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By Emy Hassan, Apr 16 2020 11:49PM

Why Custom Hand-Made Hair Pieces Are Your Perfect Hair Loss Solution


Here at The Hair Confidante, we know how much hair loss can affect your confidence and self-esteem, and that’s why we work so hard to provide the best hair loss solutions to our clients. We want you to walk tall and feel like your confident self again, and you can do that with one of our beautiful custom hand-made hair pieces.


What are custom hand-made hair pieces?


Our custom hand-made hair pieces are usually made from a fine lace material that is transparent and fits on to the head like a second skin. It has small holes that the hair is knotted on to, and two strands of hair are usually fitted through each hole (except for around the hairline, where the hair is usually finer, so one strand of hair is fitted through each hole).


Our custom hand-made hair pieces can be anything from a full or half wig that is made from a mould of your head, to a front piece that mimics a natural hairline for people who have hair loss due to conditions like frontal fibrosing Alopecia. We also make small patches for clients who have Alopecia Areata hair loss they want to cover up. Lace pieces can be made in pretty much any shape or form.


Will my custom-made hair piece look natural and suit my lifestyle?


All custom hair pieces are colour matched to your hair and where applicable, are cut and styled into your preferred hairstyle. If you have a busy or active lifestyle, there’s no need to worry about your hair piece being a barrier to you doing the things you love. There are adjustments you may need to make whilst wearing a hair piece whether permanent or temporary but these should not make a significant difference to your lifestyle.


And forget about the ‘people will know I’m wearing a wig’ feeling that makes you self-conscious, the great thing about our lace custom-made hair pieces is that they mimic a natural hairline and lie flat to the head.

Don’t be tempted by cheaper options


Emy now makes most of our bespoke hand-tied hair pieces personally, as does Cara, so it’s something we do regularly here at The Hair Confidante.


Bespoke hand-made hair pieces can take anything from a few days to weeks to make and it’s a very labour-intensive and intricate process. Every care has to be taken to make sure that the hairs are securely knotted and they don’t break, as they are so delicate.


When you are looking for hair loss solutions like hair pieces, don’t be tempted to go for cheaper options. A lot of them are made in China, where labour is far cheaper, and while you might think you are getting a good deal, they don’t tend to last as long.


In England, hair pieces tend to be made by traditional wig makers, and although you’ll pay more, the workmanship is much more skilled and the quality is far superior, so they last much longer. Also, you’ll only get a true custom fit if you have your hair piece made in England, as most wig base fittings need to be done in person so we can keep checking the fit of the mould.


To find out more about our custom hand-made hair pieces, check out the hair loss solutions page on our website. Get in touch with any questions you have and I’ll be happy to help!

By Emy Hassan, Jun 21 2019 08:38PM

As you know if you’re one of my lovely loyal clients or you follow me on social media, modern hair systems can look absolutely gorgeous. They look just like your own hair and you can swim, go to the gym, sleep, shower in them, you name it.


But there are some differences between hair systems and your natural hair which you need to know about so you can keep your own system looking and feeling as amazing as the day it was fitted.


How a hair system differs from your natural hair

If you lose hair from your hair system, it won’t regrow

Unlike natural hair that usually grows back, once hair is gone from a hair system, it’s gone. This is why you have to follow my aftercare advice and have proper maintenance. You need to avoid things that cause hair loss and breakage as much as possible.


Your hair system won’t be protected by your scalp’s natural oils

The glands attached to your hair follicles make a natural oil called sebum which coats your hair and keeps it nourished and hydrated. Your hair system won’t have access to these natural oils so you need to keep it hydrated with conditioner and deep conditioning treatments.


My top tips for looking after your hair system

Do:

*Detangle hair with a wide-toothed comb or good quality hair brush. Start from the ends and work your way up.

*When you wash your hair, only use the recommended products

*Pat shampoo over your hair system rather than massaging it in which can cause tangling

*Use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to keep it hydrated

*Sleep with a 100% silk scarf on or on a silk pillowcase to prevent friction and breakage

*Sleep with hair tied back

*Learn some good blowdrying techniques to keep your system looking sleek

*Use a heat protection cream or spray

*Use professional quality products such as leave in conditioners and serums, avoid heavy hairsprays

*Use a good finishing serum or Argan oil to keep return hairs at bay and to keep your ends subtle.


Don’t:

*Wash your hair system too often as this can dry it out

*Wash your hair system with hot water

*Rub your hair system when drying it with a towel, pat it dry instead

*Sleep with wet hair as this can cause matting

*Use poor quality or heavy silicone lined products

*Attemp to colour your hair system yourself

*Expose your hair system to excessive sunlight, harsh chemicals, or chlorinated water. If you swim, use a leave-in product to protect your hair system and Malibu C swimmers products and then wash and condition it as soon as you get out of the pool. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, wear a hat, or use products with added UV filters.


The important thing to remember is that your hair system is an investment so it makes sense to look after it. Natural hair can recover from chemical treatments, excessive heat styling, and other damage, hair systems can’t.


Do you want to start your journey to a hair loss solution?

If you are suffering from hair loss and the cause has been diagnosed by a doctor or trichologist, come and talk to us to find out how we can help.

We’ll discuss your hair loss and your options in a compassionate and understanding environment where your privacy is assured.

Contact us to book a consultation.

By Emy Hassan, Jul 13 2018 10:44PM


This blog is about one of the most personal subjects I’ve ever spoken about; my own hair loss, and the journey that took me to where I am today.

My clients often comment on my hair, telling me how lovely it is, and how lucky I am to be blessed with thick, lustrous hair. But the truth is, until recently, my hair was being covered with extensions, toppers, and thickening fibres and because I’m good at my job, I managed to hide my thinning hair extremely well!

My hair was thinning because I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at a young age.


PCOS is an endocrine disorder which affects the ovaries, and it can also produce symptoms like:

• Having irregular periods or no periods at all.

• Difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)

• Excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks.

• Weight gain.

• Thinning hair and hair loss from the head.

• Oily skin or acne.

• Hormonal changes


For me personally, I didn’t suffer with acne, but my hair started thinning and I also had excessive facial hair to deal with; not exactly what you want at any age, never mind when you’re young.


Why does PCOS cause hair loss?

Women with PCOS have higher levels of androgens (male hormones). One of the androgens, a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) binds to the hair follicles, making them go into their resting phase sooner than they should. This means that as the hair enters each growth phase, it becomes progressively thinner, as it does in cases of Androgenic Alopecia (Female pattern hair loss.) If your hair follicles are particularly sensitive to androgens, the reduced hair growth on your scalp will be met with increased growth of the hair on your body.


Treatments for hair loss caused by PCOS

There are topical treatments and anti-androgens available that can help to prevent hair loss and restore growth, but they aren’t guaranteed to work for everyone and they need to be used sooner rather than later if they’re going to have any chance of success.


My battle with infertility

For me, my thinning hair was the least of my problems. I managed to disguise it so well, but what I couldn’t hide was my desire to have a baby.

Over the past five years, I’ve put myself through four soul destroying rounds of IVF treatment. Because of the PCOS and other issues with my fertility, there was no possibility that I would conceive naturally, so IVF was my only option.

For those of you who are not familiar with what’s involved when you have IVF, there’s a course of harsh injectable drugs you have to self-administer, as well as long courses of other medicines that play havoc with your hair and skin. While you’re having the treatment, and for months before and after it, you’re advised not to use any topical hair loss solutions or take any hair growth vitamins, as these can potentially cause hormone imbalances. The hormone imbalances that are present during IVF could also cause acute Telogen Effluvium, which is the same as post-partum hair loss (also known as baby shed). So during those five years, I couldn’t take anything to give my hair a helping hand, all I could do was hope that it would get better on its own.

As well as the IVF, my body had to contend with the steroids I was taking, namely Prednisolone, to suppress my immune system. Steroids have an effect on the sex hormones and can cause imbalances between oestrogen and testosterone. This can cause hair thinning and loss in people whose hair follicles are sensitive to hormone imbalances... So aswell as the hair loss from the PCOS I also had to fight with the Telogen Effluvium, which luckily for me only affected my 4th round of IVF.


Enough is enough

This year, I made the decision to stop the IVF treatment, because I could no longer take the financial, emotional, and physical strain. It has given me the chance to concentrate on restoring my hair and other health issues and I’ve noticed a huge difference already!

Six months later, I rarely need to wear my topper any more. I still wear extensions, but only because I believe that my hair growth cycle won’t allow my hair to grow healthily past shoulder length. The extensions give my hair an amazing thickness that my own hair never even had before I was diagnosed with PCOS.

I’ve combined protein supplements with a topical hair solution to nourish my shrinking hair follicles, plus I’ve been following a balanced diet designed to specifically benefit women with PCOS; and I’ve never looked back.

This is my story, but everyone who suffers from hair loss is on their own journey. Some are at the beginning, and some are nearing the end, and no matter how confused, upset, or uncertain you might be that there’s anything that can help you, I want to tell you that there is.

Are you suffering from hair loss? Contact us to book a consultation to discuss your needs in a private, welcoming and understanding environment.



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