Bald people nowadays have it very easy compared to their grandfathers. During the old times, bald people had only three choices: keep their bald pates uncovered, use one of the many types of hats, or struggle with an ill fitting and uncomfortable wig that would fly off at the slightest hint of a breeze.
We are talking of bald people here. These are people for whom treatment to stop or reverse balding have not been successful, or were attempted too late to save their hair. These are people for whom hair restoration methods are the only remaining options. The American Hair Loss Association has a lot of information on the many available methods of hair replacement.
The increasing number of mens hair replacement options may be roughly classified into two general types: surgical hair replacement methods and non-surgical hair replacements.
Surgical hair replacement techniques revolve around technologies used to surgically relocate healthy clumps of hair from one place to the other. The usual locations for the donor hair clumps are the sides and backs of the head, and the usual implantation sites are the top of the head. Because of the need to have healthy clumps of hair to harvest and implant on thin and bald locations, completely bald people cannot avail of surgical hair replacement methods. Surgical hair replacement is also very expensive.
One of the most practical mens hair replacement systems involves the use of non surgical hair replacement techniques. The term non-surgical is meant to cover all types of the use of hair pieces which are affixed to bald or thinned portions of the head through various means. Some systems require the affected areas to be shaved prior to affixing the hair piece. When new hair grows underneath the hair piece, it is removed, the area shaved and then re-attached.
One of the most important qualities of a good hair piece is being undetectable. The last thing any person needs is a hair piece that looks like a hair piece. New hair replacement pieces are carefully crafted to blend in with any remaining hair and to match the hair expected of the age of the wearer in terms of hair thickness, density, color and style. New hair pieces allow the scalp to breathe, and can be used even when wet. Strenuous activity, shampoo, swimming or strong gusts of wind will not detach these hair pieces.
There are also hairpieces for women which are meant to cover bald or thinning areas, as well as those meant to provide a different hairstyle. This is very welcome news as women are more emotionally affected by hair loss than men. And the last thing a breast cancer patient needs is to look at her thinning hair in the mirror. The hairpieces for women with thin hair not only improve the way they look, the improvement is much more than physical; it improves their feeling of self-worth and their confidence to the extent where it helps their recovery.
The many hair replacement methods available help men and women with thinning hair or bald heads regain their normal lives.