Hi! This is my client Roxanne, and Roxanne isn't going to be putting on the red light tonight. Ms. Roxanne has a problem. She has Alopecia Areata. If we take a look at the top of her head, you can see that basically there is some hair growing there, but it's certainly not enough to support any kind of a hairstyle.
Luckily, she does have a little bit of a hairline, so if we wanted to do something that was brushed back off of her face, we would construct the unit so it comes just a little bit behind the front hairline. So this hair can be pulled up, brushed into this style. As long as the hair color and texture is matched, you shouldn't have a problem.
Roxanne does have a hairline, but it is very, very, very faint. So what I am going to do is, because this style is going to be brushed forward, onto her face, I am going to bring the unit right up to the hairline, and then I am going to stop it right at the crest of the roll on either side.
Then I am going to continue it, in a downward fashion, as we get to the back of the head. This should measure, from the front to the back, less than 9 inches, and from side-to-side, less than 7 inches. Larger than that will go to a higher price range.
The first thing I am going to do with Roxanne is to make mold of her head. I am going to start by stretching contour analysis material over the top of her head, very, very tight to the scalp, so that I get a skin tight fit. Ultimately, my mold will be exactly the same shape and contour of her head. On this contour analysis material I will trace the outline of where her hairline should be and extend back to the head, showing exactly the shape and size of the hair piece that I am going to be fabricating.
After I am done marking the contour analysis material, I will then take 4 inch wide strips of plaster of Paris soaked gauze, which can be purchased at an art supply store or a medical supply store. This is the material they use to make casts.
Now, I will place it in three layers on top of the contour analysis material, pressing tightly to the head, so that I do have an exact form of her head.
When the mold is dried, I will remove it, remove the contour analysis material, and the markings that I put on, it will transfer it to the inside of the mold.
Then I will take the mold, and I will remark it with the magic marker, making very, very precise lines, showing where the perimeter is and where any changes in the material are.
Now, I have really got to understand what kind of materials that you have available to you. There's basically four types: there's nylon and polyester, which are both meshes, and there's silicon and polyurethane, which are both skin tight materials.