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How Long Does A Hair Topper Last?

So you’ve invested in a human hair toppers, and now you want to know how to extend the lifespan of your hair topper? Well, let's break down how long these...

So you’ve invested in a human hair toppers, and now you want to know how to extend the lifespan of your hair topper? Well, let's break down how long these hair extensions usually last and what you can do to keep them looking their best for a long time.

How long should your Hair Topper last?

This depends on the quality of the hair topper you have purchased. All human hair is not created equal, so some pieces can last you a lot longer than others. The longevity of your hair topper depends on three factors:

Hair Quality: Quality of the hair makes a huge impact on how long it will last. Lower quality of hair is often coated with silicone to make it look super shiny and gorgeous but as soon as you wash you’re left with a tangled mess. At Nish Hair, we use only 100% real human hair. This means your hairpiece will last much longer – with proper care, expect 2-3 years of everyday wear. 



Lace Base vs Silk Base: 
The longevity of your hair topper is also heavily dependent on the construction of your piece. Lace base toppers won’t last as long as a silk base topper, as the knots on lace tops are much more delicate. Usually, you can expect 6-12 months of everyday wear from a lace base topper, whereas you can expect 2-3 years from a silk base topper. 



Wash: How you use and wash your hair topper is also going to affect its lifespan. It's not so much about how often you wear it, it's more about how often you wash it. Washing and styling loosens the knots. This doesn’t have much effect in the short term, but in the long term this can cause some hair to fall out.



What happens to the Hair Topper after 2-3 years?

Don't worry, your Nish Hair piece won't disappear! You might notice some hair loss and dryness. This is because the knots weaken over time, and without natural scalp oils, the hair can dry out.

Here's what to do:

Don't worry, your Nish Hair piece won't disappear! You might notice some hair loss and dryness as the knots weaken and the hair lacks natural scalp oils. Here's how to handle this stage:

Repurpose your hairpiece! Use it for workouts, swimming, or errands where you might need to wash it more often. This way, you can save your newer pieces for special occasions.

Refresh and Restyle: Give your hairpiece a new lease on life with a restyling session. Experiment with different cuts, colors, or highlights to create a fresh look. Consider professional help for intricate styles or color treatments to ensure proper technique and minimize damage.

What can I do to increase the longevity of the Hair Topper?

Like any hairpiece, hair toppers require proper care to maintain their quality and longevity. By following these tips, you can ensure your hair topper stays beautiful and functional for years to come.

Avoid frequent washing: Over-washing can strip the extensions of their natural oils, leading to dryness and tangling. 

Use Sulfate Free Products: You want to be giving your topper or wig the very best. We suggest opting for products from a ‘hydrating’ range.

Treatments: As your piece isn’t getting the natural oils from your scalp, using a hydrating treatment about once every month is great for your piece to maintain it's shine and silkiness. Some treatments might not be suitable for all types of hair extensions. Consult with your hairstylist or the hair experts at Nish Hair to determine whether your extensions can withstand treatments.

Regular Cleaning: While over-washing can be detrimental, neglecting cleaning can also lead to product build-up, tangles, and dullness. Aim to wash your hair topper every 7-10 wears or as needed, depending on your lifestyle and environmental factors.

Air Dry: Whenever possible, allow your hair topper to air dry naturally. Heat styling can damage the hair, so prioritize air drying or use low heat settings if necessary.

Proper Storage: When not in use, store your hair topper on a wig stand or in a cool, dry place. This helps maintain its shape, prevent tangling, and preserve the hair's natural volume.

Professional Styling: Professional Styling: For intricate styling or color treatments, seek professional help. This ensures proper technique and minimizes the risk of damage to your hair topper.

Be gentle: Be mindful when brushing and styling your hair topper. Avoid rough brushing, excessive pulling, or tight hairstyles that can stress and damage the hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush specifically designed for hairpieces.

Sun Protection: Excessive sun exposure can dry out and damage the hair. Wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair topper when outdoors for extended periods.

Professional Maintenance: Schedule regular appointments with a hairstylist specializing in hairpieces. They can check the attachment points for any loose bonds, address matting or tangling, and ensure your topper looks its best.

If you want more information on how to care for your piece, visit our Care Guide.

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