In the continued battle against hair loss, the medical geniuses who represent the surgical hair loss market – those who perform hair transplants – are still unable to achieve a full density look and natural appearance. There are few types of hair loss that respond to hair transplant procedures. For most men who suffer from hair loss, hair transplants will never restore their natural appearance and density.
Nonsurgical Hair Replacement – wearing “Hair Systems” – is still the only way one can restore their natural look with all the density they desire. Hair Systems consists of a lace/mesh base with hair tied to the base by use of delicate knotting techniques that mostly keeps the hair tied to the base. This base is designed to fit over the balding area of the head and blends in with your existing hair. It is then adhered to the scalp by way of adhesive tapes or glues.
This is the problem with this type of Hair Replacement; the adhesives are the weakest link. Even though most Hair Replacement companies will tell you that the adhesive will hold for weeks or months, most people will only get a good hold for a few days at a time, especially if they perspire a lot or have oily skin.
Even so, nonsurgical Hair Replacement remains the best way to cover the balding areas of the head. There are many practitioners of Hair Replacement, from national discount chains like Hair Club for Men to smaller local salons, boutiques and studios who supply hair systems from China and modify them to fit the customer. Almost all hair systems – and hair extensions – are manufactured in China because of China’s cheap labor. Very few companies produce their own hair systems or hair extensions.
The other challenge with nonsurgical Hair Replacement is the maintenance involved. Even if you’re lucky enough to locate an artistic practitioner who can make your Hair Systems blend with your own hair thereby creating an undetectable look, you still have to do a lot – and spend a lot – to maintain the look.
The knots on the Hair Systems come loose and hair sheds, just as it does with your own hair. When hair sheds from the Hair Systems, that hair needs to be put back onto the system. If the salon has a technician on the premises, that technician can tie in new hair. Also, the color on the Hair Systems will fade and the hair will have to be colored probably once per month at least.
These monthly maintenance appointments add up. The typical cost of a high-end nonsurgical Hair System is about $2500 a piece. Monthly visits can range to be about $60 to $90 plus tip. While this might sound expensive to some, when you find a Hair Replacement practitioner who can restore your natural look so that your Hair System is totally undetectable, other things besides hair you lost gets restored, too. Like self-confidence and self-esteem, for starters.
In the end, you’re not really paying for the Hair System itself – the base with colored hair tied to it. When it is done right, you’re paying for what the Hair Replacement system does for you, which is to improve the quality of your life by restoring your natural look. When this is accomplished right, the cost for Hair Replacement seems very small indeed. You realize that restoring your hair is something you can’t afford not to do.
There are companies that sell Hair Systems over the Internet, through mail order. They teach you how to measure your balding areas and order your hair. This is not a recommended approach. Those companies are unable to work on the systems. These tend to be cheap systems that the user throws away after a few months rather than pay to have hair inserted and the color refreshed … and the hair systems reattached to the head.
Remember, Hair Replacement is an investment in your life and well being. You have to do your research to find out which companies do the best work. “Undetectability” is the key word there. Go to the Internet and read testimonials and look at client photos. Better yet, ask the company you contact to show you a client up close and personal. You want to make sure you get enough bang for your buck.
Travis M. Keeler is a Hair Replacement expert who generously shares his expertise with hair loss sufferers and hair replacement wearers. For more information about the opportunities and pitfalls of nonsurgical hair replacement [http://www.whitecliffsgroup.com/Non_Surgical_Hair_Loss.htm], please visit www.whitecliffsgroup.com [http://www.whitecliffsgroup.com/].