One practical way of coping with hair loss is to wear a wig or hairpiece. There are many different styles and colours to choose from, and they are very natural-looking and comfortable to wear.
There is a limited choice of styles for men, so it can be more difficult to find suitable wigs or hairpieces.
Wigs can be made of human or synthetic hair (acrylic).
Human hair wigs
These may be made from different hair types such as European hair, or Asian hair which is normally bleached and then dyed to European colours. European hair wigs can cost from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds and are not usually available on the NHS. They often look more natural and last longer than synthetic wigs.
Some human hair wigs need regular dry cleaning, setting and blow-drying by a professional, which can be expensive.
Other wigs, including some European hair wigs, can be shampooed and styled at home on a specially designed wig head block – your wig maker can advise you about this. It can help to have two wigs so that you can wear one while the other is being cleaned.
Synthetic (acrylic) wigs
These are cheaper than real hair wigs, and are light and easier to look after. They can cost anything from fifty to several hundred pounds, but may be free on the NHS. The style is heat-sealed into the hair so that they can be hand-washed with shampoo, left to drip-dry overnight and are then ready to wear. They can be combed or brushed through gently. They usually last for around 6–9 months. Hair spray can be used if necessary, but try to avoid using too much as this can make the hair look dull and less natural. All wigs come with instructions on how to look after them and you should follow these carefully.