Hair prosthesis: everything you need to know

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Hair prosthesis

The hair prosthesis is one of the most versatile solutions to problems related to hair loss today. With immediate effect, long term results and more affordable cost than surgical hair transplant, is a good alternative hair loss. There are many men and women with hair prosthesis that provide very natural aesthetic effects (that much, that many call it non-surgical hair implantation technique).

We have gathered here the most frequently asked questions about the topic to help you learn about the method in depth and you decide if it is the best solution for your case. For easy navigation, you can click on the links below and go directly to the questions that interest you.

What is a hair prosthesis?

It is a piece made to replace the hair from the user, covering the areas of hair bald or less dense. Those strands of prosthesis is set of form individual or in small groups, with a film fine or fabric that simulates the skin human. This basis then joins the head of temporary or semi-permanent form of individually.

What is the difference between the prosthesis and the wig?

Difference between hair prosthesis and wigs

This is a difficult question, because there is not an “official” definition of terms that allow differentiate them 100%. In the United States, apparently, the term “hair prosthetic” appeared to allow patients who have hair loss as a result of an illness, injury or treatment could classify the expenditure on these items such as medical expenses, and get that they were covered by health insurance and deductibles in tax income.

Some people argue that the piece is only a prosthesis if it is used in the medical context. Others say that the difference is that wig joins the head only with bands of rubber, paper clips or Staples, while the prosthesis is placed at the head of the user with special glue or adhesive, which allows the person exercise, bathe, or enter the pool without removing it. A third point of view is that the prosthesis is can do for cover areas more small of it head, in accordance with the needs of the customer, while it wig is always a piece that covers all it head.

What are the main advantages and disadvantages?


  • Complies with all definitive cases of baldness to medium / long term (such as androgenic alopeciaareata alopeciacicatricial alopeciaTelogen effluviumTrichotillomania and patients undergoing chemotherapy);
  • The result is immediate;
  • The price is much lower that an implant hair;
  • Although it is not permanent, it is a long lasting solution;
  • It allows the user to perform all activities of their daily lives without restrictions (such as sports, entering the pool or the sea, bathing, sleeping);
  • It is not is a procedure surgical;
  • Not have contraindications (except in allergy cases to any of the materials used, which is rare since the majority of them components of them products of prosthesis and maintenance are hypoallergenic);
  • If the result does not is satisfactory, the procedure is completely reversible.


  • It requires periodic maintenance;
  • Some models of higher quality and more natural results are usually very expensive.

Are you afraid that it will look very artificial, is it the result really good?

Natural appearance of hair prosthetics

If the prosthesis is of good quality, and the application is done of a way appropriate and careful, the result is very satisfactory. You will find many images of implants failed or lost in Internet, but half-baked products are found in some homes. You don’t need to have fear, there are a lot of options natural and of excellent finishes on the market.

What sizes are available?

You can apply for the production of a piece to measure for you, or buy a prefab. In the first case, the professional that is producing your prosthesis will take measures of your head (or of the area specific that need the coverage) and it will make of the size that you need. In the second, usually the manufacturer shall provide the measures of the models that you will have to compare with your head and choose the ideal piece.

Between the prefabricated structures, the most common models are which only cover the top of the head (wig), outweighing the predominant pattern of male-pattern baldness, and completely cover the scalp (capful or full cranial prosthesis). Some can be cut to the desired size, adjusting the template to your needs.

Is the hair natural or synthetic?

The most common is currently preferred, natural hair model being more durable and have a more pleasant aesthetic result, but there are also models with synthetic hair, which tend to be cheaper than natural hair.

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With what material is the base (the part that is in contact with the skin)?

Two materials is often used in the manufacturing of the base: “screens and microskin”.

The screens are similar to a very fine tulle, which are “camouflaged” in contact with the skin of the user of the prosthesis and, when applied correctly, are almost imperceptible. In addition to the aesthetic result, screens permit ventilation of the scalp of the user, who can even be washed while the prosthesis is attached to the head. Some designs of fabric are more open, allowing the user, through openings, mix your natural hair with the prosthesis, to create an even more natural result.

Of color transparent or in the skin, the screens are usually made of nylon (polyamide) or polyester. The hardest material known as monofilament, normally used in the upper part of the device, which allows splitting hair into any segment while maintaining the visual impression of the fully-exposed scalp.

Bases of the capillary prosthesis

Them more delicate are them called of lace, and their use more common is for the finish of them edges of the prosthesis, especially front, where some models create a simulation of hairs more small and thin that grow in the edge-called hair of the line of deployment (known as hair of the baby )).

More known types are the French (more common, has a good result and durability) and Swiss (giving an even better result, is thinner and easier to conceal than the French, but also more delicate and easily damaged, and therefore it is recommended for experienced users).

The microskin (skin thin or Polyskin) is a thin, transparent film usually made of silicone or polyurethane (PU), sticking in the scalp of the skin of the user. Is more resistant that the screens, by what often last more time and its accession is more secure, but also is more evident, despite have a good result aesthetic.

Great part of the partial prosthesis use a base of microskin. Some models are micro-drilled to allow the ventilation of the scalp, but some parts should be separate frequently for the cleaning of the head and the prosthesis.

There are designs made exclusively with screens or microskin, but it is more common to find parts with different combinations of the two materials: usually the micro is uses in the circumference of the prosthesis for provide more force in the area of application, and is apply them screens in it part top of it head (for allow it ventilation and the distribution of the hair with effect natural) and front (for give a finished more natural in it transition between) the prosthesis and the skin of the user, the simulation of the birth of the hair line). Some designs use fabrics elastic more robust and more evident in the part rear of the head, where it skin not is exposed, what reduces the cost of the piece.

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How long does a hair prosthesis?

In general, a prosthesis lasts from 6 months to 2 years, but this time may be higher or lower, depending mainly on the quality and resistance of the materials used in the manufacture of the piece and the respect to the attention of the user maintenance and routine.

Do I need to take it off every day?

Man with brown hair prosthesis

No. Models that are attached to the scalp with special adhesive or glue can be used for continuous periods of 20 days (the time varies depending on the material used in the denture base and the type of glue or adhesive). At the end of each period the piece must be removed to remove the adhesive old, clean the prosthesis and the scalp and apply is it again. The procedure is can perform in an area specialized, but many users more experienced can do it in house without problems.

What precautions are required to preserve the piece?

  • Is essential respect the period of use continuous preferred for your prosthesis, making the necessary maintenance regular and using only the products proper (removers and adhesive specific for prosthesis capillary).
  • Usually, is recommended to wash the hair with shampoos neutral without sulfates and salt, and avoid any product that contains alcohol.
  • In models in which them hairs is mixed with them natural, is good avoid the application of creams and conditioners in the area close to the base, for avoid that is weaken them nodes and stimulate the release of them hair.
  • As the hair are not placed in a follicle, they do not receive the sebum which ensures hydration, smoothness and protection of the natural hair. To compensate for this, it is good to apply oils for the hair regularly in (again, always avoiding the base) hair extension.
  • Allowed sport and enter in the sea or in the pool using the prosthesis, but recommended that always be wash then.
  • Handle with care the hair to prevent breakage or loose, so you must untangle them with a soft brush and no sudden movements. To the wash, rather than rub them hair, simply massage gently with shampoo and keep the movement in a direction (of up below).
  • Although stickers promoting a firm grip on the prosthesis on the scalp, it is always good to avoid exaggerated tensions to protect both the prosthesis and the skin.

Can I dye, straighten or make some other change in the hair?

Asian hair prosthetics often come with chemical treatments

It depends on the material. The style of synthetic hair (curly, smooth, etc.) tends to be definitive: even if is wet, to the dry is will take its design original. The dyes for the hair natural nor often operate well in hair synthetic. Generally do not tolerate much heat, so it is grain dryers, hot irons use and babyliss (be careful even with other heat sources, as for example when opening the hot oven).

The brightness of some types of synthetic hair is much greater than that of the natural hair, which makes the appearance somewhat artificial (some people will apply face powder or baby powder to correct this effect).

Them prosthesis of hair natural accept all type of treatments standard, although require some care specific: as the hair original (mostly of Asia) usually already have received coloring, progressive smoothing or permanent for the composition of them different types sold in the market, it ideal is that you care of the prosthesis as it would do with a hair delicate.

The use of shampoos, conditioners soft neutral, non-alcohol, cold water for washing and creams to untangle products is recommended. Is good avoid it application of conditioners and creams too near the root of the hair (in models in which the hair is attached to the base of it prosthesis through a node, them conditioners can stimulate it fall), and on it application of dyes, must have care of not affect also the color of it base of the prosthesis.

If I use a partial prosthetic, the hair not will be very different to the mine?

No . In that case, get a series of prostheses (color, texture and density of hair) similar to your hair natural, and a little more long of that what it going to use. Then a skilled hairdresser can make cutting and required curfews in the hair of the prosthesis to make it equal to your real hair without any apparent division between the two.

Is it necessary to shave the hair?

Shaving the head for capillary prosthesis

Depends on of the modelIf is makes the fixing with glue or adhesive, it ideal is that the points in which is sandwiched the prosthesis have the scalp exposed. In the case of a partial denture technique based on, for example, that can grow in the grip area to be shaved in the periodic maintenance. In the case of front setting screen (LACE), for example, the adhesive is applied immediately ahead of the hairline, and therefore it is not necessary to shave it.

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Have skin caught so many days not going to cause fungus, irritation, or sores?

Usually do no . Most of these problems are caused by users that:

  • They do not respect the maintenance periods model of prosthesis and stay with it for longer than recommended, without a regular cleaning of the denture and head;
  • They use inappropriate products to join the prosthesis on the scalp (which can cause allergies and irritations);
  • Not removed the prosthesis in the right way, with the Remover of adhesive appropriate (some people not hope that the product between in force and forced the detachment of the prosthesis, pulling and causing sores in the skin);
  • Adhered the prosthesis to an area that was already committed by fungus or infection (which no doubt is forbidden and can aggravate the initial problem).

How much a hair prosthesis?

The price of the prosthesis hair varies widely. In general, is can find good parts with values between € 600 and € 2,000, but them prices can fluctuate significantly by over or below that range, depending on numerous factors as the size of the piece, materials, quality manufacturing, the length of the hair, finishes, etc.

How much is spend on maintenance?

The prices vary much, but in general the value of a professional of maintenance (labor and of them products included) is of around $50 to $100. With less than $150 you can buy the necessary products (glue or adhesive,protective lotion for scalp Remover) on your own, in sufficient quantity to be used several times, and then you’ll only have to hire labor or even do it if you have the ability. In the end, the value must be very close to what a person with natural hair normally spent on regular visits to the hairdresser.

Where can I buy a prosthesis?

You can buy your prosthesis in specialized stores, but the most of the users acquire the parts in internet, or virtual stores (national and international). In the specialized salons is where you can see and manipulate the product before buy it, or even request a prosthesis adapted to you, but in Internet the variety of products is greater (and, often the prices are more low).

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