How Long Do Toupee Last?

Toupees can last anywhere from a month to a year depending on the base material. You can refer to the lifespan chart below to understand the lifespan of different bases.

Skin toupees have a base of see-through poly skin.Their bases come in different thicknesses. The most commonly used thicknesses are 0.03mm (ultra-thin), 0.06mm, 0.08mm and 0.1mm. The thicker it is, the longer it can be used.

Lace toupees are mainly divided into Swiss lace and French lace. Compared to French lace, Swiss lace is more breathable and looks more realistic. It is more fragile and usually lasts shorter.

Monofilament toupees are the most durable type of all hair systems. With proper care, it can last 6-12 months or even longer.


What are the Factors that Highly Influence How Long a Hair System Last?

There are many other factors that can affect the longevity of a toupee or toupee. Note them down carefully and your toupee will last longer than recommended.

1. Hair Coloring/Bleaching

Hair coloring and bleaching are as harmful as they are to our natural hair because they will dry out the strands of the hair causing it to become more brittle, the drier the hair becomes the shorter the lifespan of the hair system.They will shorten the lifespan of the hair system especially when you do it improperly.If you have to bleach your hair system, kindly do it carefully following the correct procedures.

2. Hair Type

European hair: European hair is often known for its fine texture, natural softness, and lighter colors. Its thin diameter might make it prone to tangling less but requires gentle care to maintain its elegance.

Indian hair:

Rich, lustrous, and full of character! Indian hair tends to be thicker and more versatile in texture, offering a wide range from straight to wavy and even curly.

Chinese hair:

Strong, resilient, and with a slightly coarser texture! Chinese hair is typically thicker and straighter, resembling silk in its robustness.

Quality and proper maintenance are often more important factors in longevity than the type of hair itself. So, whether you are European, Indian or Chinese, the key to longevity lies in gentle care of your hair system!

3. Hair Quality: Virgin, Remy, Non-Remy Hair

How long do toupees last, considering the hair type? The main types of human hair used for toupees are virgin hair, remy hair and non-remy hair.

Virgin Hair:

Virgin hair is unprocessed human hair cut directly from the donor’s head, with intact cuticles. Virgin hair is hair that has never been chemically treated or processed in any way and remains in its natural state, offering unparalleled versatility, natural shine and longevity.

Remy Hair:

Similar to virgin hair, Remy hair also has intact cuticles. However, Remy hair has been processed or dyed and may not be as durable as original hair. Remy hair is hair in which all cuticles are aligned in the same direction, ensuring minimal tangles and a smoother, more natural look.

Non-Remy Hair:

Non-Remy hair is just a random collection of human hair, not necessarily organized in the same direction. To avoid tangles, its cuticles must be peeled off. Without the protection of the cuticle, hair will not last as long as virgin hair and high-quality Remi hair. Non-Remy hair comes from a variety of sources, and the cuticles may not all line up in the same direction. These hairs may require more handling to reduce tangles.

4. Ventilation method

Ventilation method is another factor that affects how long your hair system lasts. Powerful ventilation methods ensure a long-lasting bond. Ventilation methods in hair systems refer to how hair is secured to the roots to achieve a natural look and comfortable fit.

Lace and solid color bases need to be knotted. It's worth noting that some materials may not be suitable for high hair densities and may cause some delicate lace bases to tear.

For cutaneous hair systems, we typically use injectable hair or V-ring hair. These methods create a knot-free, natural scalp-like appearance. However, V-rings and injected hair are more prone to shedding than knotted ventilation methods.


This is one of the most widely used methods. It involves tying individual strands of hair to their roots using small knots. This method works great for lace and a single base.


In this method, the hair is inserted into the base in a V-shaped pattern that creates no knots and is ideal for skin-hair systems.

5.Base materials

Think of base materials as the backbone of your hair system. Whether it's lace, polyurethane or a mixture of the two, the material determines not only comfort but also durability, the better quality you choose the better longevity and sustainability you'll get, so invest in something with A hair system material with a strong foundation (foundation) and enjoy subsequent benefits.

6. Storage

Be super careful with your hair system! Give it a permanent place away from direct sunlight, moisture, and extreme temperatures, and a well-kept hair system will last you the best time imaginable.

7. Lifestyle

Your activity level matters! If you are someone who is constantly busy and engaged in high-energy activities, your hair system may be facing more wear and tear and need special attention and care. Additionally, if you're not a fan of fitness activities, you may want to give your hair system a little less attention and care.


Tips to Extend Hair System Lifespan

Did you know proper caring techniques must be applied to maximize the lifespan of a toupee? With good care, many hair systems can last up to a year or over! Here are useful tips to maximize the lifespan of hair systems according to hair system experts at New Times Hair.

1. Use the right glue or adhesive

Choosing the right glue or adhesive for your hair system can make it easier to remove and clean, making it less likely to damage the hair system and extending its life.

Glue is suitable for skin-hair systems as tape may tear the skin. Lace or solid hair systems, on the other hand, prefer tape because the glue can seep in and wreak havoc on the roots.

2. Appropriate change is key

toupees are most susceptible to damage during the removal process. Be gentle and don't skimp on glue remover. For more details, watch and finish our detailed video on hair loss.

3. Clean correctly and regularly, but not too frequently

Proper hair washing techniques and products are a must. Washing your hair is compulsory, but no more than twice a week. Shampoos and products containing sulfates must be avoided.

4. Never comb or comb your hair when it is wet

Avoid combing or brushing wet hair, especially the skin-hair system. Wet hair weakens the bond and can easily pull strands.

This is how you should wash your toupee without worrying about hair falling out.

5. Keep more than one hair system

Keep some hair system on hand. Take turns between them. Wear and tear can be reduced if unused parts are stored in a clean, dry space. It’s also wise to let your toupee dry naturally between uses.

6. Comb and comb your hair gently

How long do toupees last, with or without tangles? To make it last, comb or brush it often to detangle it, but do so gently. For severely tangled hair, consider washing it properly during the detangling process.

7. Do not overuse the hair dryer on your hair system

Minimize the use of a hair dryer as using it too frequently can dehydrate your hair and even burn it, leading to breakage. Let your hair air dry as much as possible. If you must use a hair dryer, use it occasionally, use a heat protectant, and keep the dryer on low heat.



The lifespan of a toupee or toupee varies depending on the base material, hair type and care.Maintenance practices such as using quality adhesive, gentle removal, and proper cleaning play a vital role. By understanding these factors and adhering to a daily routine, toupee wearers can maximize their longevity.