Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Pros & Cons

For all sufferers of baldness, whether caused by a medical condition such as alopecia or the results of Female or Male Pattern Baldness, choosing whether to try to "cure" your condition is a serious consideration.

Many men, in particular, choose the natural option of shaving off what remains of their hair. Studies have shown that this allows them to make a more masculine first impression. But many others dislike the idea of the "slap head" or completely shaven look. Equally, many women who are going bald are reluctant to go for it.

If you are one of these many thousands of people, you may be considering the option of a hair replacement system. Non-surgical hair replacement has pros and cons like any "baldness cure." Here we'll take a look at just a few of them.

But first:

What is non-surgical hair replacement?

Non-surgical hair replacement involves a membrane that's full of natural hair being non-permanently bonded to your scalp. If you have any hair remaining, the hair in the membrane will be designed to blend with it - or to have the appearance your hair used to.

Because the membrane is incredibly thin it cannot be seen by close inspection. It is affixed using modern bonding agents which can survive your regular daily shower, your regular sporting activities, heat and cold and more.

Despite this, deciding on which hair replacement system you'll use is a big decision. Many people find they need to know more.

Pro: looking for non-surgical hair replacement in London? There are many options

In London and other major cities in the UK and elsewhere, the science of non-surgical hair replacement has many devotees. There are many studios where you can go in person to discuss your hair.

Pro: it's instant

Unlike hair loss miracle drugs and surgical options, a hair replacement system gets you instant results. There's no need to wait to see if the treatment "takes" or if you've wasted your money.

For those worried about the reactions of friends or colleagues to their sudden return to sporting a full head of hair, some studios will offer evolving models. This usually means that every time your system needs replacement you get a new one with incrementally more hair. This mimics the gradual healthy return of your hair.

Pro: it's non-invasive so there's no chance of side effects or rejection

Also unlike hair replacement surgery or hair loss drugs, men's and women's hair replacement systems don't involve any medical changes to your body. This also means there's no chance of them being rejected and there are so far no recorded instances of negative reactions to them.

That's a pretty big plus.

Con: fear of discovery

That said, non-surgical hair replacement disadvantages do exist. Probably the biggest for most people is the fear of discovery. There can be a tendency for those people who don't wish it known they've gone in for women's or men's non-surgical hair replacement to fear they're going to be "found out."

Confident people don't tend to care, simply happy with the results the system gets them. For others, it can create intimacy issues with their head area on first dates, for example.

Con: you need to wash it like regular hair

Whether you have a system which features real hair or synthetic hair, you still need to wash it as if it was real. That's because the skin beneath the membrane will still shed and produce body oils like normal. Keeping your hair system washed keeps you clean and fresh on top just as it always has.

But then, as you'd be washing your hair anyway, it does seem a bit of a small negative. But it's still there!

As always, it's best to get all of the information you can before choosing whether it's the pros or cons of non-surgical hair replacement which swing it for you. London and many other major cities have plenty of available barbers and hairdressers who specialise in hair loss. So it’s easy enough to ask a few questions next time you're in the area.