So I finally made the decision to get a wig. After a year and a half of alopecia areata out breaks, resulting in a patch that looks as though it might never regrow. I decided to invest in a nice wig thanks to the help of my grandma and boyfriend. It was a big decision:
1. During the summer it is really hot in DC and I did not want to deal with it.
2. Taking care of the wig seems intimidating
3. Getting a wig signified to me that I was accepting I might need a wig forever and that my hair may not ever grow back. SCARY! and probably the real reason I have put this off.
As a recent graduate student grad who is underemployed working on a quarter time Ronald McDonald Grant for children in highly contentious custody battles, interviews - "without my hair as I knew it" - leave me nervous and insecure and investing in this expensive natural looking wig changed me life...
for less than 24 hours.
This wonderful woman at Crown Wigs in Alexandria, VA fitted me perfectly and even accepted the tears that over came me as I saw myself with hair for the first time in over a year and a half.
She answered all of my questions: Can I swim with it? Can I exercise? How do I clean it? When can I clean it? Will it make me hot? I had all these questions because I had never worn a wig full time and had no idea how to take care of something so nice. I made this full disclosure.
I wore the wig out of the store, beaming. The next morning I woke up and wore the wig to my immunology appointment, where the doctor commented on how I appeared more confident and healthy looking.
After my appointment, I went home and cooked myself some lunch. As I opened the oven to remove my pizza something felt weird. I immediately slammed the oven door and ran to the mirror. The bangs of the wig were singed.
Destroyed I called my boyfriend. The smooth shiny real looking hair had become a hardened birds nest in less than a second. When he came home he declared what I was scared to admit... this was a problem bigger than us.
I am too embarrassed to leave the house even with a hat on after the oven incident, so this morning my boyfriend called the store. She shared that there are no exchanges or refunds or warranty! I feel so stupid. How did a smart lady like me not think that the heat of an oven could effect the wig?
My boyfriend is going to the store in person after work with the wig to see if she can trim it or treat it in some way so that we do not have to pay again.
So here are my questions:
1. Should my wig have come with an instruction/care manuel so that I could have avoided this situation? Did the wig shop owner have an obligation to tell me about this hazard?
2. Is there a non-profit that helps individuals afford wigs?
3. Does this happen to all wigs?