Dealing with alopecia and getting my first wig

Hi everyone..

I am new here, just wanted to share my story. I have had alopecia since October 2011. My hairdresser found a spot the size of a 5 cent piece. I started seeing a dermatologist and a trichologist. I too have been having monthly injections, however it was just getting worse. I was hopefull it would only be a few spots. I have cried heaps, kept it to myself with only a couple of friends knowing.

I would style my hair to cover the patches to the point I was combing my hair like "a Donald Trump comb over". I would make a joke about it but deep down I just wanted it to go away. I have been in to wig shops and burst into tears, going through the motions, however really not accepting that I needed a wig. My friend came with me and I could see her tear up when she saw the baldness on top of my head.

My hairdresser who I have been seeing for more than 20 years is dumbfounded and she too has been emotional seeing me this way.

Approximately 3 weeks ago, reality really set in when I realised that I needed to get a wig ASAP, before I returned back to school after the school holidays. I went in on Friday 13th of July, went for a darker colour and bought a human hair wig, shoulder length which was very expensive. Everyone who has seen me loves it. I am still getting used to it. On the first day back at work, everyone commented very positively, though one person looked at me strangely and said "mmm..not sure about that, will take some time to get used to seeing with dark hair she then said "I almost thought it was a wig". My stomach was alrealy in knots and I felt that like I was going to vomit.
I find that the wig tends to slide and I have to keep an eye on it. I slide some bobby pins on each ear for extra hold.

I washed the wig for the first time last week, and boy it looked very wild and unkept. Crazy hair every where. I washed it this weekend and finally managed to style it in a sleek bob that is not wirey!!!.

Do you have a name for your wigs?

I am seeing a naturopath and having some kinesiology for some balance.
Trying to meditate and have positive thoughts and to be grateful for what I have.
My friends are great, giving positive thoughts and energy.

I am taking this day by day :-)

blue tulip

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Comment by Kayla on July 29, 2012 at 6:19pm

I had a similar situation, when I finally realized there was absolutely no way I could go without a wig and look normal, I'm sorry about your diagnosis, this must be really rough on you, just know we here at AW are here for you, and understand :(

Comment by Blue tulip on July 30, 2012 at 8:09am

Hi Kayla, Thank you for your comments :-)

Comment by Megan Adair on July 30, 2012 at 9:26am

I completely understand how you feel! the first time I wore a wig it was synthetic hair and cheap. It was a mess and I knew everyone could tell it was a wig! It is such a scary thing wearing a wig for the first time! As for the sliding I have that problem now.. Wig caps tend to stretch over time especially if you are an active person! Good advice.. don't wear it when its wet! If you need the name of a great type of wig I have a few! I have been wearing them since I was 13 I can totally help you out in the wig department! The initial shock does die down eventually and you get used to wearing them! It's hard adjustment in your life.. so stay strong it gets easier I promise!

Comment by Blue tulip on August 1, 2012 at 8:26am

Thank you Megan, just read your AMAZING post, for some one so young, great words of wisdom :-)


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