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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.

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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.

Eyebrows

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

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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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Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Why am I losing my hair? – Have you been noticing more hair than usual in your hairbrush or the drain after shampooing?

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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:

  1. 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,
  1. Trichotillomania – compulsive hair-pulling disorder, mostly from the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows.
  2. 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.
  3. Age – Changes in hormone levels, worsening after menopause when estrogen is lost.
  4. Medical – Chemotherapy, radiation, thyroid problem, inflammatory condition, or medications. If hair follicles are damaged, the hair loss can be permanent.
  5. Hair Style – Over-chemically treated hair or stress on roots such as tight ponytails.
  6. Family History – FPHL (female pattern hair loss) on top of the head, many times widening along the part line
  7. 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.

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Supporting a Loved One Through Medical Hair Loss

Supporting a Loved One Through Medical Hair Loss

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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 wig consultations 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.

Contact us to schedule a consultation. We will answer all your questions and help you understand what to expect.

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