Now there's a new way to transform thinning hair right before your eyes.
For the last 4 years Lisa Haydel has noticed she has something very common to nearly half of all women: female pattern baldness, or thinning.
"I started trying to like cover it up and use a lot of hair spray so it wouldn't move," Haydel says.
It is something many find emotionally painful.
"I'm really self conscious about it," Haydel says. "I know if I don't do anything I'm going to wind up losing a lot of my hair. I just don't like going out anymore because I have so much hair loss."
Like Lisa, Deborah Keller can relate.
"I feel like I'm fighting coastal zone erosion here because I am only in my mid 50s, but what do I do when I start getting older? Is it going to be a losing battle?" Keller wonders.
Just like in men, it's genetic.
"My mother has very thin, fine hair. My dad's sister's the same way. My mom is going through all the products and she has even gone with injections from a dermatologist," Keller says.
Both women are tired of the time and energy trying to hide their scalps as well as the cost of thickening sprays and gels. So now they are among the first in the area to try something new to hide Mother Nature's flaw.
It's called the Evolve Volumizer. Hair dressers at Glen Michael Salon in Metairie were trained by a rep from New York. They practiced on mannequins and watched as both Lisa and Deborah were transformed.
"It is an integral part of a person's self-esteem and image and is often times the difference between self-confidence and self consciences and on every guest of ours that we've done a volumizer on when we turn that client around to the mirror for the final look, literally, and I'm serious when I tell you this, every one of my female clients has teared up and cried," salon worker Glenn Michael Milliet says.
The real human hair is hand-knotted on mesh and comes in many colors, textures and thickness levels to custom match it to your hair.
The system is attached to your hair with small gentle crimp bonds, then some of your hair is pulled through the mesh and some of the system hair is pulled through to mix in with your hair. It takes about an hour an a half.
You can then style and cut it to blend with your hair.
When Lisa saw herself in the mirror she wept.
"I have hair," she discovered.
The cost for the hair system is $1,000 and includes two consultations plus the hair piece and the installation.
The cost to tighten it up every 5 weeks is $60.