Let’s learn more about natural hair replacement systems and natural hair loss treatments. Perhaps you’re losing hair and preventive measures aren’t working. Or maybe you don’t want to take hair loss pills or havehair transplant surgery. You’ll be glad to know that there are other, natural methods to conceal your hair loss. Natural hair replacement systems are a non-surgical treatment alternative for hair loss. Natural hair loss treatments have come a long way since they were first introduced. The biggest change is the move to natural, human hair or really natural-looking synthetic hair. With customized fittings and regular styling appointments, the hairstyle provided by a hair loss replacement system looks current, stylish and above all, very natural.
Doug Melvin of Boise, Idaho discusses natural hair replacement systems, Jason Riggs of Montgomery, Alabama talks about toupees, wigs and hairpieces for men and women, and Bernie Clarkson of Denver, Colorado tells us about non-profit organizations that help people in need of, but unable to afford, hair replacement systems.
Natural Hair Loss Treatments Create a New Head of Hair you’ll Love by Doug Melvin of Boise, Idaho
Natural hair loss treatments provide you with a full head of hair without surgery. Hair replacement systems have been popular since the 1970’s. But it’s only been in the last decade that they’ve evolved to become a real power player in the hair loss treatment wars. Natural hair loss treatments are lightweight, and designed to look like real hair by using natural hair or high-quality synthetic hair. The hair systems can be used to address androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness), alopecia areata, and most commoncauses of hair loss. Since natural hair loss treatments don’t involve surgery, they’re a safe way to combat baldness and thinning hair. Hair replacement systems attach the new hair to the scalp using glue or gels, and then style the new head of hair to blend in with your existing hair. The newest natural hair loss treatments use dyes to color the hair, so you don’t see a mismatch between the replacement hair and your own hair. This is one of the biggest changes in the last ten years and part of what makes the hair systems look so good.
The High Cost of Hair Replacement Systems
Hair replacement systems stay on the head for several weeks at a time. About once a month, you have to visit the hair replacement clinic for a touch-up. The clinic, often decorated to resemble a barber shop, removes the hair replacement system to give it a thorough cleaning and to clean your scalp. The clinic determines whether you need a trim, more hair or more color added to your hair system before attaching it back to your scalp. Not surprisingly, the ongoing maintenance of hair replacement systems often proves to be the real expense involved in getting a hair replacement system. Natural hair loss treatments need to be replaced every couple of months, or every two to three haircuts. You may find that you’ve lost more hair, or the hair in your replacement system may have aged so that a new system is needed to update your look. Costs range from $1000 to $2500 for the initial natural hair loss treatment to several hundred dollars annually for as long as you use the hair system. Typically you will enter into a maintenance contract with the hair system company, so you know exactly what fees will be charged over the life of your agreement. The fees usually include the haircuts, stylings and hair system products you need to take care of your hair. The national hair replacement system companies are easily accessible and seem to have locations everywhere, making maintenance easy.
Hairpieces, Toupees and Wigs for Men and Women- Traditional Alternatives to Transplants and Hair Replacement Systems by Jason Riggs of Montgomery, Alabama
Toupees, hairpieces for men and wigs for men and women are another non-surgical hair loss treatment that have continued to grow in popularity. The toupees and hairpieces are often custom-made these days, making them much more realistic looking than the hairpieces of the past. These are similar to hair replacement systems, but the wearer usually maintains their own hairpiece, instead of taking it into a clinic for touch-ups and cleaning. With this kind of natural hair loss treatment, men and women have to become comfortable with handling the toupees, wigs and hairpieces on their own. You’ll be cleaning the hairpiece, applying bonding adhesives and toupee tape to make sure it wears properly and stays attached to your scalp.
What’s It Cost for Men and Women to Wear Toupees, Wigs or Hairpieces?
As with hair replacement systems, hairpieces and toupees for men and women have a small initial cost and then upgrade fees after that. Why? Today’s wigs aren’t meant to last a lifetime; they need to be replaced every two to six months, depending upon your needs. The initial cost for a toupee may only be a few hundred dollars, but you’ll continue to order replacement wigs. And some of the natural hair wigs can be quite expensive, costing several thousand dollars. Unlike hair replacement systems, these natural hair loss alternatives typically don’t require a long-term maintenance contract. However, the money men and women save on ordering hairpieces online or from a hair loss treatment catalog might be negated by the lack of customization. The companies that provide toupees have definitely stepped up their offerings, but they still aren’t as customized as a hair replacement system. And for many people, the amount of maintenance involved in caring for a wig or toupee isn’t worthwhile, when you could pay a bit more and have someone else maintain it for you.
When You Cannot Afford A Hair Replacement System by Bernie Clarkson of Denver, Colorado
Non-profit groups like Inspire Change and Locks of Love donate customized human hair replacement systems to people in need. Locks of Love donates human hair to children in need of a natural hair loss treatment for any reason. Inspire Change donates hair replacement systems to cancer patients who cannot afford the procedure. These organizations, and others like them, make dealing with hair loss a lot easier for people who cannot afford other alternatives. In addition to accepting donations of human hair, these groups also hold fundraisers for awareness and to keep the programs viable. Visit Inspire Change or Locks of Love for information about making a monetary donation to either of these worthy causes.
We thank our contributors:
- Doug Melvin of Boise, Idaho
- Jason Riggs of Montgomery, Alabama
- Bernie Clarkson of Denver, Colorado