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Aug 22, 2012...And This Is Why...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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!

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    emoticon emoticon Reassuring info on a much needed topic. I'm so passing this on to an aunt who has been having similar problems & no clue what to do! emoticon
    1662 days ago
    AWESOME!!!!! emoticon
    3126 days ago
    Thank you for the info on the wigs. Not ready for this yet but I'll be keeping it in mind.

    I'm glad to hear that you've stuck with SP. Hang in there! emoticon
    3149 days ago
    Susan the after looks awesome, I would never had suspected it was a wig. I also think you are pretty awesome to share this will everyone.
    Feeling good about yourself is the long term goal, that I have and I understand that helping that along is one good feeling.
    Hugs and smiles
    3184 days ago
    wow I am so totally blow away by your honesty and the ability to " bare" it all !! Good for you and btw ..... you look MMMMAAAAAAAHHHH-VELL--OUS DARHLING !! You do anything that makes you feel better about yourself and raises your self esteem . We women live in a very diffucult , Media driven, beauty obsessed world ! Its pretty tough out there !
    thanks for sharing and I can't believe you're 60 !

    3184 days ago
    you look amazing, that wig is so suited for you! great blog!
    3185 days ago
    You sexy mama you! *wolfwhistle* lol You look fantastic! One of my sisters in law has just purchased a wig for the very same reason. I think it will be a great comfort to her to know that she is far from alone in this malady. I'm so glad you found this solution and feel so much better. I am happy for you. You are GORGEOUS!
    3186 days ago
    Thank you so much for being brave and sharing this! I am quite sure it was not an easy thing to do. I absolutely love the style of your new wig! You look absolutely beautiful Susan! emoticon
    3186 days ago
    Thank you sooo much for sharing this. I have a receding hair line. It has not bothered me much in the past but lately I have had to start watching how I wear my hair in public. Very frustrating. I wonder if a wig would work for me? Hmmm.
    3186 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Susan you look so incredibly happy - and beautiful! I'm glad the wig has lifted your spirits and renewed how you feel about yourself. You deserve to feel good. While I know it was for another cause, it makes me feel good to know that I've donated my hair on two occasions. Hopefully it gave someone else that lift that you've gotten!

    You look amazing!

    3187 days ago
    What can I say, but WOW WOW WOW WOW!!

    Susan you look amazing, with or without the wig, but with it I can see an extra little sparkle in your eyes! So that tells me that this is so worth it to you, and I'm glad that you were able to find something that would give you a special lift toward feeling better about yourself.

    You know, we still need to figure out a plan on how to get together - especially if it means we can both avoid driving through Toronto! LOL

    Sending some big hugs your way,
    3187 days ago
    looks great. You shine with confidence
    3187 days ago
    Wow! It looks good and I love the fact that it is so lightweight that you can forget it. That was the biggest problem before-heavy, hot and yucky feeling. I love your smile!
    Spark On! We Got This!
    3188 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    You look wonderful Sue (and young, certainly not 60) - so natural, you'd never know it was a wig! You really do look maaaaaaaavellous dahlink!!!
    3188 days ago
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    That looks amazingly real! I love it just love it. I too have very little hair on top and at the crown. I would love it if you could send me a link to their website. I hope it is Canadian, but if not, I can live with it,

    Thanks in advance and great going. You look so happy.

    3188 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    LOVE the wig!
    3188 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    LOVE the wig!
    3188 days ago
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    wow it looks so natural, awesome you look so healthy and happy
    Way to go!!!
    3188 days ago
    you are beautiful with or without the wig.
    it looks very natural, though. glad you did something that makes you feel as wonderful as you are.
    3188 days ago
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