Hello wonderful and sage Alopecia World folks,
As I've posted elsewhere, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata about a year and a half ago, and it is now progressing pretty quickly into ophiasis (and maybe beyond). I don't know how much longer I can -- or want to -- deal with the anxiety of wearing headbands or hats all the time while I watch it keep falling out, so I'm thinking of investing in a good wig. The thing is, I don't even know where to begin. I've been combing through the posts on here but am feeling kind of overwhelmed, so I'd love your advice. I want it to be as comfortable and natural-looking as possible (of course--who doesn't?). I still have at least 50% of my hair, so I don't know if fully shaving makes sense, but maybe? Or else just cutting what's left very short? Also, I live in the Washington, DC area, so if anyone happens to have local suggestions, please let me know. Really, though, any and all suggestions or resources that you can point me to would be great. Again, I'm just so overwhelmed by all the information out there that it would be great to hear some specific advice or experiences. Thank you so much!
I don't know what type of hair you have, but I first tried this;
I went to wig salon in NYC (I live in NYC), and asked some advice from the sales staff.. she was very helpful knowing that I am losing my hair.
This can cover top of the head, so it was perfect for my first stage of AA.
But it seems like my hair loss hasn't stop since then, so I might have to find some other wigs that can cover more head.
I bought several full wigs, but they didn't look as natural as this Bohyme wig.
And this Bohyme is made with 100% human hair!
Thanks so much!
I have pretty straight, dark european hair, that I've been wearing pretty short (a little longer than chin-length) for a while. Unfortunately I don't think I could do a topper since I have most of my hair loss around the back of my head. Good luck finding a natural-looking full wig - if you find anything good, I'd love to hear about it!
Thank you! Today I am wearing 100% synthetic straight full wig with a big hat.. like coordinating with hats, but I am not sure what I should do when it gets warmer.. well, just keep positive to with hair will grow back then...
Where did you get a straight full wig? I never see any
There are several straight one here..
But I got mine in Japan, and have my mom sent to me.
You are in my boat Eli. Ophaisis. But still thinning all over.
I am a wigaholic. I wear synthetic wigs because they offer the "plop & go" as wigaholics like to call it. However, synthetic wigs aren't for everyone. I would say if you can, try to find a wig store to visit one day. Ask the sales person to try on all the different types of wigs. There are so many options out there. Also, it is important to find out what you want in a wig. Many women want different things. Also, it depends on how much you want to spend. You could spend a lot or a little. If you go with synthetic, you can save a lot of money buy purchasing online. However, not all websites offer returns/exchanges. Although, there are ways that you can sell the wig online if you don't love it. The best thing I would suggest is that you visit some wig shops. Don't get discouraged if you don't fall in love with one right away. For most of us, it takes trial and error. Try to have fun with it!
Thanks, Alliegator! I definitely go back and forth between thinking it'll be fun and feeling sad about it... but hopefully I will find a way to focus on the fun :) I've made an appointment at a wig salon for next week, so hopefully I'll be able to try on lots of options to get an idea of what I like. Thank you again!
You're welcome, Eli! I know what you mean. You can get to a place where you feel fun about it, but it might take time. The more that you wear a wig, the more that you can find positives about it. Good luck at the salon! Try to have fun trying them on. Like I said, don't feel discouraged if you don't love anything or if you feel overwhelmed. Each wig salon offers different options so there could be better choices at a different salon. But at least this should give you a feel for wigs.
Oooh that's great advice - thank you so much!