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Hair loss is mistakenly thought of as a male disease, but 40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they reach age 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 for some women.
32 year-old Nicole Maples has female pattern baldness, which runs in her family. She started losing her hair at age 22.
Maples says, "I spent countless hours researching different options, surgical options or hair transplantation."
Maples, self-esteem cratered. She stopped dating, and then she discovered a hair system that changed her life.
Maples says, "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."
The CNC system by Cesare Ragazzi laboratories of Italy starts by mapping the head, using 3-D 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.
Stefano Ospitali, CEO of Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories says, "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."
For Maples, the hair system made a difference. She got married, and now has a six-month-old daughter, Grace.
Maples says, "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."
Maples 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 U.S. Maples' hair piece cost about $3,600.