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How To Choose What Works Best Hair Transplant VS Hair Weave VS Hair Replacement

POSTED 10 Jul, 2019
Dr.Jangid MD Skin
Chief Medical Editor,
SkinQure Health Publishing

How To Choose What Works Best: Hair Transplant VS Hair Weave VS Hair Replacement


Losing hair can be extremely stressing for you in any case, making you feel less confident and a low on self-esteem. Due to pollution, various hereditary problems, hormonal imbalances, and much more, hair loss problem has become a common occurrence these days. Many people are now looking for various ways of restoring their crowning glory and achieving a natural look so that they can have their confidence back.

There are many options to choose from - PRP Therapy, Hair Transplant, Hair Replacement or Hair Weaving? What’s hair transplant? What’s non-surgical hair replacement system? And what are the differences between hair transplant and hair replacement and other methods of getting the glory back on your crown? Read on to learn more.

What is Hair Transplant?

Explaining it basically, a hair transplant surgery is just that. It depends on the actual hair loss (in the recipient area) and also hair growth (in the donor area) of a patient. If you have a limited amount of healthy donor hair follicles remaining, then hair transplant surgery is not optimal. Generally, surgical hair transplant will take you several hours, involving anaesthetic to partially numb the scalp and removing a strip of hair follicles which are then dissected and implanted into small incisions made on the scalp. With hair transplant surgery, it may take six months or longer to see the results you desire in terms of hair density. Hair transplant procedure can be opted by those people who are suffering from permanent hair loss especially people who have bald spots or scalp injury.

This method can improve your appearance and self-confidence with the growth of your natural hair. Hair transplant surgery is not a good option for -

  • Men and women who have widespread hair loss throughout the scalp.
  • People who have insufficient hair follicle from which to remove hair for the transplant
  • People with keloid scars after injury or surgery
  • People with hair loss are due to medication like chemotherapy

Hair Replacement

Hair replacement systems, to some people, they are known as hairpieces, toupees or wigs. With improvements to the materials and hair used in construction, it has got the name simply as ‘hair system’. Compared with hair transplant, hair replacement system is a nearly instant solution anyone, whether you are experiencing hair loss from heredity factors, a medical condition, chemotherapy or another reason. Hair replacement system has no limits, that is, you can get any hair colour, style, density, length or texture that you want. For this reason, hair replacement system has gradually become a popular and affordable alternative. As the ‘final hair’ isn’t your own growing hair, so some points you should know before having a hair replacement system. Firstly, how a hair replacement system is made? Actually, there’re many different materials used in its construction. A base and the hair are the main parts. A base is the part that actually comes into contact with your scalp. And generally, it’s made from a lace or polyurethane material. And the hair is made from either synthetic or human. It is tied, or sometimes injected to the base material for a completed hair replacement system. Then, how to choose a suitable hair replacement system? It all comes down to a decision on appearance or durability. Thirdly, how hair replacement systems are attached? They can be attached to skin, hair or a combination of both. If to existing hair, there are different attachment types - fusion, weaves, cabling, beading and bonding. If to bare skin, waterproof and biologically safe glues will be used.

 Hair Weaving Vs Hair Transplant

Don’t confuse hair wigs or toupees with hair weaving, which does not look natural and you can easily spot it on someone’s hair. Hair weaving is almost like adding extensions to your hair. In this method, new hair extensions (either natural or artificial) are attached to existing hair. This method involves weaving hair (either human or synthetic) on one's scalp. These 'extensions' are woven into the roots of the natural hair, giving them a natural appearance. With this method you can add more volume to the existing hairs also cover up bald areas of the head. There are various types of methods used to weave artificial hairs into weaves includes bonding, fusion, tracking or netting.

The advantages of Hair Transplant

  1. Permanent remedy – Unlike most of the holistic treatments used for baldness, hair transplant is the hope for the people who have permanent hair loss. Once you go through the process, then that’s it. You can gain your natural hair back.
  2. Low maintenance – This is because the hair transplanted are basically your natural hair, so you don’t need any kind of special shampoo or care.
  3. One time process – Unlike hair replacement procedure, you don’t have to visit your doctor over and over again. Also, this hair transplant has a high success rate.
  4. Cost saving in the long run – Even though it is quite an expensive affair but in the long run, it is advantageous for those people who are suffering from baldness. Since it is a one-time process, you don’t have to pay for an additional visit to your doctor.


If you are going down to the route of hair transplants, then this is a significant decision in your life. Take this decision wisely and choose a professional dermatologist for the procedure.

Which treatment should you go for?

Permanent Hair Extensions in the form of weaves are preferable for women if they are fond of changing hairstyles. Also, men can opt for hair weaving treatment if they are looking to lengthen their hair and more density to it.

Hair transplant is a permanent solution when you want to cover up the damage created by male or female pattern baldness.

The most important thing you have to take into consideration is the cost of all the methods. Of course, being a medical procedure, to be done under a qualified dermatologist, hair transplant tends to be more expensive than hair weaving. But know that hair weaving is an only temporary solution for your hair concerns you want to be remedied. Both the procedure can take up to hours to finish. Hair weaves may require coming back for more sessions, either to change extensions or attach more of them. However, hair transplants need no repeat session after the surgery.



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