A Brilliant Solution For the Bald and Balding
Lois W. Stern *
* Much of the material for this article was excerpted from Vern Cole's chapter:
"No More Bad Hair Days",
appearing in Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour
Hair Restoration: Two Brilliant Options for those with Bald or Balding Heads
The Graduated Hair Enhancement Option
There are two types of hair restoration. One of these methods is known as The Graduated Hair Enhancement Option,
best suited for those with thin or thinning hair. Next to growing your own hair, there is no more natural and comfortable solution,
both physically and psychologically. Once applied, this hair is on your scalp twenty-four/seven, looks completely natural and is
a comfortable solution. You can live and look like you never lost any hair.
Extensions involve integrating your own hair with new cosmetic human hair (not a synthetic fiber). Hair extensions work most
effectively for the woman who wants her hair to look thicker, longer or fuller. Extensions provide these women with more hair
options. Because women like change, versatility is a huge plus for them. But since extensions cannot be placed on top of the head
to fill in bald or thinning areas, they are not the solution for everyone and rarely are the solution for a balding man.
The Non-surgical Hair Restoration Option
But not everyone suffering from baldness is a good candidate as one must have enough hair to work with.
The Non-surgical Hair Restoration Option is best for those who are bald or have large bald patches.
This non-surgical hair restoration technique is achieved by a cosmetic procedure that is somewhat akin to top-of-the-head hair
extensions. The process begins when a technician makes a mold of the top of the clientís head, called a contour analysis. This
mold is sent to the laboratory along with a sample of the personís hair, so it can be matched for texture, density, thinness or
thickness. Color swatches are also sent in, if a change of hair color is desired. At the laboratory, the new hair is injected into
the dermal lens one hair at a time. That is why it looks so beautiful. Once complete, this dermal lens, which is similar to a contact
lens, is adhered to the hair or scalp with a FDA approved medical solution. The new hair is usually longer than the personís
growing hair, and needs to be cut to blend it. The client is then taught how to work with their new hair - how to wash and style
it to their best advantage. They are instructed in the proper choice of shampoo and conditioner, the use of fixatives (i.e. gels,
mousses, hairsprays) and and tools to enhance styling (i.e. blow drier, curling iron, flat iron or simply their fingers) to achieve
a soft scrunch.
There are pluses and minuses to nearly every choice we make in life. Hair restoration is no exception. Maintenance, upkeep and
additional costs are involved, all of which can be handled through a hair and service program.
Many people compare the time and expense of hair restoration similarly to the expenses others incur at salons.
Instead of paying for perms, coloring and other hair treatments at a salon, the hair restoration client pays for the costs
associated with their hair maintenance.
Once the initial hair restoration procedure is completed, the client needs to learn how to maintain it. Normally clients are asked
to return for an optional check-up after twenty-four hours, because they tend to be so excited after they receive their hair that
they donít hear most of the instructions they are given. They then return for periodic check-ups so the hair professionals can see
how well the lens is adhering to the scalp, to assess how many annual service visits the client will need and estimate the number
of dermal lens replacements that will be required. This is a discovery process, with the choice of program depending on the needs
of the individual, their lifestyle, the length of their hair and the condition of their scalp.
On the average, the client returns for maintenance every three to five weeks, but there are many variables to this rule.
Durability issues are addressed through one of many programs for Ďhair and service when you need ití. One of these programs
will take care of your hair forever, as it will requires service and periodic replacement. Unlike hair that grows from your scalp,
this human hair is not connected to a blood supply so it doesnít grow back. On average, four to six replacements are needed
per year. Instead of frequenting a beauty salon for varied hair services, the hair replacement client goes to their hair replacement
center for services to meet their needs, such as when their dermal lens loosens or needs replacement, so that these issues can be
taken care of.
Benefits to Hair Restoration
Hair restoration has a number of practical benefits. It is reversible, instant, convenient, natural
appearing and allows the wearer
to do anything at any time. The wearer lives without fear of those three Wís of Wigs, Wind and Water.
But often the psychological benefits far outweigh any practical ones. Imagine how a bald or balding person feels when suddenly
transformed to person with a full head of hair that is virtually their own - undetectable to the touch as anything but hair growing out
of their scalp, twenty-four hours a day, every day. Vern shares real life case study stories in his chapter with before after photos,
showing not just the physical transformations to hair restoration, but also the deep psychological transformations,
which at times are even more dramatic.
To read what Vern Cole has to say about the pros and cons of wigs,
To read what Vern Cole has to say about surgical hair transplants,
To read what Vern Cole has to say about laser treatments for baldness,
© 2011, updated 2013 by Lois W. Stern
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Lois W. Stern is the published author of two award winning books:
Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on
Your Lunch Hour as well as numerous magazine articles. Her Professional Edition DVD is a popular aid to office staff while interacting with their patients.
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