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Hair Topper 101 - The Different Base Types

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For people purchasing a Hair Topper for the first time, it can be useful to become familiar with the different types of hair topper bases to help you choose an ideal hair topper. At UniWigs, we offer four different types of bases in our Hair Topper collection. Each of the base types has different pros and cons. 

1. Lace Base

The Lace Base features a lace material with individual hairs tied to the base, which can be a great choice if you want to ensure the front hairline simulates your own. Lace bases are very lightweight and breathable - perfect for hot days!

lace base

Pros of a Lace Base
Naturalness: Full Lace Toppers and Toppers with a Lace front are the only base types that perfectly mimic the look of a natural hairline.
Breathability: The Lace Base is considered the most breathable out of the three different bases, due to the lace materials' well-spaced and large pores.

Cons of a Lace Base
Visible Knots: Strands of hair are individually tied to a piece of sheer lace base creating a knot at the base, which can be visible around the hair parting line. However, the knots are less visible when the knots have been bleached or the hair topper is a light color.

2. Mono Base

With a Mono Base, individual hairs are tied to a fine mesh material that allows both light and air to pass through. The Monofilament Base allows you to change the part as you like for great styling versatility, which can give you a natural look. Mono bases are also extremely durable and have a long lifespan.

mono base

Pros of a Mono Base
Comfort: The Monofilament Base is soft and comfortable to wear, will not irritate your head and can be a great choice for ladies with a sensitive scalp due to chemotherapy treatments or other skin issues.
Realistic: The Mono Base can mimic the look of natural hair growth and provides a free and movable hair parting for easy styling.

Cons of a Mono Base
Breathability: The Mono Base is smooth and comfortable, but not as breathable as the Lace Base, due to the weave of mono base material being tighter than the lace.

Best Sellers Of UniWigs Mono Toppers

7” x 8” Courtney mono human hair topper 

5.5”x 5.5” Claire mono top human hair topper 

3. Silk Base

The Silk Top Base is constructed with a layer of lace and pure silk fabric on the top front of the cap. The Silk Base has the most realistic scalp look that the market has to offer to date. A Silk Base will perfectly hide the knots and you won't need to worry about any other techniques to make the knots invisible or less visible, because the knots are hidden under the silk base.

Pros of a Silk Base
Realistic: Silk Base hair toppers give the appearance of a scalp that looks like your own. Silk Bases are the most realistic topper base on the market today. With a Silk Base, there is no need to camouflage the knots when you part your topper!
Styling Versatility: The Silk Base offers versatile styling options as you can part your silk topper in any direction.

Cons of a Silk Base
Difficulty Laying Flat: Due to the multiple layers in a Silk Base topper, Silk Base hair toppers are not as easy to lay flat on the head. Silk Bases may also encounter slight bulkiness on the crown. Due to this, Silk Bases usually take a little extra work to lay flat compared to other bases.
Breathability: Due to its unique layered construction, the Silk Base can lack breathability compared to lace and mono bases. Silk Bases may also be slightly warmer to wear during the summer than the other two bases.

Best Sellers Of UniWigs Silk Toppers

9” x 9” Savannah silk top human hair topper 

4. Skin Base

The Most Realistic Hairline and Scalp. A skin base, as the name suggests, looks and feels just like your own skin. The hair is injected, v-looped, or knotted onto the base, making the knots 100% invisible. Especially in the front area, the skin base can blend in with the skin seamlessly.
Natural movement. The translucent material creates the ideal illusion that hair is growing directly from the scalp, moving just like your own hair would.
Laying Flat: Skin material is super thin and light and can easily lay flat on one's head.

Less Breathability: The skin base is light and comfortable, but not as breathable as the lace base, due to the lack of pores on the skin material.
Less durable: The duration for usage and lifespan is shorter compared to other bases, as the material of skin bases is super thin.

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Doris Linton

  • 2019-03-20 18:52:13

My hair is white and I need topper thick and about 8i inchesDon’t want real hairCould you help me? I wear my j hair in a bob, my hair is getting thin and always had thick heir

    admin 2019-03-22 13:46:40 We would like to recommend you to contact UniWigs Customer Service via Email: [email protected]. My colleauge help you place the custom order. BTW you can also send them some pictures of your own hair.

Susan Meng

  • 2019-04-11 15:07:43

My first time to buy topper. I have small head. Prefer 5”x5”b bass or little small human hair. Not too much density like 110% or 120%. My bio hair is natural black and straight. I want to have 12” long. Silk one. Can you help me to choose? Thanks!

Susan Meng

  • 2019-04-11 15:18:58

Hair loss recently. Please help me to choose a fitable topper for me. I have a small head. Prefer 5”*5” base, natural black, straight human hair, 12”long. And silk base. Thanks!

    admin 2019-04-12 18:29:28

    Hi Susan, You can go to check up UniWigs Claire Silk Top Hair Topper, here is the product link:


  • 2019-04-15 18:37:48

My hair is thinning on top as I take medication for my thyroid please advise which topper would be ok for me and also the price

    admin 2019-04-20 12:20:36

    Hi Diane, in order to recommend the right hair topper for you, we need to know your hair color, length and the base size to cover up thinning hair area. We will contact you via Email as well. Looking forward to your reply :)  

Pauline Hayes

  • 2019-04-16 04:30:16

I have short hair , the crown is thin and see through. Is there a short topper to give me some volume ??

Pauline Hayes

  • 2019-04-16 04:32:41

I have short hair but thin on the crown. Is there a short topper to give me more volume please.

    admin 2019-04-20 12:17:24

    Hi Pauline, you can choose the hair length for most of our hair toppers. And usually we would like to recommend our customers to let their hairstylist do some trimming and styling for the topper in order to blend with their bio hair.  And we will contact you via Email as well and ask for more infos from you, like hair color, base size, in order to recommend the right hair topper for you.  


  • 2019-04-21 08:56:11

I am interested.

    admin 2019-04-23 09:05:32

    Thanks dear and hope it's helpful.


  • 2019-09-05 15:15:39

Hi - I would like to know if you will be making the Hera topper in Monique Gray?

    admin 2019-09-11 15:27:04

    Dear Pamela, 

    Thank you for your comment. 

    We can customize our Hera topper into the Monique Grey for you if you are interested, but we have to say sorry that we can only customize that color in synthetic fiber.

    If you would like to do the customized order, please advise me your hair length and density, we will quote the price for you. 

    Contact our customer service at [email protected] if you have any concern about our products. 

    We are happy to help. 

    UniWigs support 



  • 2019-12-12 16:11:27

My hair has been falling out in the temples, Bangs & down the part line. I can't cover either a side part or middle part. I live in the desert so it's hot! I have wavy, grey hair that's down to my chin. I didn't see anything that I could find on your website. Do you have anything for me? Thank you.

    admin 2020-01-09 17:00:50

    Dear CJ, thank you for your comment, would you please send us a picture of your hairloss area and your hair color under natural sunlight? here is our email address : [email protected] we would love to check for you about it .

    Contact us if you have any questions,

    UniWigs support 


  • 2020-07-09 15:54:12

I sent pics of my hair and discription and was told they didn’t have my hair colour. I would have gone with anything as I could dye it if necessary. Wasn’t really helpful.


  • 2020-12-29 14:30:36

This is my first time to use a hair topper. What kind is base do you think is best? I don't know how to measure but maybe I can take picture of my hair. Can you assist me which is the right one to order? Thank you

    admin 2020-12-31 23:37:21

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Thank you very much for your comments. 

    As a frist-time customer, we highly recommend you to  start with our mono toppers which will easier to install and style. If you are not sure of  the base dimension, please send a picture of your thinning hair area to [email protected]. Our expert will check for your and provide you a recommendation accordingly. 

    Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. 

    UniWigs support 



  • 2021-02-25 16:03:52

Can I color remy hair one shade darker?

Susan .Gillen

  • 2022-06-26 17:54:51

I purchased a Jayla topper and I have a few questions regarding this topper. What is the base called? A silicone? A skin base? Instead of bonding is it possible to sew clips on Jayla? I have been reaching out to Uniwig to help me!!!! I have called for several days and different times of day. No answer. No call back. Thank you for your consideration for any help with this topper I purchased! Also I purchased the Mystic wig I would like to return because it doesn’t fit properly. Sincerely Susan Gillen 253-353-5578 [email protected]

    admin 2023-01-02 11:53:13

    Hi Susan, Thank you for shopping with UniWigs. The base of Jayla is the Skin base, and we do not recommend sewing the clips on it. Tape or glue would be a good way to secure it. As for the return process, here is the policy for your reference:

    We are very sorry for not replying to you in time. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at <[email protected]>.


  • 2023-05-29 18:35:38

If I order the platinum blonde skin base can I color the roots darker without it affecting the skin base ( will the skin base be darker or stay transparent) TYIA

    admin 2023-06-02 03:20:37

    Hi Michelle, Glad to answer you. If you dye the root part, it's tough to avoid the base not being dyed. Some stylists have found success using Vaseline as a barrier to prevent the dye from absorbing into the base. Hope it is a good suggestion!  

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