Frequently we see pictures of celebrities in the media who seem to have miraculously regrown their hair. Whereas earlier they could be seen with a very high forehead or even a distinct bald patch, now they appear with a full head of hair! Often this owes itself to a procedure called hair weaving. So what is hair weaving and who can use it? What are its benefits and should you go for it? Let’s try to find the answers to these and some other questions pertaining to hair weaving.
Difference between hair transplant and hair weaving
Hair transplants are a popular method for regrowing hair on bald patches, receding hair lines or areas of thinning hair. Hair transplants work by taking follicles of hair from other parts of the body (back of the head, nape, arms, legs, etc.) and surgically transplanting them in areas lacking hair. This hair then grows like normal hair. Hair weaving, on the other hand, is a non-surgical procedure that is rather like hair extensions, where human or artificial hair is attached to existing hair. Various procedures such as pasting, netting, bonding, fusion, etc. are used for hair weaving.
What are the benefits of hair weaving?
There are many benefits of hair weaving. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that is painless for the individual. It can also be a lot quicker and cheaper than other baldness solutions such as hair transplants. Also you can get hair weaving done from non-medical professionals, which makes it relatively cheaper. You can achieve quite high hair density with the help of hair weaving. The procedure has been used by celebrities and others in the media, which also increases its popularity.
And what are its downsides?
This is not a permanent solution for hair loss. The hair line is also going to look rather artificial with hair weaving. Whereas hair transplants actually produce and grow new hair, hair weaving is a temporary solution that requires a lot of maintenance. One would need to revisit their stylist from time to time for resetting of the weave. Also hair weaves need a lot of care and protection. Over time they get damaged and can loosen and fall out since they are glued to the hair or scalp.
So if you’re looking for a permanent solution for balding, then hair weaving is not your best choice. It is a temporary fix at best, and one that requires significant maintenance. Though the procedure itself may cost less, the long term maintenance may make it more expensive. The stylist or professional is the best person to judge whether you are the right candidate for hair weaving.