Hair Replacement & Hair Systems – The Psychological Impact

 

Perhaps because hair frames our faces, we think of it as an integral part of the ‘picture’ we have of ourselves when we look in the mirror. It defines who we are and, to some degree, our expectations about ourselves. Unfortunately, the world judges us by our appearance. And though losing one’s hair, by anyone’s standard, should not define us or take a front seat to ‘who’ we are, often that disconnect happens when hair loss occurs. We feel like some part of us has gone missing. And, it has. That’s why so many people turn to Hair Replacement technology today to restore what was lost and regain a sense of well-being.

Gabe Telsnor was only twenty-six when he began losing his hair. “My father lost his hair young, so I kind of expected I would lose mine early, too. But at twenty-six, I was unprepared for the kind of hair loss I had. I tried every product out there, but in the end, nothing worked.” Gabe got depressed when he looked in the mirror and began to lose confidence around women and blow job interviews. “It might have been my imagination, but I felt like people would stare at me with pity because I was so young, but my hair loss made me look old.”

He ordered a set of cheap Hair Systems off the Internet, but that turned out to be worse than no hair. It was ill fitting and there was no one to help him fix it. Finally, Gabe found a high-end Hair Replacement clinic nearby where experts in Hair Replacement technology fitted him with a Hair System that made him look his age again. It was so real, made from human hair, it was virtually undetectable. Gabe found he could shower, swim and not worry about rainstorms with his new Hair System. And the best part? With his new Hair System, his confidence began to come back, too. Now, two years later, his friends and family hardly remember the old, balding Gabe. He’s getting married. And in the wedding photos, he’ll be wearing the Hair System that gave him back his confidence.

According to the American Hair Loss Council, losing one’s hair to genetics is only one aspect of hair loss. Illness, stress, and accidents can factor in, as well. Chemo and radiation therapies are infamous culprits in causing hair loss. And for patients undergoing cancer treatments, it’s like getting kicked when you’re already down.

Sarah Lindros was focused on surviving the chemo and radiation that was treating her breast cancer, but when she lost her hair, it was almost the last straw. Looking at herself in that state was demoralizing and she hated wearing scarves on her head to hide her baldness. A friend suggested a Hair Replacement clinic he had visited for his own hair loss. Sarah was able to meet with a woman named Gina who had been helping people like Sarah with Hair Replacement needs for years. When she got her new hair, it was lightweight, woven on feather-light netting and when she had it on, she felt like herself again. “I didn’t care if my friends knew it was a Hair System,” Sarah remembers. “I knew my own hair would grow back eventually, but I didn’t want to feel different when I went out to live my life. And that absolutely helped me to heal.”

If there is a downside to Hair Replacement technology and Hair Systems, it’s that some clients struggle with the idea that people will know and judge them for being vain. But for those suffering from hair loss, it’s not about vanity; it’s about feeling whole. Friends and family will notice when you look like yourself again, but they’ll soon accept it and even forget it after a while. There is also a certain commitment to keeping your Hair Systems maintained. Clients at high-end Hair Replacement clinics must work this into their schedules and their lives.

Purchasing a high-end Hair System will save you the embarrassment of strangers noticing your new hair because high-end Hair Systems from high-end Hair Replacement clinics are truly undetectable. Expert technicians not only measure you precisely for your Hair System, they cut and color it to blend seamlessly with your own hair. Hair Systems adhere to the scalp with a special adhesive that is comfortable and water resistant and, depending on how much you sweat, keeps your hair in place and worry free for weeks. Should you need to re-adhere the edges in between visits to the Hair Replacement clinic, the technicians will teach you how to do it at home. Occasionally, because high-end hair replacement systems only use real human hair, new hair will have to be added to your Hair System because of normal shedding. But you can expect to wear your system out the same day as your appointment.

People’s expectations are very different, the following list is an example of what you should be thinking about prior to getting a new hair system:

 

The most natural looking front hairlineDurability and longevityHow ‘thin’ or ‘thick’ is the base or membraneDoes it create an imperceptible transition between their own hair and the reconstructed hairHow light is it? (its weight)How cool is it?(how hot does it get whilst in use)How thick or thin is the hair density?Can it achieve a natural scalp like appearance?’all skin’ base or monofilament/ lace base.What type of hair does it have? Where did it originate from?What is the grade or quality of the hair? Virgin or processed hair?Did perimeter bond system or full head bond?Is it a nonsurgical skin grafting solution or a traditional hair system?Semi-permanent or permanent?

 

As you can see, there are many things that need to be considered so that you can get the ‘best hair system’ possible for you. Thus, it is important that your hair loss consultant understands what you mean by the ‘best hair system available’ (He may interpret that by the ‘best for him’ or ‘best = most natural hairline’). To understand your needs it will take some time and discussion. Asking plenty of questions and see if they listen to your desires. You should feel free to ask all the questions you want and expect honest answers in return – write them down before you come in. If you don’t understand something, ask again, it’s the consultants’ job to explain everything to you thoroughly. Ask to see some of their work so you can see and feel the quality, inspect the way the hair has been implanted, etc. You should know exactly what you are getting.

However, sometimes when people are looking for a better hair system, they are looking for a better service provider. Often we find that people who have received a poor quality hair system are also experiencing poor service. Which is not surprising, if a company doesn’t care to provide a good quality product, their service will also be lacking. Not all hair loss studios are equal and you often ‘get what you pay for.’ Some are more boutique (like ourselves) that seeks to provide high-quality hair and personal service for each person. Others are just cheap – both in products and service and most are not happy with either. Sometimes, you are simply buying the brand, but you almost always get what you pay for.

Hair Replacement Systems – A Viable Solution for Your Baldness and Thinning Hair

If you have spent any time at all looking for ways to deal with your balding and hair loss issues then I am sure you have come across the term Hair Replacement System. I wasn’t sure what this was when I first read the term but after a little research, it made sense. It is the new name for an old method of treating baldness that is making a comeback.

Hair replacement systems, are the name for hair pieces which is also called a Toupees. Toupees were very popular as methods for covering up bald spots during the last century until the name started to take on a negative connotation. For years it seems like every comedy movie that came out had a scene where some poor guy was embarrassed by his hairpiece falling off his head. Usually, he would be eating his soup and it would fall in or his hair would fall blow off in the wind or get caught on someone’s umbrella. It got to be where the name Toupee became a joke line all by itself.

Actually, there was some truth to the problem of hair pieces falling off. The original method of attachment was by a rubber band that strapped to the head. These were notorious for slipping and letting the poor man’s hair slide one way or another.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects us against bacteria, keeps our insides inside and works as our personal air conditioner. All of our skin has sweat and oil glands and we perspire everywhere including our heads. For hair wearers, scalp perspiration can be a big problem. A sweaty scalp can lead to a variety of different problems for those wearing hair replacement systems including general discomfort, skin irritation, and breakdown of base material and premature hair loss from the base of the hair replacement. Luckily, there are a few ways to help to minimize and deal with a sweaty scalp.

The majority of our body heat is released from the head so covering it with a plastic hair hat will definitely cause it to perspire, but even with a mesh or lace base one may experience a little more heat up on top just due to the fact that it’s being covered up. Here are a few tips that may help to decrease the amount of scalp perspiration you experience.

1. Before applying your hair system, be sure that your scalp is clean then apply an astringent with a cotton pad and allow the astringent to dry completely. The astringent will shrink the pores on the scalp to delay perspiration.

2. Avoid hot showers. This is good advice for your entire body. When you take a hot shower you heat up the body in general. When we get hot we sweat, even in the shower. If you have to take a hot shower try to rinse your body and head with cool water to decrease your body temperature. If you start out cool it will take that much longer for you to heat up.

3. Finally, you can apply a thin layer of antiperspirant to your scalp before attaching your system. It will retard perspiration on your head just like it does under your arms.

Hair systems can be custom made or cut from a “stock” piece and they can cover your entire scalp or part thereof.

Of course, this is a simplification and later you will read about the many options available for you to customize your hair system according to your preferences and lifestyle.

It gets better. You can shower, swim, go to the gym and sweat just as you would with real hair. You can shampoo and style it and treat it like real hair because it is real authentic hair.

Nowadays, hair systems can look natural and discrete. You can have a great looking painless head of hair in relatively little time without the expense of a hair transplant.

At this point, I should add that the aim of a hair system can be boiled down to… giving you an undetectable way to regain a full head of hair that should – when done correctly- look as natural as REAL hair.

Regardless of what bad people, girlfriends or wives say, no wants to be bald or suffer from thinning hair. We want to take pride in our appearance, feel fit and confident and those around us notice it first and most.

For some, hair is a sign of vigor and vitality and hair loss can start to make us think of aging, health issues and restrictions on what can be done and what cannot be done.

Here are some tips I want to give you so you can start growing your hair back starting today. First, you need to drink lots of water. the water you drink will help flush out your system of the toxins that build up in your body. You will need to drink eight 12 ounce glasses of water per day for this to happen.

Now like I said before that minoxidil is a great male losing hair replacement solution and when mixed with two herbs that also promote hair growth then you got a gold mine and you then don’t have to worry about the side effects. The first herb is saw palmetto and the second herb in biotin. When all three of these are mixed together then you have a solution that is way better than surgery and will not cost you thousands.

Why are you losing your hair? Are you a sick person? If you are then that could be your problem. Are you taking lots of meds? If so then that also could be the problem. Do you eat the wrong kinds of food? That could be your problem also. But if you are healthy and still losing your hair and you are a male then you could be suffering from male pattern baldness.

When you have a hair replacement unit such as wigs or toupees, it is important that you clean it consistently. Cleaning will prolong its life as well as keep you from feeling uncomfortable with a hair replacement that is building up adhesive residue. Here are simple steps to clean your hair replacement unit at home.

 

Remove the adhesive in the unit gently with your fingers. When the adhesive is in the lace part, do not remove it from there as you may damage the unit. Simply soak it in adhesive remover for a few hours and remove it after.After removing the adhesive, place the unit in the container and pour solvents and cleaning agents. Soak it for a while until the adhesive residue floats.When the time for soaking is up, take off the hair replacement unit and scrape off the remaining adhesive residue that may be left behind with a small brush. After brushing, you may need to soak again the unit for another few minutes so that the hard residue will be totally removed.Repeat the process of brushing until the residue will be removed. You can use detergent soap this time as the residue is now expected to be soft enough for easy removal.Finally, shampoo and condition the unit and let it dry.With your clean hair replacement unit, you are good as using new ones. Surely, you would not want to use units that are full of adhesive residues. If you have no time to do this, some hair salons offer cleaning services for the hair replacement unit.