2016 is over and we would like to take a look at the beautiful stories our wig wearers shared with us in the past year. Thank you so much for opening up about your experiences and allowing us to share them with the world. 

 

VANESSA

18 months ago I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. Following the devastation of losing all my hair including my eyebrows and lashes, I then developed Atopic Eczema over 90% of my body. These were hugely dark and life altering times for me and at my lowest points I felt it was very hard for me to live. A woman’s hair is something that is an enormous part of her beauty, character, identity, femininity and essential for some camouflage” – Vanessa

 

 

KELLIE

If I had to offer advice to anyone thinking about buying a wig I would say – try before you buy!  Find a good stocklist and work out what style you feel comfortable with (or even range of styles – don’t be afraid to have new looks!).  Once you get past the initial fear of wearing a wig it can be so much fun – let’s face it, how else could you get a perfect head of hair, a new look, salon style and color in a length and shape of your choice? ” – Kellie

 

 

AMANDA

 

The only thing that matters to me right now is that I am comfortable with the way I look and the person I am. I wasted too many years of my life concerned about what someone would think of me if I revealed my secret that I was wearing wigs. Those were years where I didn’t do sports, didn’t go swimming, didn’t dance, and panicked every time the doorbell rang and my wig wasn’t on my head. I am a much happier person with my secret out there and it has given me the ability to be someone different every day. How great is that?!” – Amanda

 

 

 

NELLIE

 

My advice for a new wig wearer would be to allow yourself time to adjust. Give yourself a break and then become whoever you want to be! Jon Renau wigs will give you your confidence back and with their huge selection of wigs and colors you can become a new woman every day of the week!” – Nellie

 

 

 

 

MAJA

 

 

 

Don’t hold on to the old you! Let it go. Even if your hair comes back, the experience you had have changed you anyways! Don’t waste your energy trying to look like you used to look before. You are wasting your time! Take the chance and all your energy to create something new, to find your peace with this situation. And if people look at you, look back at them and smile. It will make you happier than you were before!” – Maja

 

 

 

JENNIE

 

I have had alopecia for over 15 years. I lost all of my hair about a year ago. Before losing all of my hair I just had patchy hair loss which I covered with careful styling, hair extensions, and/or headbands. I even would glue hair to my bald scalp in places. Injections worked for a while but they were painful, stressful, and didn’t prevent new spots from appearing. Buying my first Jon Renau wig made me confident enough to stop covering the inevitable and let nature do its thing” – Jennie

 

 

 

 

 

JAIME

I think that for anyone in a situation like mine, where a wig is a necessity rather than a choice, it takes some getting used to and you have to find your own way with it. Try as many as you can, but I am a HUGE advocate of the lace front, specifically Jon Renau!” – Jaime

 

 

CARLY

 

 

 

 

 

I have been wearing wigs on and off throughout my hair loss years. My very first wig when I was 11 was hideous!! I am so glad that over the years wigs have improved so much and are an absolute joy to wear! I love changing my look every day, although sometimes I just can’t decide who I’m going to be….blonde bombshell or fiery redhead, long, short, straight or curly!” – Carly

 

 

SHELLY

I started to first lose my hair a year ago but was officially diagnosed with alopecia areata in February of this year. I lost my hair very fast and it was very overwhelming. I remember handfuls of hair and just crying in panic and fear. Finally making the decision to shave the rest of my hair off and start to wear wigs was daunting at first but ended up being the best decision I could have made” – Shelly

 

LORI
When I went to my first doctor’s visit, I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. I was very conflicted.  So thankful my diagnosis wasn’t life threatening.  Yet with every handful that fell out, I mourned the loss of me.  Losing my eyebrows and eyelashes was by far the most painful emotionally.  I truly felt like an alien.  I got to the point where I only had a few stragglers on my head, which looked like straw … yellow and dead.  I had my husband shave the last little bit off.  I wanted the loss to stop.  He shaved his head as well.  We celebrated the new Me! Bare, bold and beautiful!” – Lori

 

 

SHANNON

While I’ve always had really thin hair, my hair loss accelerated at the beginning of 2015 when I stopped taking birth control pills to try and become pregnant. After over a year of not getting a cycle, I was prescribed fertility treatments, which only accelerated my hair loss. I ended up losing around 70% of the hair I once had. It was devastating at first and I went through many nights of crying over my hair loss coupled with not being able to get pregnant. When I found wigs, the worries of my hair loss were resolved” – Shannon