Hair loss can have a devastating effect on your everyday life, causing stress, anxiety, and emotional distress. These negative feelings can impact greatly on your social, business and personal life, and the desire for an immediate solution is the right way to go. Surgical options may not be your choice, so non-surgical hair replacement could be the answer.
During one of our recent Instagram Live’s, we had the pleasure of chatting to Paula Henry from Thatch Hair Systems, based in Bury, all about non-surgical hair replacement.
Paula currently owns 3 barber shops and has done for the last 20 years. Her eldest son also joined the family business and once he was fully trained up, Paula decided that she wanted to do something a little bit different. Having gone through her own battle with breast cancer and losing her own hair, she knew she wanted to do something along those lines. Knowing men’s hair so well, she decided to go with men’s non-surgical hair replacement. Paula has now been doing it for the last 5 years, taking the time to perfect her technique. Here Paula tells us all about her procedure, from initial consultation to how to maintain the hair system once in place.
- The first step that needs to happen is an informal consultation. This will determine the client’s suitability and their needs/requirements.
- Once the client has decided to go for the hair replacement, a patch test for the bond will be carried out. Then a colour match is chosen out of the dozens of swatches available. The system will be ordered from the manufacturer which typically takes about two weeks. It arrives as a standard size and is then cut to shape by the practitioner. The membrane/base of the system Paula uses is 0.03mm; this is used as it is the most natural looking.
- Once the system arrives at the salon/clinic, the client will be invited back to have it applied. The top of their remaining hair will need to be shaved off very close (so it feels as smooth as the back of your hand). To get the best and most natural look, Paula recommends that the whole perimeter is removed.
- A template is then made of the area that has been shaved. These are made personally for each client.
- The area is cleaned with alcohol spray or wipes to remove any residue/oil. Then a scalp protector will be applied; this is a very important step as prevents the bond (glue) from getting onto the scalp. It also prevents oil and sweat from the clients scalp getting onto the bond/hair system, which can reduce the length of time the system lasts on the head.
- Then a layer of the bond is applied; the bond is white when it goes onto the head, once it has turned clear, it is ready for the system to be applied. The bond can withstand high temperatures, humidity, high winds etc… The hair is made from natural hair, or in some instances, yak hair. It is V looped onto the membrane/ base and will naturally shed over time.
- Once the system is the correct size (matches the template) it will be applied. Paula applies it from back to front and insures it is fully pressed down. It dries instantly and is ready to be cut into the client’s real hair. It is important to remember that you only get one shot at applying the system, once it is on the head and pressed down, it cannot be re-positioned.
- Once the system has been cut in, that is it! One very happy client walks out of the salon/clinic
The hair system must be kept dry for the first 48 hours. It does not require much shampooing, in fact Paula tells her clients to only wash it once a week, unless they are in a particularly dirty job. However, they are advised to regularly use conditioner on the system. Ensure the water is not too hot and no rubbing. Once a week, they are advised to use a deep conditioning mask to stop the hair from drying out. The hair systems are very easy to style; the fewer products used the better. Always use products free from alcohol, paraben and sulphates.
The bond will last approximately four weeks, depending how it is looked after. After this time, a return visit to the salon/clinic will be required to refit the system. The system will be removed using a special product (the system will have loosened up a bit by the four week mark) and the hair shaved to ensure that super smooth feel. Once the scalp is cleaned with alcohol and the scalp protector is applied, the bond will go on and after the membrane/base has been thoroughly cleaned, the system will be reapplied and cut into the real hair as before. This whole procedure will need to be done approx. every four weeks.
From consultation to a client walking out with their hair system in place, Paula charges £450. Prices may vary in different salons/clinics.
Maintenance every four weeks Paula charges £50.
The type of hair system Paula uses will last approx. 3 months, depending how it is looked after. So you may have to have four hair systems per year. Paula always recommends that a spare one is kept at the salon/clinic in case of emergencies. If a spare is kept, this will be rotated with the one being used. This helps with the colour fade and allows a thorough clean in between refits.
A healthy scalp is required for non-surgical hair replacement. Also a sufficient amount of natural hair is required around the back and sides of the head to enable the system to be cut in.
Long Term Effects
There is a chance that the hair follicles under the base will die due to lack of light. This is irreversible if it does happen.
Please check out our Instagram Live with Paula which has been posted to our Instagram page @thebeautyreview.co.uk
For amazing before and after photos of hair replacement systems and for more information about Thatch Hair Systems, please check out Paula’s Instagram page @thatchhairsystems