Britney Spears does it. So does Beyonce Knowles. There is speculation that Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Lil Kim all do it too. But what about the woman that lives next door? Or the man sitting next to you on a flight? Statistically they may do it too. What is it? It is the newest trend, wearing hair.
Since the days that Rapunzel provided a locks-based step ladder or Lady Godiva went bare-back riding wearing only her tresses, hair has served as the crowning glory to a person’s appearance. And now, thanks to the advances of technology into the arena of hair restoration and augmentation, flowing, beautiful, ample perfect hair is readily available to anyone who wants it. The problem is, many want too much. They cross the line, becoming hair addicts.
“The human head has about 100,000 hair follicles. When a head of hair grows naturally, it distributes itself to a variety of lengths, textures, tones and colors. It is nearly impossible for a human head of hair to have 100,000 strands of perfect, one color, one length hair, a hair piece generally may have as many as 200,000 strands” explains MaryAnne Didomizio, an expert in hair restoration for both medical and non- medical clients, and a 25 year veteran of hair loss treatment, “so when women, and sometimes men, add hair, they make the huge mistake of thinking ‘more is better’, and they want to over-indulge and add more and more, that’s when we are dealing with a hair-diction”.
Didomizio credits the emotional attachment that each of her clients has to their hair and the way they use the hair restoration techniques at her Wayne, PA facility to replace hair that is lost. “Once we add the hair to their head, they are very relieved. They describe it as the nightmare of baldness finally being over. Then the hair-diction kicks in, they want to leave way too much hair on their head. They will say, okay, you can stop now cringing with each snip of the scissors, when, in fact, what they have is a head of hair that a natural person could never grow.” The remedy is to properly cut, shape, texturize and style the hair piece to emulate the way natural hair grows. These techniques keep hair wears looking natural, believable and represent a real alternative to enduring hair loss.
Kecia K, a 32 year old mother and professional woman with Alopecia Areata who lost all her hair is a self admitted hair addict. “I was spending thousands and fighting with stylists the whole time. I was terrified that they would keep cutting the hair piece and that I would still look bald. I would fight to keep them from finishing the hair cut,” confessed Kecia. “Then MaryAnne convinced me to get a real haircut in a human hair piece that I was wearing. I can’t believe the difference. All of a sudden I was looking at a woman I hadn’t seen in 5 years- it was me before Alopecia.”
“Hair-diction is a kind of body dysmorphic disorder, where a client is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by his or her hair - it creates helmets rather than a natural looking hair style. I have had to really manage a client’s emotions when I deal with a hair addict, but, with a little help and a lot of attention they can get the result they desire- a full head of 100% human hair that is natural, beautiful and most importantly undetectable,” states Didomizio.
Didomizio’s work began over 25 years ago when addressing the hair loss that both her mother and best friend endured from chemotherapy. She is founder and formerly of the MaryAnne Christopher SalonSpa, now offers her services in a new setting at MaryAnne Studios, located in Wayne, PA.
Dedicated exclusively to the care of men and women experiencing hair loss, Didomizio holds the certification of Certified Hair Restoration Professional. She has also been recognized and certified by the American Cancer Society and the Governor’s Office of the State of Pennsylvania.