I debated posting this entry, however over the last week or so, in my spare time,
I have been doing a lot of research on women's hair loss. I was surprised to learn just how many women suffer from this. Some reasons are cancer treatments, hormone irregularities, medications, diet defiencies, polycystic ovary syndrome, stress, skin/scalp conditions, and no none cause. Even more surprising is the number of women that fall into the "no none cause" category.
I always had thick hair, up until about 10 years ago when my hair started to thin, particularly on top and at the back. I have seen several specialists and none could come up with a concrete reason why I was losing my hair. It 'could' be one of the medications I was on, it could be PCOS, it could be stress....it 'could' be any number of things, but the general consensus is that
it is, just what it is. I've tried several remedies over the years. Vitamin/mineral supplements to help hair growth, certain medications that were supposed to promote hair growth, some lotions, bottom line was that my hair continued to thin and I spent a lot of money.
A woman with thin, wispy hair and balding pate is not a happy woman. In fact if she is like me, she is probably really depressed about her nonexistent 'growning glory'. If she is thin, she always has the option to shave her head and rock an edgy, trendy style. If she is overweight (okay, fat), as I am, she runs the risk of rocking the bowling ball on balloon look. Not terribly attractive.
What to do? The idea of wigs did not appeal to me at all, until my sis (in Vancouver) mentioned how she has several friends undergoing chemo and they wear wonderfully light and natural looking wigs - and they are synthetic.
So, I started looking into various wig companies online, watched many hours of
YouTube wig videos and read a lot of reviews. Last week I bit the bullet and ordered a wig that has a monofilament top (meaning the hair actually looks like it is growing from your scalp/part), in a style that I felt I'd be comfortable in.
Here is me au naturel (the back is the same or worse - totally crypt keeper hair!):
My wig arrived on Monday and I am so happy with it. The colour is very similar to my natural hair colour, however I think for the next one I will go just a touch lighter (I did just turn 60). It is a synthetic wig, which I decided on after reading the pros and cons of human hair vs. synthetic. It is extremely lightweight and cool and the fibres feel and move very realistically. Wigs have certainly come a long way in the past decade or so. I wore it all day yesterday
and so far, all day today, and I actually forget I have anything on my head. It is so wonderful returning to my car after going out and not seeing the top of my glowing head reflected in the car window. And, most of all not feeling self conscious about how my hair looks.
Here is me in my new wig....
As my weight is coming off, I am feeling much better about myself, however my lack of hair problem was taking away from this. Now for the first time in several years I feel totally good about myself. If wearing a wig promotes this, I will gladly do it - and have fun at the same time!