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Your First Wig – Know Before You Go

Your First Wig – Know Before You Go

Your First Wig – Know Before You Go – When it comes to buying your first wig, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. With so many options available, it’s important to take the time to consider what will work best for you.

Your First Wig - Know Before You Go

Here are some things to keep in mind before purchasing your first wig:

  1. Determine your budget: Wigs come in a wide range of prices, from synthetic wigs that are more affordable to human hair wigs that can be more expensive. Determine your budget and stick to it so that you can narrow down your options.
  2. Consider the type of wig: Different types of wigs are available, including synthetic and human hair wigs. Synthetic wigs are made from synthetic fibers and are generally less expensive than human hair wigs. They are also easy to care for but may not last as long as human hair wigs. On the other hand, human hair wigs are made from real human hair and can be styled and colored just like natural hair. They are more expensive than synthetic wigs but can last several years with proper care.
  3. Consider the style: Wigs come in various styles, from short to long, straight to curly, and everything in between. Consider your face shape, hair texture, and lifestyle when choosing a style.
  4. Consider your personal needs: Do you have any specific needs, such as a large head size or a sensitive scalp? If yes, you should look for wigs that are specifically designed for those needs.
  5. Research online and offline retailers: Research and check out different online and offline retailers before purchasing. Read reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family.
  6. Visit a hair loss professional such as Wigful Thinking: If you’re experiencing hair loss due to a medical condition, it’s a good idea to consult with a hair loss professional. They can help you determine the best wig for your needs and can also help you find a wig that looks natural and feels comfortable.
  7. Try before you buy: If possible, try on wigs before purchasing. This will give you a better idea of how the wig will look on you and how comfortable it is to wear. This is just one of the reasons why you will love shopping at Wigful Thinking!

Buying your first wig can be daunting – but Wigful Thinking makes it much easier!

In conclusion, buying your first wig can be daunting, but by keeping these things in mind, you can narrow down your options and find a wig that works for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends, family, or hair loss professionals; remember to research and try before buying.

Wigful Thinking has years of experience with medical hair loss, and the owner, Caryl, is a cancer survivor. Her personal experience and care for clients make Wigful Thinking the best option when you begin looking for your first wig!

Contact Us

Visit us at wigfulthinking.com, or contact Wigful Thinking at 609.249.4811 with questions, to schedule a service, or to request your one-hour wig consultation in our design studio.

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Caring for Your Scalp During Chemotherapy

Caring for Your Scalp During Chemotherapy

Caring for your scalp during chemotherapy – As with most cancer treatments, everyone’s symptoms and responses are unique throughout chemotherapy. For many, though, hair loss from chemotherapy can make the scalp feel dry, itchy, tender, or sore. Likewise, rashes and flaky, dry patches (or cradle cap) are also common symptoms of hair loss. Fortunately, though, there are methods to alleviate an irritated scalp.

scalp during chemotherapy

Caring for Your Scalp During Chemotherapy

Determining which of these SCALP methods works best for you is essential since each experience is unique… especially while undergoing treatments.


Keeping the scalp clean is important to avoid infection. However, daily shampooing often isn’t necessary. Washing less frequently, every 2-3 days, may prevent itchy, dry patches.


Reading shampoo, soap, and sunscreen labels is essential as many chemical additives can cause irritation, particularly if the skin is sensitive. Try to avoid products using harsher chemicals: sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens, as well as paraben derivatives “ethyl-, butyl-, propyl, and/or methyl-.“

Attention to Fragrance.

Like the above chemical additives, synthetic perfumes and fragrances can also adversely affect the skin. If using scented products, opt for aromas created from pure botanicals (the botanical name is usually included in the ingredients).

Liniment Balms.

Naturally soothing liniment oils and balms: aloe, organic evening primrose, organic sea buckthorn, and/or organic jojoba seed oils offer beneficial nutrients vs. mineral oil / petroleum-based lotions and balms.


Ensuring your wigs are fitted for comfort by professionals minimizes scalp irritation. Additionally, professionals can suggest products, headwraps, and wig cap materials best suited for individual needs and relief.

At Wigful Thinking, we know there are many uncertainties throughout cancer treatments. One definitive, though, is our commitment to you. We offer more than high-quality wigs and various studio services; we provide understanding and compassion to your individual experience.

We know that choosing a new wig doesn’t always change life’s circumstances, but increased confidence and comfort empower clients to embrace each new day.

Contact Us

Visit us at wigfulthinking.com, or contact Wigful Thinking at 609.249.4811 with questions, to schedule a service, or to request your one-hour wig consultation in our design studio.

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National Hair Loss Awareness Month

National Hair Loss Awareness Month

National Hair Loss Awareness Month – Observed every August, National Hair Loss Awareness Month highlights the importance of hair loss and the impact that it can have on our lives. According to research, over 80 million Americans are affected by hair loss, and 40% of those affected are actually women. Chances are that either you or a loved one is currently suffering from it, or have done so in the past.

National Hair Loss Awareness Month

The goal of observing this month is to spread awareness about hair loss and to educate and empower those who are seeking potential causes and treatments. Many people are hesitant to talk about hair loss, even though it is a growing issue that affects such a large number of us. And we all know that one of the first things you notice about someone is their hair.

Factors that can affect hair loss

There are several factors that can affect hair loss, including heredity, alopecia, acute stress, disease, medical treatments (like chemotherapy), strong medications, dietary restrictions, COVID, grooming and styling practices, trauma, and even pregnancy.

Solutions for Hair Loss

At Wigful Thinking, we are here to offer solutions for your hair loss. We know that when your hair looks good, you feel more confident. We offer an assortment of wigs in the latest styles and take each client’s personal style, lifestyle, and personality, along with facial features, and compose the best possible hair design.

Experiencing hair loss can be a traumatic experience, but we are here to offer compassion and understanding to help you or your loved one through this difficult time. We will be here with you every step of the way. We promise that you will leave our studio with newfound confidence once you find the perfect hairpiece for your lifestyle.

About Wigful Thinking

We can accommodate any level of hair loss including alopecia, trichotillomania, hormone deficiency, chemotherapy, hair loss from COVID, and hair loss resulting from medications. To take full advantage of everything Wigful Thinking has to offer, it is important that our clients take the time to book an appointment. We completely understand that many clients are undergoing treatment, and we will make every effort to accommodate our clientele. Make your appointment today by calling: 609-249-4811. Also, feel free to visit our website at https://www.wigfulthinking.com/

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New Year – New You:  How the Right Wig Experience Can Give You Confidence

New Year – New You: How the Right Wig Experience Can Give You Confidence

New Year – New You: How the Right Wig Experience Can Give You Confidence – The beginning of a new year often brings hope for better days ahead. If you are dealing with a medical diagnosis that causes hair loss, Wigful Thinking can help boost your confidence to get through the most challenging days by offering hair solutions so you can feel and look your best.

wig experience

Combining compassion with excellence in service is how Caryl, owner of Wigful Thinking, manages her wig studio.

Caryl, a two-time cancer survivor, and her staff understand the journey through hair loss.

Gia has this to say about her experience at Wigful Thinking:

“Losing your hair due to chemotherapy is a devastating process for any woman. Meeting with Caryl and Olivia reassured me that I’m not alone and they were going to make certain I felt as comfortable as possible. Their patience, knowledge, and guidance on choosing what was right for me was incredible. Each time I go back for maintenance they are always accommodating, and the experience is fun and enjoyable. I always leave the shop feeling confident and beautiful!

Quality Wigs

One of the many benefits of shopping local at Wigful Thinking is the opportunity to see, feel, and try on different types and styles of wigs, including human hair wigs, synthetic wigs, and hairpieces to fit any hair loss need. We accommodate any level of hair loss due to alopecia, trichotillomania, hormone deficiency, chemotherapy, or certain medications.

Wig Care and Styling

In addition to the extensive variety of wig options, Wigful Thinking offers wig care and styling services. After selecting a wig or hairpiece that is perfect for you, using the wrong styling products and tools can damage your wig. The experienced staff is always there to assist you with hair solutions and how to care for your wig.


When dealing with a medical issue that includes hair loss, few of us think about the possibility of losing our eyebrows and eyelashes. Wigful Thinking carries a selection of eyebrows to wear as a more natural-looking alternative to makeup. Eyebrow wigs can be customized to achieve the style you want. We also carry a lash and brow gel to help maintain your eyelashes and eyebrows while undergoing chemotherapy.

Head Coverings

If a wig is not for you, Wigful Thinking carries a variety of scarves and head wraps. It’s important to think about comfort when choosing a head covering. For example, it might be best to select a piece without seams or embellishments if your scalp is sensitive.

Personalized wig experience

When you choose Wigful Thinking, you receive personalized care which sets them apart from other wig studios and online retailers. Caryl and Olivia will support and guide you by answering all your questions to help choose your best look to fit your personality and lifestyle.

No matter where you find yourself along your hair loss journey in the new year, don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed and alone. Contact Wigful Thinking and make it your new year’s opportunity for renewed hope and a new you!

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Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a post that originally ran in 2017.

Breast Cancer Awareness – Coping with Hair Loss

Breast Cancer Awareness – Coping with Hair Loss


Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Coping with Hair Loss

Each year, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Public service organizations, government agencies, and medical professionals work together to promote research, prevention, and education.

Survivors and supporters across the country join forces annually to organize and participate in events to create awareness and encourage women worldwide to be proactive in their breast health. Early detection is crucial to being one of the more than 3 million survivors.

A breast cancer diagnosis is overwhelming as waves of emotion turn your world upside down. Nothing prepares you for the initial shock, but it’s important to know that you are not alone.

One of the biggest fears for women who undergo cancer treatment is the thought of losing their hair.

Coming face to face with this debilitating side effect can diminish your confidence and leave you feeling vulnerable with each glance in the mirror. As difficult as it may be, keeping your spirits up will have a positive effect on your recovery.

WIGFUL THINKING offers these tips to help you prepare and transition through your journey.

  • 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.
  • Shop for wigs, head coverings, and accessories – ask a close friend or loved one to go with you to a salon that specializes in hair solutions as you go through the stages of hair loss.
  • Have a cosmetologist offer advice on caring for your scalp and skin during treatment and to help with beauty techniques for the possible loss of your eyebrows and lashes
  • Talk about what you’re going through with survivors and others who are facing the same challenges. Discussing triumphs, fears, physical changes, emotional ups and downs, and hopes for the future will help you on your path to recovery.
  • Stay positive – do your best to keep a positive attitude and realize that your hair loss means cancer cells are being destroyed. Remember that your hair will grow back.

Find a safe haven at Wigful Thinking

If you want a safe haven where your privacy is protected and you feel emotionally supported through hair loss, Caryl and Olivia at Wigful Thinking are there for you.

Owner, Caryl, is a cancer survivor who understands the emotions of losing your hair and how vital it is to choose the right wig and other products that complement your personality and lifestyle.

Caryl’s granddaughter, Olivia, is a certified cosmetologist and will guide you through wig selection, fitting, and styling, as well as skincare and makeup techniques. 

Schedule a consultation today.

To schedule a one-hour consultation in the Wigful Thinking Design Studio, call Caryl and Olivia at 609-249-4811 for a confidential appointment. A private room is available to all clients and a guest is always welcome for encouragement and support.

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Editor’s NoteThis is an updated version of a post that originally ran in 2018.

Why We Are Passionate About Supporting Women with Hair Loss

Why We Are Passionate About Supporting Women with Hair Loss

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.

Supporting Women with Hair Loss

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.

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