More Than Hair
September is Alopecia Awareness Month. To show our support for this cause, we asked our very own Wigs.com community to share their own alopecia related stories in hopes of educating and inspiring others going through a similar situation.
"Five years ago, I noticed that my hair was thinning, but being in my early 60's, I chalked it up to aging. Then, I would develop a bumpy, itchy rash along my hairline. I also chalked that up to the hair dye my hair dresser used on my hair. This condition continued for the next five years until I realized that my hairline was rapidly moving back when I saw a photo of myself. I was shocked and scheduled a visit to my doctor. He referred me to a dermatologist who after a scalp biopsy diagnosed me with LLP/FFA. I had never heard of this autoimmune disease and started researching..."
"My dermatologist prescribed medication but explained that my hair would not grow back in the balding areas. It took several months to come to grips with my new reality, and after finding a wonderful online support group, I started exploring my options. I decided my best option was wearing wigs. Thank goodness that the wigs today are beautiful and so realistic. I watched hours and hours of YouTube videos of wig reviews and researched online wig companies. I felt comfortable trying Wigs.com because of the great reviews, huge inventory, great customer service (only a call away) and their fair return policy. I have not been disappointed. I really appreciate that I can call and speak to a knowledgeable representative. I am enjoying my growing collection of wigs and look forward to each new day."
Some missed opportunities to get a correct diagnosis and long wait times to see the experts resulted in my severe hair loss. I no longer have an option to consider going out without a hair piece. I was hiding under a baseball cap for six months when I finally accepted that living under a baseball cap was not going to be sustainable. After looking at a lot of photos on Wigs.com, I was able to find a cut and color that I love. I can't put living my life on hold, and I am grateful for the options that I have.
"I've always had hair that made me feel confident, and then I got married, had children, and I have a wonderful, though stressful job. My hair started thinning over time, and I did everything I could to hide it, because I started feeling self conscious about my hair. One day, I was blow drying my hair. I glided my fingers through my hair, and a thought crossed my mind that my hair has grown! When I looked down I realized with a shock that all my hair was in my hand, and not on my head. The reality of it hit me like a ton of bricks on my stomach..."
"I broke down and could not stop crying. I called a friend and she came to my house, and we decided that I was going to wear a turban. But that had to be obtained still, and in the meanwhile, I was left with half a head of hair. The only option was to shave my head. I cried so much I could not see. I felt worthless, and extremely anxious. The cries came from deep within me. I mourned the loss of my head of hair that made me feel like a woman. For days, I just stayed away from my place of work, crying and feeling utterly desolated. Only someone who has lost their head of hair will understand, and I had to muster up the confidence to go back to work but with a turban-of-sorts. It took all the willpower I had to walk into the offices. Nobody said anything, because they actually did not know how to handle the situation seeing as I was visibly unsure of myself. My job required me to work with clients, and so I gathered the will to work with my clients hoping that they would not ask about the turban. The ones who did complimented me on my unique style, but I was not convinced. One day, my friend suggested that we look at wigs, and I was absolutely against wigs. Because the wigs I had in my mind were kind of stiff looking, and only elderly women like my granny wore them. So, absolutely NOT will I ever wear one! We started looking at pictures and discovered there was someone in my hometown who sold wigs. We went to see her, and I left feeling defeated as I chose a wig that was so NOT me, I still to this day don't know why I did it. Then my wig arrived, and of course I was not happy with the way I looked, and then I started looking again on the internet and great was my surprise when I saw a whole new world out there full of real-looking hair on women younger than me, my own age, and older. I was stunned. I ordered some more, and then the compliments started flowing in. I got even more daring a couple of years later and started experimenting with different colors and styles. A whole new world emerged, and I became addicted!!! My life changed for the better, and I felt better about my "hair" than ever before because no one ever suspected that my hair was not my own. I thanked God that He made such clever people for people such as me. Now, my heart has changed, and I want to help people just like me. I recognize them wherever I go. I can see that they are "aware" of the way they look, and I recognize the look on their faces, as that was the look I have been wearing for so many years. We have an oncology center in our town, and there are so many patients who need wigs, and as far as I know there is just one person in my town supplying just one brand. I would LOVE to become the go-to person on our side of the world. I know I would be the best person to assist since I understand exactly how they feel. The weird thing is, I can actually FEEL how they are feeling. The compassion that takes hold of me and is so strong that I have to withhold myself from going up to them to hug them. I still have to look into the idea about how to get hold of wigs. Perhaps, I can show them the ones I already have and work out from there about how to go about it. I have also realized with a joyful shock that wearing wigs can be a lot of fun and provide a lot of confidence. If I have to measure my level of confidence now against my entire life, there is no comparison. I love my life, and I love my NO MORE BAD HAIR DAYS with all my heart! I have no way of showing my gratitude, my heart is just full of happiness. Thank you thank you."
At Wigs.com, we pride ourselves on being an outlet for those affected by hair loss to share their stories with their community. Along with this, Wigs.com focuses on providing education material for all things alternative hair - from how to pick a wig color to how to pay for it through insurance.