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Life Lessons: Intralace hair system

Hair loss can be distressing for anyone, but it’s particularly devastating for most women.

30 million American women live with hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. A woman from the U.K. brought over a hair loss prosthetic system that’s non-invasive, easy to maintain and described as "life-changing" by her clients.

Priyanka Guha’s long, beautiful hair looks natural. But for the past decade that hasn’t always been the case. She started losing hair from female pattern baldness in her twenties. She tried tonics, powders and extensions to hide it.

“Over time, I would wear more and more hair clip-in extensions and finally, when I started losing so much hair that I felt like I had to cover it up, especially on the top of my head,” Guha said.

Then she found Lucinda Ellery and her Intralace system in Los Angeles.

"We integrate strand by strand your hair through a mesh," Ellery said. "The mesh is thin, thin, thin. You can’t feel it. Weightless and breathable."

That mesh is held in place by Guha’s hair and strands of human hair braided and glued together. Then, this hair piece is secured.

"You can wash, brush, set, dress, swim, shower, swing from chandeliers and nobody should be any the wiser that you’re all faked up," Ellery said.

The results are dramatic. The process can take a full day and costs $1,000 to $3,000. Guha says it’s worth every penny.

“I appreciate it so much. This is … it makes me feel normal, and I didn’t feel normal before.” she said.

Clients need to have their hair systems maintained every six to eight weeks, which Ellery says is comparable to having regular hair appointments. The average cost is $225 for each maintenance service.

Insurance has covered some procedures. There are a couple of reviews complaining about cost, itching and hair breakage, but for the most part, clients are extremely pleased with their results.

There are Lucinda Ellery salons in Los Angeles and New York, and another one coming to San Francisco.

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