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These 3D Printed Hairpieces Are Changing The Game for Cancer Survivors – Brit + Co

by • February 10, 2016 • No Comments

3D printing is at any timeywhere these days: From Valentine’s Day roses to stylish culinary art, it appears like there’s no form that the space-age printing innovation can’t complete. But this development in 3D printing takes the possibilities to a whole new level.
Danielle Grillo runs Transitions Hair Solutions, a New Jersey company that offers prosthetic hairpieces for folks who have lost their hair due to alopecia or cancer treatments. Three years ago, Grillo learned of an Italian making system that can 3D print thoughtl molds of clients’ heads, that can be utilized to manufacture ultra-precise fitting hairpieces. Her company has been offering clients these 3D printing-assisted hairpieces at any time since, via real virgin hair and thoughtl prosthetic scalps that match every individual client’s effortless coloring to a T.
“Even the hairdressers can’t tell it’s a hairpiece,” says Sheri Valle, a cancer survivor who has been via one of Grillo’s 3D printed pieces for nine months.

When Valle’s hair started expanding back after chemotherapy, she underwent precautionary radiation that killed her hair follicles. She feels lucky to have discovered Valle’s company somewhat early on.
“I’ve had sat any timeal comments,” Valle says. “People who have no thought it’s a hairpiece, saying ‘I love what you’ve done with your hair.’ You can in addition get highlights, alter color. Straighten, curl. You can fashion it like you may any hair.”
Plus, the thoughtlly-fitting piece adapts to Valle’s body temperature. She loves that she can swim and do sports while wearing her hairpiece without any issues. “I may actually surf in it!” she jokes.
“I survived this cancer,” she says. “Now I’ve gotta live.”
Have you had any awe-inspiring encounters with 3D printing? Tell us @britandco!
(Photo via Transitions Hair Solutions)

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After most years as a writer and editor in Toronto, Kelli created her way to The Big Apple (crunch!) to edit at Brit + Co’s New York office. She may like you to understand that she once published a 10,000 word essay of hot dogs and enjoys great beer, great friends, great (and not-so-great) food and constant activity.

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