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Mermaid Hair! Suzie by Freetress Equal Wig Review (Color: SOP-Emerald)

So last week I discovered a beautiful purple wig, Mackenzie by Freetress Equal, and was quickly dismayed when I learned it was sold out everywhere! The good news is that I managed to order one and it’s coming tomorrow (Tuesday), but in order to quench my desire for a fun colored wig in the meantime, I ordered another wig in a turquoise color – the Suzie wig by Freetress. For $35 a pop, could I really go wrong?

Now, as I mentioned in the video review above, I hadn’t tweezed the part yet when I filmed the video, and that makes a HUGE difference in terms of the realism. Here’s a photo after I tweezed the part and added concealer. I don’t think it would fool anyone up close, but for $35, I really don’t expect it to.

For some reason, the wig looks really blue in the video, but it’s definitely more of a mint/teal/turquoise color. Here’s a few photos that show the true color!

Let me know what you guys think – I’m definitely still getting used to the crazy color and will probably only wear it when I’m feeling funky! You can buy this wig here.

Wig Review: Orchid by Estetica (plus modification!)

Throughout my journey with hair loss, I have made friends with lots of other women who wear wigs, too. This networking is a great way to score some older, used wigs from friends for cheap! One of my friends sent me the Orchid by Estetica. I am not 100% sure on the color, but it’s a medium brown with reddish highlights. As it was already a few years old, and synthetic wigs really only have a solid 6-month shelf life (if worn every day), I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Here is the wig when I first got it. The upper portion was still in (surprisingly) really good shape, while the longer layers on the bottom had gotten pretty tangled and ratty after a few years of wear. This look was a little too 2004 “emo hair” for me!

In my mind’s eye, I could envision this wig actually being cute as a long bob (“lob” as they’re called these days) so I decided to chop off the longer layers at the bottom. Note that I have absolutely no experience cutting hair whatsoever, so this was a leap of faith, but it actually turned out really well!

Cutting off the bottom layers really brought the whole wig to life. I’m sure it looks great with the longer layers when new, but losing them was exactly what the wig needed to look good as new!

Another thing I love about this wig is that unlike some synthetics, it is not shiny or unrealistic looking at all.

You can buy the Estetica Orchid from most major wig retailers, or on Amazon here!

Wig Review: Julianne by Jon Renau in Color 6F27

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been AWOL for a bit. I’ve been dealing with some other medical issues that leave me very sleepy most of the time… too sleepy to blog! I have a bunch of wig reviews backlogged that I’d like to post, as well as some other thoughts and musings, so there may be an influx of posts over the next few days.

My most recent wig purchase is Julianne by Jon Renau. I’ve been eyeballing this wig ever since she was released as part of the Spring 2014 collection, but she is the most expensive synthetic Jon Renau has ever released! She is all hand-tied, so that’s one reason why so pricey, but at $427… gosh. Anyway, I was innocently browsing eBay a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled across a Julianne in color 6F27 that had only been worn once. It had just been listed at $200. It was around this time that what I like to call my “inner wig demon” took over my body and possessed my hand, which clicked the “Buy it Now” button without much of a second thought from me. Sometimes I just can’t pass up a deal.

Anyway, after a mishap with the post office which almost resulted in poor Julianne being shipped back to her original sender, I rescued her and tried her. Honestly, I really like her a lot. She is way less poofy on top than Jon Renau’s similar, longer wig, Heidi, and the short, lightweight style is perfect for summer.

Some perks: As I mentioned, she’s incredibly lightweight and comfortable (although the lace front gets a little bit itchy after wearing for a full day, it’s not noticeable immediately.) The lace front is far more realistic than other Jon Renau lace fronts I’ve seen, and it’s the first lace front wig I’ve owned where I feel comfortable pinning the bangs back and it actually looks cute – that’s actually the way I prefer to wear this wig. The curl pattern is gorgeous and, because it’s synthetic, it’ll look that way forever!

Now for the cons: It’s an angled cut – a bit longer in the front than it is in the back – and that isn’t a favorite style of mine, although the curls are pretty enough for me to overlook it. The color is a little bit streaky for me. The highlights are very chunky, and a pet peeve of mine is that the highlights “match up” on either side of the part. Most problematic, though, was that the part was very undefined.  The “matchy” highlights really accentuated the lack of a visible part.

To remedy that, I’m now using an eyebrow pencil to root the streaky highlights along the part and dabbing a white eyeshadow powder in the part to make it much more visibly defined. I think it helps a lot!

Overall, after going back and forth a bit, I really do think I like her and will keep her… at least until I get tired of her!

Hair Loss & Lupus: What You Should Know

Since May is Lupus Awareness Month, I thought it would be fitting to share the story of one of my hair loss sisters, Sharyn. She was kind enough to provide some information and her own experience with hair loss and lupus. Sharyn is one of the strongest people I have met – not only is she dealing with the tough experience of losing her hair, she’s also battling (and conquering!) life with lupus.

Lupus is one of the many medical conditions that includes hair loss as a symptom. This is why it’s very important to head to the doctor if you notice your hair is shedding. Read on to hear Sharyn’s story.

Three years ago, I noticed that I was not only losing a lot of hair in the shower, but that I was seeing more and more scalp through my thin, fine hair. Scared, I called a dermatologist to find out how to keep my hair on my head where it belonged. Most women undergoing HL seek out a dermatologist who looks at their scalp, orders a battery of blood tests, ultimately tells them they have genetic hair loss and give them a prescription for spironolactone and recommendations for minoxidil then send them on their way. I expected a similar experience.

The dermatologist was a nice woman who went through the different causes of hair loss in women with me, then explained what kind of lab tests she needed to run before we started any treatment. She seemed pretty confident I was suffering from androgenic alopecia (AGA) and that I would be back to see her soon for my prescription. Among the lab tests she ordered were hormone levels, vitamin and mineral levels to check for deficiencies, and something I had never heard of: the antinuclear antibody test.

About a week after the labs were drawn, I got a call from her nurse telling me that I needed to see a rheumatologist. My labs had come back and I was anemic and my ANA was extremely elevated. I didn’t even know what that meant. She threw out scary diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Shaking, I got off the phone and called my husband while frantically searching the internet for what a positive ANA might mean. I learned that ANA are autoantibodies directed at the cell nucleus and are measured in titers with a reading of 1:40 considered a weak positive. With each dilution, that titer doubled (meaning one more dilution before no more ANA were detected would be 1:80; two more dilutions would be 1:160 and so on). Some healthy people with no autoimmunity whatsoever have a low positive ANA … so perhaps there was hope for me?

That afternoon, I picked up a copy of my labs from my dermatologist’s office. I quickly scanned for the section with ANA titer, and my heart dropped when I saw the reading: greater than or equal to 1:1280. At that high of a titer, there was something wrong with me. I was sick. If I had known what was in store for me, I’m not sure how I would have made it out of that parking lot.

A few weeks later, I was sitting in a rheumatologist’s office with my husband and a list of medical symptoms a page long – anything I could possibly think of had made it onto that list, things I had blown off as normal or just ignored for years. We ran more labs, including a full ANA panel, took x-rays, and he did a full evaluation. The full ANA panel includes looking for specific autoantibodies that can help doctors confirm a diagnosis – such as SS-A and SS-B antibodies, rheumatoid factor, and anti-dsDNA. Not long after that appointment, I got a phone call: I had Sjogren’s disease, an autoimmune disease that primarily attacks the moisture producing glands of the body. My rheumatologist recommended starting Plaquenil immediately for the joint pain and inflammation. But this disease didn’t seem to fit all of my symptoms, and for the next year, with each follow up with my rheumatologist, more and more diagnostic criteria were met for lupus, and I was eventually diagnosed with lupus as well. Systemic lupus erythematosus is a very serious autoimmune disease in which autoantibodies attack the healthy tissues of our own body. It can affect virtually any part of the body, most commonly the skin, kidneys, lungs, heart and central nervous system. It is a debilitating, and sometimes fatal, disease.

Plaquenil did help with the painful, swollen joints and skin rashes and it also helped slow down my hair loss About a year after my initial diagnosis, though, I had to stop taking all of my medications due to some side effects, and within a month, I had lost so much hair that I bought my first wig. I used a pair of clippers, buzzed my hair down to about a ¼” and haven’t looked back. I have been wearing wigs for two years now, and they have absolutely saved my sanity.

The thing about chronic illness and hair loss is that it puts hair loss in a different perspective. I would give up every last hair on my body to have my health back. Living with lupus and Sjogren’s is a daily struggle: it means trying to balance work and family life with a kind of unrelenting fatigue that only few can understand; it means learning, and very often re-learning, limitations so as not to set off a flare (increased disease activity); it means living with pain.

Hair loss is a common feature of lupus and many other autoimmune diseases, so I would encourage any woman experiencing hair loss to talk to her doctor about it. It may be an early warning sign that something much more serious is going on inside her body, and, generally, the earlier these diseases are diagnosed and treated, the better. Losing my hair may have been a blessing in disguise for me: I was diagnosed before major symptoms began and have managed to avoid serious organ involvement as a result. I will wear my wigs happily for that exchange!

Buying My First Wig: Lena’s Sheitels on Consignment Review

Purchasing a wig for the first time is seriously overwhelming. Looking back, trying a synthetic wig first would have been a low-investment way for me to figure out what I liked, but based on what I had read online, I figured I would be the most comfortable in human hair and decided to make my first wig purchase a human hair wig. Because they are so much more expensive than synthetic, it’s very nerve-wracking trying to decide on one to purchase, since it’s such a huge investment. Depending on your budget, it can be difficult to even find one that’s close to affordable.

After searching online for months and still coming up empty handed for human hair options that I could afford (and would be returnable if I tried and didn’t like), I stumbled across a hidden gem: Lena’s Sheitels on Consignment. Before I launch into explaining Lena’s business model, I should take a moment to explain exactly what a sheitel is, for those of you who are like me and never had any prior experience living around a Jewish community.

Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

Sheitel is the Yiddish word for a wig worn by some Orthodox Jewish married women in order to conform with the requirement of Jewish Law to cover their hair. This practice is part of the modesty-related dress standard called tzniut.

When I learned about this, I was absolutely amazed! Because sheitels are usually constructed well, quite realistic-looking, and made with high-quality hair, It opened up a whole new market for me to check out in my search for a human hair wig. This is what led me to discover Lena’s shop. Apparently, it is rare for a Jewish bride to really adore her first sheitel. Often, she does not feel comfortable in it and it ends up sitting in her closet after she finds a sheitel she likes better. Lena undoubtedly recognized a business opportunity there and opened her shop, offering women the option to sell their barely-used sheitels on consignment. I think it’s pretty genius!

The big perk for me here was that I was struggling to find a human hair option that was affordable for me, and shopping with Lena allowed me to snag an awesome pre-owned wig for much, much cheaper than its original price. I shudder to think what the original owner paid for it (as women regularly shell out $2000+ for sheitels), but I ended up with a gorgeous 22″ inch wig for only $850 and a no-hassle return policy if I received it and didn’t like it. Lena was incredibly helpful throughout the process of picking out my wig.

Well, miracle of miracles, the wig fit me perfectly and the color was beautiful. It’s very dense and thick, stick-straight Asian hair that is beautiful and silky when taken care of properly, the scalp is incredibly realistic, and the color is 10/16 (a light ash brown base with light blonde highlights that I absolutely adore!) My favorite thing about this wig is that it air-dries completely straight with zero frizz. It’s incredible. Even though I have expanded my wig collection greatly since purchasing it, this one is still my everyday “go-to” and the wig I feel most like myself in.

These photos are from shortly after I got the wig. It had long layers with no bangs, and because I have never not had bangs, I did not feel comfortable in the wig at first (not to mention it was my first wig, and getting comfortable is a challenge to begin with!) I was completely terrified that if I had bangs cut into it, it would be butchered, but eventually I sucked it up and had side bangs cut in – and I’m so glad I did! Now the wig really feels like “me” and I wear it so much more than I did at first!

Here are a few photos of how I wear the wig now, post-bangs. I just take a few minutes to curl the ends and it’s ready to go – this wig requires the least amount of styling out of all the wigs I own (even the synthetics!) I just plop it on my head, brush it, and go. (Please ignore my awkward derp face in the first photo.)

Needless to say, I can’t recommend Lena’s shop enough if you are looking for a human hair wig at a great price! I must make the disclaimer that she sells wigs from all sorts of manufacturers, as they are sold on consignment, so the fact that my wig was awesome does not mean that your wig will be an exact match to mine in quality. However, I know Lena is picky about what she chooses to sell, so that combined with the ability to return the wig if you do not like it pretty much eliminates the risk in trying out something from her store.

Lena keeps her current inventory up-to-date on her Facebook page, which you can view here.

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