I have 3 lovely kids and a gorgeous golden retriever named tess. I am usually sporty and outdoorsy. I lost my hair whilst on summer holiday in Cyprus this August(2008). A shock to say the least.
My hubby and kids have been very supportive and my family and friends great.
My goal is to find the person I was before this happened and I am determined I will.
How were the Freedom wigs? I tried to go and look at some yesterday but there were road closures and my sat nav couldn't cope. It kept trying to lead me back to the road that was closed. I followed some diversion signs but they were leading me further away. I had no idea where I was going and had forgotten a map so I gave up and went home. Maybe it wasn't meant to be. I can't afford it at the moment anyway!!!
I've written to my PCT too to try and get them to give me a human hair wig. I'll let you know what happens. I've also made an appointment to go and have a look at some Freedom wigs. My hair was growing back quite well but patches started falling out again (although some have started growing again). There would be too many to cover up even if it carried on growing. Yesterday I shaved it all off again. I'm going to act as if it isn't coming back and try to get on with my life so I'm going to get a Freedom wig (not that I can afford it). Up until now I've been expecting it to come back but it doesn't seem to. If it does then that'll be a bonus.
That's because I have set it to approve messages before they show up. I love my Trendco Gem too. Which one have you got? I've got the Diamond (the very long one) in the darkest colour they do which is almost black. I only got it on Monday from their shop in Brighton. It looks a bit of a mess as I haven't got used to styling it yet - but that just makes it look more real - so much better than synthetic wigs!!
I am also thinking of getting a Freedom wig and like you haven't had alopecia that long (just over a year). Most of my hair has grown back but then bits started falling out again. Some have grown back but others are still falling out. Like you I am worried about shelling out all that money on a Freedom wig only for my hair to grow back. I wish it would just do one thing or the other. I'd almost feel better if it all fell out and stayed out - at least then I could make decisions. I'll see how long this Trendco lasts then if my hair still hasn't grown back properly I'll look into getting a Freedom wig.
Hi again, if you could let me have the details of that scheme that'd be great thank you. My PCT allow me 2 human hair wigs every 3 years but I have to pay £292 towards it. This is the first time in 20+ years they've actually given me anything though so better than nothing I suppose! Im still tempted to try out the other supplier as it'll cost me a similar amount to get my next nhs one and if i dont try it I'll always be wondering what their like. Hope your getting on ok with your Gem x
Hi Gill, thanks for the lovely comments. I do love my gem wigs, I always get great comments from people about my hair and they do look natural. The best tip I can give you is keep it conditioned but less is more! I used to always think the more conditioner the better but you just end up with product build up, about a 50p sized blob evenly spread through the hairs plenty then every few weeks I use an intensive treatment. (something like the umberto gianini spa vials are great, v expensive though at £9.99 for 4 but occasionally boots have them on offer of 2 packs for £6) Ive been thinking about a freedom wig next but they just seem so expensive. Im not sure if you go on alopecia online but a couple of ladies there have just gotten wigs from Peru (I think) and they look fantastic! Im very tempted to try one of these next as they cost less than the Gem wigs but have a far superior cap from what I can tell. Sorry for rambling on, feel free to ask me anything if you want more info. Becky x
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