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20 Reasons Why Wearing Hair is Seriously Awesome

When you’re losing (or have already lost) your hair, it’s easy to get down in the dumps. But wearing wigs or toppers should not be a source of distress! Despite the wig-induced headaches you may experience, there are some serious perks to wearing supplementary hair… sometimes all you need is an extra reminder that you’re in this special “clan” with some awesome benefits not everyone gets to experience.

Without further ado, here’s my top 20 list of perks…

1. Being able to go blonde without worrying about bleaching, damaging your hair or ending up with orange hair. You just pick out the perfect blonde wig and that’s it!

2. On that note, being able to try out any hair color whatsoever with no commitment and no worries about damage or not liking it. Blue hair? Go for it… just for today.

3. For those of us with thinning hair: Not having to use half a container of Toppik on your head every day. That stuff is expensive.

4. Being able to switch from long hair to short hair in an instant, no commitment, without worrying about how long it will take to grow back!

5. Knowing that your hair looks thick and awesome, and not worrying about people staring at your scalp. My scalp doesn’t see the light of day anymore!

6. If you wear a synthetic: what’s hair styling again? You can just plop the wig on and go! Serious time saver in the morning, especially compared to pouring a whole container of hair concealer on your head and taking an hour to part your hair in just the right way so you don’t look as bald.

7. If you wear HH (human hair): curling your hair is a heck of a lot easier when it’s NOT on your head. Thank you, wig stands!

8. Wearing a wig/topper enables you to have nicer hair than you’ve EVER had in your entire life! Not all ladies have that opportunity. (Granted, women can wear wigs and toppers even if they don’t have hair loss, but let’s be honest… they generally don’t, with a few exceptions.)

9. Remember those days when you had to shower in the morning because if you slept on your super-thin hair, it would look like crap and be impossible to style in the morning? Say hello to showering at night and sleeping in!

10. All of the amazing ladies you have probably met through this journey in online support groups.

11. Having a permanent solution for your hair loss often makes it easier to accept. You don’t have to keep trying to fix it when you have already come up with a solution. Finally, you can have peace.

12. You can do fun things with your wigs, like have your boyfriend/husband model them for you (mine in particular looks like Jesus when he does this) or put your topper on your cat.

13. The excitement of getting your new wig/topper in the mail! There are truly no words for this feeling.

14. Only having to wash and style your “hair” every couple of weeks.

15. Defying your hair’s natural texture. Naturally curly but always wanted straight hair? It can be yours with no heat damage or blow outs.

16. You can go somewhere in disguise. Don’t feel like talking to anyone when you go out to walk the dog? Put on some sunglasses and your long dark brown wig. If the neighbors know you as a blondie… you’re safe!

17. Getting to try fun and fancy shampoo/conditioner/styling products on your wig, when you were probably very limited in what products you could use on your own hair.

18. Likewise, trying styles on your wig and topper that never would have worked with your bio hair (braids, pony’s, updos, half-up-dos…)

19. Our journey and the fact that we wear helper hair means we are unique and powerful women who have been through a struggle and conquered it! It’s a unique aspect of ourselves that makes us special.

20. Having gone through this struggle means you are able to help other people and share your experiences to help others feel less alone!

What are the positive aspects you look to for inspiration about your situation when you’re feeling down about your hair loss? Share in the comments below!

The Shirley Temple Incident, or How Not to Curl Your Wig

Owning a human hair wig is pretty terrifying. They’re such a huge investment, and if anything bad happens to it, it’s not like the hair is going to grow back. When I got my first HH (human hair) wig, I refused to go near it with any sort of implement that generated even the smallest amount of heat. No hair dryers, no curling irons… I had this fear that I would somehow accidentally singe the hair and it would dramatically disintegrate and fall out of the wig as I dissolved into a puddle of tears.

However, the wig is stick straight, so I wanted to be able to curl it somehow. I was envisioning how beautiful some pretty loose curls or beach waves would look in such long, thick, luscious hair. I’ve never had hair like that before!

I decided to try a no-heat method of curling. No, I didn’t read to do this online… I came up with it on my own, which is your first sign that it was going to go horribly wrong.  I washed the wig, let it dry a bit, and while it was still damp, I put it on a wig head and rolled it up into foam bendy rollers. I had gotten wide ones, thinking the curls would be loose and wavy… ha. I sprayed it down with Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion – which I love. It’s a non-greasy product (it sprays as a mist) that gently holds style and protects hair from heat, and B&B products have no harsh chemicals that might harm a wig. After that, I just left it to dry.

I excitedly took out the rollers the next day, which felt like Christmas morning. The results were not exactly what I expected.

To give you an idea of just how kinky this thing really was… this is how long the wig usually is.

Yeah. As I later found out, this wig doesn’t hold heat curls that well, but those curls stayed for WEEKS. I had just washed it, so I didn’t want to wash it again so quickly, as washing too often is harsh on human hair wigs. So I wore the wig and looked like a fool for the next couple of weeks. It took a solid week for the ringlets to loosen up even the smallest bit.

Now that I’ve learned my lesson, my tips for curling a wig would be to use a jumbo curling iron on low heat, heat rollers on a low setting, or GIGANTIC jumbo foam rollers used with no heat. This will provide the loose curls and waves you want without putting a lot of heat or stress on the wig!

Wig Review: Heidi by Jon Renau in Shaded Mocha (24BT18S8)

This is a wig I have been dying to try for months. The first wigs I ever purchased were human hair, and at first, I was wary to try synthetic. But the benefits quickly became clear to me: they retain their style after washing, and they’re much cheaper than human hair.

I wasn’t sure which synthetic to try first, but then I stumbled across her, one fateful day… Heidi by Jon Renau. Her beachy waves are a perfect match to how I used to wear my bio hair in the days of yore, letting it dry naturally into loose, pretty waves. This style worked great until my hair decided it had a personal problem with me and fell out. Such is life.

Anyway, I got my quarterly bonus at work and decided that now was finally the time for me to try Heidi. I ordered her from Gallery of Wigs, which is pretty much the cheapest place to buy synthetic wigs on the internet, for about $240. That’s still a lot to spend on a synthetic, in my opinion, but I figured I could always return her if I didn’t like her (unlike pets or children, who require a much higher level of commitment.)

The color is 24BT18S8, which is clearly a ridiculous name for a color, so they also refer to it as “Shaded Mocha”. I can dissect the color code for you, though, if you’re interested. The S8 on the end means the wig is shaded with color 8, which is a nice medium brown tone. And “shaded” actually means rooted, just to add to the confusion. 18 is the base color, which is a light ash brown, and it’s highlighted (and tipped) with 24, which is a light blonde. The color is really, really pretty. It’s not too streaky (which is something I was afraid of) and it’s the perfect dark rooted blonde for brunettes to try, especially with summer approaching.

So, the wig is awesome. The waves are beautiful, and it’s not very shiny at all, which can often be a concern with synthetics. There’s just one problem… HOLY PERMATEASE. Oh, sweet Jesus, the permatease. Why!?

If you’re a wig newbie, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Most synthetic wigs have some degree of permatease, which is a layer of weird little frizzy, short, coarse hairs that hide underneath the actual hair on the wig and provide a volume boost. You’ll find this most commonly in the crown area of the wig. The problem is, it’s easily and often overdone, and this can make your head look gigantic, and the wig will appear awkward and “wiggy”.

Don’t get me wrong, some women can seriously rock wigs with permatease. I know a couple of them personally.  I don’t know how they do it. Needless to say, I’m jealous.

Anyway, Heidi has a ton of permatease. The crown is huge. This is literally the only problem I had with the wig. It’s perfect otherwise. So, I was determined to make it work. After plopping her on my head and realizing my new hair was almost reaching the high heavens, I spritzed her down, put her on a wig head, and put a tight wig cap over her in an attempt to flatten her out. This was just the first thing that came to mind… I have no idea if it actually did anything.

Ultimately, I love the wig so much that it’s not a dealbreaker for me. I’m going to see if I can come up with any tricks that will help flatten her out a bit more. Overall, I’m really happy with the purchase, and I love that I now have a style in my closet that so closely matches how I used to wear my hair every day – it’s pretty comforting! I definitely prefer human hair wigs, but synthetics are a great option for days you have to plop your wig on and run out the door, no styling necessary.

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