By Patti Wood
Hair replacement is a very personal service; not only is it damaging being exposed without your hair on while having a service is being done, but the emotional feelings for each individual in general who go through this. With this being said, I personally can't imagine ordering a hair piece online and cutting it so it looks natural on my head.
There are sites out there that give the potential buyer step-by-step instructions on how to make a mold of your head. They then pick out their color and hair piece. The clients send the mold to the company and they will send the client a hair system in about 12 weeks.
Before you buy, you should ask yourself these three questions:
· Will it fit me perfectly?
· Will it be styled to my hair cut?
· Will the color match perfectly?
Now, back to the story… The 12 weeks isn't the issue, making your own mold and hoping you have it right and spending hundreds of dollars with no guarantee or returns! Are you kidding me? I have been doing hair for 35+ years and when I took my daughter in for her first hair system I was scared to death. It cost a lot of money but it was worth every penny. I walked into a whole new world I didn't know anything about; that is, not until I went to school for hair replacement.
When a female client comes in to see me, and they have exhausted all of their options, the last thing is wearing a hair system. This whole process is a very emotional ride. First, tears of sadness knowing that the little hair left on their head is going to give up the fight. Then, tears of joy when they see the new person sitting in front of a mirror with a full head of hair. We become bonded for life. There is a trust between us like no other.
Most ladies haven’t let anyone, family members or loved ones included, see them without their hair on. Once the hair is in place it will stay in place for a month. She can swim, shower, run, go to the gym whatever she would do with her own hair she can do with a hair system. It is a part of her. It is her hair.
For my male clients it's different. Instead of tears they are picky. It is so important that the system looks perfect because they don't want anyone to know they wear hair. We have all seen those bad pieces on men at one time or another, but if they are good and done right by a good hair systems specialist, you would never know that that man wears hair. Hair systems get a bad rap because the only ones you see are the bad ones, this goes for women too.
Consider these three things when thinking of buying your hair piece off line:
1. It takes years of learning all the tricks to make a perfect seamless fit. Why would you order something online and think you could do it yourself?
2. More importantly, why would a company have 25 years experience that use to offer personal salon services start a online company and offer inexpensive do it yourself hair?
3. Online sales don’t have the human touch and think they are offering a less expense alternative when all they are doing is making more money and doing less.
There are hundreds of sites out there, some are direct from China. I have them contacting me every day. The only way I would buy from China is by going there and hand picking my manufacturer.
Don't fall for the online sites. The old saying is true, “You get what you pay for.” You need to do your homework and find someone you feel comfortable with. Even ask for a reference, and even before and after pictures. You will be glad you did. I was a mom looking for a solution for my teenage daughter and I know exactly how it feels. I spent hours online searching for the perfect place for us. We drove an hour and a half each way, but it was worth it.
Patti Wood WTS
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Patti Wood WTS, Owner of Off 5th Avenue Salon, is a professionally trained hair stylist and a certified Trichologist specializing in Hair Replacement therapy and solutions. Patti has helped many clients solve hair loss problems ranging from cancer treatments, male or female pattern baldness, hair thinning, and Alopecia Areata. She works closely with Dermatologists and Physicians in treatment plans.