Larry Zellers, Hair Replacement SpecialistImagine a day when you can wake up to consistent, "Good Hair Days" and eliminate the stresses of daily hair turmoil over hair styling.
Q: What causes excessive hair loss?
Medication – Birth control pills, acne medication, weight loss treatments, steroids, blood pressure medication, heart disease and diabetic medications.
Medical Treatments – Chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Medical Conditions – Child birth, seborrhea, stress, trauma, high fever, thyroid disease, low protein or high fat diets.
Heredity – You can pick your friends but not your hair genes.
Q: How do I choose a Hair Replacement?
Consider your lifestyle. Will you be wearing it every day or occasionally? Also consider your work, recreational and social activities.
Choose a color. Most clients choose a color closest to their natural color. Experiment with different shades or highlights. When in doubt, go lighter or warmer.
Choose a style. 95% of Hair Replacements need some type of cutting or thinning. I will make sure it will flatter your face and not feel overwhelming. Overall, shorter styles are less work, especially if you are facing medical treatments.
Choose Human Hair or Synthetic Hair. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. Click here to see a list of Pros and Cons.
Q: How long does it take?
Once we’ve decided on the type, color and style, delivery will take 2-4 days for in-stock styles or several weeks for custom designs.
Q: How much does it cost?
Pricing is based on a variety of factors, like Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair, or total Hair Replacement vs. partial replacement. Hair Replacements made of human hair are more costly, but they look and feel more natural. We will discuss costs during your complimentary consultation.
RX – You may be able to have your Hair Replacement at least partially covered by your insurance. Your doctor would need to write a prescription for a “Cranial prosthesis for Alopecia enhanced chemotherapy or radiation.” If your insurance company has any questions, your doctor may need to give you a letter of “medical necessity.” For example: “To whom it may concern: Your Name is receiving intensive chemotherapy for diagnosis of illness. At the present time his/her chemotherapy is causing alopecia. In an effort to maintain mental health, it is necessary for him/her to have a “Cranial Prosthesis” during and after her treatments.”
Q: Do I need more than one Hair Replacement?
Some clients choose to have two. They love the flexibility and piece of mind. It is nice to know you are always ready to go at a moment’s notice. You may even want to have two different styles – for example, one formal and one casual.
Q: Are Hair Replacements uncomfortable and itchy?
Not any more! Hair Replacements are so much more comfortable compared to the “hair helmets” of the old days. Human and Synthetic hair both come in a multitude of base materials.
Q: Can a Hair Replacement damage my scalp or slow my hair growth?
No! Wearing a Hair Replacement not only makes you look and feel great, it also helps maintain body heat. Hair Replacements prevent overexposure to the sun and protect sensitive skin during medical treatments.
Q: Can I sleep in my Hair Replacement?
This is not a good idea. It will matt, frizz and reduce the life of the Hair Replacement. It is best to use some type of sleeping cap. The cap or beret should have a soft texture with a light amount of elastic around the edges to keep it on all night.
Q: How does the Hair Replacement stay on?
Proper sizing is the key. Most Hair Replacements have some type of adjustable Velcro or straps at the nape of the neck. Some clients use special two-sided tape at the hair line and nape of the neck. Ask your doctor if the tape is safe to use during treatments.
Q: Do I need a Wig Liner?
They are optional. Liners are thin caps made of nylon or fishnet material. The purpose of a cap is it keeps a barrier between you and your Hair Replacement. It will also keep the Hair Replacement cleaner. The caps can be cleaned with shampoo or mild soap.
Q: How soon will my hair fall out?
Depending on the medical treatments, some clients’ hair just thins out, while others lose all of their hair. Usually you can see hair falling out by the second treatment.
Q: When should I cut my hair?
Some clients hold on to their hair as long as they can. Others want it cut off when they start to see hair loss. You are welcome to a complimentary haircut the day of your fitting. Hair “in good condition” can be donated to “Locks of Love,” an organization devoted to children with cancer and alopecia. For more information, visit www.locksoflove.org.
Q: Will I lose my eyebrows and lashes?
Depending on your medical treatment, they may thin out or completely fall out. In my experience, there’s a 50/50 chance you will lose them.
Q: What color and texture will my hair have when it grows back?
We never know! After medical treatments the hair may come back with a different color and texture.
Q: How long will I have to wear my Hair Replacement?
When finished with your last chemotherapy or radiation treatment, most hair will start growing at approximately one quarter to one half of an inch per month. The first four months the hair is usually a little fuzzy, but it will thicken up soon. Most clients wear the Hair Replacement for one year or until they feel confident with their “new hair”. Hold on to your Hair Replacement, though. They are a great solution for “bad hair days” or special occasions – especially cruises!
Q: How do I transition from my Hair Replacement to my own hair?
The transition can be exciting and fun! You may have to loosen the Velcro or straps at the nape of your neck as your own hair thickens and grows. If your hair is the same color as your Hair Replacement, you can blend your front hair line around your face into the Hair Replacement. It looks great when you are able to tuck both your hair and Hair Replacement behind your ears. At this time you can probably use bobby pins to give you a little more security.
Q: How do I set up an appointment?
The first step is to set up a complimentary consultation. Next, we will set up an appointment for customizing and styling. I invite you to bring a friend for a second opinion. Also, bring recent “good hair day” photos, if possible. Please contact us to make an appointment.