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BBC News Reports on Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

People with alopecia want better access to good quality wigs to help with the psychological impacts of the condition

The NHS should fund real hair wigs for people with alopecia and better recognise the psychological impacts, people with the condition have said.

Julie Mees was diagnosed more than two years ago after her mother noticed a bald patch the size of a coin on the back of her head.The hair loss has since worsened, and she will eventually be completely bald.NHS Wales funds wigs for patients with hair loss but they are often made with synthetic hair.

The Welsh Government said health boards were given a list of approved suppliers to choose from for patients who have alopecia, burns or have lost hair because of treatments such as chemotherapy.

They also help patients with fitting and styling.But it is up to each health board how much funding they provide – meaning people in some areas could be offered more to buy a wig than others. Former lecturer Ms Mees, from Barry, said the £50 voucher she was given would only buy a synthetic wig from a specific shop, and she was not able to offset that against the cost of going private. She saved £600 of her own money for a real hair topper – a type of mini wig.

“They give you a voucher to take to a shop for what I call a ‘wiggy wig’… like a fancy dress costume, which look awful and do absolutely nothing for the person’s emotional and psychological needs,” she said. “Your hair is the first thing people see… I’ve always had long hair, it’s part of my identity.

“I’m losing it all and that’s emotionally hard, it’s very difficult.”It’s a case of if you have good finances, you can live life normally.”

Ms Mees added those overwhelmed by the search for good quality wigs could end up paying over the odds, and she had since found a supplier for half the price she originally paid.

Diane Shawe Top Hair Extensions and Hairloss Educator, Consultant and author in two of her recent blogs about hairloss tackled the subject of wigs.

Click to read articles here:

https://academyexpresscourses.com/2017/03/17/20-different-hairloss-conditions-you-should-know-about/

https://academyexpresscourses.com/2018/10/17/benefits-of-silk-base-wigs-and-why-alopecia-chemotherapy-hair-loss-condition-customers-should-use-these-types-of-wigs-by-diane-shawe/

Moira Jones’ 18-year-old son Thomas Barry, from Cardiff, has had alopecia universalis – complete loss of hair from the scalp and body. He started losing his hair when he was 11, and it was gone within three months.

Doctors believe his body is producing an allergic reaction, reacting as though hair is a disease – but no treatment has helped so far.

Ms Jones has paid more than £2,000 for two wigs for her son but neither was suitable. She said she was not helped by the NHS in her search and her son has never been offered counselling.”He was really strong, stronger than everybody else around him,” she added.

Thomas wore two beanie hats – in case one fell off – to hide his scalp during his teenage years, even during sleepovers and in the heat of summer. When he went to Camp America last summer, his hair began to grow back in the sunshine – but fell out on his return to the UK.

While Thomas’ experiences abroad have given him the confidence to go without a hat at university, Ms Jones feels the family should have received more support.

Betsi Cadwaladr, Cwm Taf, Hywel Dda, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan health boards said they fund two wigs per person annually. They said all suppliers go through a procurement process to ensure quality.

Cardiff and Vale and Powys health boards were also asked to comment. Amy Johnson, from the charity Alopecia UK , said: “For many people with alopecia, wearing a wig is an essential part of managing the psychological impact of losing their hair; those who wear wigs for medical necessity don’t see their wig as an optional luxury.

“The charity hears from individuals who struggle to go to work or school, or even leave the house. There should be provision within the NHS to support individuals with access to suitable wigs.”

Source: ews

Benefits of Silk Base Wigs and Why Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss Condition Customers Should Use These Types of Wigs by Diane Shawe

For over 25 years we have been assisting clients and training students to work with clients around the world who have found that health issues have contributed to their Hair Loss Challenges. Before I delve into my article, we can offer expert advice and guidance to Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss condition customers. We pride ourselves on our exceptional Customer Services Team and we are all dedicated to help you find the right wig, hairpiece or head wear to match your requirements.

Call us if you are overwhelmed by the world of wigs and hair pieces along with the countless accessories. If you would prefer to speak to a member of our team, we can be reached on 0121 318 2880. We also provide a private consultation and treatment room and can supply bespoke or quality systems to help make your daily presentation to the public as natural as possible.

What is the difference between Silk Base Wigs and Regular Lace Wigs?

Lets talk about silk first of all and why it is such a good base for certain wigs and hair frontal pieces.

Benefits of silk base wigs and why Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss condition customers should use these types of wigs.

1.     Silk is renowned for keeping you cool on hot days and through warm nights. Silk regulates body temperature and preserves your body heat in the cold. Silk has impressive moisture wicking properties, keeping you dry and comfortable in any climate, year-round. Silk naturally repels mould & mildew

2.     Silk is free of any chemicals and contains only natural substances. Silk fibre is like human hair. It is 97% protein, 3% fat and wax, it has 18 amino acids, which have a positive effect on a person’s skin.

3.     Silk is very strong natural fibre despite its delicate appearance. The strength of a silk thread is equal to the strength of a steel wire of the same diameter. So the fabric is really durable and retains its beauty for years.

4.     Silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. It doesn’t attract dust mites and resist dust, fungus, mould and some other allergens

5.     Silk helps decrease skin’s loss of moisture and because of this promotes rejuvenation of the skin, prevents to some degree effects of aging and relieves dry, flaky skin conditions by locking moisture in and ensuring it stays on your skin.

6.     Silk keeps you cool on hot days and preserves your body heat in the cold. It perfectly adjusts to the body temperature and provides thermal balance.

7.     Silk is highly absorbent and dries fast. It absorbs moisture up to 30% of its own weight and remains dry to the touch. At the same time silk thread simply increases in size, and good air circulation promotes rapid evaporation of excessive moisture. So, silk fabric absorbs perspiration while letting the skin breathe.

8.     Silk bedding helps keep hair moisturized and free of tangles, on silk pillowcase hair will not bunch and knot but will glide over the surface instead.

9.     Silk fabric is prized for its shimmering appearance and doesn’t lose its natural sheen with time.

10.  Silk doesn’t create static electricity easily, so it doesn’t cling to your body and an iron when you press it.

11.  Silk fibre is naturally elastic and can stretch up to 20% without breaking.

12.  Most of silk fabrics are easy to work with in sewing and surprisingly easy to care for (except silk chiffon, georgette and charmeuse)

Silk Top Lace Wigs are the most realistic lace wig caps on the market today.

What is a Silk Top Wig?

Silk Top Wigs also known as Silk Base Wigs are when knots are hidden by a layer of lace, and silk fabric on the top front of the cap. When the hair is knotted, the knots are below the silk concealed between the layers, the hair is then injected through the silk material making the knots 100% invisible, giving the illusion that the hair is actually growing out of your scalp.

There is no other ventilation technique that creates a more flawless appearance than hidden knots on a silk top, you don’t need to bleach the knots, you don’t  need to worry about any other techniques to make the knots invisible or less visible.

Silk Based Frontals

These are made in a different way. The net used is made of silk thread and the hair is knotted directly through the silk lace. The look is not as flawless but the advantage of this is that it allows the hair or skin to breath especially if the clients scalp is very sensitive.

Knotting

What are Knots? Knots are when strands of hair are tied to the lace base using a knot. Knots are usually dark large and visible giving an unnatural appearance. Some manufacturers bleaches these knots around the perimeter to make the knots appear smaller, lighter and less visible. What is a monofilament Top Wig

The second most common type of wig cap construction is the “Monofilament-Top.”

This is a wefted wig that features an inset of transparent micro-mesh sewn in at the crown, with the individual strands of synthetic fibre or human hair hand-tied into the mesh. Mono-top wigs are generally more natural-looking, as the hair appears to be growing out of a real scalp. This type of cap was first developed for women who had experienced significant hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or other medical reasons, as the transparent mesh allowed the bare scalp to show through. You may sometimes see mono-top wigs referred to as “medical wigs” for this reason. However, many women with full heads of hair prefer the mono-top wigs for their superior natural appearance. With a mono-top wig, the hair can be more sharply parted on either side of the head than with a conventional wefted cap wig. Generally, mono-top wigs are recognised as a higher quality wig product, and are more expensive than standard wefted cap wigs. A slightly less expensive alternative is a wig featuring a monofilament part, rather than a full monofilament top. “Monofilament wigs provide one of the most durable natural looks” These are wigs that have a thin strip of monofilament mesh sewn in just at the left, right, or centre part line. In these cases, the location of the part cannot be changed.

However some of the monofilament wigs can contribute to the head sweating and even itching if ones scalp is very sensitive to some of the nylons used the weft the rest of the wig.

Monofilament wigs are specially designed for those with severe or total hair loss. Most of their advantages are in comfort, but there are some advantages to their natural styling ease as well. All of the comfort advantages are brought back to square one, if you have a full or average head of hair. You will have to decide if the styling advantages are worth the additional cost of a mono wig.

Synthetic vs Human Hair: Which One is Better and what has changed?

The Naked Truth

It goes without saying, human hair are generally more expensive than synthetic fibre. But a lot has changed since the era of the fun synthetic wigs and I will present both senerios for you to decide.

It is often quoted that “you get what you pay for”… this doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive option is always what is best for you or your pocket. All products and services have there pros and cons.  It boils down to the customer choice, how well the marketing has been done and finally your purse strings.   So let’s take a look at the facts about human hair first:  

Human Hair

Advantages of Human Hair

Well we all have hair on our head or someone else’s head were we can see and feel quality hair.  Not everyone’s hair looks and feels the same this is why people spend thousands of pounds enhancing what they have either chemically, shampoos and conditions or hair extensions and wigs.

Just like some people we meet with thick luscious flowing hair, we can also see people with thin lack lustra hair.  Within the real hair manufacturing we can also see some of these sensoria’s being played out in the time and effort utilised to produce hair that is either cuticle correct or not.

Remy human hair is considered a premium option because all the cuticles are kept in the same direction on production which generally makes the hair easier to style and tangles much less. Human hair is remarkably soft with a sheen and movement not easily replicated in the past until now.

Disadvantages of Human Hair

So as we all know, human hair wigs and extensions are more expensive especially if your purchase premium quality stock!  But is it also takes much more time to style and care for.  Since it is natural hair, you have to keep it hydrated because central heating, air conditioning and electric lighting dries it out which speeds up matting and sometime static.

You have to style it each time you wear it just like you would your own natural hair.  The style doesn’t really hold like a synthetic wig would. If you have a busy lifestyle or a tight budget, this may not be the choice for you. And just like natural hair, human hair will react to weather conditions and will go flat or frizz as the weather dictates.

Synthetic Hair

Advantages of Synthetic Hair

Synthetic hair has come a long way in the past 10 years.  Because of the high demand around the world for fashion wigs, the focus has been on perfecting synthetic hair fibre to look and behave just like human hair. And the results have been amazing.  They have been created from a High Temperature Heat Resistant fibre which can be curled or straightened. The look is pretty indistinguishable from human hair wigs and the feel is pretty darn close!

The fact that most synthetic wigs can be worn right out of the box with minimal or no styling requirements makes it a more attractive choice. And, unlike human hair, synthetic hair will hold its style regardless of the climate. The curl pattern or style is basically baked right in to the wig and will not change no matter how terrible the weather is.  The other advantage is that they done dehydrate and you done have to spend lots of money on moisturing and holding style products.  Some of these wigs are now being produced on lace frontals so as to give hair lines and parting a more realistic look.

Disadvantages of Synthetic Hair

The only disadvantage we can come up with is if you want to change the style of the wig, you really need to know what you are doing. If you get it wrong, your wig could end up looking clumpy and heavy.

You also have to be careful to read the maximum temperature you can use on this product because if you get it too hot you could lose the look of the wigs style completely.

Tip: Use heated rollers and leave them in to go cold so the style holds in.  If straightening, use a hair dryer and brush to blow hair out instead of straightener

How your face Shape affects the hair Extension style you chose

Getting right hair extension style for face shape

Hair styles, hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs should compliment the shape of your face. If you not sure about which style will be most flattering on you, use the following suggestions as a guide to find a style that works with your face shape.

At need a Hair Makeover we discuss seven different face shapes during your free consultation, diamond, heart, oblong, oval, pear, round, and square, and what styles are most appropriate for those face shapes.

To determine your face shape, look into a mirror and pull your hair back. Compare your face shape to our illustrations.

Diamond

The Diamond shaped face has wider cheekbones with a narrow chin and forehead. A diamond-shaped face allows for lots of hairstyle options.

Diamond shaped faces need a hairstyle or wig styled with fullness or width in the forehead hairline and the lower cheekbones of the face near the chin.

Hair should be styled close to the head at the upper cheekbones where the face is broadest. Bands or a layered fringe will disguise a narrower forehead.

The fullness at the jawbone with a style such as a bob or a shoulder length cut with jaunty layering to add some movement will give the illusion of a more oval shaped face. hairstyle or wig styles that tuck in behind the ears also will work well, in addition to showing off your wonderful cheek bone structure.

Heart

Heart Face shape

The Heart shaped face has a large and wider forehead, high cheek bones, with sometimes a widow’s peak hairline, and a narrow v-shaped chin.

To soften the forehead width, look for a hairstyle or wigs that allows you to bring some hair across it. Keep the hairstyle closer to the head near the eyes and fuller around the jaw, as well as below and in front of the earlobes where additional width is desired.

A chin length bob is great for this type of face shape as it makes the jaw area appear wider and more balanced with the rest of your face. Longer, layered hairstyles also work well.

Oblong

Oblong Face shape for hair extension

The Oblong shaped face has an elongated rectangular shape featuring a long straight cheekline.

The hairstyle or wig style you choose should add width to help minimize the vertical length of your face.

Look for hairstyle or wig styles that are short to medium in length with longer top layers such as wedges and graduated bob cuts. Chin and shoulder length looks that turn under or flutter out also work very well to add width. Straight across bangs, feathered bangs, or half bangs with side parts soften the forehead.

Layered styles in medium and longer lengths with wavy and curly textures will flatter the face and neck while obscuring the straight long lines of an oblong face.

Oval

Oval Face shape for hair extensions

The Oval shaped face has no one area the is more dominant than another.

An oval face is well proportioned, with the length of the face longer than the width. The oval face allows for the most versatility in hairstyle or wig choices.

Most hairstyle or wig styles whether short or long, straight or wavy are suitable. Therefore, consider your best features such as eyes, checks, or mouth and then accentuate them with your hairstyle or wig style.

Pear

Pear Face shape for hair extensions

The Pear shaped face features a distinctly narrow forehead. The cheekbones and jaw line essentially broaden to showcase a wider look, while the chin adopts a rounded shape.

With a pear shaped face it is best to look for hairstyle or wigs that will add volume above the jaw line. Layers create fullness on the upper half of the face.

Don’t be afraid to show your forehead which draws attention upward and away from a full jaw line. If you have bangs, angle them slightly and tuck them behind the ears to frame the jaw line and draw attention upward.

Hair on the sides of your head and at the nape are best set and combed in a pattern close to the head since any style too voluminous will add weight to the bottom of the face.

Round

Round Face shape for hair extensions

The Round shaped face has a round chin and hairline with the widest part of the face through the cheekbones. Wig styles with a fullness and height at the crown, but not at the ears, are a good choice.

Off center parts help reduce the roundness. hairstyle or wig with short hair styles with a swept-back direction or with hair styles that are longer than chin length should be considered. hairstyle or wig which have layering at the top to achieve fullness while keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, will help make your round face shape appear longer and narrower.

Square

Square Face shape for hair extensions

The Square shaped face usually has a strong square jawline with an equally square hairline. Look for hairstyle or wig that add height to the top and narrowness at the sides.

Height at the crown will elongate the symmetrical square shape. Short-to-medium length hairstyle or wig, especially with waves or roundness around the face or wispy bangs to soften the angular shape are also good choices. Off-center parts with height at the crown look great on square shaped faces.

Wearing a hairstyle or wig with layers and wispy looks around the face is another way to soften the shape of your face.

Conclusion

So the next time your considering changing your hair, just don’t focus on what’s trending but tale into consideration your face shape.

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Slowing down hair loss

female_alopeciaWhat you coulds do to help slow down the loss and possibly even reverse hairloss.

Article by Diane Shawe M.Ed.

SHAMPOOS

Start paying attention to the types of  shampoos you use on you hair.
If you can get Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo with its light coconut smell. It adds moisture which your hair needs if it is very dry and brittle. The Desert Essence brand is responsibly produced. They are also certified by the Leaping Bunny producing cruelty free products! There are many varieties of Desert Essence hair care products for all hair types. This is not a sponsored post.
SUPPLEMENTS

Also take Methyl B-12 supplement made by Neuro Biologix. This enhances gastrointestinal absorption due to methylation deficiency. Which aids in hair growth! Bonus! It helps with your memory also!

Biotin is another important supplement that could help boost your hair and nail health.

Washing your hair less during the week helps to preserve the natural oils.

Betaine HCL is also a great daily supplement.

HATS

When in doubt, a hat can always come to the rescue of a bad hair day! Be creative with your hats, wraps and scarves. Wigs are also very good and a lot cheaper.

ATTITUDE

Above all  try to adopt a positive attitude. Be thankful for the hair that you do have. Thin as it may be, it is still yours!

If you do lose it all, at least you are still here. You are after all much more than just your hair.

I’m not saying it is easy to accept but, but you are you.

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There’s more to adding hair

There’s lots of advice out there just remember to check with your doctor for any supplement conflict with any other medication

Are you chronically ill and suffer from hair loss? I would love to hear your story and your own coping tips? Please feel free to share the products and practices that have been a help to you! Email hairextensions@europe.com

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