ALOPECIA

ALOPECIA

There are so many options available when it comes to hair replacement and every month I think up a new way of doing something different! Once you understand how the materials are used you can combine them in infinite ways to suit your lifestyle. This to me is the most exciting part in dealing with hair loss. These are some of the ways I manage my own hair loss (and the ladies I work with). I have tested everything personally and write from personal experience.

CUSTOM MADE AND READY TO WEAR WIGS

The range of options now available is phenomenal, suiting all lifestyles and budgets. I love them all and they all have a special place in my wig wardrobe.

 

There’s a huge choice of ready to wear wigs in hundreds of base material combinations as well as hair choices. You can also get petite and large sizes.

 

Custom made wigs are great for ladies who suffer from long term hair loss. You can have your hair made to measure to exactly your specifications.

 

Custom made wigs are great for ladies who suffer from long term hair loss. You can have your hair made to measure to exactly your specifications.

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Permanent attachment methods

Permanent attachment is often referred to as hair replacement. Your hair system can be worn day and night and treated as your own hair. Basically hair is attached using hair extension techniques. You will need monthly maintenance to ensure the best fit and to keep an eye on your scalp especially as it can be harder to keep clean. Hair replacement is more expensive as any attachment will wear out quicker due to being worn in bed. The biggest benefit is that you are able to carry on with your life as normal and no one ever needs to know you wear a hair addition. I know many ladies who just want to forget about their hair loss and enjoy having fab hair 24/7.

 

Bonding is a method which glues the unit directly to your head. Sometimes clients will shave their own hair underneath to ensure the closest possible fit. A lot of men’s systems work this way. Lace wigs are traditionally bonded around the perimeter whilst any natural hair is braided underneath.

Other methods work by integrating any natural hair (by pulling your hair through the unit) and attaching it to your hair addition using standard hair extension techniques.

Hair pieces

Not everyone needs to wear a full wig and if you have some hair I always like to integrate this into any hair addition. If you get the right colour and texture the look is absolutely flawless. Also, the less you are wearing the more comfortable the solution. Hair pieces can be made to cover any area of hair loss and there are a wide number of options available.

Ponytails, buns and fringes

You can purchase clip-in ponytails in any length and colour. Excellent if you want easy, instant long hair or extra to work with in an updo. I have loads of these and love them. I combine them with toppers and scarves to give myself unlimited options. If you fancy a fringe for the day you can also clip one in. These are slightly harder to pull off if you don’t have the right colour. They are a great addition to scarves and hats. I feel these options make others more likely to recognise the style queen you are, rather than thinking you have the need to cover up.

Toppers

These are units that are attached to the top of the head, usually with clips and/or tape. They are great for covering visible hair loss from the fringe and crown as well as providing extra volume for those with very thin hair.

They come in all shapes, sizes, hair colours and lengths. It’s best to match your hair against a colour swatch as it’s really important to get the colour right. Sometimes it’s easier to colour your existing hair to match the colour of your topper.

 

If you can’t find the perfect topper to cover your area of hair loss in the right shade, or if you want a specific shade, then it’s best to get a piece custom made. It takes around six weeks, but it’s well worth the time to get something that’s absolutely perfect for you!

HeadWear

Headwear is an essential component of any hairloss wardrobe. Whether it’s an alternative to wigs, protection against our beautiful British weather or for sports activities and holidays, you simply cannot live without them!

 

That’s why I offer a huge range of hats, scarves and headbands in lots of stunning colours and patterns. It’s really important that your headwear is both comfortable and breathable and doesn’t harm your natural hair.

 

You can get really creative and glamorous by adding hair pieces to your headwear and create some amazing looks to boost your self-confidence.

Cover sprays

I use a lot of cover-up sprays particularly when I am wearing hair pieces. When my hair was thick enough to add traditional extensions I used them for the bald patches enabling me to wear my hair down.

There are 3 main types:

  • Scalp cover sprays, like Couvre and Fullmore, colour your scalp to the colour of your hair. They are brilliant for thinning hair and patches as you can’t see your scalp. The sprays remain on until they are washed off.
  • Cover sprays with spray-on fibres are also available. These look like tiny pieces of chopped up hair and offer a very effective cover.
  • Hair thickening sprays are good for concealing thinning hair.

Semi-Permanent makeup

Semi-permanent makeup places the pigment on the top layer of the skin and only lightens with time. It usually needs to be topped up every year. I think semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing is an absolute must for those of us who have lost our eyebrow hair. It’s very difficult to make eyebrows look realistic and a bit laborious to hand-draw your eyebrows every day. With no hair the eyebrow powders that you combine with stencils haven’t worked well for me. I have also not been impressed with any of the other alternatives such as stick on eyebrows or the removable tattoos which I found fiddly and expensive for long term, daily, use.


Eyebrow tattooing is very fashionable and the best way to achieve a perfect and natural look. It takes around an hour per session and does not hurt in the slightest. After the initial session you will need to top each year.


I have also heard that some people have used semi-permanent make up as a way of covering bald patches in your scalp. If you are thinking of doing this do your research and get lots of advice first.

Eyebrow kits

There are a large number of eyebrow kits now available. These usually include a selection of eyeshadows and stencils to use so you get the shape right. These work really well when you have some hair. Eyebrow stencils are fantastic though for finding out what shape you’d like to go for if planning a more permanent solution and ensuring a great finish.

Hair products

An alarming number of hair problems can be resolved by making sure you’re using the right shampoo. It’s really important to check the pH level of your favourite brand. It needs to be at around 6 and certainly no higher than 7. Anything over 7 is alkaline which opens the cuticles and exposes your hair to damage.

 

Many manufacturers do not print the pH levels on their products and make vastly different quality goods for sale in salons. All my products found in my online shop are in the correct range. These are perfect for your bio hair as well as any hair additions.

Whether you would like a quick chat to find out the different options available to you or would like a detailed consultation to find your perfect hair loss solution, I’m always happy to help.

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