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Hair Loss

What is Hair Loss?
Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. It can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss.

Hair loss is nothing to be ashamed of. Over 50 million people yearly, are faced with the trails and tribulations of hair loss. Some become angry and bottled up with negative energy because they are not able to accept this sudden change. While others learn to accept this change with positivity. Once you accept that you are facing a hair loss journey the healing process can begin. Your life will become much more enjoyable after you stop caring about the fear of losing your hair.

Many women suffer from the emotional effects of hair loss and are confused by the entire process of restoring their beauty. During this emotional period, women just want to feel “normal”. We believe that all women deserve to feel more than normal, they deserve to feel amazing. We don’t believe there should be a separation between health and fashion, we combine both and call it the healing arts. Hadiiya Barbel, designer of ARAYA has created a beautiful offering of luxury Crowns. Beyond the normal wig, these beautiful pieces of art are made to pamper women with thinning hair and balding

Type of Hair Loss
Doctors don’t know why certain hair follicles are programmed to have a shorter growth period than others. However, several factors may influence hair loss:

  1. Alopecia
    • Involutional alopecia is a natural condition in which the hair gradually thins with age. More hair follicles go into the resting phase, and the remaining hairs become shorter and less in number.
    • Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. It’s characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Women with this condition, called female pattern baldness, don’t experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later. Women experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown.
    • Alopecia areata often starts suddenly and causes patchy hair loss in children and young adults. This condition may result in complete baldness (alopecia totalis). But in about 90% of people with the condition, the hair returns within a few years.
    • Alopecia universalis causes all body hair to fall out, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair.
    • Trichotillomania, seen most frequently in children, is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls out one’s own hair.
    • Telogen effluvium is temporary hair thinning over the scalp that occurs because of changes in the growth cycle of hair. A large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, causing hair shedding and subsequent thinning
  2. Chemotherapy/ Drugs, including chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatment, blood thinners, beta-adrenergic blockers used to control blood pressure, and birth control pills, can cause temporary hair loss.
  3. Hormones, such as abnormal levels of androgens (male hormones normally produced by both men and women)
  4. Genes, from both male and female parents, may influence a person’s predisposition to male or female pattern baldness.
  5. Stress, illness, and childbirth can cause temporary hair loss. Ringworm caused by a fungal infection can also cause hair loss.
  6. Burns, injuries, and X-rays can cause temporary hair loss. In such cases, normal hair growth usually returns once the injury heals.
  7. Cosmetic procedures, such as shampooing too often, perms, bleaching, and dyeing hair can contribute to overall hair thinning by making hair weak and brittle. Tight braiding, using rollers or hot curlers, and running hair picks through tight curls can also damage and break hair. However, these procedures don’t cause baldness. In most instances hair grows back normally if the source of the problem is removed. Still, severe damage to the hair or scalp sometimes causes permanent bald patches.
  8. Medical conditions. Thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, eating disorders, and anemia can cause hair loss, but when the underlying condition is treated the hair will return.
  9. Diet. A low-protein diet or severely calorie-restricted diet can also cause temporary hair loss.

Frequently Asked Question Regarding Hair Loss

What’s a Crown?
Crowns are personalized customized wigs. Unlike “wigs” they are not out of the box and ready to be placed on your head like a hat. They are made with love to fit your personality and lifestyle! Crowns have the power to bring out your inner goddess, the best version of you. Every woman is a queen, and every queen deserves a Crown!
What is the process?
Step 1: We recommend you schedule a consultation with one of our hair stylist/hair experts. A consultation is a one on session with our hair expert who has a wide knowledge on Crowns, lifestyle, and hair loss. To get an idea of what the best overall Crown would be for you we recommended you meet with our hair expert. They will talk with you one on one to figure out which Crown is best for you and your lifestyle. During your session you will have the opportunity to try on Crowns to see which cap type, cap size, hairstyle, hair density, and hair color is best for you.

If you are not able to come into our office located in New York for a consultation then we suggest you send us an email at info@hadiiyabarbel.com with a picture and detailed message of the hair style, cap type, cap size, hair density, and hair color you would like.

If you like our selected styles displayed on our website you can place your order on our site.

Step 2: Place your order
Step 3: We will call you when your Crown is ready. You can either pick it up and we’ll fit it on you or we can mail it to you.

What is the best cap when dealing with hair loss?
For those with moderate to severe hair loss, a monofilament or 100% hand-tied caps are ideal, especially for those experiencing scalp sensitivity. They are extremely light-weight, more comfortable and softer to the touch than regular traditional or capless wigs. These caps giving the effect that your Crown is growing from your scalp!
What different types of caps do Crowns come in?

100% Hand-tied Caps
100% hand-tied monofilament caps allow each hair to move freely for the most natural look. Other designs referred to as ‘hand-tied’ feature a combination of hand-tied and machine-attached hair. This means that some areas (generally the part or crown) are hand-tied, but the rest is machine-attached. If you want the entire cap to be hand-tied, make sure to look for 100% hand tied!

Monofilament Caps
Monofilament caps offer a very natural look with parting versatility. The mesh material gives the illusion of hair growth from the scalp and allows for individual, hand-tied hair. As a result, hair can be parted and combed in different directions. Monofilament Crowns can be monofilament at the part, crown or entire top of Crowns.

Double monofilament wigs also happen to be a good option for sensitive scalps as the cap is soft. Of the monofilament caps, the 100% hand tied cap is generally the most comfortable.

Lace Front Caps
Lace front Crowns create the illusion of natural hair growth along the hairline. This adds to the natural appearance of a Crown and allows for styling away from the face. Some come pre-trimmed and are ready to wear while others will require some personalization.

Basic Caps
Basic caps are the most common and affordable design. Wefts of hair are sewn onto the cap, which has a closed lace layer at the crown. The hair is cut and styled into a specific style and the crown is often teased or crimped so you cannot see down through to the cap. This type of cap often gives the hair volume at the Crown. Some Crowns are referred to as capless. This is a bit of a misnomer as there is a cap, but instead of the closed lace layer at the Crown, it has vertical lace strips with open spaces between the wefts.

What cap sizes are available?

Petite Cap Size
The petite cap size is generally the following measurements:
Circumference: Around the Head – 20″
Front to Back – 12 1/8″
Ear to Ear – 10 1/2″

Petite/Average Cap Size
The petite/average cap size is generally the following measurements:
Circumference: Around the Head – 21 1/4 ”
Front to Back – 13 3/4
Ear to Ear – 13 1/4 ”

Average Cap Size
The average cap size is generally the following measurements:
Around the Head – 21 1/2 – 22″
Front to Back – 14 1/4 – 14 1/2″
Ear to Ear – 13 1/2 ”

Average/Large Cap Size
The average/large cap size is generally the following measurements:
Around the Head – 22 1/2″ – 23″
Front to Back – 14 3/4 – 15″
Ear to Ear – 13 3/4 – 14″

Large Cap Size
The large cap size is generally the following measurements:
Around the Head – 23 1/4″ – 24′
Front to Back – 15 1/4 – 15 1/2″
Ear to Ear – 14″

How do I know what cap size is right for me?
Measure your head using a flexible measuring tape. Flatten your hair back to get an accurate measurement. Starting in front at your natural hairline, follow along your hairline just above your ear. Continue around to the back at the bend in your neck and over your other ear, and around to the front where you started.

Measure from the front of your natural hairline back over the crown to the bend where your head meets the top of your neck.

Start in front of one ear, bringing your tape measure over the crown to the front of your other ear.

Wigs come with an elastic adjustable strap for versatile sizing and comfort.


What is Crown density?
Density is another way of saying thickness. The average Crown density is 150%. We can create Crowns with lower or higher than the average density.
What is considered a custom order?
Custom orders are need if you want the following factors;

  • You want something that is not on our website
  • If you need a cap smaller or bigger than our average size cap
  • If you want a skin top closure

When hair is hand tied to a lace base, there is a small knot at the base. On jet black or off black hair, these knots can be very visible, and unlike lighter colors, cannot be bleached. On a silk top, the knots are underneath a skin colored material, giving the appearance of a natural scalp. A silk top has one drawback and that is a thicker line where the lace meets the silk; we call this the line of demarcation. A silk top gives the most natural appearance for a wig, hairpiece, topper, frontal or closure.

If you want a Crown with more or less than 150 density (average density).
If you want a specific color (highlights/lowlights)
If you want more than 24 inches of hair on your Crown
If you want a specific hair texture

** Custom Crowns take 2-3 months to be completed. Price quote starts at $2500**

What’s the difference between Human and Synthetic hair?

Human Hair
A human hair Crown will provide you with the most natural look. It can be cut, styled, processed or colored to suit your desired need. Human hair is more durable than synthetic. However, they require more care. They have to be shampooed, dried, styled and conditioned, just like your natural hair..

Synthetic Hair
There are premium grades of synthetic hair wigs that offer a natural look and will retain their style better than a human hair wig. Synthetic Crowns are composed of fine plastic fibers, manufactured to look like human hair. In its basic form, synthetic hair is made from low-grade acrylic that is heated and strung into strands to make individual hair fibers. Synthetic Crowns are easier to care for and are lower priced. Synthetic Crowns are limited with respect to durability. They cannot be permed or dyed. They can also be badly damaged by the use of curling irons, blow dryers or hot rollers.

How long can I expect my Crown to last?
Your Crown can be expected to last 6 months and more, depending on use and care provided.
How can I extend the life of my Crown?
Proper maintenance will help extend the longevity of your Crown. Sleeping with it on and/or excessive wear may decrease its lifespan.
Can the hair be colored?
Human hair Crowns can be dyed. However, we recommend that you consider going to a professional colorist that specializes with wigs. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure to strand test the hair first and follow manufacturer instructions before completely applying any chemicals to the hair.
How long does it take to for Crowns to be completed?
The average window is 2-3 weeks. The time frame can vary based on complexity of style and availability of the hair. For custom Crown it takes 2-3 months to be completed.
Should I own more than one Crown?
Yes! Crowns can last longer if not worn daily. You can be washing and air-drying one while wearing the other. Have a little fun with a whole host of different styles and colors. You can keep one styled straight and the other curly.
What is the best way to store a Crown?
A wig stand or mannequin is ideal. It will help keep the hair from becoming tangled and will help to maintain shape.
What should I do with my hair underneath my Crown?
If you have long natural hair we suggest you braid your hair or do flat twist. The amount of braids or twists depends on you. The more braids or twist the better.

Next Place a wig cap over your braids or twist. If all of your hairs do not fit in the wig cap then try to tuck as much hair underneath the cap as you can by swirling your hair around your hair then placing the cap over it.

Swirl and Tuck Braids
Try to tuck as much hair under the cap as you can

What is a Wig Grip?
A wig grip helps to fasten your wig securely without glues, tapes, clips or combs. Wig grip help to eliminates headaches and prevents bald spots. They are the ideal solution for alopecia, chemo/cancer patients, and anyone seeking the ultimate in comfort and security.
Are there tips for making my Crown appear more natural?
For none silk top closures try using concealer on the lace for a more natural parting look.
With multidirectional parting Crowns, play around with the part. Your are not limited to just one parting direction
For more volume tease the roots of your Crown with your fingers, teasing comb, wide tooth comb, or afro pick.
With Lace Front caps leaving a little bit of your hair out in the front to create the illusion of natural hair growth along the hairline.
Other hair alternatives
If you are not in need of a full Crown but still want to cover any bald spot we recommend a topper. Hair Topper is a product that instantly makes your own existing hair look fuller and thicker in just seconds. The toppers set on top of thin hair. These are great non-wig solutions.
If I have a medical condition, will my health insurance pay for my Crown?
We do not take health insurance however, we can create an invoice for you to present to your health provider for reimbursement.