Artificial hair replacement is an option for men who do not have enough transplant donor hairs for surgical hair replacement. Hair pieces, toupees and artificial hair replacement is also known as non surgical hair replacement. In non surgical hair replacement, ‘hair pieces’ are affixed on the bald patches on the head using various methods.
Hair pieces are artificial or natural hair woven into a base that can then be affixed on the head to cover balding areas. The hair is "tied" to monofilament material or the hair is fused to a thin polyurethane (plastic) base (something like plastic wrap).
Many people wonder which of the methods of affixing hair pieces is best and long-lasting. It must be remembered that this varies person to person. The best attachment method will be the one that matches your lifestyle and expectations. Your lifestyle changes with age as you mature with time. It is common to change the securing method for men as their lifestyle changes or they mature in age. The hairpiece can be worn during showers, while sleeping, swimming or enjoying your other favorite sports. Normally, the hair piece must be removed and fitted for reattachment every 2 to 4 weeks.
Steps to affix hair pieces
1. Recognise the bald area and design the hair piece so it fits your bald or thinning area perfectly. The length of the hair piece must match the man’s hair length.
2. Tie single strands of hair along the front hairline in a density that looks natural and not too thick that it appears you are wearing a hair piece or toupee.
3. Space the hair carefully so the hair density does not look artificial and to correspond with your own remaining hair along the sides and rear area of your head.
4. Tie the hair in a direction that allows it to lie naturally so that the hairstyle looks natural.
Maintaining your hair pieces
Make sure you clean your hair piece with a mild shampoo. Use cream type conditioners that do not Lanolin, polymers, or heavy oils. Use the deep conditioner once per week to prevent dryness and use the detangler spray to keep hair from tangling. Make sure that you never use any alcohol based styling aids because they will dry the hair.
In addition to maintaining the cleanliness of hair pieces, it is important not to neglect the scalp. If the scalp is clean and healthy, you will not face problems such as skin irritation and other diseases. Also, as a precautionary safety measure, first-time users of hair piece adhesives and solvents should test a patch of skin for 48 hours to determine possible skin sensitisation to these products.
How long do hair pieces last?
Well, that is a very common question. Again, it varies on how you maintain your hair pieces. However, this also depends on the sturdiness of the base. Hair pieces made of synthetic are usually more durable and less resistant to fading.
Semi-permanent hair pieces are liable to wear and tear while sleeping and having a bath as they are worn throughout the day. So they need to be replaced quite often.
Cost of hair pieces
The cost of artificial hair replacement for men varies. It can cost you anything from $500 to $5000 for quality hair pieces. The reason why retail hair pieces or toupees vary so much in price is due to the different types of hair being used to make them. Low cost hair pieces are normally made using synthetic hair of inferior quality which fades away after a few months, say in less than six months or so.
Expensive hair pieces, which are durable and last long are made with European Italian hair or Asian human hair. These hair pieces or toupees do not lose their shine easily for up to 1 year.
It should be noted that once your hair piece or toupee starts fading away, anyone can effortlessly make out you are wearing a hair piece.
Some hair pieces fade away quickly because ineffective procedures are used to make them and often novice barbers unintentionally destroy them when cutting them in.
Benefits of artificial hair replacement
Affixing hair pieces is one of the best methods of hair replacement for men. Firstly, it is a non surgical method that is not painful. Secondly, it is a ‘tried and tested’ that has been used by many men world over. Thirdly, affixing hair pieces is not a long exercise, as it takes lesser time than surgical hair replacement methods. Also, affixing hair pieces costs less than surgical methods.
Finally, it can be said that artificial hair replacement is a gateway to freedom for those men fearing baldness. With the advent of hair pieces, men have the option to get artificial hair replacement done without a surgery, and look great too!