Hair regrowth, is it possible or are all the fantastic claims you read about nothing but scams? Products and services that claim to give you back your crowning glory are a 3.5 billion dollar industry in the USA, and unfortunately 99% of these claims are false.
You can buy the expensive shampoo, drown your hair in magical oils, cover it with onion and garlic juice, and none of these will give you the hair regrowth you are looking for. I even question the value of laser treatments although they are a profitable service for studios such as mine.
Years ago when I decided to specialize in non surgical hair replacement, I committed to myself. I would not offer any service or product that was not proven to grow hair, and I would not use techniques that further the problem. Now, it is true that some attachment techniques can cause traction alopecia. Bonding and taping hair systems to the head may cause the hair to fall, but it has been my experience that if properly attached AND removed, hair loss can be prevented and in some cases with time, the hair can grow back. The regrowth happens very slowly, but it can happen even when wearing a hair system. I believe in total transparency, good communication, and not rushing the appointment to get to the next client. Some times, we must change our approach if it seems the product or method we are using is causing irritation, but with patience I have yet to find a client of mine that has lost hair from these attachment procedures.
Today, there are only four options that can be used to replace lost hair. Two are medications, one topical, one systemic. (Propecia and Minoxidil) Surgery, only possible if you have good donor hair and lots of time and money, and non surgical hair replacement.
I will acknowledge that the non surgical hair replacement field is filled with less than stellar providers, but there are those that like myself that have a genuine desire to help those that suffer with hair loss.
So, how do you know if your provider is one with the integrity and skills you need to have your replacement hair look good and work for you?
The American Hair loss Association has a good article about this topic:
“As inferred earlier in this section, the non-surgical hair replacement industry is littered with some of the most unethical individuals and companies that the field of hair replacement has to offer. However, with that said there are some companies, usually the smaller mom and pop salons, that provide excellent service and really have compassion for their clients. It is possible to wear a completely undetectable hairpiece and not get ripped off or tied down by this industry, but you have to know what to look for.
What most companies will not tell you?
If you plan to wear a semi-permanent attached hairpiece (which is the most popular in this country) 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 reaming hair as well as a thin track of hair around the perimeter of your existing hair in order to affix the system properly. This is something the “clubs” rarely ever 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 4 to 6 weeks. You will have to learn to do some of the maintenance yourself for your system to look natural.
In order 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 any companies 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.
Any company that insists on holding your second hairpiece in their facility, not allowing you to take it home if you wish, should be avoided. This is a very typical tactic of the larger chains insuring that their “client” returns and is locked in.
Once the consumer learns how to navigate through this treacherous industry, wearing hair can prove to be a positive experience. Realistic expectations and having a full understanding of the process will lead to successful hair replacement experience.”
I agree completely.