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Supporting Women with Breast Cancer

Supporting Women with Breast Cancer

Every October, for the past 35 years, we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month in support of breast cancer patients and survivors.

Supporting Women with Breast Cancer

This year amid Covid-19, things may look a bit different–no hugs, gatherings, or walking arm in arm with our sisters. Instead, we responsibly social distance and follow safety precautions to protect us all, especially those battling health issues. Let’s be sure we are Supporting Women with Breast Cancer!

Despite restrictions, we can still reach out and offer support to the fighters and survivors. Supporting Women with Breast Cancer!

  • Send a “thinking of you” card and note of encouragement to someone you know undergoing treatment. If there’s a survivor in your life, send a card of celebration.
  • Pick up your phone and call. Don’t be afraid that you might be bothering or interrupting them. No answer? Leave a message that you are thinking about them. There is no wrong time to reach out.
  • Cook a meal for the family or package single servings to put in their freezer to heat as needed. Be sure to call first to let them know when you will be dropping it off. Another option is to order and pay for a favorite takeout meal and have it delivered.
  • Think pink – wear something pink or accessorize with a pink pin, ribbon, socks, or scarf.
  • Display a pink ribbon magnet or sticker on your car or hang a Breast Cancer Awareness garden flag in your yard.
  • Contribute to a foundation or organization that supports breast cancer research, screening, treatment, and education. There might be ways to donate or volunteer within your own community.
  • Give of your time – If someone you know is experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment, you can still socially distance and accompany them to a wig salon for a fitting. Offer to set up the appointment and help choose a wig that allows them to feel beautiful and empowered. This outing might be just the boost to lift their spirits.

Caryl, the owner of Wigful Thinking, is dedicated to helping women navigate their way through breast cancer and hair loss due to treatment.

As a two-time cancer survivor, Caryl is passionate about helping women maintain a sense of dignity, femininity, and well-being by offering hair solutions at her wig studio in Hamilton Township, NJ.

Wigful Thinking is meeting with clients by appointment only, allowing adequate time to sanitize between appointments. Each client may bring one guest, and all visitors must follow the safety protocols detailed here.

For a consultation, please schedule an appointment by calling 609-249-4811 today.

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Customized wigs that are a cut above…

Customized wigs that are a cut above…

Customized wigs

Customized wigs…It wasn’t long ago when wigs were mail-ordered. Simply pick a style from the latest ad and a couple of weeks later your new look would appear on your doorstep… or so you hoped. As most of us know all too well, styles that are shown in magazines rarely have the same anticipated allure on ourselves.

The same definitely held true for the one-style-fits-all wigs our mothers once knew.

Customized Wigs

In addition to enhancements in wig texture and quality, the ability to customize wigs can amplify individual features and personality.

Wig Services

At Wigful Thinking, we offer more than high-quality wigs. We provide a wide variety of studio services such as sizing, cutting & styling, cleaning & refreshing, and customized hair solutions. Our services, however, are not limited to the top of our heads.

Wigful Thinking also offers wig eyebrow and reconstruction eyebrow gel to help maintain lashes and eyebrows during and after chemotherapy treatments. Likewise, our range of services includes skincare and cosmetics as well as a unique selection of styling tools and products.

Fun, Fashion, Convenience or Medical Hair Loss

We know that clients arrive at our doors for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s for fun, fashion, convenience, or medical hair loss, we’re honored to assist matching your outward appearance to your captivating inner beauty.

We know that choosing a new wig doesn’t always change life’s circumstances, but the increased confidence from feeling- and once again looking- like oneself gives an empowering boost to tackle and embrace each new day.

What Our Clients Say about our Customized Wigs

I received so many compliments on my “new hairstyle” – it made me feel better than I could have imagined. I visited multiple times – wig fitting, instructions on washing and care and later for a wig trim. I would (and do) recommend them without any hesitation – they helped me at a very scary and stressful time and I am extremely grateful.

Contact Wigful Thinking

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 today.  Walk-in appointments are temporarily on hold. Visit our Facebook page!

Reopening of Wigful Thinking – New Protocols

Reopening of Wigful Thinking – New Protocols

We have been busy preparing for the reopening of Wigful Thinking on June 17, 2020. Olivia and I are looking forward to once again being of service to those who need our assistance.

Reopening of Wigful Thinking – We will be opening on a limited schedule, taking no more than three appointments daily. As in the past, anyone who feels ill will need to reschedule.

Wigful Thinking has been a sanitary, healthy, and safe environment for our clients since opening in 2014. Often, the clients we serve are dealing with hair loss due to a medical issue, and we take every precaution to protect their well-being.

Here is a list of protocols we will follow to ensure the safety of our clients:

  1. Appointments are required. Absolutely no walk-ins! Since we will be scheduling only three appointments per day, please call us when you are diagnosed and have expectations of hair loss. We will be sure to run on schedule for your convenience.
  2. We sanitize the studio between each client. Please do not enter early as we use this time for cleaning.
  3. Masks Required. Clients and guests are REQUIRED to wear a mask.
  4. Only one guest per client is allowed. They, too, must wear a mask.
  5. Signs of illness. Anyone who has symptoms of a cold, respiratory ailment, fever, or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed into the salon. Please call to reschedule your appointment.
  6. Upon arrival, please call from the parking lot to ensure the waiting room is empty.
  7. Temperature check. Be prepared to have your temperature taken when you arrive.
  8. Purell sanitizer available; must apply upon entering the studio for an appointment.

Please call us today at 609-249-4811 to request your confidential appointment.

We will answer all of your questions so you’ll know exactly what to expect during your time with us.

Cancer Survivor Month – Celebrating with Our Survivors

Cancer Survivor Month – Celebrating with Our Survivors

Cancer Survivor Month – Celebrating with Our Survivors – There are few words that can change your life as quickly as hearing, “You have cancer.” It’s as if time not only stops, but it simultaneously feels like your mind is racing to the uncertain future. Only this future has its own schedule.

Cancer Survivor Month

June honors those that defied the odds and took time back into their own hands. At Wigful Thinking, though, we don’t just celebrate Cancer Survivor Month… we celebrate it every day.

Wigful Thinking’s founder and owner, Caryl Criscio, is a two-time cancer survivor.

Knowing so many others were experiencing a similar journey, Caryl was committed to creating a compassionate space for one of the most emotionally challenging aspects of cancer treatment: hair loss.

In addition to the physical symptoms, the stress and uncertainty created by cancer impacts mental health as well. When much of daily life becomes unpredictable, finding trusted resources is essential.

We realize that choosing the right wig isn’t the primary concern of those battling a diagnosis, but we also believe in the strength of empowerment. We can’t change circumstances, but we can provide hope and understanding.

We remember the days we wanted to look exactly like our pre-cancer self… and we remember the days we needed a warrior staring us back in the mirror. The right wig can set the tone for both.

Cancer may take hair and tissue, but it can’t take spirit.

Yes, in June we honor cancer survivors… but in our eyes, every cancer patient is a warrior. And we cherish our warriors every single day. All year long!

Though our doors are currently closed, we welcome phone calls and emails to answer questions, help identify your wig needs, and schedule appointments! We are now accepting appointments for June 17th and forward! When we reopen, we will be open Wednesday through Saturday to give us time to deep clean the studio in between! Please keep your eyes out for our new safety protocols coming soon!

Contact Wigful Thinking at 609.249.4811 with questions or to request your complimentary one-hour wig consultation in our design studio today.

Behind the Scenes at Wigful Thinking

Behind the Scenes at Wigful Thinking

Behind the Scenes at Wigful Thinking – These are unique circumstances, to say the least. During this time when we’re staying safe at home, we know that there are plenty of uncertainties. Though we don’t know much about COVID-19, we do know about easing anxiety and empowering hope.

Since we currently can’t welcome you into our store, we want to invite you behind the scenes to meet the Wigful Thinking family.

Meet Olivia…

Olivia has been a part of our Wigful Thinking team for three years, but she’s been a member of the family for much longer. Olivia is the granddaughter of the WT owner, Carol Risoldi Criscio, and she brings a wealth of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and her extensive work with surgeons.

What makes working at Wigful Thinking so rewarding for Olivia? We asked…

What do you love about helping your clients?

Servicing their needs and assisting them in achieving well-being. The purchase of alternative hair provides dignity, femininity, and all-around happiness!

What are the implications of not getting the right wig?

I will be honest when I say that the biggest factor resulting in the “wrong” wig is misinformation. I take much pride in providing my time and knowledge with our clients and educating about the differences in cap construction, human vs. synthetic hair, color, and style.

Who is your ideal Wigful Thinking client?

Anyone who is open to the possibility of alternative hair. A great wig can make a person feel like a million dollars, and that is always my goal… to make my clients feel overjoyed.

Life is full of challenges and uncertainties, trusting guidance for your next (or first) wig shouldn’t add to the stress. Though our doors are currently closed, we welcome phone calls and emails to answer questions or help identify your wig needs.

As Olivia says best, “Our passion and dedication to serving clients dealing with hair loss of any kind is rewarding. We are honored to play a part in their journey.”

Contact Wigful Thinking at 609.249.4811 with questions or email us at info@wigfulthinking.com to request your virtual wig consultation today.

5 Ways to Lower Your Cancer Risk

5 Ways to Lower Your Cancer Risk

lower your cancer risk

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and although avoiding cancer isn’t guaranteed, there are ways to take charge of your health. Knowledge is power, and the more you learn about ways to lower the risk, the more empowered you will be.

Lower your cancer risk – Here are five things you can do to keep a positive outlook and promote a healthy lifestyle. Also, check out this link for more information about the causes and prevention of cancer – https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention.

  • Awareness – If you or something about your body appears or feels different than usual, visit the doctor. Instead of being afraid of what the doctor will say, remember that early diagnosis means the greater your chances are for successful treatment and recovery. Follow the recommended age of when you should begin having regular screenings and follow through with those all-important appointments. Don’t let fear stop you!
  • Have a Conversation – Even though it may be difficult, talk to relatives about health issues that run on both sides of your family. Gather as much information as you can and share it with your physician. If cancer does run in your family, your doctor has the information he/she needs to conduct testing if you are at risk. Also, talk about your fears with someone who’s going through or has had a similar experience. They may need to talk about it just as much as you do.
  • Make the Appointment – Be vigilant in scheduling and keeping appointments for regular screenings and doctor’s appointments – mammogram, colonoscopy, routine bloodwork, physical, etc. Periodic testing and routine medical exams can reveal cancer in the early stages and result in effective early treatment. 
  • Buddy Up – Have a family member or friend accompany you to screenings/doctor appointments. It never hurts to have someone with you for support. Even better…encourage someone who is reluctant to have a screening make an appointment with you! That way, both of you are held accountable for keeping the date. As a two-time cancer survivor, Caryl understands the importance of supporting each other through the cancer process.
  • Healthy Living – Strive to make healthy choices. Make a conscious effort to avoid behavior and exposure that may influence the risk of developing or exacerbate cancer growth. Exercise and healthy food choices are important in the prevention and reversal of many health issues by keeping our bodies, minds, and immune system strong.

Unfortunately, the unexpected can happen no matter how diligent we are in taking preventative measures, and cancer can strike any of us at any time.

In that case, the best thing we can do for a family member or friend is to be supportive…a compassionate and caring presence in their lives. In turn, if you are the one who is battling, allow yourself to receive care and kindness from others.

At Wigful Thinking Wig Studio, we are here to help you feel your best. Owner, Caryl, is a two-time cancer survivor and understands how overwhelming the struggle can be when undergoing treatment. Call 609-249-4811 to schedule your free consultation. 

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