Medically Related Hair Replacement
Hair is an important part of your appearance. The thought of suddenly losing your hair can be very difficult. Questions and concerns will cross your mind when searching for answers about hair loss such as:
- Where do I go?
- Who can I talk to?
- What are my options?
Whether you are experiencing temporary or permanent hair loss, there are numerous options available that can help you restore your image. Being given the facts and opportunity to study them, you can make the decisions that are right for you.
What is a Cranial Prosthesis?
A cranial hair prosthesis is a hair system designed specifically for those suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions. Prostheses contain a combination of fabrics and compounds that are used to re-create natural hair growth patterns and the look of the scalp. All materials in the prosthesis are treated to resist dirt, oils and body acids while providing maximum comfort.
Cranial hair prostheses are different than department store wigs in quality, performance and service.
Prostheses are made with specialized material sensitive to the needs of the individual. They come in a variety of styles and colors. The fit is adjustable to each person’s size and is also custom cut and styled. A department store wig has a set style what you see is what you get. Often, they don’t fit correctly and have a heavy, fuller appearance.
Service plays an important role when selecting a hair prosthesis.
Wigs ordered through the mail can sometimes be a guessing game in dealing with color. Styling it yourself may also be difficult. A studio that specializes in hair loss and offers hair replacements has professional technicians who have been trained and educated in working with prostheses. They can design the perfect cranial prosthesis for an individual and have the knowledge and skills for cutting and styling a hair system as well.
When looking for hair loss options, you need to decide what will best fit your needs. Whether you decide on wearing hats or turbans, integrations or a hair prosthesis, consulting with a professional will give you the most answers to your questions.
Selecting Selecting a Hair Style to Match Your Features
When looking for cranial prostheses, it is best to choose a style and color that is similar to your own hair. To determine your facial shape, pull your hair back away from your face. Stand in front of a mirror and match your face to one of the shapes shown here. (Although you may not find an exact match, your face will resemble one of these seven facial shapes.) Also, keep in mind the style of the hair when other considerations exist, such as glasses.
The goal in selecting a hair style is to create the illusion of the perfect shape…the oval. Here are examples of different facial shapes and the types of hair styles that are best for those shapes:
Eyebrows and Facial Hair
Hair loss can occur on the face as well as on the head. Facial hair and eyebrows can be added by using make-up or cosmetically enhanced with facial prostheses. These options are generally available at studios where cranial prostheses are sold.
After a decision is made on the type of system, it must then be properly secured. Most wigs and prostheses come with an adjustable elastic band. For more security, there is a liquid medical adhesive and specialized tapes or clips. When working one-on-one with a professional you decide which to use – a combination of these attachments, or none at all. It just depends on your preference, hair loss, and security needs.
How long will a hair prosthesis last? This depends on a number of variables: a person’s lifestyle, occupation, their activities and proper care. A hair professional will provide instructions on how to get the most wear and the very best look possible from your hair prosthesis, as well as recommend the proper hair care products to use. Hand-tied prostheses are usually more durable than machine-made wefts.
Then there is the question of cost which is determined by the specifications of the system: size, attachment methods, materials used in the design, service, etc. The price range depends on how personalized the prosthesis…the more customized, the more the cost. Once an individual’s needs are discussed, the correct system can be suggested and other additions to the prosthesis can be added