With so many base options available, it can be overwhelming to know which hair topper is right for you. Then to know how to measure for a hair topper and find the perfect fit just adds to that. Don’t give up! The team at HairWeavon knows how stressful this can be, and we are here to help you.
One of the most important considerations is base size. You can buy a beautiful topper that matches your hair perfectly, but in order to wear it comfortably, it has to be suitable for your level of hair loss or thinning.
Different to a Wig
Measuring for a topper is different than measuring for a wig. Wig sizes are typically determined by their hairline to nape, ear to ear, and circumference measurements so that it sits snugly on the wearer’s head. By contrast, toppers do not provide full coverage, but rather, varying degrees of coverage on the part and crown.
Often, product descriptions will list a piece as being suitable for beginning, moderate or progressive/advanced stages of hair loss. The description will also include front to back and side to side measurements such as 13cm by 8cm. While visual guides for determining the severity of your hair loss are available, a better way to know whether a topper is the right size is to measure your area of loss where you require coverage.
How To Measure
To measure, you will need a flexible measuring tape. Place the end of the measuring tape at the front of your head where your thinning begins. This may be right at the hairline or behind. There may be a subtle or obvious demarcation between the thinning on the top and the hair located lower down toward the occipital bone. Next, you will measure your thinning from side to side. Again, take note of where/if the hair becomes thicker on the sides of the head. Toppers are most suitable for those with enough natural hair to support the clips without causing any tugging. You can purchase clips individually prior to ordering your topper to get a sense of how well the clips are supported by your natural hair. Should you be experiencing discomfort with a properly attached clip in all or most areas of your hair, it would be wise to consider a full wig. Additionally, if your hair is dry and brittle, it may not be able to support the clips of a topper.
Here is a video where I show you how to measure your area of loss for a hair topper.
Alopecia Areata and Toppers
With patchy hair loss, you may still be a candidate for a topper if your patch or patches are relatively stable. If this is the case, measure the area of loss as described above. If your patches are rapidly or actively falling, such as in the case of Alopecia Areata, a topper would not be recommended.
Choosing a Topper
After you have determined your front to back and side to side coverage needs, you will want to look for a topper with slightly larger dimensions. This will ensure you are clipping into areas that have more hair on the scalp.