How to Create a Custom hair system Template
Supplying a template of your hair loss area is a fundamental part of ordering a bespoke hair replacement system. The template will be used as a model from which we will derive the correct size and shape of your hair loss area. This will ensure we make a system that is a perfect fit for you.
Time Required: 45 Minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy
- Permanent marker (thick point)
- Plastic wrap
- Black eyeliner pencil
- Transparent roll tape
- Spray bottle filled with water
You need to cover the entire bald area with the wrap and tie it below the chin. So the wrap-sheet should be cut to sufficient length for this. Spray some water over the scalp so that the plastic sheet sticks firmly without slipping while spreading. See picture.
Draw your hairline with a make up pencil on your skin from temple to temple. If you will be using tape at the front of your new system, use the same shape tape as a stencil for this line. For most, the placement of the hairline is established by placing three or four fingers flat on the forehead with the pinkie resting above the eyebrow line when your brow is furrowed (eyebrows raised), where your index finger lies is where your front hairline should begin. Draw a line from this point to form your hairline. A hairline with a deeper recession looks the most natural rather than one that is too straight across. The deeper the recession the more natural look is obtained. Be careful not to place your hairline too far down. Use rubbing alcohol to erase the line if you need to try again.
Both of your hands should pull the wrap steadily and evenly towards the bottom of the head; at the same time ensure that there are no wrinkles or creases on the surface over the scalp; pull the wrap and make a tie-knot under your chin for securing the wrap tightly.
The first thing you need to do is spray some water on your scalp, this will help you with the next step. Next, tear a 12” wide strip of plastic wrap long enough to tie under your chin (like a bonnet). Now place the wrap on your head and press the wrap tightly to your head and tie it under your chin in order to keep wrap secure. Next use the tape to contour the head shape. Beginning at the forehead, place the transparent tape on the wrap over what will become the outer perimeters of the bald area pattern. The outer perimeters are determined by the areas of baldness.
See picture. Tape should start from the front-side of the forehead and end at the backside for securing. Next piece of tape should be stuck around the perimeter of your head – above the forehead. Then taping should be done side-to-side overlapping the forehead and the hairline by minimum one inch. Similarly one more stretch of tape should be secured from the forehead to the backside of the head; and this should be continued till you are confident that the plastic wrap is firmly secured.
In this next step the tape will lock the plastic wrap into a permanent transparent tape template of your scalp. Apply three layers of tape. Begin with the first layer going from front to back then overlap the second layer going side to side and the final layer should be front to back again. PLEASE DO NOT UNTIE THE PLASTIC WRAP FROM UNDER THE CHIN UNTIL THE LAST STEP IS FINISHED.
Remember you are drawing a Template for helping the craftsmen of the hair-piece to design it exactly for your head. So you need to visualize how your Template will be identified at the manufacturing end. While the plastic wrap is on your head start drawing the lines with the Sharpie marker which will be read by our craftsmen.
The bald area should be covered from end to end by drawing the marker-line. Your Front hairline should be identified with the letter "F". The drawn line should be above your brow-line by three or four fingers' gap in between. Draw the entire perimeter first. Then if you require any specific style, that should be marked now on the Template.
Supposing you want a parting done in the final hair-piece, you should choose a pivot point and draw a line from that point at the backside of your head to the front-hairline. Your original growth of hair should correspond with the look of the parting and so the pivot should be marked accordingly for natural look.
You should make all the information clear to the craftsmen by identifying the date of the Template, probable growth pattern and such other details right on the Template itself with the marker.
While plastic wrap is still on your head, trace/draw pattern hairlines on the tape template with a permanent sharpie marker. Lines are drawn from that point (center of front hairline you drawn in Step 1) to form a pattern which covers the bald area. This pattern will establish the shape of your hair system base. After the entire outer perimeter of the pattern is drawn, the desired hair direction should be indicated. If a parting is desired, draw a line from a pivot point at back crown to the front hairline. Placement of the pivot point should correspond to what can be seen of your original growth. After the entire outer perimeter is drawn, please indicate the front by marking “F” for front and “B” for back on the template. Also write your name and order number on this template.
Finished marking the Template? Now secure the marking with another layer of tape for covering and sealing purpose of the marking. See the sketch as how the hair direction and parting is indicated as a suggestion. Then for matching the exact color of your originally grown hair, attach minimum 2 locks of hair taken from your head over the Template. And don't forget to indicate as from which part of your head these locks were taken, so that the craftsmen will know from the mold and match your hair color accurately. (In case you are able to provide a color code, well – forget this identification).
Upon finishing marking the tape template, place one more layer of the transparent tape (now four) going from side to side. This should seal and protect the markings. Now your template is complete.
Carefully untie and remove the template from your head and cut with a scissors the excess plastic wrap along the outer perimeter line you drawn. A wonderful tape template is coming out, place it back on the bald area of your head to ensure it's the correct size and shape and you're done! Just go and send it to us together with your hair sample (we will show you how to make hair samples separately).