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.