I have been wearing hair systems for about 10 years now and was a client of a large hair replacement company. I got so fed up of paying inflated prices for the cost in maintenance not to mention buying replacement systems that I decided to find an alternative way.
I decided to self maintain my systems which at first I found difficult but with persistence and many trials and errors I have developed a few easy tips that I want to share that will help other hair wearers escape the clutches of expensive Hair Clubs.
Tip 1. The most tricky part in maintaining your system is in the clean-up process. Many companies will try to sell you solvent products aimed at removing the glue residue from the base of your hair system. The best way to remove the residue is by using plain cotton wool. Once the system has been pealed off your head, simply roll the cotton wool over the base of the system using your thumbs and index finger. Start at the edges and work inwards so not to damage the delicate hairs attached around the perimeter of the hair system. The cotton wool sticks to the residue and peals away from the lace base as you roll it. Be firm but not rough, take your time and roll the residue slowly. Do this before you shampoo the hair system as this process works best when the system is dry. This whole process also dramatically reduces the amount of hair loss from the system giving the unit more longevity.
Tip 2 that I want to share with you is on how to prolong the life span of your delicate lace front (hairline) and prevent a dirt/grease build up that will result in losing those delicate hairs at the front of the hairline. Once the lace front has been stuck down, whether you are using tapes or safe grip adhesive you will begin to see a build up of the dirt line on the edge of the lace. To prevent this dirt from building up and to keep your lace front looking natural, its best to incorporate and apply a daily care routine to your system. Simply purchase an alcohol based cleanser and then using a make-up pad or folded tissue gently wipe away this dirt build-up. Do this by holding back the lace hairline very carefully and using a tiny dab of cleanser on the tissue simply wipe down away to your brow. Don’t rub it hard and don’t make contact with the lace edge or the hairs attached to it. Doing this simple technique every day will also aid your monthly clean up task.
The miracles of modern science allow us to live better lives as we are given more options to make our lives easier. For those who are unfortunate enough to lose a significant amount of their hair which results to permanent baldness, you know that you are now given an array of choices to remedy your condition. One particular treatment for this problem that has gained popularity over the years is hair transplantation.
Hair transplant is a procedure wherein donor hairs, usually taken from the back of the person’s scalp, are transplanted to the balding or recipient site. Since this is a very delicate procedure it is important to get yourself a very good surgeon to do the job.
In some cases where patients try to cut corners they end up with low-quality and artificial-looking results. The worst part here is that you might end up with an unsuccessful hair transplant. Some hairs may not thrive in its new location because of poor handling. You cannot say that you’ll get better luck next time or the maybe next after that because there are only very few resources available – hair grafts that is.
Just imagine having to remove a strip off your scalp in FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or individually extract hundreds to thousands of hair follicles in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), this will already limit your donor hairs down to a significant amount. You just can’t continue removing these healthy hairs to cover up your balding spots. You just might end up totally bald if that’s the case.
So for those who may not be lucky enough to get it right the first time, hair restoration experts found the answer that you might need. According to their studies, they learned that body hair can also be used as donor for scalp hair transplant. Since most hair loss sufferers and hair transplant patients are male, this study was designed by extracting body hair from the chest.
The procedure is done by extracting individual hairs from its surrounding skin using a very fine hallowed 20-gauge needle. They are placed in lactated ringer’s solution before they are implanted into the recipient site.
If you may be wondering how this type of hair would fare in its new environment, Dr. Tom Hwang and Dr. Jung Chul Kim along with his research team similarly concluded that this hair will adapt the characteristic of the recipient site. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Woods of Australia were able to prove that this procedure works as they show a documentation of their work on an actual patient.
Some see this as a perfect solution to their hair woes by thinking that it hits two birds with one stone. They get to regain that full head of hair, while at the same time removing those unwanted ones on their body. Yes, it may sound efficient, but surgeons will still have to evaluate you further. Most would advise that it is best to first use scalp hair and consider body hair as a last option.
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