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Loving Life & Wigs

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Wig Expert There have been 5 comment(s)

Sarah-Catherine is like a breath of fresh air. It’s been a couple of weeks since we announced our contest winner and we had the amazing opportunity to interview her. We conducted our interview via Skype and learned so many wonderful, inspiring things from Sarah-Catherine (or SC for short), we just had to share! We covered everything from her passions in life, to the struggles of growing up with Alopecia. We urge you to read on… and dare you not to love her.

Interview with Sarah-Catherine Hi Sarah-Catherine! We’d love to get to know you a little bit better, so can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? How would you describe yourself?

SC: Oh wow, sure! I’m adventuresome, I’m spiritual. I love life and I try to go after it. I’m happily married as of October [2011]. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and that’s where I live. It’s part of my identity as well, even though I’ve traveled a lot and gone to school elsewhere, I’m a Little Rock girl. Oh that’s great! Now getting more into the role that wigs play in your life we have a few questions. As a woman when you’re getting dressed and dolled up, what does your routine consist of, involving your wig? Is it easier or does it present a challenge?

SC: Oh, it’s much easier! I’ve worn wigs for a long time. I don’t remember, probably as a kid I had to do my hair but I’ve seen friends and my mom spend a long time on their hair and that’s a foreign concept to me. My hair has grown back at one point but if it were to grow back again, which is entirely possible, I think I would probably just shave my head and continue to wear wigs. I couldn’t imagine having to blow-dry my hair or curl it. I would never want to add that extra time to my day on a daily basis. You said you’ve needed a wig since you were a kid, do you feel comfortable sharing with us what your hair loss is a result to and why you started wearing wigs?

SC: In the fourth grade it fell out due to unknown causes, it is referred to as Alopecia. I lost all of my hair and it was really traumatic to me as a kid. The wigs at that time were really cumbersome, they were heavy and they were hot. They had too much hair in them as well. I wore the synthetic hair and at that time the hair would easily fray and become stiff. I can’t say enough bad things about the wigs when I was young (she laughs)! That combined with obviously not having a good wig that would stay on. There were a couple of really terrible moments in my life when they fell off in front of people. But you know they have evolved so nicely [since then] now they are light and I don’t worry about them coming off. I have a way that I secure them, so they will not come off. They look so much more natural and I don’t feel like I have this large presence on my head. They feel pretty normal now. I still have the same disease and the hair kind of comes and goes but doesn’t really grow in all the way. So I keep it shaved and wear a wig. What motivated you to join our contest?

SC: Well interestingly enough, I was very compelled to do it. You know… I hadn’t ever kept it a secret that I wear wigs, but I never broadcast it. When I wear a wig like this, people are always asking me where I get my haircut. If someone asks me once, I kind of skirt it, but if they insist then I tell them I wear a wig. When I saw this contest I had to make a decision, “Is this my moment where I’m basically broadcasting it?” And thought, yes it is time. Most of the people that start wearing wigs are wearing them because something much worse than hair falling out has happened. And hair falling out is just kind of adding another level of hardship, because our hair is interwoven with our egos. That’s just traditionally the way it is. To lose something like that, at a moment when you are already going through something so terrible like having a major illness, is kind of a double whammy. For me, I’m now used to wearing wigs and I enjoy wearing them. So I had the ability to say to somebody like that on a large scale that this is NOT going to be a hardship, this is actually going to be a fun experience, if you allow it to be and not worry about it; you’ll have a good time with it. To me it was a great opportunity to maybe be a little bit of a service in that way. It was a really gutsy thing to do because you don’t necessarily want everyone thinking of you when you are walking down the street, “Oh, she’s wearing a wig!” But I think that the benefits definitely are there and outweigh the potential negative. When were you able to overcome your fears with wearing wigs? When did you reach that confident point?

SC: That’s a great question. I think in college is when I had a little bit more acceptance of it. That’s when I found a great wig. Around my sophomore year my aunt had taken me to this designer wig studio and it just opened up all the possibilities. And I think having a really good wig is how I was able to finally come to some kind of peace with what had happened and knowing it [hair] wasn’t going to grow back. It was great, because you don’t want to put your life on hold for something to happen, that may never happen. So in many ways I had already done that in high school. But I really embraced this when I found a really good wig. Because you want to be attractive, right? You don’t want to have a wig that looks like a wig and one that people can tell is a wig. So that was kind of the final step [for me].

Watch SC's winning video here.

Thank you for being so open with us Sarah-Catherine, we appreciate everything you shared with us!

Wig Tips from Sarah-Catherine

Sky by Noriko Wig

Sarah-Catherine was gracious enough to share some of her tips for wearing wigs! Her go-to wig is Sky by Noriko.

  1. If the wig is too voluminous for your taste, wear it around the house before you debut it to the real world.
  2. Delay washing your wig by not adding any product to your wig. Instead run your hands through the fiber to get some of those natural oils in there to tame it down.
  3. For ultimate hold (such as dancing), use tape to secure the wig as much as possible. I personally fasten moleskin to the top of the wig and use tape and it stays on securely.

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5 Responses to Loving Life & Wigs

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    Posted on March 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

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    Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

  • micki
    micki says:

    Sarah Catherine, you look beautiful!!

    I also wear Sky, and it's a great wig. No one knows it's not my real hair.

    What kind of product do you use?

    I find if I don't use something, it is rather unruly

    I am so glad you won.


    Posted on September 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  • Deb
    Deb says:

    Hi I also love my sky Noriko in ginger brown and get numerous compliments still after wearing it for afew years.
    my hair started thinning in my 20's and by aged 40 we were moving overseas and I took the leap to wigs. I wore a few funky looking ones when I look back on old pics!
    My question for u is have u found any other styles similar to the Sky Noriko? I would love to change it up just a little but I haven't had any luck.
    Thanks for your video/story- you look beautiful!

    Posted on January 11, 2013 at 5:08 am

  • Wig Expert

    Hi Debbie! We're so happy to hear you love your Sky wig :) And we would love to help you find another wig style!

    We recommend:
    Sandie by Noriko:
    Ryan by Noriko:
    Voltage by Raquel Welch:
    Free Spirit by Raquel Welch:

    We hope that helps and thank you again for your comment!

    Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm