Hair pieces, wigs, systems & implants
Learn More About Wigs, Implants, and Specialised Hair Pieces
Hair pieces have been in use for hundreds of years, and were even considered a part of high fashion in recent centuries. Wigs and hair pieces are often used as fashion accessories, but they are not considered to be effective or ideal options to combat bald patches or thinning hair. The quality of hair pieces can vary greatly, with the best being made from natural hair rather than synthetic fibres. Natural wigs are high maintenance and require washing and brushing, and eventual replacement.
Synthetic wigs are also available, and while they can last much longer than natural hair pieces, they have an unmistakeably artificial feel, and don’t look natural, especially under light. Synthetic hairpieces are heavy and can cause itching, but they do have the benefit of being low maintenance.
If purchasing wigs made from natural human hear, a price premium will be included with the hairpiece. There are a number of different styles of hairpieces using natural hair. Some designs use a full net to cover the entire head, others are simple clip-on hair pieces, and there are also some that use transparent silicone base caps. Some hairpieces are also weaved into existing hair, or even adhered to the scalp using glue or tape. Adhesives can cause irritation and may also damage the hair when the hairpiece is removed.
Hair pieces are not typically recommended as a solution for hair loss, but some find them to be comfortable and affordable when compared to other options. Sometimes, a transplant can be used in conjunction with a hairpiece. One example would be using a transplant procedure to create a front hairline, behind which a hairpiece is worn. This may be ideal in a situation where hair loss is not progressive. The problem that needs to be taken into consideration is the fact that a hairpiece can easily damage natural hair underneath, creating an uneven hairline or even causing further hair loss.
Finally, synthetic implants are another consideration when looking for hair loss treatment. Synthetic implants are not recommended and are even banned in some countries. They are implanted, but not grafted to the skin like with a natural follicle transplant. Instead, synthetic implants are looped and tied to the scalp. The process can cause irritation, and the body may even reject the synthetic fibres, causing infection around the dermis. Scarring may occur due to irritation and infection. And fibres can still shed, which will mean follow-up treatments at least every 12 months. For these reasons, leading hair loss clinics will not work with synthetic hair fibres for implantation.