Alopecia concealing hair loss
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Concealing Hair Loss
One method of hiding hair loss is the "comb-over," which involves restyling the remaining hair to cover the balding area. It is usually a temporary solution, useful only while the area of hair loss is small. As the hair loss increases, a comb-over becomes less effective. When this reaches a stage of extreme effort with little effect it can make the person the object of teasing or scorn.
Another method is to wear a hat or a hairpiece, such as a wig or a toupee. The wig is a layer of artificial or natural hair made to resemble a typical hairstyle. In most cases the hair is artificial. Wigs vary widely in quality and cost. In the United States, the best wigs — those that look like real hair — cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. Organizations such as Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love collect individuals' donations of their own natural hair to be made into wigs for young cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other cancer treatment in addition to any type of hair loss.
Though not as common as the loss of hair on the head, chemotherapy, hormone imbalance, forms of alopecia and other factors can also cause loss of hair in the eyebrows. Artificial eyebrows are available to replace missing eyebrows or to cover patchy eyebrows.