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Wigs Are My Thinning Hair Remedy!

Posted on April 12 2018

Guest blogger, Wendy, is one of our Community Ambassadors.

In search of hair…

 

I always had thin hair. Ever since I was a kid. I remember some boy calling me bald in third grade. I had no idea what he was talking about.  And I stayed none the wiser until I was all grown up. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Not only was my hair thin, but I was full on bald in some spots. And so a bevy of hair loss solutions came into play. They weren’t pretty. In fact, some were down right ugly...if only I’d just tried a topper or a wig first, I could have saved myself a world of pain...

 

I guess the very first thing I probably tried were volumizers.  They come in many forms from shampoo to mousse to powder. I always went for the powder because it was miraculous, but I always overdid the powder because it was miraculous. I wanted to guarantee that I would see something unbelievably spectacular happening up in that hair...Every dang time, I ended up looking like a drugstore doll that had been electrocuted.

 

Then there were the expensive and high maintenance grow-your-hair-back “treatments”. Oils, serums, special shampoos, foam chemicals...You’d think I would have avoided the chemicals.  But, no, I went for a foam first, thinking I would regrow hair that probably never existed.  I carefully saturated my scalp in stuff I couldn’t even pronounce.  Ugh. Chemicals.  I got fed up when I didn’t see results. My husband thought he did, though. On HIMSELF.

 

Then I turned to my tried and true colored powders, sprays, fibers, mascara-like touch up wands, actual mascara, and stuff you just hose onto your scalp like your taking a can of spray paint and tagging your own head.  These “color by bald spot” solutions were my best option. And my worst enemy. I remember my head resting on the coach after a steamy embrace with my husband...I got up, glowing with love, until my feelings turned to severe embarrassment as I spied a BIG dark spot of hair color powder where my head had touched the cushion.  Worse? I couldn’t get it off. It’s there, facing the back of the coach in exile, but haunting me still...

 

My point is, I went through a lot to come to one simple solution... Wigs are where it’s at for me. I don’t have to hide my bald spots anymore (wigs are so realistic now that people are constantly mistaking them for my bio hair!), I have freedom of expression (what color or cut do I feel like framing my face with today?), and it’s easy and quick (wigs are a super fast way to the perfect hairstyle! Just put it on and go!

 

Wendy in Peachy Keen by Hairdo

Wendy in Peachy Keen by Hairdo!

 

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21 comments

  • The WIg Experts: June 05, 2018

    Hi Gisele!
    Wigs and top pieces are a great option for thinning hair. We have a great selection here and also have a forum where you can chat with other people in the community and get questions answered. I have provided a link below!

    Wigs.org Forum: https://www.wigs.org

    Happy Tuesday,
    -The wigs for black women

  • The wigs for black women: June 04, 2018

    Hi Delaine!
    If you want to hear from other women in the community, we have a forum where you can get all of your questions answered! I’ve provided a link below. :)

    Forum: https://www.wigs.org

    Thanks for your comment!
    -The wigs for black women

  • Shellie: June 04, 2018

    I’m glad Wendy found a solution and she is beautiful!

    My issue is this: I have a large head. It’s about 23.5 inches. So, I do NOT have the luxury of all styles, just a few. I don’t ever see this addressed.

    My hair is thinning, I’m tired of extensions, and clip on ponies don’t work (can’t attach it to my pencil-sized ponytail). I seriously doubt my hair will hold a topper since it’s fine, slick, and the little combs don’t work with clip in extensions, why would they work with toppers?

    I’m just wondering-why aren’t there more options for those of us with larger heads? I don’t need big volume, just natural, pretty, long hair. I need something that fits!!

  • Gisele Strauch: June 05, 2018

    is the above account about wigs true? recently I noticed my hair getting grayer and thinning out and i wondered at my age in the 50s how to deal with this happening to me now, any advice will greatly be appreciated.
    thanks gisele

  • Delaine Richard: June 04, 2018

    Question for my wiggy sisters?? How do you keep your wigs on with very little if no hair? Also, is there anything available to keep from getting wig pressure headaches??

  • Delaine Richard: June 04, 2018

    My story is almost identical to Wendy’s. However, growing up my hair was baby fine and a medium thickness. I wore it long but as I aged, using hair color etc it became thinner and thinner… bald spots and all. I was put on blood pressure meds in my mid thirties and noticed a significant loss of hair from that point on but I supplemented with extensions, toppers etc. then in 2012 I was diagnosed with AFIB, a condition of the heart. The meds I have to take totally wreaked havoc on what little hair I had left !! It was one of the top side effects 😢!! Thank goodness I’ve never been opposed to wigs other than they give me a headache sometimes and yes it can be embarrassing because people act like you have leprosy when they find out … you can have fake boobs and that’s ok but God forbid you don’t have hair 😂 !! I’m pretty honest about it and I do have people loving “my hair” and yes it’s pretty embarrassing when you have a new man and of course there’s no hiding it for long for sure. It has made a difference in my dating just the anxiety of having to deal with that conversation ( of course we accept bald men all the time.. good old double standards). Thus, all this being said I love being able to change styles and colors. I personally like synthetic wigs the best and I’ve worn both. Human wigs take up too much upkeep so I’ll stay with my synthetics. Love to all my wiggy sisters out there ❤️

  • The wigs for black women: May 31, 2018

    Thank you everyone for sharing your stories with us! We love hearing from all of you! Don’t forget to check out our forum to meet other people in the community!

    Here’s a link to the forum: https://www.wigs.org

    -The wigs for black women

  • Gina S: May 31, 2018

    My hair starting thinking 18 yrs ago after I had weight loss surgery ( lap band ). I got divorced and started going to get Jair replacement pieces which were very expensive and hard to maintain. I couldn’t make the switch to a wig. When I finally did I went to NYC and paid 2500 dollars for a human hair wig. It looked really nice but needed to be replaced about once a year which was very expensive. Still only my closest friends knew I wore a wig. Not even my kids. Back then the synthetic wigs were not as nice as they are now. Then I moved to another state and found a wig store where I felt very comfortable. I moved about 5 hours away from the wig store and that’s when I started ordering online. I am working in health care and when my coworkers say I love your hair I say it’s a wig. My new neighbors ask me where I get my hair done. I say it’s a wig. People don’t care I wear a wig. I see lots of people that should wear them. I have three different ones I wear. One for Work one for days off and one for the pool. They are all the same color which I love. Anyway that’s my story and it set me free.

  • The wigs for black women: May 31, 2018

    Hi Lisa!
    Thank you for your comment. You should check out Amy Gibson’s book, “Sex, Wigs & Whispers: Love and Life with Hair Loss”
    Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Wigs-Whispers-Love-Life/dp/0986284246
    Hope this helps!
    -The wigs for black women

  • Lisa davis: May 31, 2018

    So i am serious about this question, what do do when your having sexual relations in bed…will your hairpiece or wig come off?

  • Ohio Nurse: May 31, 2018

    Thanks for such an encouraging post. I think many of us can relate to your journey (especially the scalp cosmetics) and your solution gives us hope. You look lovely in the Peachy Keen wig!

  • Nina Drake: May 31, 2018

    Dear Wendy Thank You For your story .I have been so unsure buying a wig or hair piece .Now I have a new outlook . I dident always have fine,thin,puinny hair .I was in a Motercycle wreck in 2001 and woke up in the hospital with my head shaved .And always had long
    Pretty hair. No longer a thing in the past .Now it’s thin
    and Idont get much growth .So your story maid me see things difrently I have been looking at maybe purchaseing a wig But was not sure until I come across
    your story .so Wigs on to you Wendy 🙂🙂🙂 !!!

    Thank you Wendy And Wigs For Black Women Sincerely Nina Drake. God Bless
  • Sandra: May 31, 2018

    I can so relate to your plight Wendy. I too have suffered all my life, and still do. I am now in my late 50’s.

    I wish I had the courage to stop trying to hide from others the fact that I wear wigs. I could have so much more fun with it. Example: There is a garden shop I frequent regularly. I put my old wig on to go there, because they’ve never seen me in my new one I recently purchased. I figure next year I can show up looking different and no one will know.

    Thank you for sharing your story. You, and others who share their stories, inspire me to try to overcome the insecurities I have. Thank you.

  • NANCY: May 31, 2018

    I CAN SO RELATE TO THIS. THANK YOU FOR SHARING,

  • Carolyne: May 31, 2018

    Wendy, your story is MINE! We have been down the same roads together. Absolutely, I have tried all the same remedies you mentioned.

    You have made me smile and be thankful for our wonderful Wigs For Black Women.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Carolyne

  • Nancy: May 31, 2018

    Have you shaved your head? Do you need to make wigs look better?

  • Linda Mack: May 31, 2018

    I wore wigs when I went through 3 bouts of total hair loss due to chemo. That was 12 years ago. Over time, my hair is now getting thinner and thinner; just due to getting older.
    I wondered about those expensive hair-growing products, if they were really as fabulous as advertised. But this is my situation, my hair is so thin, it gets tangled easily, and when I comb it, even with a big tooth comb, it pulls out, so I know those foam products, would clog up my hair, and I’d be pulling out more than growing it.
    This is my question about wigs today. Do you think buying human hair or part human hair is worth the extra cost? I’ve been wearing a couple synthetic wigs, and people LOVE them on me.

  • faith: May 31, 2018

    Are you ever right! My story is pretty identical to yours. Once you accept you are wearing wigs, life becomes a lot more flamorous. I have toppers and lately I am going to more wigs. But I wear both. They make such a difference in how I look and feel about myself.

    I was an opera singer for many years, wearing lots of gowns, costumes, wigs. I got used to weeing myself all done up and now I just embrace that. My only problem is still feeling shy at work about switching it up, because if I did that, people would know for sure that I am wearing wigs. I am wondering why I care. I have alopecia. I don’t need to explain. But I’ll get over that, because I have found an Evy wig called Brittaney which is just gorgeous and comfortable.

    Anyway, Wendy I wanted to say hi and tell you I get you!

  • Donna: May 31, 2018

    Never can choose a color like it to match mine any close to the color. It gets expensive if the color is not what a person through it was. You pay shipment coming and sending it back. I just wish there was a better way of seeing the color first.

    Thank you

  • Debra: May 31, 2018

    thanks for sharing your thin hair journey, you are brave. I also just started wearing wigs the last 6 months.

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