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Wigs vs Hair Replacement: What’s the Difference?


Female Hair Loss: Wigs vs. Hair Replacement

If you are just beginning to look into hair systems and wigs, I am sure you are probably asking yourself what the difference is between the two.

We hear this question a lot, with people that are not sure if there is a difference between a hair replacement system and women’s wigs. A basic explanation that is given by many hair replacement providers on how thinning hair is concealed centers around these two terms.

For more than thirty years (or more, actually), the term hair replacement has been used to separate itself from what is commonly thought of as a wig. Women’s hair replacement is considered to be a progressive solution to thinning hair and hair loss. Hair Replacement has a few stages. It starts with scalp preparation, a hair system fitting, and a styling session that will involve showing you steps on how to maintain your hair. The whole system is designed to duplicate your hair before you started having hair loss.

What Is A Hair Replacement System?

Hair replacement since the marketing and commercials since the 1990’s is still makes it sound very complex. Hair systems are most often created from hand woven 100% human hair or synthetic hair. The base that hair is attached to, is often made from different materials but two of the more common materials used are lace or a very thin “skin” like material. The hair is attached and the other end is then applied to your scalp non-surgically. Once the hair replacement system is in place, the hair is then cut and styles to blend in with your existing hair from the sides and back. This will give you the undetectable look that is desired. In your initial hair consultation you will work closely with a hair specialist that will determine the hair system for you and choose the size, color, hair density and texture, curl pattern all to math your hair exactly.

What Is A Wig?

A women’s wig is often thought of like buying a ready to wear blouse. There are several different types of wigs that you can get. From your basic off the rack to professional human hair wigs that can provide you with a very nice look for just a minimal investment. Fine quality women’s wigs are designed primarily for women with female hair loss, regardless of cause. Female hair loss can be genetic in nature, or may be caused by medical conditions such as Alopecia Areata or Trichotillomania.  It may also be caused as a result of medical treatments, such as chemotherapy. Women’s wigs for female hair loss are almost always hand made from the finest 100% human hair. These type of wigs allow you to style the hair much like you would your own natural growing hair. We have men and women all the time that want to wear wigs because they are going through medical treatments that is causing their hair to fall out. Women suffering from Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis can use either wigs or hair systems, depending on their goals and lifestyle.

Even after reading about hair replacements and wigs, you might be still thinking, “Which option is best for me?” The best answer to that is to talk with one of our experienced women’s hair loss experts who can offer both approaches and can help you decide which is best for you.