Losing your hair can be very upsetting, and it’s especially tough for women. Because the hair is related to femininity and self-image, hair loss can badly affect confidence and self-esteem. There are many causes of hair loss, and whatever the cause, the effects can be devastating. But there are solutions.
The hair integration system
We are one of very few salons in the UK who offer a hair integration system. This is a semi-permanent cosmetic hair loss solution, where donor hair is attached to the crown. Unlike wigs, it’s completely breathable. The hair is pulled through a mesh and secured to it, giving the illusion of a scalp. The system lasts for up to two years and needs to be readjusted to account for new hair growth every 6 weeks. Every 12 weeks, the system is completely removed and reapplied to ensure your look is as natural as it can be.
Every system is custom made to ensure a comfortable fit, and even though it’s worn constantly and not removed on a daily basis, you’ll be able to do your normal activities like going to the gym and swimming.
Is the hair integration system for you?
We understand that hair loss can be very distressing, and that it takes a lot to actually go and speak to someone about it. That is why when you come to a consultation with us, you’ll get the privacy and empathy that you need.
When we discuss hair loss solutions and whether the hair integration solution is right for you, we’ll need to talk about:
Your medical history
There can be many causes of hair loss including:
· Alopecia Areata: The immune system attacks the hair follicles causing patchy hair loss
· Alopecia Totalis: This is the complete loss of the scalp and facial hair
· Alopecia Universalis: The scalp and body hair is lost
· Scarring/frontal fibrosing alopecia: Frontal fibrosing alopecia is the progressive loss of hair from the hairline. With scarring alopecia, the hair follicle is destroyed and scars form, preventing the hair from growing back.
· Female pattern hair loss/baldness: This type of hair loss usually starts from the parting or the crown and is usually genetic. It can also occur after the menopause. If your hair loss has occurred mainly along your parting, you could opt for a micro parting system, which adds extra volume to the parting area only.
· Traction Alopecia: This is caused by the hair being pulled too tight, especially if you have braided it or had it in very tight pony tails too often.
· Telogen effluvium: This type of hair loss usually occurs after some kind of trauma or shock. It tends to happen 6-12 weeks after the stressful event and is common after childbirth.
· Anagen effluvium: Medication or nutritional deficiency are the most common causes of this type of hair loss. The hair is forced to shed when it’s in the first stages of growth so hair loss can be quite rapid.
· Trichotillomania: This is a disorder where the sufferer has a compulsion to pull at their hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, or body hair. A hair integration system is great for people with this condition as they won’t be able to reach the areas they’ve been pulling the hair from. It’s crucial that sufferers get emotional and behavioural support too however, in the form of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).
· Lupus: This is an auto-immune disease that can cause hair loss in around 50% of sufferers.
· Nutritional defiency: Deficiencies in iron and some key vitamins can cause hair thinning and loss.
· PCOS and thyroid issues: These hormone-related conditions can cause hair loss and noticeable hair thinning.
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, we would always recommend that you seek advice from a trichologist before committing to any hair replacement system.
We’ll discuss whether you’re familiar with hair replacement systems, and what your expectations are. If you have extensive hair loss, any amount of added volume will be a dramatic change and might take a bit of getting used to.
Your suitability for a hair integration system
If your hair is still shedding, you won’t be suitable for a hair integration system. To determine your suitability, I’ll always do a strand test, where I pull on a small section of the hair. If more than 5 hairs come out, a hair integration system is not suitable for you. There are other factors which might make the hair integration unsuitable for you. These include:
· The type of physical activity you do
· The financial viability of fitting and maintaining the system
· Recent pregnancy and breastfeeding (current or in the last 12 months)
· Recent chemotherapy (in the last 12 months)
· Having allergies
· Having an extremely sensitive scalp
· Having a very oily scalp, which means that the system will need more frequent washing and maintenance.
· Having cuts, fresh scars, or pimples on the scalp
· Having more than 50% hair loss
Talk to us
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, we’re here to give you the help, advice, and understanding you need. Book a hair loss consultation appointment to find out whether a hair integration system is the perfect hair loss solution for you.