1 Corinthians 16:14, "Do all things with love."
“My hair started thinning while I was in my early 30's, and I was constantly looking for a different colors, cuts, and products to disguise the thinning. In my early 40's I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.”
Like many other women, medications for her illness accelerated her hair loss. This can happen with a wide range of medications and treatments, and can be devastating for those who experience it.
“Around the same time, I had multiple surgeries within short period of time, resulting in a rapid shed, and there was no longer any way to disguise the thinning.I found my hair loss depressing, and the worse it got, the worse I felt. I wish that I could say that it didn't bother me, or that it's just hair, but I was very sad to lose my hair. Every day styling my hair was frustrating, and I never felt like it looked nice. There were more than a few mornings that involved tears.”
Although Karen struggled emotionally with her hair loss, her resilience ultimately took the reins, and she decided to take back control over her life and confidence.
“I finally hit a point where I realized that if I wanted my hair to look better, or even different, I was going to needs some help. I didn't want to spend an hour trying to camouflage the thin spots, or wear a hat or scarf all the time. I decided to visit a local wig store, and they walked me through the options. It was good to be able to see how different wigs are now, as opposed to 20+ years ago. I also didn't know about all of the options to buy online, which has now proved to be hugely convenient.
I began looking for alternatives, and purchased my first synthetic topper. It was life changing!
Putting on that first topper, and seeing my old self for the first time in years. I looked younger, and felt better about my appearance immediately. It was a transformative experience.
Overnight, I felt like I looked younger, and more confident and comfortable in my own skin. I followed that with a human hair top piece, and I haven't looked back.
Karen is now willing to allow candid photos, since she doesn’t have to worry about how her hair looks. How liberating!
“I usually wear the same or a similar color of topper, but the options in style and length have been so much fun. I love that I can style my hair and put on my topper or wig so quickly, and get on with my day.”
Karen’s days are spent enjoying time with friends and family, watching movies, cooking, making jewelry, and traveling. She even recently went on a cruise, lucky girl.
Working in management with the U.S. Government, she’s been in civil service for 27 years! It’s safe to say that Karen lives life to the fullest, spending time outdoors walking, biking, and gardening. She is blessed with a loving circle of friends and family that are very supportive of whatever she chooses to do.
“I share a home with dear friends, Tammy and Kevin, and our two very spoiled miniature dachshunds, Charlie and Froot Loop. I am actively involved with my church and enjoy working with our children's ministry. I have entirely too many shoes, and may or may not need an intervention.
…I now have a great collection of toppers and wigs, and bad hair days are a thing of the past. I would encourage anyone considering trying one for the first time to just jump in. What have you got to lose?”