Manufacturers of cranial prostheses specially design the natural looking hair replacement products for each patient. The process includes scalp measurements as well as options for cut, color, and style. Hair color plays a significant role in how natural and flattering a prosthetic is for the wearer. Here is what to know before you make a final decision on the color.
Keep it Natural
Many people choose this hair replacement option rather than a mass-produced wig because the look of a prosthetic is more natural. One of the main reasons is because of the color variations in the hair. A cranial prosthetic uses three different shades of hair to give the color more depth in the same way that natural hair has varying shades of color.
Cranial prostheses also use human hair instead of synthetic hair like many premade wigs. The use of virgin human hair makes it possible for the wearer to adjust the hair color and use styling products without ruining the hair. Human hair is also less likely than synthetic to tangle or become damaged while washing.
Know Your Tone
Nature does not always give women the perfect hair color, and illness can change the color of the skin and make a once flattering shade of hair too harsh. Choose something that flatters your current skin tone. Fair skin and light-colored eyes are cool tones. Dark eye colors, even dark blues and greens, along with darker skin is a warm tone. A neutral tone is a mix of these.
Experts recommend that people choose a hair color that is the opposite of their skin tone. For example, a warm auburn shade for someone with cool skin tones. Anyone uncertain of their skin tone can get advice from a professional stylist or cosmetologist and recommendations for the most flattering hair colors.
Plan for Change
A study in the U.K. revealed that the average woman changes her hair style (either the cut, color, or shape) 150 times during her lifetime. The desire for versatility can mean that the wearer of a cranial prosthetic could become bored with their look. Choose the color carefully to prevent this unhappy response.
Some of the respondents to the U.K. study had changed their hair color as much as 100 times. It is easy to make frequent changes with hair that consistently grows. If a change causes any damage, the individual can trim away the problems in a few months. Non-growing hair does not allow the wearer to make this type of mistake.
Choose a color a shade or two lighter than usual to allow some room for change. Bleach is necessary to lighten hair and it always results in some damage. A darker dye may help to protect the hair strand by coating it with the color. Consider a less dramatic change like darkening the highlights rather than an overall color change at first.
Ask for Help
Talk to the salon that made the product if your skin tone changes after buying the cranial prosthetic or you grow bored with the look. The stylists can help you to safely make changes to the hair without any damage and with a minimal amount of adjustment. Avoid the temptation to color or cut the hair at home because there is not always a way to cover or repair mistakes.
At Hansen Fontana, we understand that thick, flowing, and glossy hair can help to increase confidence and make it easier for women to stay strong. We design every prosthetic carefully and with the highest quality products available to ensure comfort and beauty. Contact us to learn more about this type of natural-looking hair replacement solution.