The nonsurgical hair replacement industry includes some unethical individuals and companies. However, some businesses, usually the smaller, individually owned salons can provide excellent service and do care about their clients. Once you learn how to navigate this industry, wearing hair can prove to be a positive experience.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when buying a hair piece.
Michele Rosenthal of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has tried every styling trick in the book to make her hair look thicker. She’s grown bangs to provide the illusion of more hair in the front and uses wide headbands to make it look fuller in the back.
She is self-conscious about her hair and over the years it has affected her. On dates, when a man would ask her to let her hair down, she often found herself exclaiming, “Don’t touch the headband!”
Rosenthal has dealt with thinning hair since the age...
If you plan to wear a semi-permanent attached hairpiece (which is the most popular in the U.S.) you will need to purchase two units. The reason for this is while one is being maintained the other is being worn.
Your existing hair on the top of your head cannot be integrated into the typical hair system no matter what they tell you during your consultation. Ideally, the stylist will want to shave off your remaining hair as well as a thin track of hair around the perimeter to affix the system properly. This is something some hair piece businesses don't explain during their sales pitch.
There is no way that a bonded system will stay firmly attached to your head, especially on the hairline, for four to six weeks. You will have to learn to do some of the maintenance yourself for your system to look natural. In fact, to look natural your hair system needs constant attention and maintenance. It does not act like your own hair and cannot just be forgotten about for weeks.
Expect to spend between $60-$300 dollars a month for proper maintenance.
Avoid Maintenance Contracts
Stay away from any company attempting to sell you a maintenance contract. Once a hairpiece is purchased, the consumer should be free to go elsewhere for regular haircuts and maintenance.
Avoid any company that insists on holding your second hairpiece in their facility and not allowing you to take it home if you wish.
Published on March 1, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association