As a woman, I took for granted the “idea” that I would never lose my hair. I used to think balding was a man’s problem, but sadly I learned that is NOT the case.
When I was 26 years old, I started noticing patches.
The picture above was taken in March 2015.
And in that same year around July, I lost so much hair that I ended up here:
(I circled the “Ask your stylist how you can enjoy smooth, frizz-free hair for up to 12 weeks because I’m silly 😉 )
I couldn’t manage the stress of picking locks of hair out of the drain anymore. I couldn’t deal with the fact that I noticed people in public noticing me. Balding is no doubt a very difficult thing for a woman to go through!
I raised my hands over my head in that moment because I knew I had to be strong. I had no other choice. Life had dealt me a card, and I had no choice but to go along with it.
With few other choices, I turned to wigs.
But despite how fun or cute a wig looked, I ran into another problem. Wigs are hot and itch! How could I comfortably wear one all day???? Were my choices be a bald woman or look decent and be miserable?
I hated wigs—at first.
After wearing cheap synthetic wigs that didn’t look nor feel that good, I knew there had to be something better.
I discovered several “cranial prosthesis” places who wanted to charge thousands of dollars for (basically) a wig. On a school teacher’s budget, I knew I could never afford what I needed, but I also know that appearances are essential for my livelihood. Because I spend most of my life being looked it, I need to feel confident ABOUT the way I look.
When I teach a lesson on Romeo and Juliet, I need my students to pay attention to the subtle nuances of the characters and appreciate Shakespeare’s genius/ NOT jeer in the back of the room about their balding female teacher (EMBARRASSING!!!)
So, I have come to appreciate the value of a good quality natural human hair wig.
Yes, this my Brazilian Loose all natural human hair wig!
As a person living with AA, it is important to NEVER allow that to stop me from living my life to the FULLEST.
That’s why I love wearing these all natural wigs that feel like real hair and stay on! Seriously, no one would know I was wearing a wig if I did not tell them. Also, it does not have that chemical stink that is so common in cheap synthetics. It feels, looks, and smells like real hair (BECAUSE IT IS REAL HUMAN HAIR!!!).
Not only can I do yoga, I can also swim, shower, and do any activity that I could with my normal hair.
So, I started Hairy Hippy Wigs, Extensions, and Lashes to make it possible to look fabulous without going bankrupt because I know I’m not the only one who’s suffered.
EVERYONE deserves to FEEL beautiful :).
And, if I wake up one day and want to be a blonde, so be it!