaching a hair system by yourself with glue can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, but it also depends on the experience level of the wearer.

With tapes, you also have to be precise with the installation and while it takes less time to install than with glue, it can still take around 15 to 20 minutes for the attachment process. With a clip-on hair system, the process can take as little as five minutes as you are just clipping the system onto your hair. Similarly, removing the hair system takes a few minutes as well making it a great option for those who prefer daily wear and would like to remove it at the end of the night.

Another pro is that it is much easier to install for a newcomer compared to glue or tape. Made a mistake with the placement? Simply remove the clip and adjust it on your scalp. In a rush? You can get it installed by yourself in a matter of minutes and be on the go in no time. With a clip-on system, there is basically no need to go to a salon which also means you’ll be saving money in the process.

Finally, it’s a great option for those just starting out with hair loss and who still retain a good amount of their natural hair. If you still have plenty of hair left that is thick and strong, you can get a hair system attached without needing to shave your head like most hair wearers.

Disadvantages of clip-on systems

Clip-ons are also not as secure as glue or tape

With all that said, clip-on hair systems have their cons. For one, they are not ideal if you’re an active person or one who plays sports or works out regularly. This is because all the movement you’ll be doing could potentially cause friction and lead to hair loss. For those reasons, it is not advised to swim, shower or sleep with a clip-on hair system on. If you prefer to keep your hair system on for long periods of time, clip-ons won’t do either as your hair can get tangled and damaged while you’re sleeping with it.

Clip-ons are also not as secure as glue or tape which means you may be prone to having your hair system lift from its place or move around. Your natural hair, used to clip on the hair system, could also be prone to natural wear and tear as it carries the weight of the clips and your hairpiece. Additionally, if not installed or removed properly, your hair can also get damaged that way.

Lastly, clip-on hair systems only work for those who have a decent amount of natural hair remaining on your scalp. If you are completely bald in the middle of your head and only have thin, fine hair on the sides, it is recommended to have your hair replacement system attached with glue or tape instead.

How do you put on a clip-on hair system?

Now that you know about clip-on hair systems, how are they actually attached and is it as easy as it sounds? Yes, it is! Assuming your hair system doesn’t come with clips, all you need to do is sew in the clips through the base material (lace or poly skin) using a thread or fishnet. It is not advised to do this on ultra thin poly skin systems, however, as the base thickness might be too thin for clips to be used. Once that’s done, simply position the hair system on the scalp and then secure each clip with your hair in the corresponding area. And that’s it!

You can also watch the before and after transformation below where one of our clients gets the M100 monofilament top hair system with clips installed, cut and styled:


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