What you need to know about hair replacement systems


Increasingly, our clients are exploring other ways to tackle hair loss or lacklustre hair growth. This is where hair replacement systems can offer an attractive option. Modern and wide-ranging, there is lots of choice to consider. So what do you need to know? 

Who might want to consider hair replacement systems?

Hair loss is a common concern that affects people of all ages and genders. Hair growth can also often be a concern – you may have naturally fine hair or have found your hair density reducing as you get older.

This is where hair replacement systems can be helpful.

What do we mean by hair replacement systems?

When we talk about hair replacement the most common option people think about is wigs. The first known wigs were used by the Ancient Egyptians, made of materials such as wool and horsehair. We have come a long way since then (well barristers and advocates still use horsehair wigs in court!).

Modern wigs offer flexibility and creativity – different hairstyles and colours are readily available.  They can also be ideal for clients undergoing medical treatments such as chemotherapy.

Likewise, hairpieces and hair toppers can be used to cover one area of the scalp in the same way a wig does. This works well with potential treatments such as scalp lotions, requires lower maintenance and not as costly.

But what other options are there? 

For many of our clients who experience hair thinning or have naturally fine hair, hair extensions can be an option. These do not irritate or disturb the scalp and can add volume or length. Some clients use clip-in options for special occasions and others opt for a more permanent alternative which requires regular in-salon maintenance.  

Another alternative is hair replacement meche integration systems. These integrate a meche with real hair on your scalp and requires monthly maintenance. The advantage is that you can shampoo and style your hair as normal.  

Sarah, Root Cause Clinical trichologist and hair replacement expert

Meche Integration

Our associate Sarah is also an expert on hair replacement systems – she uses the Microline method which integrates a virtually invisible hair net with high grade human hair attached to your existing hair, a special bonding is gently and durably worked into the hair to hold it in place. This enables you to play sports, sunbathe and sweat without concern. The advantage of this system is that it can be used for all levels of hair loss or hair density. Sarah had a choice of ten standard designs, ready to fit within days, although for more complex cases a custom design can also be made.

A before and after example is below and our associate Sarah tells us about her client Betty* 

“Betty* had suffered from a hair loss condition called Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. She was increasingly anxious about her hair loss and the impact it was having on her general wellbeing.” Sarah explains.

“We discussed the options with her, and after careful consideration she decided to opt for hair replacement meche integration, specifically around the front of her hairline. This was carefully designed to accommodate her natural hairline. As you can see from the before and after images, the meche hair colour works well with her remaining hair. She was delighted with the results – emotionally and physically.” 

However, for some clients who have certain hair loss conditions, hair integration can exacerbate the condition, so it is essential to get a formal diagnosis of any hair loss you have.

If you are interested in having a consultation to discuss hair replacement systems, contact us on info@rootcauseclinical.com to discuss booking an initial consultation or follow-on consultation, dependent on your needs. 

*Betty is not the client’s real name 

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