“My chemo treatments are over and my oncologist finally pronounces me cancer-free. I want to get back to feeling like myself again but how can I do that if I still have to choose between continuing to wear this bulky wig or going out into the world with super short hair???”
This is the frustrating experience often felt by women after having finished chemotherapy and told that they are cancer-free only to find out that their hair is growing back terribly slowly and that they will have to choose between going out into the world with short patchy “chemo-poofy” hair or wearing a bulky wig for years. Cancer is a dreadful thing. The physical, emotional and mental anguish is at times unbearable, and the hair loss makes women feel unfeminine.. Wigs are uncomfortable. They are bulky, heavy, often look “wiggy” and remind a woman of her cancer. This is exactly where my hairpieces come in.
Hair loss can be devastating for a woman’s self image and emotional well being. Many of my clients come to me after having undergone years of bloodwork, dietary changes and seeing numerous professionals trying to figure out why their hair is thinning or falling out. Alopecia is the medical term for excessive or abnormal hair loss. I’ve met many women who, although relieved to have an official label to assign their unexplained hair loss, feel even more frustrated after being diagnosed with some form of alopecia because of the lack of medical information and scientific research available on the topic
Hair loss can also be a symptom of a short-term event such as stress, pregnancy, and the taking of certain medications. When I was pregnant my hair literally stopped shedding and appeared thicker than ever. But six months post pregnancy my hair started falling out in clumps. It’s a very scary feeling to not know when the hair will stop coming out.
For some women, hair loss becomes a life long struggle. I keep all of this in mind every time I design a custom hairpiece. My line of hairpieces and extensions are intended to provide coverage and hair volume without compromising the natural hair. Many other clip on pieces are heavy and can pull on hair at the root causing even more damage. Instead, I use micro-wefting and tiny micro-clips that are virtually weightless. Protecting my client’s natural hair is utmost priority.
Androgenetic alopecia, commonly called male or female pattern baldness, usually causes a diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp for women. It appears to be most noticeable on the crown. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to the actions of hormones, including, ovarian cysts, the taking of high androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause.
Trichotillomania (“trich”), also known as Hair Pulling Disorder, is characterized by the repetitive pulling out of one's own hair. I’ve been especially moved by these courageous women of all ages for reaching out and being open and honest with me about their struggles with trichotillimania.
When your body goes through something traumatic like child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery, or extreme stress, many of the 90 percent or so of the hair in the anagen (growing) phase or catagen (resting) phase can shift all at once into the shedding (telogen) phase. About 6 weeks to three month after the stressful event is usually when the phenomenon called telogen effluvium can begin. It is possible to lose handful of hair at time when in full-blown telogen effluvium. For most who suffer with TE complete remission is probable as long as severely stressful events can be avoided. For some women however, telogen effluvium is a mysterious chronic disorder and can persist for months or even years without any true understanding of any triggering factors or stressors.
The process begins with a private, free consultation. This initial meeting is often quite emotional for many of my clients because hair loss is something that is very difficult for a woman to accept. I ensure privacy and anonymity so that each client feels comfortable discussing such a personal topic. I’ve learned over the years in working with over a thousand women that hair loss is so much more than vanity; rather it triggers deep emotions similar to a sense of loss of identity and femininity. This feeling of loss is often accompanied with the inevitable fears of “when will it stop falling out?” and “will it ever grow back?” Many doctors associate hair loss, especially alopecia, with stress, which causes more frustration for my clients because they then feel that the stress-induced hair loss in turn causes more stress, begging the question of “how do I stop the cycle if the hair loss causes more stress?”
For many women surgical techniques are not an option. Hair restoration and implantation can be extremely costly and painful, and many people find that they are not candidates for hair transplants because they do not have the right type of hair follicles available to be transplanted elsewhere. In fact, many of my clients come to me after undergoing some sort of hair transplant because they found that while the transplant covered a bald area, it did not provide enough coverage to look natural or enough hair growth to create the look they once had. My custom-designed hair pieces and clip on extensions can easily restore volume and coverage exactly where it is needed, with guaranteed results and no damage to the natural hair follicle.
During the consultation I encourage the client to try on samples. I have many samples available in different colors, textures and styles. This way I can explain what type of hairpiece or hair extension system would work best and how it would look. I consider my free consults to be completely pressure-free. I hear too many horrible stories about how hair stylists pressure clients into trying something they are unsure about or offering a discount if they decide to place a deposit on the spot. I wouldn’t want to be treated that way. So instead, after each consult, I write everything down that we discuss, including colors, texture, head measurements, hairpiece and extension options and pricing, I create a new client file from which I can work, and then I tell each client to go home and think about their options and call me when they are ready. I would never want someone to feel pressured to make a decision on the spot. I’ve learned over the years that clients really appreciate that approach. And if I were the one exploring hair loss solutions I know that I would rather enjoy a pressure-free setting in which I could learn about my options and then go home and think about how I would like to proceed.
While I try my best to keep my line of hairpieces and hair extensions affordable, it is still an investment. I use very high quality hair and customize each individual hairpiece to ensure a natural, flawless look. I stand by my commitment to provide my clients with the most superior product on the market and I guarantee satisfaction. I would never use a system that could damage my client’s hair which is why I would never offer hair extensions services that involved glue, tape or anything adhesive that could leave my client with less hair than she started with. I would also never compromise my integrity and use a cheaper hair quality.
Once a client decides to place an order, I ask for a small deposit and I begin sewing! I usually need about a week to complete each project. First I carefully inspect the hair bundles that I choose, based on the client’s hair color, texture, desired length and cuticle thickness. I use only the highest quality human remi virgin hair from Europe and India. I ensure that all cuticles are aligned in the same direction to prevent tangling or matting. All hairs must be smooth throughout or I do not use them. When a client picks up her custom hairpiece or custom extensions, we spend an hour practicing attachment and going over maintenance and clients are always invited in for free follow up consults if they ever have any questions.
I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and helping you regain your confidence. I wear my extensions everyday and I understand how important our hair is to our self-esteem. I promise to provide you with the best customer service you have ever experienced and to design a hair solution that makes you feel beautiful.
XOXO Jessica Hyllarée