About 35 million men and 21 million women globally suffer from hair loss, or baldness. And as they age, the number increases. 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by the time they reach 35. By the age of 60, that percentage goes up to 65%, and 80% for those aged 80.
There are medical treatment for such conditions, depending on the cause.
But for those to whom no treatment is available or successful, perhaps the last recourse is a wig. Now, you may think a wig is a pretty ugly thing, and does not even look natural. It is not hard to spot someone wearing one.
But that could soon be a thing of the past, if this shop in Jiangsu, China, has it its way.
Since posting a video of its service online, the shop has received overwhelming praise, and approval online has hit millions of views. And if you watch the video (below), you will see why it is being viewed as a godsend to those who are experiencing hair loss.
The transformation from being bald to one with a full head of hair is mesmerising to watch because the wig looks so natural, as if it is made of real hair. To its customers, most of whom are plagued by the loss of hair, these wigs really are life-changing.
And the wigs are tailor-made to suit each individual customer, specially crafted to be realistic, which can be a huge boost to one’s self-confidence. The wigs are not something you buy off the shelf like you normally do. And that makes all the difference.
“When customers come, we take their measurements,” a shop staff says in the video. “We choose the hairpiece and type of hair based on the size of the bald spots. Then we attach the hairpieces to their heads. We design the hairstyle based on their jobs, outfits, age and face shape.
“The key is to make hairpieces that suit them,” he adds. “So they look natural.”
And looking natural with a wig is important, for example, for your career.
The staff relates how one customer had felt a lack of self-confidence being bald. The man said he had lost career opportunities because of it. If this wig had been available to him earlier, he said it would have helped his career path tremendously.
The video the shop created was also directed at potential international customers, besides those in China.
“We try to change what people think of wigs,” the staff explains. “Hairpieces can be very realistic nowadays. It’s so different from before. More people know about us now, and know of our quality.
“We help others and become successful too.”
The video has attracted millions of likes and comments.
There are various reasons why baldness, or hair loss, occurs. The most common form of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia (male pattern baldness), a genetic condition which can commence in men at any age.At the same time, there are many myths about what causes it. (Do read up to dispel these unfounded notions.)
It is, of course, best to consult a trichologist to find out the underlying causes. If found early, it could help stem the loss.
“One in 100 people suffer from alopecia areata that stems from auto-immune disease; reversible once the root cause has been identified and appropriate treatment is done, said trichologist Kim Fong of Svenson Hair Singapore. But more common are those who have androgenetic alopecia. “It is a genetic hair condition where the DHT hormone affects hair roots, causing hair follicles to miniaturise leading to atrophy and eventually irreversible baldness,” she says.
In the meantime, watch the video and see if you are awed by it, even if you do not need the wigs.
People in major need of hair help are getting transformed by this shop in China's realistic wigs.
Posted by South China Morning Post on Friday, December 27, 2019