Any external hair bearing device added to existing hair or scalp to give one the appearance of a fuller head of hair. i.e. Hair weaves, hair extensions, hair pieces, toupees, non-surgical hair replacements, partial hair prostheses, hair wefts, etc. Devices may consist of human hair, synthetic fiber or a combination of both.
How Are They Kept On?
Partial hair additions are attached in a variety of techniques. Either the existing hair or the skin are the anchor sites.
Weaves, fusion, bonding, cabling, micro links, beading are general terms of techniques all attached to the client’s existing hair. All are used to provide more security for the active life-style. They are all dependent on the growing existing hair and therefore must be reattached or tightened as the existing hair grows.
To The Skin:
Includes adhesives such as two-sided tapes and new improved waterproof liquids.
Vacuum bases- held on by suction through an air tight fitting foundation.
Tunnel grafts are small skin grafts taken from a donor site and formed into a small loop which is used to insert removable inserts permanently attached to a hair addition.>/p>
Not seen as an ethical means of attaching a hair addition. Subject must live with constant pain, and the sutures often cause infections and permanent scarring. Individual marketers of hair additions often use terms other than those listed above for exclusive marketing and advertising purposes. The above terms are the most widely used attachment methods.
With the non-medical techniques, we suggest the following:
- Although most adhesives are safe, it is best to have a patch test done by a dermatologist if you have a history of allergies. Even if you do not, its always best to have a patch test done in advance.
- Hair weaving and other types of attachment that place prolonged tension can cause permanent hair loss at the anchor site on fine, thin hair. (Even temporary clips attached too tightly can also cause permanent hair loss). When performed properly on the qualified client, hair weaving does not cause hair loss.
- Proper hygiene must be maintained when wearing a hair addition for extended periods of time. It is essential that one must clean the scalp and hair on a regular basis.
In reviewing ALL treatment options, the hair addition is the safest means of obtaining additional hair. This excludes sutures and tunnel grafting procedures.