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Brent Cairns replied to kimk's discussion When it is time to SHAVE.....Peace!
"Feel I need to post again once again kink I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your honest reflections in your responses. I appreciate the guts that it takes to push through the struggles that you have. You post is very inspiring and…"
Sep 4, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to kimk's discussion When it is time to SHAVE.....Peace!
"Oh thank you kimk So wonderful of you to respond! So glad to hear you have a great helpful and patient retailer much appreciated  Brent :-)"
Sep 4, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to Cupcakes42's discussion Husband makes fun of my Alopecia
"I would leave him because he does not hold his mouth to account. messing with fire IMO regards Brent"
Sep 1, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to Sugar's discussion My story
"Hi Sugar Wow! Seems like you have such an amazing story and so happy you have not taken your life!! What that would have done to the ones you love would have been horrible. I just wanted to reach out to you and just say that you have a wonderful…"
Sep 1, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to kitkat's discussion Dating & scar insecurities
"How you going kitkat? I'm Brent, happily married to a loving and supportive wife. As a bald man, I'm not really worried about being bald. Anyway, just want you to know that there is going to be someone special for you. :-) Have things…"
Sep 1, 2018
Brent Cairns left a comment for Steve_C86
"All good and thanks Steve for your input. Cheers a million Brent"
Aug 30, 2018
Brent Cairns left a comment for hagster
"Hi Hagster, I am very grateful to you for taking the time to answer my questions. I have joined a FB support closed group also and similar information from there has been posted these past couple of days, but you have given me so much more detail…"
Aug 30, 2018
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Aug 30, 2018
Steve_C86 left a comment for Brent Cairns
"I haven't purchased or worn a wig, just rocking the bald look for now. wish I could help more.  Steve"
Aug 29, 2018
hagster left a comment for Brent Cairns
"Hello, Brent. I'd be glad to answer your questions. Q1:  In general, wigs are hot and itchy - especially for someone with a bald head.  No matter how open the wefting is, not enough air can get through to cool a naked noggin -…"
Aug 29, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to Carla's discussion Quality Wig with Whitening
"Thanks so much for sharing all of your comments Carla! I have a market research question. Could I please ask you about the company that you bought it from? Q: Have you received any follow-up or given feedback to this Wig supplier? thank you in…"
Aug 29, 2018
Brent Cairns left a comment for Steve_C86
"Hi Steve Thanks for opening up on for your post. Would you be ever so kind as to answer a couple of questions. Q1: If you have ever worn a Wig, what problem do you/ have you ever experienced? Q2: If you have purchased a Wig, could you in a couple…"
Aug 29, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to Katie's discussion Dating with Alopecia
"Hi Katie and thank you for sharing this- I hope you find the strength to do what you figure out. The advice below is very supportive. My name is Brent and I'm not actually qualified to comment. I am infact a student from Auckland, New Zealand…"
Aug 29, 2018
Brent Cairns left a comment for RobynCS
"Thank you Robin for sharing all your thoughts on this post. My name is Brent Cairns, from Auckland New Zealand (I have alopecia also) The purpose of this post is to ask you if you could please supply me with some info for my studies. I'm…"
Aug 29, 2018
Brent Cairns left a comment for hagster
"Hi Hagster, Would you kindly answer a couple of questions- well done on your openness! Q1: What are the problems that you experience/ experience from wearing Wigs?Q2: What are/were the problems you experience(d) from Wig suppliers/…"
Aug 29, 2018
Brent Cairns replied to kimk's discussion When it is time to SHAVE.....Peace!
"Looks so good- well done Could you please (if you had a sec) answer some questions I am doing for my project. Q1: What were the problems, that you personally experienced while wearing Wigs? Q2: What were the problems you experienced from your Wig…"
Aug 29, 2018

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My name is Brent Cairns and I'm an extramural student from Auckland, New Zealand seeking research on the Wig industry.
Do you have alopecia?
Male pattern baldness
Are you age 18 or older?
Yes - I am 18 or older

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At 10:03pm on August 29, 2018, Steve_C86 said…

I haven't purchased or worn a wig, just rocking the bald look for now. wish I could help more. 

Steve

At 10:26am on August 29, 2018, hagster said…

Hello, Brent.

I'd be glad to answer your questions.

Q1:  In general, wigs are hot and itchy - especially for someone with a bald head.  No matter how open the wefting is, not enough air can get through to cool a naked noggin - especially where the heat is over 100 degrees all Summer.  I have come home from the grocery store or errands and virtually ripped my wig off because my head was sweating so much.  I have friends that say shorter wigs are cooler from being off the nape of your neck, but you couldn't prove it by me. 

As to itchiness, its generally the wefts (intersections where the hair layers / bands are sewn to the vertical ribbons)  that are the most problematic.  The velcro adjustors can expose some hook & loop, which hurts / itches, and the illusion lace fronts can be made of very stiff fabric - also causing itches.

A lot of people try to eliminate these offenders by wearing wig caps, wig grips, or using scalp protector.  And, cotton wig caps can help absorb sweat.   

Speaking of sweat, a lot of women wearing wigs are menopausal, which just adds to the heat problem. Folea wigs have custom made bases to exactly fit a bald head and hold in place with a vacuum syste, but their bases are silicone;  I've heard they are wonderful human hair wigs for about $5k, but that your scalp sweats in them and the sweat has no where to go. 

I also personally believe that comfort has to do with the materials a wig is made from.  Synthetic clothing is hot, so why wouldn't synthetic wigs be hot also?  I, personally, choose to wear cotton beanies with a colorful scarf a lot of the time in the hot months.

Q2:  The biggest problem with wig suppliers is weeding out the good from the bad.  There are quite a few large wig companies that are well known, reputable, and carry a large variety of popular brands;  there are quite a few reputable smaller companies that specialize in only a brand or two, or that custom make wigs.  

A huge problem that I've seen on many facebook groups is getting the right color wig.  We all know that computer monitors show colors differently, so it can really be difficult to pick a color.  There should be a standardized color chart among the major US wig sellers.  Some use color names, some use color numbers;  some change the name of an established color.  Its virtually a free-for-all when it comes to color.  

You roll the dice with online ordering and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.  When you lose, then you get into return policies and restocking fees.  Some are absolutely outrageous - you pay to return ship with insurance plus a 30% restock fee.

Even quality control with some of the big wig companies varies.  You can order 2 of the exact same wigs and the style, hair length, density and color can vary.  

Then, there are the darn Chinese companies that pop up everywhere across the web, on eBay, Facebook and other places, and more than likely you will get a cheap costume wig, an inferior product that can't be worn, or nothing.  Advertising photos are ripped off from u-tube vids or actual sites in a blatant scam, and the wigs can't be returned because of return shipping costs to China. 

Will answer Q3 a little later today.

 
 
 

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