Detroit The Barber

​​ Custom Hair Unit FAQs 

What is a custom hair unit?
A custom hair unit, commonly referred to as a “man weave,” is a hair extension for men (and women!) who are thinning or experiencing hair loss due to aging, genetics, alopecia, follicle damage from braiding/chemical processing or any other reasons.

What is the difference between a custom hair unit and a toupee?
Custom hair units are versatile and allow the client to choose from a variety of styles that blend with their natural hair. The process of attaching the unit and then blending / styling into your existing hair, provides a very natural looking result that is undetectable. Units are also significantly more secure than a traditional toupee that can easily become detached. 

How does the hair unit stay in place?
A bonding agent specifically designed for use on the scalp that securely attaches to the unit. For those who wish to remove the unit at night, a specially designed tape can be used instead of the standard bonding agent. 

Is there any type of surgical procedure performed?
There are no surgical procedures involved - the process is very similar to any other barbering / hair dressing service. 

Does my existing hair have to be cut off where the unit will be placed?
Yes, the hair growing where the unit will be placed must be cut off in order to attach the unit securely to your head. Some unit require the removal of most of your existing hair. If you prefer not to cut your existing hair, the specially formulated taping alternative can be explored. 

How long does the process take?
Applying the unit takes approximately 1.5-3 hours depending on style, type of unit and the condition of your existing hair. 

Is an in-person consultation possible or required?
Generally, consultations can be done via telephone / email.  Photos of your existing hair and scalp are required in order to determine the best options for your particular situation.  For this free consultation, you can email your photos to or text to 313.450.2345.  Please be sure to provide at least 4 photos from various angles (front, back, side, top) of your current hair along with 1–2 photos of your desired hairstyle.

What do I have to do to prepare for the service?
The only preparation required is growing your existing hair out as much as possible so there is an adequate amount of hair to blend with the unit. We can work with a completely bald head as well but if you have the ability to grow hair before the process, it will provide for a more natural looking end result. 

Are loc/braid/twist and long hair unit options available?
We currently offer a very customized dreadlock replacement service but in person consultation is required.  Since this service is highly customized, the minimum initial installation cost begins at $900 and can range up to $2500

How long do the units last?
Units last from approximately 3 - 6 weeks for short term options and up to a year for long term options. For long term options, the longevity is heavily impacted by how well you take care of the hair unit and regular maintenance.  Short term units need to be completely replaced every 3-6 weeks.  Long term units all require regular  maintenance at additional cost.  Maintenance consists of regular haircut / edge-up every  2-4 weeks and removal reattach every 2-3 months. 

Should I purchase and supply my own hair?
We provide everything you need at the appointment - you do not need to bring anything with you. If you have purchased a unit that you would like to use, we require pictures of the unit to confirm if it can in fact be used with our process. 

Can I get the unit wet (e.g., exercising, shower, rain, etc.)?
You can perform your normal daily activities with the hair unit, including exercising. However, extreme sweating or excessive exposure to water can loosen the unit.  Each type of unit has specific maintenance directions and restrictions vary.  You can swim in long term units as you normally would but specific care is required following. 

Can the unit be taken off, washed and reapplied?
Only the long term unit option can be removed and reapplied. This service is an additional cost, which is lower if you remove and wash the unit yourself prior to the appointment. 

How do I maintain the unit if I live in a different state / country and cannot travel back and forth to Detroit The Barber regularly?
When you arrive for your appointment, we will show you how to maintain the style and answer any questions you have. We can also provide tips and instructions for your local barber/stylist.

Can I get a regular edge-up / cut with the hair unit?
Yes, you will need to get a regular edge-up / cut of  your existing hair as often as needed to maintain the style while wearing the unit (typically every other week).  

Is a deposit required to make an appointment?
At this time, we require a non-refundable deposit covering part of the cost of installation in order to book service.  Since each unit is customized, specific supplies will be purchased for your service / hair and canceling would result in a loss on our end.  The non-refundable deposit covers the cost of these supplies in preparation for your service.  Deposits can be made online with a debit/credit card through Square invoice or payment through PayPal or Cash App. 

How much do the units cost?
There will be some variance depending on your individual situation but generally, the short term units range from $250-$400 and the long term units range from $700 - $950.  Cost can and will vary based on the amount of hair you currently have, the desired style and your hair type.  Upon viewing your photos and appointment request, we can provide you with the actual cost for your particular service.