I just wanted to update everyone that it is possible to enjoy water sports with a wig. We went to the lake this weekend and my daughter went boating and when a friend of ours pulled up in his cigarette boat she didn't hesitate to jump in. He found several boats to race and goes over 100mph. She did not think twice about her wig. She then went wake skating and fell at least 5 times, I was her spotter. She has given up on eyelashes in the water but wears waterproof eyeliner and sunglasses when in the boat. I am happy to report that you can enjoy water sports with a wig on. She brought a spare wig down so, when she was finished she jumped in the shower and handed me the tangled wig. She was dressed before anyone else but of course I had to disentangle the other wig. The lake was so tough last year but she has figured out how to make it work. Don't let alopecia stop you from doing what you love. I bought her a new dress yesterday for her boyfriend's sister's wedding. She smiled and said, "I am going to be so pretty." This means so much to me to know that this is her self image. Alopecia does not have to stop you from having a normal happy life if you don't let it.

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Comment by cindy Babs on June 20, 2011 at 11:45am
Thanks for sharing an inspiring and happy message.
Comment by Susana on June 21, 2011 at 2:27pm
thanks for sharing your story. Just curious, where did you get your wig? Sounds like you were happy with it.
Comment by dannii on June 21, 2011 at 3:05pm
Thats very positive. May I ask which type of wig is it? Is it taped/glued on, or just a regular wig? If it is just a regular wig what type of cap construction is it? Curious to know how the wig can stay on playing water sports. Many thanks :-)
Comment by Dominique Cleopatra on June 21, 2011 at 9:53pm
Awesome Karen! My sentiments exactly!!
Comment by kellyc on June 21, 2011 at 10:02pm
Karen, your posts always give me hope that my little girl will be as strong and determined as your daughter. This site has been so helpful for us, and I love hearing these stories!
Comment by EB Dj on June 23, 2011 at 10:58am
Thank you Karen for this post. This is so uplifting for the parents of kids with Alopecia. This means so much than you can imagine. Can I ask you whether she can swim with her wig for longer time and also can she swim in the salty water (sea/ ocean)? You must be proud of yourself and your daughter.
Comment by Karen Smith on June 23, 2011 at 11:36pm
Thanks for the comments. I see that I made up a new word in my post disentangle. She has all swiss lace wigs with silk top and attaches them with super tape all around the perimeter. I would suggest using an older wigs for salty water but I don't know why it would not work. She swims as long as she wants in and out of the water. Message me if you want our source. She is off spending the night with someone tonight. This was all such a big deal at first. It does get better with time.

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