From the July 2012 issue of Tennessee Health and Wellness Magazine. Written by Michael Ramsey, PAI Nashville Clinic Director.
Hair today is as much about style as anything else. Whether men wear their hair short, spiked, or just a stubble look – hair speaks to others about that person. Justin Bieber is known almost as much for his hair and style as his music. Hair as a part of a person’s style has long been the style statement for women but now many men use their hair to tell a story about themselves. The imaginations of stylist around the world impact style like never before. Years ago, men generally would wear hair a certain length as a part of their style – today, there as many fashionable long hair styles as short and medium. The wonderful thing about hair is it changes constantly naturally. It grows, curls, lightens in the sun – it is always in a state of change. When you consider coloring, permanents, and other stylized options for hair, the choices are almost endless.
Women rarely keep a hair style for long. They are continually looking for the latest most flattering style for their lifestyle. A mom of four is more likely to have a style that works for her hurried life style while a female executive might make a statement with her hair that she is serious and determined. Granted certain looks can be associated with periods of time – remember the Farah Fawcett hair style – today, styles are less confined and more open.
Hair loss for men and women can even be a style. Many men who lose their hair will simply shave it all off. This becomes their style. Others, who lose their hair will begin to take preventative steps to stop the loss by using hair loss therapies such as Rogaine, EXT Hair Treatments, Laser Hair Treatments, Enhanced Hair Growth Therapy and/or hair growth shakes. While these won’t grow a full head of hair for most people, these therapies are pretty effective at stopping hair loss and encouraging an ideal growing environment for all the hair.
For those men and women who want more hair, there are a variety of options. Hair coverings such as hair systems are good for many men, especially men with advanced hair loss. These hair systems are typically custom made for each individual and then cut and blended into the person’s own hair on the sides. Hair extensions work much the same way but are more targeted and are used to add volume to thin fine hair mostly. Fashion wigs have become the rage thanks to Lady Gaga and many other celebrities. These are fun for many women who want a sudden and drastic change.
Hair restoration surgery is one of the most popular options for many men and women with mild to moderate hair loss. This option has been refined to the degree almost unimaginable only 30 years ago when Hair Plugs were the standard. Today, the procedure is so refined that that once the hair grows in from the procedure, it looks as natural as the hair that was there before.
Hair transplants and hair restoration surgery are synonymous and there are a variety of techniques employed today. In our clinic we customize each and every procedure to fit the face and look the patient is looking for. Some men want a very light covering of hair so they are not bald while others want fullness. Many of our female patients want to fill in thin spots – they don’t usually like bald me so we customize the procedure to suit their individual needs.
So today, whether you want hair you can style, color, grow longer or simply shave off – you have options never before available. Hair, or lack of it, makes a statement about the person. Sometimes it says, “I’m carefree and busy” while other times it says, “I’m sexy and I take pride in my appearance.” In any case, your hair is as much about your style today as the clothes you wear, the car you drive or the lifestyle you live.