NON-SURGICAL HAIR LOSS SOLUTIONS

HAIR ADDITIONS

Any external hair-bearing device added to existing hair or scalp to give one the appearance of a fuller head of hair. (i.e. hair extensions, hair pieces, toupees, non-surgical hair replacements, partial hair prostheses, hair wefts, wigs etc.) Devices may consist of human hair, synthetic fiber or a combination of both.

HOW ARE THEY KEPT ON?

Partial hair additions are attached in a variety of techniques. The anchor or attachment sites are the existing hair or the skin.

EXISTING HAIR

Bonding, cabling, micro links, weaves, fusion, and beading are general terms of techniques all attached to the client's existing hair. They are used to provide more security for the active life-style and all dependent on the growing existing hair, therefore must be reattached or tightened as the existing hair grows.

THE SKIN

Includes adhesives such as two-sided tapes and new improved waterproof liquids.
Vacuum bases held on by suction through an airtight fitting foundation.

• Although, most adhesives are safe, it is best to have a patch test done by a dermatologist if you have a history of allergies. Even if you do not have a history of allergies, it is always best to have a patch test done in advance. There are liquid adhesives and tape adhesives.

• Proper hygiene MUST be maintained when wearing any hair addition for extended periods of time. It is essential to keep the hair and scalp clean and healthy.

DO THEY LOOK NATURAL?

Modern day advancements in products along with the technical skills of an experienced specialist are essential. The most important factor is the client him/herself. He or she must spend the required time to keep the hair addition looking its best and keeping their scalp healthy.

HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?

Depending on the experience and knowledge of the specialist, the materials and design, the price can range from $350.00 to $5,000.00 for a top-of-the-line, ultra custom-made hair addition. Although insurance does not cover male or female pattern hair loss, it may cover the cost of a hair addition when the hair loss is due to disease or abnormalities.

WHAT IS BEST, HUMAN HAIR OR SYNTHETIC?

The choice depends on a few factors; construction method, the attachment technique, life-style of the individual, and amount of money you want to invest in your piece. Human hair, synthetic, or a combination of both can be used successfully when matched to the proper individual.

WHO SHOULD AVOID PARTIAL HAIR ADDITIONS?

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy and newly diagnosed patients with alopecia areata should request a full prosthesis. Due to the nature of chemotherapy, all hair will likely be lost and a partial hair addition may be useless. With alopecia areata, the condition may not be stable and focusing in on one area may only be a temporary solution.

CAN HAIR ADDITIONS BE USED IN COMBINATION WITH HAIR REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

Temporary usage of hair additions while undergoing lengthy hair transplant sessions is becoming increasingly popular with many men and women who do not wish to appear "under construction" while in public. Many successful transplants will take from 1 to 2 years to complete.