A review of scalp camouflaging agents and prostheses for individuals with hair loss

Jeff C.H. Donovan, Ron L. Shapiro, Paul Shapiro, Matt Zupan, Margareth Pierre-Louis, Maria K Hordinsky

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Abstract

Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women and may impact negatively on self-esteem. A variety of medical and surgical treatment options are available depending on the type of alopecia. Many patients also seek the advice of their physicians about options to hide or reduce the appearance of hair loss with hair prostheses (wigs, hairpieces, and extensions) or hair camouflaging agents (hair fibers, powder cakes, lotions, sprays, hair crayons, and scalp tattooing). Herein, we review current methods to hide or reduce the appearance of hair loss and discuss their associated costs, advantages, and disadvantages. Knowledge of products available to cover scalp, eyebrow, and eyelash hair loss may not only better equip clinicians to respond to questions from concerned patients, but may provide additional options to help these patients best cope with their hair loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Volume18
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

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