Kay Manuel

Comparing hair systems to scalp micropigmentation

Having taken a look on our previous blog regarding Hair Transplants vs Scalp Micropigmentation, it's now time to delve into another popular option in the hair loss industry: 

Hair Systems (Wigs) 

Hair systems have evolved over the years, and are still a popular choice for men and women with hair loss issues.

Although hair systems are sometimes portrayed as a comical choice, there are some men who have them for many years and find it hard to break up with the hair system ‘handcuffs’ and discard the toupee/hair system/wig.

It is obviously hard to go from having ‘hair’ even though it comes with considerable maintenance and cost - to having minimum hair and a ‘buzz’ cut look that Scalp Micropigmentation gives.

If you cannot entertain the idea of not having some kind of hair, a hair system may be something to consider IF you can tolerate the cons that come with it. 

Hair Systems: Pros & Cons


  • Can add real hair density to a completely bald head or thinning hair by creating a fabricated hair weave that is glued to the scalp
  • Non-surgical
  • Styles can look modern
  • Can be worn for years if maintained and changed regularly
  • No medication needs to be taken (minoxidil, finasteride)


  • Maintenance (shampooing, styling of hair system) can be required by qualified
    technician every two to three weeks
  • Shampoos and glues are needed for maintenance which is costly
  • Hair systems can pull on existing hair: Client needs to make sure it is installed correctly. Hair damage or loss usually occurs when the adhesive or tape pulls on natural hair. So as he/she rocks his/her head or plays extreme sports, the law of inertia will have its way: the hairpiece will move around, pulling on the natural hair it’s attached to and pulling it off.
  • Hair systems can become smelly: Humidity, tobacco smoke, sweat, product buildup, and dirt will cause foul odours in the hair system. Regularly washing the hairpiece will help avoid these unpleasant smells. Though the client will not be able to remove and clean it thoroughly whenever they want, they can wash the hair once or twice a week when showering.
  • Traction alopecia: Adhesive or tape that is too strong can cause traction on the client’s hair follicles. That leads to a condition known as “traction alopecia.” This can aggravate hair loss or thinning in the affected areas. If left untreated, it may become permanent.
  • Replacement costs: Client will probably need 2 to 3 hair systems every year according to research.
  • Confidence problems in public: With a hair system/wig/toupee, you are fully aware of the system and this can be worrisome when you are in public.

Compare: Scalp micropigmentation 

On the other hand, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a proven safe, non-invasive and non-surgical process that uses strategically placed ink in place of hair follicles to create the illusion of a shaved head with stubble.


  • Far less costly regular maintenance compared to Hair System/wig/toupee
  • No odour
  • No glue
  • No traction alopecia issues
  • No tri-annual costs for a new system
  • No installation costs
  • No worries regarding glue lifting due to heat or humidity (one of my clients main problems when deciding to ditch the toupee) 
  • Overall, a more affordable option. Hair systems can potentially cost $5000 per YEAR


  • Cannot replace the look of hair that a hair system/toupee/wig can give


If you have concerns about the cleanliness, cost, or durability of a hair system/wig/toupee, SMP is might be the right solution for you.

If you'd like a free consultation to see if SMP is the right fit for your situation, please contact me and we can discuss your options.

Comparing hair transplants to scalp micropigmentation


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