Camouflage, Extensions, and Electrical Devices to Improve Hair Volume
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Many strategies exist to improve hair volume in patients with thinning hair, providing options for various types and severity of hair loss. The most complete form of camouflage is a wig, which can provide total hair replacement. Many different types of wigs exist, varying in the degree of natural appearance, price, and durability. Hair extensions are often used by patients with thinning hair. There is a large range in types and quality of hair extensions, some of which can be damaging to the patient’s natural hair and worsen hair loss. Other camouflage methods utilize the strategy of decreasing the color contrast between the scalp and the hair, minimizing the appearance of hair thinning. These methods include hair fibers, powder cakes, scalp sprays/lotions, hair crayons, and micropigmentation. We also discuss artificial hair transplants, which are not approved in the USA but are frequently performed in Europe and Australia. Various electrical devices can be used to improve hair volume, including specialized hair irons designed specifically for that purpose. The wide array of methods for improving hair volume allows for tailoring an approach specific for a patient’s needs.
KeywordsWig Hair prosthesis Hairpiece Hair extensions Scalp camouflage Hair fibers Micropigmentation Microblading Artificial hair implants Blow dryer Hair iron
Special thanks to Chuck Alfieri Thin Hair Solutions located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and to Stefano Ospitali from Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories for graciously providing images of hair extensions and integration systems.
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