A cranial hair prosthesis is a hair system designed specifically
for those suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions. A
prosthesis contains a combination of fabrics and compounds that
are used to re-create natural hair growth patterns and the look of
the scalp. All materials in the prostheses are treated to resist dirt,
oils and body acids while providing maximum comfort.

Cranial hair prostheses are different than department store wigs
in quality, performance and service. Prostheses are made with

specialized material – sensitive to the needs of the individual. They
come in a variety of styles and colors. The fit is adjustable to each
person’s size, and is also custom cut and styled. A department
store wig has set a style – what you see is what you get. Often,
they don’t fit correctly and have a heavy, fuller appearance.

There are variations on the types of styles, but basically three
categories of hair prostheses are available: Machine Made,
Hand Tied Pre Designed and Full Custom.

A Machine Made prosthesis is a cap constructed of smooth elastic
wefting or woven material, on which the hair is sewn into. This
type of pros thes i s can accommodate those with existing
hair whether thin, fine, or patchy, because of its overall coverage
and the ability of the cap to stretch to fit one’s head. But
with this cost effective prosthesis, there are limitations in quality.
(Many department stores and mail-order wigs are machine

Hand tied Pre Designed systems have a durable, comfortable
base with 3-5 strands of hair per knot, hand tied very close together.
With hand tied prostheses, the style of the hair is more
controlled and less bulky. This creates the natural look of the hair
and provides for a better and more comfortable fit. Its construction
also allows for a variety of styles, and the choice of colors
offers a more blended appearance.

A prosthesis that is Full Custom is made from specific measurements
taken by a hair professional. A custom mold can be made of
the head to duplicate one’s shape and contour for a precise fit.
These systems allow for many options including: size, color, and
materials which can all be altered to fit a specific need. Because
of its overall versatility, there are many styling alternatives.

After a decision is made on the type of system, it must then be
properly secured. Most wigs and prostheses come with an adjustable
elastic band, and for more security there is liquid medical
adhesive and specialized tapes (other attachment methods are
also available). When working one-on-one with a professional
you can decide on which to use, a combination of, or none at
all – it just depends on one’s preference, hair loss and security

How long a prosthesis will last depends on a number of variables:
a person’s lifestyle, occupation, their activities and if it is properly
cared for. A hair professional will provide instructions on how
to get the most wear and the very best look possible along with
the proper products to use. Hand-tied prostheses are usually
more durable than machine-made wefts.

There is also the question of cost, which is determined by
the specifications of the system: size, attachment methods, materials
used in the design, service, etc. The price range depends
on how personalized the prosthesis . . . the more customized, the
more the style will take on your appearance, and the more it will
cost. Once an individual’s needs are discussed, the correct
system can be suggested and other additions to the prosthesis
can be added
If you want a quick change to your look, headbands
with hair attached can be worn. Constructed like the
machine-made weft, they offer the comfort of a pre-designed
system. This alternative has an a t t a c h e d b a n d t h a t replaces
the hairline area for a snug fit. It offers you comfort, convenience
and a fashionable look at the lower end of the price range.

It’s not just a cover-up any longer, now there are many different
ways to show one’s style. Turbans, hats, scarves and headbands with
or without bangs offer many looks. Most are made with comfortable
material for sensitive scalps and come in a variety of colors
and designs.

Another option to utilize with headwear is bangs. Some are designed
as frontal bangs while others can be adjusted and worn
around the nape area of the neck. The use of bangs helps to
soften facial features. Also available is a hair fringe which
extends around the perimeter of the head. It offers more hair to
be seen when wearing a turban or hat.

A unique volumizing solution that is natural, safe and undetectable
for women with fine thin hair. This lightweight volumizing
solution provides the ultimate damage control. The volumizers
can instantly add 2 hairs, 4 hairs, 6 hairs, 100 hairs and 800

Partials are for those that have hair loss in a specific area – such
as from cranial surgery or burns. They are designed in various
sizes and are offered in many base materials and colors just
as top-of-head hair systems. High quality partials are available
through hair replacement salons, while lower quality wiglets are
found in department stores and mail-order catalogs.

A hair integration blends an individual’s own hair with a system
to create fullness, volume or length. It is for individuals
with thinning hair or hair loss who want to make the most of their
natural hair.

An integration is constructed with a cabling system that provides
durability and security, while providing a comfortable fit.
The system is placed on the head, and your own hair is brushed
through the openings in the base – combining the hair integration
with your natural growing hair, securing it on the head. If
added security is desired, clips or tape adhesives can be used.

This information has been provided by International Hairgoods a
division of Aderans Hair Goods, Inc. ©2012 Copyright.
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