Ways to Hide Scarring From Alopecia

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Ways to Hide Scarring From Alopecia
Use wigs to conceal alopecia scars. (dummy image by Vladimirs Koskins from Fotolia.com)

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. According to Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, author of "Hair Growth and Disorders," scarring alopecia is a hair loss disorder that affects both men and women, characterised by irreversible destruction of hair follicles that are replaced with scar tissue. Usually, it starts as a small patch of hair loss and expands over time. Several techniques exist to hide the scars, regardless of the size of the demarcation.

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Natural Wigs

Human-hair wigs are a good choice, as they are the most natural looking. Selecting one close to your natural hair colour and texture helps disguise the scarring, and allows you to blend it with the hair you still have. A wig specialist who works with clients suffering from hair loss can help advise you on your choices.

Extensions

Weaving human hair that matches the texture and colour of your hair conceals scarring due to alopecia. Extensions work best for people with thicker hair. Find an experienced hair stylist who specialises in applying hair extensions and weaves.

Hats

Purchasing several different hats provides you with plenty of fashionable options, giving you a chance to be trendy while hiding your scars.

Concealers

Blending hair concealer to cover scars gives the hair a natural-looking appearance. Blend in with remaining hair to cover bald spots caused by alopecia. Keratin hair fibre, tropical shading and spray-on hair can instantly hide the demarcation. Experiment with different ones until you find the type that works best for you.

Scarves

Scarves come in a wide variety of styles, patterns and colours, and can be worn several different ways. Fold a square one into a triangle and wear tied in the front or back, or drape a long one around the head for a more conservative look.

Teasing

For small scarred spots, teasing the surrounding hair can hide the spot. Comb the hair upwards and hold it in place, then comb hair from the ends to the scalp. After teasing, style your hair.

Headbands

Wide headbands can help cover scarring alopecia. Headbands make a cute and fashionable accessory. Create a personalised hairpiece with one.

Hairpieces

Add snap-on combed hairpieces for a stylish solution for hiding demarcations. Hair pieces create the illusion of longer and fuller-looking hair. Hollywood make-up artists have used them for years to make stars look more glamorous. Clip on a ponytail hairpiece or add one or two snap-on pieces for a fuller-looking head of hair, concealing any bald areas.

Blow-Drying Tricks

Blow-drying your hair after washing it gives the remaining hair extra body, giving your head more coverage. It also helps hair look thicker. Dry the hair around the scar and, if necessary, pin the hair in place so the wind won't reveal the alopecia scarring.

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