AUSTIN - Walk into Shanna Moll's studio off Steck Avenue and your first thought likely won't be about technology. The facility is set up like a spa with a comfortable waiting area, pleasant music and upscale hair-care products on display.
Indeed, the studio does offer typical hair care services like coloring and shampooing, but you might be surprised to learn how much technology is lurking under the surface.
Moll is currently working with Cesare Ragazzi labs to measure, mold and assemble 3D-printed prosthetics for baldness.
"The only thing better than this," Moll said, "Is if God himself came down, put his hand on your head and said 'here's the hair you've always wanted.'"
Moll walked KVUE's Jason Puckett through the process. Clients have their scalps measured with fiberglass material and plaster.
The fiberglass is used to create a map for which areas need coverage and the plaster represents the clients head.
"The fiberglass becomes the piece that I design and that I send to Italy," Moll said.
And that's where the technology really kicks in. At the facilities in Italy, the company scans the plaster mold and prints a prosthetic hair piece that matches the client's scalp.
"There's bumps and grooves," Moll said. "If you have a scar, it will show up."
Moll said the benefits go beyond just matching your head, she said the hairs are individually placed into the custom made piece that then can be treated like normal hair.
"You just treat it like your own scalp and hair," she said. "There are no special techniques, no oiling. The only maintenance is coming in every four weeks to take the system off. At that point, I clean the system in a sonic bath."
More info can be found at Shanna's website by clicking here.
According to Moll, the cost of the therapy varies depending on the individual's needs but can range from $3,000 to $10,000.
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