Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips For Medical Hair Loss

  • It is best to schedule your complementary, private consultation with Hair Enhancements after your diagnosis and before treatment begins, so that we can see your current style and look.
  • As soon as you know you are going to need a hair replacement option, call your health insurance company and see if “cranial prosthetics” are included in your benefits. If this is one of your health coverage benefits, find out what you will need to do to obtain coverage. We recommend that you keep all of your medical insurance papers and doctor notes in one easy to find notebook or binder.
  • It’s very helpful to bring recent photos of yourself when choosing a hair replacement option. You might also want to cut off a small lock of your own hair before you lose it so we match its color precisely.
  • It is acceptable and encouraged for your to bring your family or other support persons along with you when selecting a hair replacement option.
  • If your scalp is sensitive, select a hair replacement option that includes lightweight and soft materials.
  • Avoid extreme heat and excessive styling materials when caring for your wig or hair piece
  • If you are uncomfortable in your wig, or having a hard time getting used to wearing it, try wearing it for just 2 hours at a time until you become accustom to the fit and feeling.

Helpful Tips For Thinning Hair

Thinning hair can be triggered by a variety of factors which include stress, hormone levels, vitamin deficiencies, weight loss, skin conditions, iron and zinc deficiencies, anemia, harsh chemical hair treatments, etc. If left untreated, thinning hair can develop into baldness, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as you notice that your hair is thinning.
It is very important to address your thinning hair as soon as you observe a change in the thickness and health of your hair.
Keep in mind that preventing is always easier than repairing damage which has already been done. Try to prevent thinning hair by offering your body all the vitamins it needs and by paying attention to hair care. There are a number of natural remedies as well as medical treatments for thinning hair. Dermatologists specialize in problems with skin and hair and may be able to offer a diagnosis. Natural remedies can be sought out by seeking the advice of nutritionists or herbalists.


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Helpful Tips For Maintaining Your Wig, Hairpiece Or Extensions

Synthetic Wig (Prosthesis) Washing Instructions

  • Brush your synthetic wig gently using our recommended brush (which was designed for synthetic fiber).
  • Fill a basin with cold water (never use hot, warm or lukewarm water).
  • Place one capsule of cleansing shampoo in the water and mix gently, being careful to keep foam bubbles to a minimum.
  • Place your wig in the basin and soak for 10 minutes. Do not swirl, scrub or brush the wig while wet.
  • Replace the water in the basin with fresh cold water, submerge your wig repeatedly until totally rinsed. Blot dry your wig with a dry towel and do not squeeze or twist the wig.
  • Place the wig on a mannequin head or styling block.
  • Mist the wig with a conditioner,
  • Use your fingers to gently position the fiber into the desired style and proceed to let air dry completely (approximately 2 hours). Do not use a brush until totally dry and never use a blower (hot or cold)
  • When your wig is totally dry, proceed to gently brush into finalized style.

Caution: Wash your synthetic wig as little as possible. Never use a hair dryer or curling iron on your wig. Protect your wig from heat when cooking and never go near your oven as your synthetic wig has been prestyled during manufacturing. Also, synthetic fiber cannot be colored or toned.

Care Instructions for Human Hair Wigs (Prosthesis) and Extensions

  • Brush your human hair system gently starting at the ends of the hair shaft and continuing up to the root area.
  • Fill a basin with cool water.
  • Place two capfuls of shampoo in the water and mix gently.
  • Submerge the hair in the water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Dip the hair in and out of the water, always keeping the hair in one flowing direction. Do not rub or twist the hair as it may cause tangling. Squeeze excess water with your fingers and do not brush or comb during shampooing.
  • Replace the water in the basin. Submerge your hair repeatedly until totally rinsed. Towel blot the hair dry and do not brush or comb.
  • Place your wig or extensions on a table top with the hair flowing all in the same direction. Apply conditioner starting at the ends of the hair shaft continuing up to within two inches of the root area. Squeeze the conditioner into the hair with your hands. Comb tangles with a wide tooth comb and then rinse.
  • Blot your hair dry and then place on a styling block and comb through. Let air dry to maintain the soft touch and shine. Note: When using a blow dryer or hood dryer, only use the medium heat setting. Curling irons, flat irons or rollers may be used exercising caution.

Invest In The Right Care Products

If you want to extend the life of your wig and keep it looking beautiful, the proper care products are essential. Synthetic wigs require care products specifically formulated for synthetic hair.

For human hair wigs and extensions, choose sulfate-free care products or products specifically formulated for color treated hair to keep the color looking vibrant, longer.

Note: All the care products necessary for maintaining your wig can be purchased at both Hair Enhancement locations or you may order by phone by calling 412.344.9252.

Insurance Information

Some medical insurance companies will pay all or a portion for a “cranial prosthetic” for medical hair loss in your benefit package. Please call the customer service number on the back of your card to see if you have coverage. Feel free to ask any Hair Enhancements staff for information or call 412.344.9252.