According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day. But hair loss becomes noticeable when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of re growth or when re growth is thinner than previous.
Although anyone can experience hair loss, women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers — 1 in 4 women in the U.S. (source: American Hair Loss Association). It may not be uncommon it certainly can become upsetting. If you have not experienced hair loss first-hand, it can be difficult to grasp the emotional toll it can take. For many of us, hair can be a surprisingly important part of our identity and for women, our sense of femininity. Although hair loss it can be equally upsetting for men.
Alopecia is the medical term for excessive hair loss. It can be caused by anything from chemotherapy and radiation therapy side effects to stress, age, genetics, poor nutrition and autoimmune disorders. Androgenetic alopecia is genetic and causes 95% of hair loss — often diffuse thinning for women and pattern balding for men. Alopecia areata, and various other types of less common alopecia, are autoimmune disorders resulting in hair loss ranging from small patches to complete hair loss which can be temporary or permanent.
Stress is often a big contributor to hair loss. One of the things we have found with our clients is that once they come in for a private appointment to learn the many options available the stress can become a little less than before. That is important on so many levels for good health.
Knowing your options in a compassionate, private setting, where we will work with you one on one to help you through this time can bring a sense of relief for many. If you or a loved one are experiencing hair loss we can help you learn your options.
Synthetic Hair verses Human Hair in both wigs and pieces.
Before I share the options and pros and cons in each direction, my first question to you would be why are you considering alternative hair options?
There is no cookie cutter approach and no one right answer. Is it because of chemotherapy or other drugs that you may experience thinning or total hair loss which in many cases can be temporary? Or is it permanent (some medical conditions or different kinds of alopecia’s)? Or is it simply a wardrobe accessory?
Defining how long you will be wearing hair is important. Human hair wigs or hair pieces last much longer then synthetic options. One good quality human hair wig can out live up to four synthetic wigs depending of course of quality and care.
Synthetic wigs are in most cases less expensive and wash and wear. There is not much styling needed, making it not only quick and easy but also fun. Rain or humidity has little effect on it. The downside is it is not radiant heat durable which means if you like to spend time in the kitchen preparing your favorite pastas and soups over the stove top or opening the oven door; this is definitely not a good choice for you.
Human hair wigs and hair pieces are exactly that. Just like your own hair it is absolutely beautiful when you spend the time to blow dry and style it after each washing using good hair care products meant for your wig or hair piece. It takes both time and effort to get it looking the way you would like. Rain and humidity is not a human hair wig or pieces friend. Stepping out into the weather can make it look frazzled and will require restyling if you get caught in the elements but it is durable in the kitchen and long lasting.
Answering these few questions will help us help you to narrow down the right hair for your lifestyle. Sometimes the best answer it to own a few different pieces to suite your mood. When you meet with us for your complimentary consultation you will have the chance to really experience what each type of hair looks and feels like. That is an option that we as a private salon can offer you. Your time with us is yours alone.
Contact us at www.althairsolutions.com or call 203 987 5948 ext 1 to learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one.