For many chemotherapy patients, hair loss is a feared and distressing side effect. It used to be that the only option to fight hair loss was to wear wig hairpieces, which can be very heavy and very hot and keep your hair from breathing. I have been working with hair and people with hair loss for the past ten years. Many of my clients have battled cancer, alopecia, and obsessive–compulsive disorders such as hair tugging and pulling. The greatest reward of my job is introducing clients to other options besides traditional wigs worn to cover fine thinning hair. Now there are more realistic lightweight options that are available.

A new technique is a skin extension technique. Skin Weft Extensions is completely natural looking and undetectable. Even if someone were to run their fingers through your hair, it is unlikely that they would feel or see the addition. The hair looks like it’s growing from the scalp. The mono–skin weft extension is hand knotted hair attached to a very thin mono–skin base. It is applied along the hair line next to the skin. It is seamless, without bumps, braids, sewing, Velcro, beads, metal tubes, glue, clips, or chemicals and is completely invisible. In many cases, well–maintained hair is reusable. It is also very easy and fast to apply, done in only two to three hours.

The mono–skin base is made of polyurethane, which is comfortable to the touch and itch–free, unlike a cloth material. Hair strands are attached by hand–knotting hair strands to the base, one strand at a time. When compared with machine weft, there are two great advantages: 1) It can be woven into any style because the base is like human skin, very soft, transparent, and clear, and 2) it is not easy to recognize when worn on head. Skin weft hair is like you own hair!

This type of extension could be attached to the shortest of hair and will allow your own hair to continue to grow and breathe without breakage. Removal is very easy and stress free on your hair. You are able to customize any hair texture and any color blends when doing this type of technique. I have enclosed a client testimonial this is one of my many clients whom I have worked with and have become very close with through helping her see that there are other options out there.

For a complimentary consultation and to see before and after photos, call Certified Hair Extension Specialist Francine at 956–212–0581. All services are done by appointment only in a private setting salon. Wild Styles, 950 W. Nolana, Suite C, Pharr, Texas.

After I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009, I began treatment for it with 6 months of chemotherapy. I lost my hair after the second month of treatment. Because I did not stop working, and because I deal with the public a lot as a business owner, I opted for a wig. It is a personal decision for each cancer survivor, but I just did not want to look like a victim. After chemo, my hair grew in, and I grew tired of my wig. I heard about hair extensions on the Internet and found that a local hair extension specialist, Francine Skaugen, owned Wild Styles. I contacted her for a consultation, because my hair was still very short. With Francine’s skill, she was able to attach extensions to give me the length I wanted.

Now that my hair has grown even more, I am still enjoying the extensions, and they are very easy to care for. The extensions Francine uses are not harmful to the existing hair. She is very informed of the different types of extensions and techniques of applying them, as well as styling and coloring so the extensions will blend in and look natural.

I am very grateful to Francine Skaugen for giving me options beyond wigs and scarves. Some insurance companies will even pay for them if the doctor writes a prescription for “hair prosthesis,” because having a good self–esteem plays a big role in the healing process. Regardless of how cancer survivors handle their recovery, we all want to get better. I chose to keep my recovery as normal as possible, because I didn’t want the disease to take control of me. In order to heal, I needed for things to be as normal as possible. Thank you, Francine, for helping me to achieve this goal.