12 DAYS OF RAQUEL GIVEAWAYS
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Cause of Hair Loss: Androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata
Jennifer's Hair Story: "In 2013, I started noticing my scalp was showing through my part and top of my head when I was 43. I immediately went online. Which then led me to my OB/GYN, Thyroid doctor, Primary Care doctor, a holistic doctor, a plastic surgeon and dermatologists (all over the next 3 yrs). I did not want to accept it and nothing was helping. Not rogaine, cortisone scalp injections, hormones, PRP injections, vitamins, oils, finasteride..... the list goes on. Thousands of dollars, tons of doctors, many "treatments'' and years later, my hair only got thinner and worse and I lost so much of it. I had to accept that my genetics, age and menopause are the perfect cocktail for my hair loss, and I couldn't stop it. Now, it was time to conceal it with replacement hair/toppers/extensions/wigs. I had already been using hats, headbands, and powders to conceal, but it was time to move into wigs. That first year (2017), I learned a lot about wigs. Hair type, density, color, lengths, cap styles. That was a huge learning process. Once I finally figured out what was best for me. I prefer a lace front mono cap with low permatese, shoulder or above length to reduce hair tangling on back). To me, A lighter density wig seems more real and synthetics are great for their own reasons as well as human hair have their pros and cons. One of which is price, which is totally understandable and also the reason I only have one human hair wig. I am now 50. A grandma, married 30 years, and my husband has helped me so much emotionally over my hair loss and all the emotional baggage that comes with it. I have completely accepted that I will wear "replacement" hair (wigs) the rest of my life. I no longer hide the fact, or care if people know. In my case, it is hair loss. It is not a terminal illness or a side effect from chemo. I am grateful for that, and my heart goes out to women who are dealing with bigger issues than just hair loss. The most important thing in life is faith, family and friends. I have learned that nobody else is affected by my hair loss. They all love me the same. For me. Not my real hair or my wigs. Nowadays, with a pandemic amongst us, it's even more important to focus on relationships and good health. Life is way bigger than hair. Peace and Love"
Jennifer's Advice: I honestly believe from my own experience, it's better to accept the hair loss sooner than later, so you can focus on covering it as opposed to trying to stop it. I also believe that nowadays, ANY type of replacement hair can be considered fashionable, an accessory and even fun!
Reason for wearing alternative hair: I have very thin hair and a spot at the back that I cover with either a hairpiece or wig.
Andrea's Story: "My hair loss is due to hormone-related changes, so I now find that I often have more hair in my hands than on my head some days. My tip for staying positive through hair loss is good nutrition and getting enough sleep!"
Cause of Hair Loss: Alopecia / hormonal imbalance
Mari's Story: "In 1999, I had a hemithyroidectomy to remove a tumor, thank God no other treatment was required but since then I experience a period of consistent and diffused hair loss with partial regrowth. Since the last episode in 2017, I wear wigs. I love them, and I am so grateful that wigs are beautiful and easy to purchase online nowadays, even if I don’t live in the USA
I do not fuss over my hair anymore, I protect them from harsh treatments and styling with alternative hair and I am very happy with that. I would like to tell everyone that wigs can be the solution for any problem they might have with hair or with the lack of it." - Mari (@happywiglife on Instagram)
Mari's Advice: Don't give up, educate yourself and choose a wig ( or more ) to rock!
Cause of Hair Loss: Lichen Planopilaris / frontal fibrosing alopecia
Sherri's Story: "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."
Sherri's Tips: If you notice thinning hair or unusual rashes along your hairline, run don't walk to your doctor. The sooner you have a diagnosis the more hair you may hold onto.
Cause of Hair Loss: Alopecia
Karin's Story: "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."
Karin's advice for those experiencing hair loss: I would tell them that a whole new world of beautiful hair is out there, and it will change their lives for the better, and that is a promise.
Cause of Hair Loss: Assault by 3 girls where they ripped out the hair from the right side of my head
Melissa's Story: "Due to them ripping my hair out, the trauma of it won't grow back , I thank god for the Wigs."
Melissa's Advice: Invest in a wig! People can't tell I'm even wearing one. It's amazing.
Cause of Hair Loss: Lichen Planopilaris (LPP), which caused alopecia.
Sharon's story: 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.
Cause of Hair Loss: Autoimmune disease
Karen's story: "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. I realized that if I wanted my hair to look better, or even different, I was going to need some help. 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..." Read more of Karen's Story
Cause of Hair Loss: Breast Cancer
Julie's Story: Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2008 after a routine mammogram when she was 42. She had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. Her faith and trust in God were an integral part of her journey.
"I knew before my treatment, during and continue to believe now that God is in control. I knew that whatever I went through, He was with me and would get me through it. That didn't make it easier, but I had a peace knowing that I wasn't alone. My friends and family were supportive and I knew that they were praying for me also.” Read more of Julie's Story
Lisa's Story:"I've been struggling with hair loss since 2003. For many years I would lose patches, have them treated, and then lose more. I finally suffered total hair loss in 2017 and started wearing wigs. Wigs have literally made me whole again! It took me a few tries to find the styles that I prefer, but now I have an eye for those styles! I've also gotten braver and love to try styles that aren't like any hairstyle I've had in the past! I would encourage anyone to do the same! It’s great to have so many hairstyle/color options! Have fun with it and enjoy!" -Lisa (@brunettewigplace on Instagram)
Laya's Story"I started losing my hair when I was 17 and always felt isolated and lot of shame in my grief. I started wearing my hair pulled tightly back in a bun trying to hide the hair loss and that was my go-to style for over 15 years. During this time I tried any and all hair products and vitamins that promised regrowth... alas, androgenic alopecia cannot be reversed and I was left more and more distraught after each product I tried. I was truly overjoyed when I learned about toppers in my early-30's and I felt that it brought me back to life! I watched loads of youtube videos on how to properly wear a topper and blend it at the hairline. Now at 41, I wear wigs full time and haven't looked back. I have also joined a few private hair loss support groups on Facebook these past couple of years. Sharing my story there and listening to others, giving and receiving support has truly finally helped me come to terms with my hair loss, and in not letting it hold me back from living life anymore. I am now open about my hair loss with friends and co-workers and don't hide behind hats and unflattering hair styles. If that's where you are in your journey, that is totally okay too. And I choose to wear helper hair but don’t let it define who I am." - Laya (@browngirl_withflair on Instagram)
Joyce's Story: I started losing my hair about 25 years ago. I noticed it thinning, and I especially noticed when I showered that there was more in the drain. I made an appointment with a dermatologist, and he told me it was alopecia. I had never heard of it before. He prescribed topical creams for my scalp. I also went through a series of shots in my scalp for two years, and nothing was working. I finally decided that's enough. I couldn't take the pain from the shots anymore. So, I decided to wear a wig. When I bought my first wig, I went as close to my hair style as I could. I was very uncomfortable wearing it and thought everyone was staring at me. So, I said to myself ‘I'm going to try a whole different style’ and I loved it! Years later, I'm still wearing wigs and love the styles that are out now. Wigs.com has an AMAZING selection, and I am so happy with my wig I got from them. I feel very comfortable in it.
Joyce’s Advice I know it's devastating when you lose your hair but just remember you're still you inside.
Lisa's Story:"I've been struggling with hair loss since 2003. For many years I would lose patches, have them treated, and then lose more. I finally suffered total hair loss in 2017 and started wearing wigs. Wigs have literally made me whole again! It took me a few tries to find the styles that I prefer, but now I have an eye for those styles! I've also gotten braver and love to try styles that aren't like any hairstyle I've had in the past! I would encourage anyone to do the same! It’s great to have so many hairstyle/color options! Have fun with it and enjoy!" - Lisa (@brunettewigplace on Instagram)
Cause of Hair Loss: Hypothyroidism unchecked!
Kay's Story: "Growing up my mother would call me "The Breck Girl". If you are my age (mid 50's) or older you may recall Breck was a shampoo brand and the commercials showcased girls with beautiful flowy hair. I had pretty hair and loved playing with different hairstyles.
Kay's Advice: Your hair is not YOU. You are MORE than your hair. Find out if there is a medical condition asap. Wigs are so freeing if you need to wear one---enjoy it!
Cause of Hair Loss: Alopecia, Hereditary, Thyroid
Linda's Story: "I started losing hair in my 50's. I remember looking at my grandmother and seeing her scalp through her hair style and I prayed that that did not happen to me. I was terribly upset from the loss, so my husband suggested that I try a few wigs to find my style."
Linda's Advice: Don't fight it. Wearing a wig allows you to look the way you want and to change your look when you want.
Cause of Hair Loss: Gender Dysphoria
Erin's Story: "My story is different than others... whereas, nothing medical technically affected my hair, except for my mental state. I have gender dysphoria. I was caught between the masculine and the feminine. At one time, I thought I was a Transgender, but with therapy I understood that nothing would change the inside. I would cut my hair, shave it, because I wanted to look like a man. Or, when I wanted to grow it out, I would cut it again through one of my "masculine" days. I was never, ever happy. Fast forward, I met my wife, and she makes me feel like a woman... something that other ex girlfriends did not. Well, because of wigs from wigs.com, I am finally feeling my feminine true self as my hair grows out. I feel beautiful for the first time, in a very, very long time. Yes, my story is different from those women that have cancer, alopecia, and other hair loss... and, I really don't expect my story to make the cut. But, I still wanted to say, ‘THANK YOU' for your beautiful wigs. They are making me feel beautiful and that means the world to me."
Erin's advice for those starting to wear alternative hair: Do what makes you happy, be the person you want to look back at you in the mirror.
Cause of Hair Loss: Lupus
Mary's Story: "I started wearing wigs about 8 years ago. Some Lupus patients have hair loss and guess I was one. I have had Lupus for over 25 years, and my hair kept getting thinner and thinner. I just could not stand it. It made me cry many, many times, and now at 73, I do not care who knows because I get so many compliments on the wigs I choose. Goodness, the time saved on trying to hide bald spots and then seeing others look at you with all your self-confidence is worth it! So, thank all you wig experts for all your help and keeping this old lady happy!”
Mary's Advice: Don't let folks make you feel bad because you wear wigs. Some will say "goodness I would never do that" or some other downer. Make yourself feel good about yourself - the heck with others - plus the wigs nowadays are so awesome!
Cause of Hair Loss: Autoimmune PMR
Char's Story: "My hair began thinning when I was in my late teens. After the birth of my twins, I had a bald spot the size of a quarter. It came back very thin. It was not until I turned 50 that I became extremely thin on top and sides. They think it’s related to my autoimmune disease. I began wearing wigs then and still am 20 years later. I have had a ball being a blonde, a redhead, a brunette, and now a grey head. Going back to blonde next wig. 😉 It’s interesting how you can interact with people with the different styles and colors. Wigs have helped me feel confident and allow me to be ‘me’. ”
Char's Advice: Have fun with your wigs. Stand confident. Stay positive. Most will never know you have a wig on.
Cause of Hair Loss: Hereditary Alopecia
Nora's Story: "My mother started losing her hair when she was in her 20’s. She started wearing toppers then went to full wigs. She is 95 and as lovely as ever. My mom didn’t talk about it because of the stigma attached to hair loss. So, on my hair loss journey, I really had little knowledge of what was happening to me until I found a Dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. When I started losing my hair in my 20’s, my hairdresser was adept at cutting and styling my bio hair to hide the sparseness. However, I had to take action in my late 40’s. On a whim, I purchased my first wig (Heidi by Estetica) from Wigs.com. I am now 66 and am a very satisfied and long-time customer of Wigs.com. I have many comfortable, stylish and lovely wigs in my collection! I am so blessed and could not be happier!”
Nora's Advice: Go to a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. Go on the Wigs.com website and familiarize yourself with it.
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