We understand how devastating the appearance related side effects of hair loss can be on women. Female pattern baldness is a very common type of hair loss which can be the result of several factors including age, genetics, medication, hormonal imbalances, menopause and even some birth control medications. The symptoms of female pattern baldness mainly affect the top of the head and the crown area of the scalp. It is very commonplace to see a widening through the center hair part as depicted in the photo to the left. The front hairline usually remains unaffected expect for the normal amount of recession that is expected to appear with age. Female pattern balding rarely progresses to total baldness which is very commonplace for male pattern baldness.
Hairpieces and Toppers as a Solution
A hairpiece or “topper” is often the quickest and easiest way to hide thinning hair. We custom build each topper to fit your exact specifications and head measurements. That way we can ensure the topper will be a perfect fit and will blend seamlessly in with your own hair. We hand tie each and every strand of hair when we build our custom top pieces to ensure the most life-like appearance. Hand tying the hair into the base this way allows the hair in the topper to be parted in any direction you desire. We utilize sturdy and breathable materials in our toppers to ensure that they are both durable and comfortable to wear.
Hairpieces are most commonly secured to your head with small toupee clips that you comb into your hair and then snap shut. In order to properly secure a topper in this manner, you must have some hair on your head to begin with. Another popular method of application is to use special glue or double stick tape in order to secure a hairpiece to your head.
One of the main factors in determining the price of a hairpiece is the quality of hair you prefer to use. We can make custom toppers using virgin hair from our personal inventory or you can choose to make a hairpiece with less expensive processed hair.
Virgin Hair Versus Processed Hair
All of our virgin inventory hair was purchased here in the United States in order to ensure the highest quality possible. Virgin hair is extremely healthy which gives our toppers a generous life span. A topper tied with virgin hair can last upwards of 5 years depending on maintenance and basic wear and tear. We buy hair from various ethnic backgrounds as well as different colors, textures and lengths in order to perfectly match the hairpiece to your existing hair.
A more budget friendly approach to creating hairpieces is to use processed hair instead of virgin hair. Processed hair is less expensive than virgin hair because it’s more readily available. Processed hair has also been chemically altered in order to achieve a certain color and/or texture. Most of the human hair wigs and extensions that are sold in the United States are made with processed hair. Due to the chemical processing, toppers made with processed hair do have a shorter lifespan compared to virgin hair. Toppers made with processed hair can last 1-2 years depending on maintenance and basic wear and tear.
One of the plus sides of making a hairpiece with processed hair, is the quick turn around time. Processed hairpieces only need a build period of 4-6 weeks compared to the 6-8 weeks virgin hairpieces needs. If you’re interested in seeing more photos of past topper designs please visit our Gallery page. You can also read full client testimonials about our toppers on our Testimonial page.
Please Contact us and one of our knowledgeable representatives will walk you through the entire process of designing and ordering a custom hairpiece. We’re happy to answer any additional questions you may have as well.
Trichotillomania is classified as an impulse control disorder that results in the uncontrollable urge to pull out (and sometimes eat) one’s own hair which can lead to noticeable hair loss. This condition may be present in infants, but peaks between the ages of 9-13. Trichotillomania is believed to be triggered by stress and/ or depression and is often difficult to treat. Common target areas for pulling are the scalp, eyebrows, arms, eyelashes and hands. Support groups and internet sites such as the Trichotillomania Learning Center can provide educational materials on the subject manner and can help people dealing with trichotillomania.
We’re well accustomed to making wigs and/or hairpieces for clients who suffer with trichotillomania and we understand how devastating the appearance related side effects can be. One of our favorite clients, Sandra Everett, was interviewed by the LA Times in 2013 and described her struggles with trichotillomania and how Compassionate Creations came to her rescue. Below is an excerpt from a LA Times story written by Rhea Mahbubani on November 26, 2013. You can read the full interview here.
Restoring Hair, Self-Esteem
“Sandra Everett remembers the first time it happened. She was 13. While seated in a class — although she can’t recall which one — she experienced irritation on her scalp.
While attempting to stay attentive, she reached up to massage her head. But one yank and out came a clump of dark hair. And so it began.
Today, 15 years later, Everett suffers from full-blown Trichotillomania, the compulsion to pull on hair, sometimes on places other than the head, until the strands break. The urge didn’t decrease even as her tresses began to thin.
“I compare it to any bad habit, like smoking or alcoholism,” said the Westminster resident. “I use it as a coping mechanism for whenever something comes up that’s difficult for me.”
Everett relied on her disorder, like some might resort to biting their nails, while dealing with the stress of moving away from home and attending nursing school. It’s also what connected her to Veronica Balch and Gieselle Blair, co-founders of the Newport Beach-based wig company Compassionate Creations.
Although their business is still in its infancy — it was launched in August — the duo met more than a year ago as colleagues at the now-defunct Wiggin Out Salon on Newport Boulevard. This new partnership enables Blair, a wig artist who handles measurements and alterations, and Balch, a cosmetologist who oversees the hairpieces’ cuts, color and styling, to continue helping people.
Their customers include cancer patients who are on the verge of or have already begun chemotherapy and sufferers of Alopecia areata, Trichotillomania and other problems that hamper hair growth.
The duo offer custom-designed, hand-crafted human hair wigs to people regardless of whether their hair loss is genetic or triggered by medical treatment. They have also enlisted the help of experienced and professional wig makers, some of whom work on Broadway and in Hollywood and Las Vegas, to revitalize clients’ confidence and self-esteem.”
Slideshow of Topper Designs