Studio International, Inc
Studio Hair® Prosthetics
Simply The Finest in Prosthetic Wigs, Hair Pieces & Hair Augmentation Systems For Women & Children
Designed Specifically For Medically Related Hair Loss
We design and stock the largest selection of Prosthetic Wigs and Hair Augmentation Systems, both Human Hair and Synthetic Hair in Northern California
Hair Loss? We Can Help.
Have you begun to lose your hair due to chemotherapy
treatments or simply experiencing hair loss and are uncomfortable going into your regular salon to have it
cut? We offer this cutting service in a very private environment.
Just call us and set up an appointment.
The key to a great hair style for fine hair is a good cut with the right length and proper styling aids that promote volume, shine and movement.
Fine, straight hair will
show scissor marks, so look for a good stylist with talent in
precision cutting. Explore hair styles with heavier layers and short,
heavy bangs, they work well on straight, fine hair and give the overall illusion
of thicker hair.
Wigs * Hair Pieces* Prosthetic Hair Systems*The Intra-Weave Hair System
A positive attitude when dealing with hair loss….
What to do about it—
Losing your hair can be unpleasant and difficult to cope with. Your best counsel on how to deal with these side effects which are causing your hair loss is your medical health team..
It may also be difficult to cope with your personal reaction to hair loss. After all, you’ve lived with your hair for a long time. It is a part of your personality and who you are. Now, your hair loss will be a visible sign that something is happening.
How do you explain it? Is it necessary to explain it at all? And how will you react to the change in your self -image with hair loss?
Dealing with these questions is a challenge to most people. It’s a challenge you can now face, and face confidently. For one thing, you know in advance that the hair loss is likely to happen. And you know why. You won’t have to explain your hair loss when you plan in advance to do something about it.
Take care of this as soon as possible, before the hair loss occurs. Finding a hair prostheses or wig now will allow you to “adjust” to it on your own terms, not when you do not have the choice. It will make the transition easier.
Hair Loss due to Chemotherapy
Hair loss (alopecia) is a common side effect of chemotherapy, but not all drugs cause hair loss. Your doctor can tell you if hair loss might occur with the drug or drugs you are taking. When hair loss does occur, the hair may become thinner or fall out entirely. Hair loss can occur on all parts of the body, including the head, face, arms and legs, underarms, and pubic area. The hair usually grows back after the treatments are over. Some people even start to get their hair back while they are still having treatments. Sometimes, hair may grow back a different color or texture.
Hair loss does not always happen right away. It may begin several weeks after the first treatment or after a few treatments. Many people say their head becomes sensitive before losing hair. Hair may fall out gradually or in clumps. Any hair that is still growing may become dull and dry.
How can I care for my scalp and hair during chemotherapy?
Some people who lose all or most of their hair choose to wear turbans, scarves, caps, wigs, or hair pieces. Others leave their head uncovered. Still others switch back and forth, depending on whether they are in public or at home with friends and family members. There are no "right" or "wrong" choices; do whatever feels comfortable for you.
If you choose to cover your head:
Losing hair from your head, face, or body can be hard to accept. Feeling angry or depressed is common and perfectly all right. At the same time, keep in mind that it is a temporary side effect. Talking about your feelings can help. If possible, share your thoughts with someone who has had a similar experience.
It is always suggested that you work with a licensed Salon & stylist for best results.
Diem Brown Films Her Hair Loss After Cancer Treatment
Chemo hair loss video (what happens over 5 days)
Diem Brown: What Cancer Taught Me About Beauty
In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge
diagnosed with ovarian cancer
for the second time, opens up about her
desire for a child and the
ups and downs of
cancer and fertility procedures.
Melissa Etheridge an Inspiration
I couldn't find any
pictures that fit that criteria, but one picture did pop out at me.
It was a picture of
Melissa Etheridge at the 2005 Grammys. Yes, she was
older, but she looked so strong, vibrant and beautiful.
I was also curious
about the hair-loss process. I wanted to see how the hair falling
out actually happened. Like, how fast did it happen? What does it
feel like when it comes out? What does it look like while it's
Cold caps — tightly fitting, strap-on hats filled with gel that’s chilled to between -15 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit — may help some women keep some of their hair during chemotherapy. Because the caps are so cold, they narrow the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, reducing the amount of chemotherapy medicine that reaches the hair follicles. With less chemotherapy medicine in the follicles, the hair may be less likely to fall out.
During each chemotherapy session, you wear the caps for:
You may will have to change the caps several times during the chemotherapy treatment. Each cap is usually worn for about 30 minutes; then it warms up and is replaced with a new cap.
Because the caps are so cold, some women get a headache while wearing the cap. Most women get very cold, so it makes sense to dress warmly and bring warm blankets with you if you decide to try the cold caps.
Women who use cold caps during chemotherapy are advised to baby their hair during treatment:
The cost of using the caps varies depending on the manufacturer, the number of chemotherapy sessions you’ll be having, and the number of months you’ll be using the caps. Some users have said the cost of the caps is comparable to the cost of a having a wig made. Your insurance carrier will not cover the cost of renting the caps.
It’s important to know that some doctors are concerned that the caps may prevent the chemotherapy medicine from reaching cancer cells that may be in the scalp. Several U.S. studies are underway to look at the safety and effectiveness of the caps. At this time, none of the caps have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
It’s also important to know that cold caps don’t work for everyone, so best prepare yourself in advance..
Alopecia areata (al-oh-PEE-shah air-ee-AH-tah) is a highly
unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair
on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This common but very
challenging and capricious disease affects approximately 1.7 percent
of the population overall, including more than 4.7 million people in
the United States alone. Due to the fact that much of the public is
still not familiar with alopecia areata, the disease can have a
profound impact on one's life and functional status, both at work and
What are the Symptoms of Trichotillomania?
How and When Does it Start?
Does Trichotillomania Lead To Other Problems?
What Is the Cause?
What Is The Relation To Other Illnesses?
Depression also frequently occurs in individuals with this illness. There may be a direct neuro-biochemical relationship and/or be secondary to the chronic demoralization and low self esteem hair-pulling can bring.
Other associated behaviors may include nail biting, thumb sucking, head banging, or compulsive scratching. Frequently, hair pullers also find they compulsively pick at their skin, which may also cause physical and emotional scarring.
What Treatments Are Available?
Hand Tied Prosthetic Wigs & Monofilament Tops
We've designed this collection specifically for those who have experienced hair loss, have a sensitive scalp, or who simply desire the most natural-looking and most comfortable wigs available today.
This advanced technique gives the appearance of hair growing right out of the scalp. Individual strands of synthetic hair are hand-tied to an ultra-fine mesh monofilament fabric. It also gives the freedom to style your new wig in any direction- just like natural hair. Part your wig on the left, right or center.
Human Hair Wig Collection - Synthetic Wig Collection
Human Hair Wigs vs. SyntheticConsider fiber type: Synthetic vs. Human Hair
Many women think that human hair wigs will be more natural looking. They fear that "synthetic" wigs will in fact look synthetic. This is not true! Each type of wig has it's own unique benefits. Certain styles work best in synthetic hair and certain styles work best in human hair.
Naturally Looking Your Best
Whether you choose human hair or synthetic hair, the most important thing to look for are wigs that are 100% hand tied with monofilament tops. These are made to replicate natural hair growth, light weight, prosthetic quality and most importantly, look and feel quite natural. Machine made wigs (fashion wigs) are not recommended, are wefted, heavy and will look wiggy.
Hand tied (Recommended)
(Not Recommended) Whenever you see strips
or wefting as shown in photo below, these are machine
It is always suggested that you work with a licensed Salon & stylist that specializes in hair prosthetics for best results.
Synthetic Wigs are the most popular because they require the least amount of care. Today's synthetic wigs offer more styling choices, colors and unique comfort features. Shorter synthetic wigs are considered "shake-n-go," meaning that all you do is shake them out, finger style, and they look great. Longer styles simply need to be brushed through or finger styled. Synthetic wigs are easy to pack and take with you, and the fiber is resistant to humidity, so your style holds in any weather. One thing that's important to remember is that you never use heat on a synthetic wig! Any heat source, such as a blow dryer - even an open oven - can damage the fiber and ruin the wig. Human hair needs to be cut but synthetic hair should not. Synthetic hair can be fine tuned in areas such as the fringe or bangs using texturizing sheers. Cutting synthetic hair will give it a choppy look. With synthetic hair you are simply picking out the haircut.
Human Hair Wigs
Human hair wigs are extremely versatile. You can curl and style them as you would you own hair. Because they do not come pre styled or pr cut, you would need to have your stylist give it your desired haircut. Human hair wigs work great in longer styles as well as one length styles such as bobbs, very easy to manage.
How Many Wigs Will I Need?
A wig is, simply put, an article of clothing and wears out whether it be human hair or synthetic hair. If an individual needs to wear a wig full time everyday, they will need more than one. Look at it this way, if you have "only" one outfit only in your closet and you wear that one outfit everyday, full time, it will put a great deal of wear and tear on it just from wearing it, washing it, perspiring, etc... After a few months you will begin to notice this. If you compare that same out fit to a new one after 3 months, you will see the difference between them. Human hair and synthetic hair is a very fine material which can be compared to silk or lace. On average, based on full time wear, a person will go through 3-4 synthetic wigs or 1-2 human hair wigs per year. They will begin to fade, loose the elasticity and look frazzled and dry. You should plan according to the amount of time that you will be wearing a wig. For example, let's say that you are going through chemotherapy treatments for 4 months. Once the chemotherapy is finished, it takes approx 2 months for the hair to begin growing back normally then it grows approx 1/2" per month. So in 10 months, you will have approx 2" of hair and will be thrilled with having your own hair back even if it's shorter than you'd like. So between the chemotherapy and the growing out period, you are looking at 10 months of wearing a wig. This would mean approx 3 synthetic wigs or 1 human hair wig. The reason that it is so important to plan this way is as follows. A wig should be worn for a week to a week and a half then shampooed and conditioned and the second wig worn for the same amount of time then shampooed and conditioned, then the third, etc. The reason for rotating your wigs is that this way they will wear out evenly and un noticeable. If you were to wear one wig every day for 3 months and hold it up to a new one, you will see the difference and most importantly, others will clearly notice. If you are dealing with permanent hair loss, you should always be rotating between 4 synthetic wigs and at least 2 human hair wigs. When one begins to look worn, simply add another into rotation and eliminate the worn one, etc...
Best advice, plan accordingly
Hair Integration Systems
The Intra Weave Hair System
Studio International's "Intra-weave Hair System™" is hand-crafted with the highest quality in human hair combined with the finest in workmanship. The base is constructed from a special cable that is very thin, chemically resistant and virtually unbreakable. The base design is similar to that of a net, approx 6" x 6" in size. Hair is attached to this base strand by strand replicating one's natural hair growth. Your hair is then pulled through the net integrating with the systems hair. The system is secured to your hair using a comb lock attachment . The locks are attached to the base and take just seconds to secure. The "Intra-Weave System™" can also be sewn in as a permanent attachment system by your stylist, in a fraction of the time that it takes to do the typical sewn in hair weave. This is sent to you in your desired length, un- cut.
Have your stylist trim and shape this to perfection!
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