Why we are passionate about supporting women with hair loss – Often, we learn the most profound life lessons from personal experience, and sometimes the knowledge gained allows us to “pay it forward” with a desire to help others.
A personal journey becomes a passion for supporting women with hair loss.
Who knew that a cancer diagnosis would lead to my passion for supporting women experiencing hair loss? It is a devastating side effect of cancer treatments that can leave you feeling vulnerable and helpless.
During that time, I realized the need for a highly personalized service dedicated to anyone experiencing hair loss, whether due to a medical condition, side effects from treatment or medication, or going through extreme stress.
My vision was to create a safe space where you would have privacy and feel at ease, without feeling self-conscious or rushed while going through the process of trying on, fitting, and selecting a wig.
Wigful Thinking Wig Salon – The Vision Becomes a Reality
Meet Caryl – In 2014, we opened the doors to Wigful Thinking, a family-owned small business with a mission in mind. As a two-time cancer survivor, I understand how physically debilitating treatment can be and how much the toll of losing my hair affected me emotionally.
That was when I realized there was a need for more salons specializing in hair solutions including wigs, wig care, and accessories to help women regain confidence.
Meet Olivia – My granddaughter, Olivia, works side-by-side with me in the wig studio. As a certified cosmetologist, she has the expertise to help women choose and style a wig that best suits their needs and personality.
Olivia also worked for a breast cancer physician and observed first-hand how cancer treatment affects lives both physically and emotionally. Her hope is to make a difference by inspiring a renewed confidence in anyone experiencing hair loss.
At Wigful Thinking, our desire and commitment is to create the best possible hair solutions for each client by focusing on personality and lifestyle, understanding that every person’s journey is unique.
We will guide you every step of the way from wig selection, sizing, cutting, and styling through cleaning, refreshing, and maintaining the integrity of your wig. We can also help you with eyebrow and eyelash solutions.
There’s no greater reward than knowing we made a difference in someone’s life.
Testimonials such as this one from Wendy J. are why we are passionate about what we do, offering a service that empowers women to feel better about themselves during difficult times.
“Caryl and Liv are absolutely the best! They take the time to explain the different types of wigs and what suits you best. It is such an emotional experience losing your hair, and these two angels help you throughout the difficult process. I really didn’t think I was going to find a wig that I would love. Sure enough, they proved me wrong. Thankfully Wigful Thinking is local, but I would have driven any distance for the experience they provided.”
Your visit to Wigful Thinking is private and confidential.
In order to give you the privacy and dedication you deserve, consultations are by appointment only. During that hour, we will answer your questions and address your concerns to help you understand the process and what to expect.
Contact Wigful Thinking at 609-249-4811 to request an appointment.
Why am I losing my hair? – Have you been noticing more hair than usual in your hairbrush or the drain after shampooing?
Why Am I Losing My Hair?
We all shed 50-100 strands per day, but when the natural balance of hair growth and loss is interrupted, you may experience thinning hair or hair loss.
The growth (and loss) cycle of your hair has three stages:
1. Anagen Stage – This stage lasts 2 to 8 years when a strand of hair is actively growing.
2. Catagen Stage – A phase that lasts up to 3 weeks when the hair has stopped growing and is preparing to shed.
3. Telogen Stage – This is the last stage when the hair is expelled from the follicle. The follicle remains dormant for about three months before a new hair starts to grow.
Reasons for hair loss:
Alopecia – an autoimmune skin disease that causes thinning, patchy, or total hair loss. There are five types of alopecia:
Alopecia Areata – patchy hair loss and bald spots.
Alopecia Areata Totalis – total hair loss on the head.
Alopecia Areata Universalis – loss of hair over the entire body.
Diffuse Alopecia Areata – sudden thinning of hair.
Ophiasis Alopecia Areata – hair loss band around back and sides of the head,
Trichotillomania – compulsive hair-pulling disorder, mostly from the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows.
Telogen Effluvium – a disturbance in the hair cycle characterized by hair thinning or an increase in hair shedding where large amounts of hair fall out — generally brought on by stress, shock, or trauma such as illness, surgery, and giving birth, but it typically grows back.
Age – Changes in hormone levels, worsening after menopause when estrogen is lost.
Medical – Chemotherapy, radiation, thyroid problem, inflammatory condition, or medications. If hair follicles are damaged, the hair loss can be permanent.
Hair Style – Over-chemically treated hair or stress on roots such as tight ponytails.
Family History – FPHL (female pattern hair loss) on top of the head, many times widening along the part line
Poor nutrition – not getting enough iron, folic acid, or other minerals in your diet
If there is no apparent reason for thinning or loss of hair – such as chemotherapy – schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to check for underlying medical issues. At that time, you can discuss recommended treatment for your condition and in many cases, hair loss can be stabilized or, in some cases, reversed.
Wigful Thinking is Here for You
Wigful Thinking is here to help you through the most challenging time of hair loss by fitting you with a wig or hairpiece. During your consultation, we take into consideration your face shape, skin tone, natural hair color, texture, and lifestyle.
All visits to our wig salon are by appointment only. To ensure the safety and well-being of our clients, we sanitize the studio between each appointment. Contact Wigful Thinking today to schedule a consultation at 609-249-4811.
There are a variety of reasons people experience hair loss: medical issues, cancer treatment, the aging process, trichotillomania, alopecia, a side effect of medications, hormonal issues, thyroid disease, and even stress.
Supporting a loved one through medical hair loss is vital to their self-esteem and recovery.
It can be a very traumatic time. Here are some ways you can help your loved one cope with their loss.
1. Listen and emphasize with their feelings – A woman who experiences medical hair loss is grieving. Give them the time and space to process those feelings. Acknowledge the magnitude of her loss and let her know it is okay to mourn.
2. Prepare yourself ahead of time – The first time you see your loved one that is losing their hair, it can be upsetting. Follow their lead in how to respond. Your loved one may feel self-conscious or want to cry. Remember, you are there to support her.
3. Tell her she is beautiful and brave – All women need to hear they are beautiful and courageous. Women with medical hair loss may struggle to believe a positive view of themselves. Offer your love and encouragement by taking the time not only to tell them how beautiful they are, show them with your time and attention. Let them know they are loved.
4. Talk to them about a support group or individual counseling. – Providing a chance to meet other people who are going through a similar experience can be invaluable. It can help your loved one cope with this new normal. If they are open to it, you can even offer to go with them.
5. Offer to go with her to look at head coverings and wigs – When your loved one is ready, offer to go with her to find her look. Selecting a wig is a very personal thing; a good friend can help. Wigful Thinking Wig Studio offers one-hour complimentary wig consultations free in our Design Studio.
Take your loved one’s hair loss one day at a time.
Some days they may not want to wear any head covering, and other days they may feel more comfortable with a wig or headwrap. Being supportive and patient can help you both cope with the impact of medical hair loss.
Wigful Thinking services a growing market need for a highly personalized approach to non-medical, non-surgical hair augmentation solutions for those driven by fun, fashion, convenience, or medical hair loss.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of cancer deaths in the United States is decreasing but approximately 38 percent of the population will be diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives. As part of its cancer awareness and prevention efforts, the Washington DC-based American Institute of Cancer Research emphasizes that up to one-third of the most common cancers in the US are preventable. Research shows that just 5 to 10 percent of cancer cases are attributed to genes. Lifestyle and environment likely triggered the remaining 90 to 95 percent.
Wigful Thinking Wig Studio wants to share a few tips to help you in your wellness journey. Most people are probably aware of things they should do to prevent cancer such as avoiding smoking, wearing sunscreen, and getting regular screenings for colon, breast and prostate cancer.
Here are five steps you can start taking now to increase your odds of remaining cancer-free. Many are surprisingly simple lifestyle choices.
Keep moving – Add more activity, such as brisk walking, to your daily routine. Walking just 30 minutes at 3 mph 5 days per week can be enough to protect you. Get on your feet while talking on the phone, doing chores, or even watching television.
Eat a rainbow – Eat a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. The more colorful your plate is, the more likely it is packed with powerful cancer-fighting nutrients. Avoiding processed foods and salty foods are also beneficial.
Be choosey about how you hydrate – Sipping enough H2O every day is essential to overall health, but it is important to make sure the water you drink is clean and safe. Using filtered water can help. Avoid sugary drinks and limit alcohol, if consumed at all.
Select meat wisely – Processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats have been classified as a carcinogen. Limiting red meat consumption such as beef, pork and lamb and making more meals using poultry and fish are good choices. Create meatless dishes using beans or eggs instead to provide the protein your diet needs.
De-stress – Chronic stress can weaken your immune system and potentially speed the development of tumors. Find ways to release the strains of daily life. Exercising, spending time with friends, hobbies, and music can all be ways to relax.
After treatment, cancer survivors should follow recommendations for cancer prevention from their medical caregivers.
Contact our awesome staff
The Wigful Thinking team is a family-owned passion since 2014. Caryl, the owner, is a two-time cancer survivor and understands the emotional toll on women when they lose hair and eyebrows. Contact us for a free consultation if you are experiencing medical hair loss. Our talented and compassionate staff is here to help you with all of your wig needs.
More than 30 years ago October became known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and has grown to include public service organizations, government agencies, and medical professionals working together to promote research, prevention, and education.
Survivors and supporters across the country join forces annually to participate in walks, 5k runs, 3-day events, and fundraisers creating awareness and encouraging women worldwide to be proactive in their breast health. Breast cancer does not discriminate and early detection is crucial to being one of the more than 3 million survivors.
The phrase “you have breast cancer” is overwhelming as waves of emotion turn your world upside down.
Nothing prepares you for the initial shock of hearing those devastating words from your doctor. But it’s important to know that you are not alone.
It’s been reported that one of the biggest fears for both women and men who undergo chemotherapy treatment is hair loss.
Being faced with this side effect can diminish your confidence with each glance in the mirror and leave you feeling like you’re announcing to the world that you are suffering from cancer.
As difficult as it may be, acceptance of the hair loss will have a more positive effect on your recovery rather than being resistant and stressed. Here are steps to help you prepare and guide you through the process:
Consider cutting your hair – a shorter length creates thickness and helps to minimize the appearance of hair loss. It may also help make the transition less traumatic.
Visit a salon that specializes in wigs and head coverings. Wigful Thinking offers a free one-hour consultation to discuss your needs and personal style in a private setting.
Have a cosmetologist offer beauty techniques that will advise you in caring for your scalp and skin and help with the possible loss of your eyebrows.
Talk about what you’re going through with other survivors who have faced the same challenges. Wigful Thinking has a support group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. Learn more here.
Stay positive – do what you need to keep a positive attitude and acknowledge that your hair loss means cancer cells are being destroyed. Remember that your hair will grow back.
Meet Caryl and Olivia
Caryl, the owner of Wigful Thinking, is a two-time cancer survivor and understands the emotional toll losing your hair and eyebrows can have. Her granddaughter, Olivia, a certified cosmetologist, has a passion for changing women’s lives who are battling breast cancer. Both will guide you through a customized hair plan while taking into consideration your lifestyle, personality, and facial features through sizing, cutting, and styling as well as your need for confidentiality.
For your one-hour free consultation in the Design Studio, be sure to call Wigful Thinking today at 609-249-4811 for an appointment. A private room is available to all clients and a guest is always welcome for encouragement and support.
Dealing with comments and questions about your new wig or hairstyle can be uncomfortable or awkward. If you’re not completely open about wearing a wig, questions like “are you wearing a wig” can leave you speechless. Thinking through some commonly asked wig-related questions will help you feel confident in any situation you may encounter.
“Does My Hair Look Natural?”
Whether you’re wearing a synthetic or a human hair wig, you never want your wig to feel ‘wiggy.’ If you are uncomfortable with how your wig looks, bring it to Wigful Thinking. Our associates are trained to condition and style your wig to help your wig feel more natural. We also have products specifically made for wig care to keep your investment looking like the day you bought it.
“How Do I Feel About My New Wig?”
How DO you feel about your wig? Does it empower you and make you feel more natural? If you’re using a wig that is uncomfortable on your head, consider a different type of wig or hairpiece. Wearing a wig is nothing to be ashamed of. If anything, you should feel empowered and confident in your look!
“Are You Wearing A Wig”
Here’s the dreaded question. “Are you wearing a wig?” You can answer this question by taking the opportunity to tell the person the truth about why you wear a wig. You could also share your hair loss journey and your great wig purchasing experience at Wigful Thinking! Offering your support can be a confidence booster for someone who is struggling with hair loss.
On the other hand, if you’re uncomfortable talking about your wig, you can always respond with ‘Why do you ask?’ This will often result in the person asking the question to rethink how this made you feel. You never know the reason someone might ask this question. It could be out of curiosity, or because they can relate to your hair loss journey. Whatever the reason, most people respect your privacy if you don’t care to talk about.
Being confident in your look will help you feel empowered! Nora, a customer of Wigful Thinking recently had this to say:
“Wigful Thinking changed my life! I have alopecia and for years have felt embarrassed going out in public. That all changed when I met Caryl, Owner of Wigful Thinking. I now feel confident and in control of my life in the public eye. I am even approached by strangers complimenting me on my haircut. Little do they know….. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Ultimately, wearing a wig is your business. Who and when you choose to share those details is up to you. It may all depend on your mood or the social setting. Being prepared for wig related questions will keep you be calm, cool and collected when put on the spot about your wig.