The Daily Mail carried a report this week regarding a ‘revolutionary’ new hair loss treatment and the experiences of a woman who had undergone the regime. For this woman, as for many, the hormonal changes of the menopause had brought about significant hair loss – also known as Androgenic Alopecia.
Unfortunately the hair never grew back, leaving a bald patch which caused the lady significant distress. The article went on to discuss many of the treatments which the woman had tried, including herbal treatments and the Enhancer, none of which had yielded positive results she wanted.
How does the Enhancer work?
Effectively a twist on the concept of traditional woven hair extensions, the Enhancer uses a mesh which is attached to the scalp with surgical tape, through which is pulled the patient’s own hair to hold it flat against the scalp. Natural hair extensions are then woven into the patient’s hair and attached to the mesh using tiny plastic clips.
Practitioners offering the Enhancer claim that the treatment lasts for two years at a cost of £800. The mesh must also be tightened every six weeks to keep it close to the scalp, costing a further £40 each time.
Sounds great, but is there a catch?
Although highly effective at covering patchy hair loss, the Enhancer could actually be a source of problems in future. Normal hair extensions are closely fitted using tension on the patient’s own hair for a close fit. The Extender exerts a similar pressure.
Herein lies a potential problem with the Enhancer: putting constant strain on hair can stretch hair follicles leading to the development of a condition called Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is often observed in African American women who favour tightly-braided hairstyles. However, the condition affects men and women of any race.
Several high profile celebrities including Katie Price and Jennifer Aniston have been photographed bearing the tell-tale signs of hair loss caused by Traction Alopecia, caused by wearing hair extensions.
Enhancing your hair without tension
For women experiencing hair loss caused by Androgenic Alopecia (also known as female pattern hair loss), The Belgravia Centre can create a customized, reasonably priced treatment plan using a combination of elements including medications to slow down and reverse the loss and hair growth boosters to maximise results.
To find out how The Belgravia Centre can correct Androgenic Alopecia, Traction Alopecia or Alopecia Areata, please message the centre or call us today on 0800 077 6666 to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our hair loss experts. Alternatively, if you fill in our online diagnostic form we can send you a personal hair loss treatment plan wherever you are in the world.