Wearing hairpieces. Hairpieces are made from
human or synthetic hair that is implanted into a nylon netting. Hairpieces may
be attached to the scalp with glue, metal clips, or tape. But hair weaving, which involves
sewing or braiding pieces of long hair into existing hair, is not recommended because it may cause permanent hair loss.
care products and styling techniques. Hair care products or perms may make hair
appear thicker. Dyes may be used to color the scalp.
modification, if hair loss is caused by compulsive pulling of your hair (trichotillomania).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers
that other than FDA-approved minoxidil (Rogaine), there are no over-the-counter
creams, lotions, or other products that can help new hair to grow or cause
hair to become thicker. Also, shampoos that claim to promote hair growth by
unclogging follicles have not been proved to work. But there are some products
that may make hair appear thicker and others that may cover bald spots.
Like good health and youth, most of us take a thick head of hair for granted -- that is, until it is gone. For many people, hair transplant procedures can help bring back the appearance of a full -- or, at least, fuller -- head of hair.