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First of all, it's ok to care. Fear of the unknown is a big part of the anxiety you may be feeling. You may not have a choice in the matter but you do have the ability to control how you are going to approach this change.

Keep in mind many people wear wigs for fun and convenience - more than you know actually. A well fitted quality piece can be undetectable. There is no need to feel unusual about wearing a wig while you are experiencing hair loss. In fact I have had many clients who continue to wear their wigs even after regrowth because they are so easy and convenient.

You may not even need a full wig. Sometimes with hormonal and thyroid issues only the top of head is effected. If that is the case you are an excellent candidate for a top piece. This is a uniquely shaped piece that sits over the area of loss and is secured with special gentle clips. It is then cut to blend in with your current hair style. Seamless and undetectable!

Will it be comfortable? Will people know?

There have been great advancements in wig making in recent years. The caps are engineered with several different materials to give you a secure, soft fit. A qualified wig salon should be able to alter and tailor any pre-manufactured piece so that you will feel confident in almost any activity. Custom pieces offer even more options. While human hair is undoubtedly realistic and perfect for longer lengths, advancements in synthetic hair have created durable, natural feeling strands that are perfect for shorter more active styles.

Many people feel quite comfortable with a scarf, hat or cap while they are at home or out doing their daily tasks. There are a wide variety of options like simple caps that are great for sleeping, gym activities and being around the house and easy, stylish scarves and hats. Your salon specialist should be able to teach you how to tie a fabulous scarf.

Is human hair better than synthetic?

Both have their benefits. Shorter styles may be easy to maintain with an easy to manage synthetic. Longer styles may benefit from the durability of human hair as it weathers friction much better. A short synthetic wig can easily last a year while one below the shoulder will show wear with in a few weeks. A human hair wig can easily last 1-3 years with proper care.

What is a custom wig?

Custom pieces are designed by Brenda and usually made with human hair. There are many different kinds of human hair. Brenda will work with both Indian and Virgin European. Indian hair has been processed so it comes in a wide range of colors and has good movement. Because it has been processed additional processing is limited. It is readily available in stock and can be ordered with in one week. Virgin European hair has not been treated so it is exceptionally strong and silky. It can be styled into any look and is excellent for those who are wearing their piece for a year or more. It can take up to three months to be made to order so it is not always convenient for those on a tight time table.

The wig cap which has the individual hairs tied to it is designed to fit the client using either precise measurements or by taking a mold of the head. If there is a chance you will be wearing your piece long term it is very important to get a great fit by a professional. You may need more than a party wig or fashion wig to create a realistic, comfortable solution which well help you feel confident in day to day wear.

Why am I losing my hair?

Still so much research is being done into the whys and wherefores of hair growth. It is a concern for both men and women even more so now that we are living longer. While nothing definitive has been discovered, when it is it will surely make international news. Until then we have excellent options for controlling our appearance if we wish to.
Photo of Owner Brenda Kay Outside Her Salon - Thryoid Therapy in Portland, OR