I have bought many lace wigs through my lifetime, creating a few of my own. I have always scoffed at thin skin units, thinking them as thick plastic bases with unrealistic knots that will always be inferior to lace wigs. However, in the past couple of years, ultra thin skin units have presented themselves to be a viable alternative to older designs.
Ultra Thin Skin From NorthWestLace
Many companies use different terms to describe their ultra thin skin units, with Hair Direct calling it “HD Skin” or HollywoodLace calling theirs “Invisible Thin Skin.” They all are using a new ultra thin material when compared to other thin skin units that had a thicker base. At just .03mm thick, these units have evolved from a base that was visible from a mile away to a thin base that is akin to the finest lace. I’m sold.
Lace vs Thin Skin
I’ve always had problems bleaching knots. Regardless of how I go about it, bleaching the knots on the lace wig can cause many things to go wrong. From over bleached, orange knots that will only cause shedding, to repeated bleaching with a color that just won’t lift, every unit was some sort of science project.
Glue and tapes were showing through the lace. Another issue is sometimes the adhesives will show through the lace, making the hairline area shiny and attract attention. Even though it was believable under most sources of light, light coming in from an angle will sometimes illuminate the tape or glue right at the hairline. This is not an issue with ultra thin skin units since there is no lace for any sort of adhesive to show through.
But Ultra Thin Skin Units Aren’t Perfect
On ultrathin skin units, the only appropriate ventilation is via knotted v loops. This is where hair is injected then pulled, creating a V formation. If you are using dark hair on your unit, then these loops look unnatural, creating small dots of pigmentation where the hair is injected and pulled. Unfortunately, you cannot bleach these skin bases – forcing you to be stuck with a system with inferior, noticeable ventilation.
Blonde front ultra thin skin. The answer to this is asking your ventilator or vendor to use blonde hair in the areas where ultra thin skin is going to be utilized. Once you receive your hair unit, you can then easily color the hair with the help of a mascara wand and box hair dye. These “knots” are now invisible because they are blonde, with the rest of the hair shaft being your desired color. You now have a thin base and an inconspicuous hairline.
Understanding Injected Skin versus Knotted
Injected skin can actually look very natural as it looks like it is literally growing from the base. Unfortunately, the base for injected skin requires that it be double layered, creating a thicker base that may not be suitable for the hairline.
Ultrathin Skin Unit from Northwest Lace
My first ultra thin skin unit from Northwest lace actually combines two types of bases. The front is made with the ultra thin skin that is .03 mm thick. The knots v- looped. To circumvent any obvious knots from the v-looping, I asked for the first couple of inches of the ultra thin skin .03mm hairline to be ventilated with blonde hair.
The rest of my unit will be made with the thicker base, allowing for injected skin. It will be ventilated with my preferred hair color – a dark brown, or hair color #2. I’ll have a unit with a natural hairline, with the rest of the thin skin unit being made with the thicker base and injected hair.
Knotted Skin Ventilation
Injected System Ventilation