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For the Ladies: 4 Simple Ways to Make Your Hair Transition Less Obvious

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:59 AM  |  by HD-Susan


Image of girl with a hair secretYou've made the commitment to start wearing hair.

It doesn't matter if it's a clip-on hairpiece, an integration unit or a bonded hair system. What matters is that you're really worried about the reactions you're going to get when you head back to work, church or your volleyball league, right?

Let's be honest. Your biggest fear is that everyone is going to say, "Oh my gosh! You're wearing a wig!"

I mean really, that's what it comes down to, doesn't it?

Would you be upset if people said nothing--no reaction to your change? Maybe that would hurt your feelings too--I don't know. Everyone is different. Would you care if someone said, "Wow! You're looking great today!" or "Something's different with you...did you lose weight?" because quite often that's what people say when you make a change to your hair, oddly enough.

Here's the thing-you're doing this so that you look better, right--so you feel better inside your own skin. People are going to notice something's different, The goal is just to minimize exactly what is different.

Here are a few tips for making your transition a little less noticeable:

The Switch

The idea of the Switch is really simple. You throw people off simply by using time to your advantage. The thing to remember is that people typically get used to a new look within about two weeks. After those initial two weeks, everyone will be used to seeing you with your new ‘do. Here's how to keep time on your side:

Up or Down

Let's say you have shoulder length hair and are keeping your hairstyle relatively the same. For two weeks before you start wearing your hairpiece, wear your biological hair pulled back. When you come in to work on Monday morning two weeks later, after attaching your hair system over the weekend, wear your hairpiece down and flowing. People will notice your hair is "different" and you can say, "Yeah, I decided to wear it down today" or "I got my hair done over the weekend, I wanted to try something different." Usually, people accept this and move on.

You can also do the opposite, which is to wear your hair normally prior to wearing the hairpiece, and then wear the hairpiece pulled back for a week or two while you get used to it.

Shorter styles are probably a little more challenging but try to think out of the box. Wear clips in your hair, part in on a different side, wear hats, whatever. All you have to do is come up with a simple change that could throw people off just enough to make the Switch believable when it's time.

The Big Change

Dramatically changing your style is probably the easiest way to throw people off, though this is not for the faint of heart. Be brave, sister. You might as well embrace the change you are seeking.

Typically, women with severe hair loss defer to their standard hairstyle and wear it the same way almost every day. Usually this is a matter of necessity-what I refer to as "creative styling"-your go-to solution for covering your scalp and minimizing the look of thinning.

When transitioning into wearing hair, you should consider being flexible with your new style to allow the hair system to work for you instead of against you. It takes some strategic thought and planning to make the transition most effective, depending on what your personal goals are.

But with the idea of flexibility in mind, here are some examples of Big Changes that can be really effective.

Add Bangs

If you have wavy hair and you have been straightening it and slicking it back into a low ponytail or bun for a long time, suddenly showing up to work with your hair down and a fresh set of side swept bangs is actually a really effective means of public transition. Since you've been going into work with your hair "creatively" styled to hide your thinning, you'll go in with a brand new look. If you were good at concealing your thinning, most people will think you just got a new haircut and let your hair down finally. And, well, that's actually the truth! You'd be surprised at how many people accept that as a viable reason for the change and move on.

Change Up Your Color

Another great diversion is changing the color of your hair. If you're coloring your hair anyway, try a new color.

Shorten Your Length

And of course, a considerable length change to a shorter hairstyle works well too. Going too much longer is a no-no if you're trying to remain under the radar. Hair that is longer than what you've been wearing is typically a dead giveaway.

There are lots of options to change your style a bit more dramatically, so consider what might interest you and determine if you'd be willing to make a Big Change or if you're more up for The Switch. If you have any other ideas you'd like to share, add them in the comments below. If you need help deciding if transitioning to wearing hair or just a different kind of hair system is right for you, call and speak to a hair tech, or chat it up with your peers in the Community. We love to help!

About HD-Susan

Integration units, clip-ons, bonded systems—even hair transplants—I‘ve been there and done that! After mastering bonded hair replacement, I started a consultation business and created a training system that educates women on how to transition into wearing bonded hair faster, with greater success, and less emotional fatigue. I posted in the HD forum for over 4 years as a client, and eventually joined the staff at Hair Direct as a content developer in 2012. My role focuses primarily on creating educational and instructional materials that can help you learn faster and make more strategic decisions so you can have a great experience wearing hair. It’s not just about looking good in your hair, it’s about feeling good under it too.


whippledl said:

Hey Susan,  

This is a great article. It's really hard to get brave enough to transition to wearing hair. I got some super advice from a super gal (Okay... you!) to not go with too high a density. My instincts were screaming 'I want hair! Lots of hair!' but I took your advice and have 80% at the front (the very,very front starts lower) and 100% at the back. I have about 1/2" of my own (thin) hairline at the front. If I had gone with higher it would have been way too much. It's been 16 months and I am soooo happy!

When I started bonding I changed color from a dark auburn to a more ashy and darker brown. I was away for a few days and when I came back with my new hair, all I got were compliments. I'm sure there were some questions but no one asked.  And I made sure I wore bright red!

I have gone with a little more length and some subtle highlights but the density was right from day one and never seemed wiggy to me.  Thanks to HD (and Super Susan!)

HD-Susan said:

Thanks Deb! I'm so glad it's working for you!

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