New technology helps women fight hair loss

Published: May. 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM EDT
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Hair loss is often mistaken as a problem only men can have, but 40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they reach 40.

The psychological damage can be devastating.

Wigs and hair pieces offer some help, but now a new hair system from Italy is making a huge difference.

32-year-old Nicole Maples has female pattern baldness, which runs in her family. She started losing her hair at age 22.

“I spent countless hours researching different options, surgical options or hair transplantation,” says Nicole.

Nicole’s self-esteem cratered and she stopped dating.

But then she discovered a hair system that changed her life.

“So this whole front hairline is the system, and then here, on the sides is where my real hair is, and you can tell that it’s much thinner than the actual system, stops about right here,” Nicole points out.

The CNC system by Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories of Italy starts by mapping the head, using 3D imaging to create an exact fit. Unprocessed human hairs are individually inserted into the cap, which is fixed to the scalp with adhesive. It comes off for maintenance every couple of months.

“These people lose self-esteem, lose confidence, so it’s very important with our system, the CNC, give back the life they could enjoy again,” explains Stefano Ospitali, CEO of Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories.

For Nicole, the hair system made a difference. She got married, and now has a 6-month-old daughter, Grace.

“Being able to have your hair, be confident in what your hair looks like when you’ve struggled with hair loss on your wedding day is really pretty incredible,” says Nicole.

Nicole worries grace may experience premature hair loss too, but she knows a hair system that can make all the difference.

Cesare Ragazzi works with hair clinics worldwide, including about 40 in the US. Nicole’s hair piece cost about $3,600.



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BACKGROUND: Many believe that hair loss is a male-only problem, but that is not true for many women who suffer from female pattern baldness. It is the most common type of female baldness. The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but may be related to aging, changes in the levels of hormones, or family history of male or female pattern baldness. Symptoms include hair thinning mainly on the top and crown of the scalp. It usually starts with a widening through the center hair part. The front hairline remains unaffected except for normal recession, which happens to everyone as time passes. The hair loss rarely progresses to total or near total baldness, as it may in men. Untreated, hair loss in female pattern baldness is permanent. In most cases, hair loss is mild to moderate. You do not need treatment if you are comfortable with your appearance.


TREATMENT: Some solutions for hair loss include medications, hair transplants, and wigs, but that does not work for everyone. The Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories CNC system is another option that creates 3D based hair that looks and feels real. Certified specialists create a precise digital map of the scalp and alopecic areas. This ensures perfect fit, natural hair movement, and complete seamlessness. They make a digital cast of the scalp to precisely clone the contours of an individual’s skull and scalp. This cast is the digital blueprint for the manufacture of someone’s custom hair prosthesis. A physical clone membrane is created from the Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories' proprietary, medically-engineered membrane material using robotic technology. The result replicates the exact shape, lines, and pantones of the scalp. Seasoned hair production specialists meticulously select strands of high-grade unprocessed European human hair that replicates the color and texture of the individual’s hair. Back in the Elite Solutions studio in Sacramento, the CNC membrane is non-surgically and painlessly grafted onto the scalp. The new hair is then professionally cut, blended, and styled to complete the transformation.


NEW TECHNOLOGY: LaserCap Company conducted a survey of women with female pattern baldness and found that there were psychological effects that impacted relationships, daily life, and general confidence levels. Women felt less attractive, and 88% felt that being bald as a woman was not sociably acceptable. 35% of the women from the survey have been late to work or an appointment because of trying to fix their hair. 37% of the women surveyed have skipped a social outing or event completely because of concerns about their hair loss.