There are many reasons for hair loss including genetics, chemotherapy and even stress or anxiety, but today, there are many ways to fight hair loss to either regain your hair, or successfully cover thinning or balding hair. Both men and women experience hair loss, although it is significantly more common in men, but treatments that range from hair restoration, hair replacement and human hair wigs are available for both sexes.
Recognise a Long Term Plan
For chemical treatments and placebos, most studies recommend that you plan at least 1-2 years before you see full results. In fact, many pills and creams are only partially effective at hair restoration, meaning that while you might stop losing hair and even regrow hair, your hair might not return to its former thickness without either undergoing surgery or a hair transplant.
Check Hair Replacement Options
Many people who are losing hair can qualify for a hair transplant to have their natural hair replaced. There are two methods of hair replacement; one using natural hair from a donor and the other using imitation hair that is matched in colour and style to your own. The first method requires that you be compatible with the donor’s hair; that you find a donor with hair that matches your own and that you be approved for the surgery. However, it is also the most effective and realistic type of hair transplant because it actually uses real hair. The second method uses human hair like imitations to fill out your natural hair. While it can be cut and styled how you like initially, it will not grow and can never be changed.
Hair integration is a non-invasive method of filling out hair for people with thinning hair. Hair integration uses a fine mesh net to interweave human hair with your original hair, which can help to naturally hide thinning, without showing that hair extensions are being used. Many people choose to have this type of hair integration done in the exact colour of their natural hair, so that it looks as though their hair is healthy and full. This is the best option for anyone with thinning hair who does not want to undergo surgery or use chemicals.
Temporary solutions include partial and full headpieces including toupees and wigs. There are a variety of each that can be woven into the natural hair, or used to completely cover a balding patch or the entire head. Wigs can be purchased in a variety of synthetic fibres as well as real human hair and come in multiple styles. The most popular and realistic wigs used for hair replacement include skin top and lace style wigs. Skin top are usually the most realistic because they feature a latex skin coloured overlay on the wig cap which is very hard to distinguish from the wig. Different methods of wefting are also used, with hand knotted or ventilated wigs being the most realistic because they offer the same visual look of normal hair. They often feature hair that has been pushed through the wig cap in many directions in order to look more realistic.
There are many types of hair replacement procedures that can be used to fight hair loss. From the application of chemicals such as Minoxidil, hair integration, wigs or toupees and hair transplants with either real or false hair. Your choice should depend on your budget, your needs and your desired results. For example, if your hair is only thinning, hair integration might be a better solution than hair transplants, whilst on the other hand, if you have balding patches, then hair transplants or a toupee are probably better choices for you.
Jess Toogood is a full time freelance writer and self-proclaimed health and beauty expert on topics including hair replacement. Follow her at +Jess Toogood.