made the commitment to start wearing hair.
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?
be honest. Your biggest fear is that
everyone is going to say, "Oh my gosh! You're wearing a wig!"
mean really, that's what it comes down to, doesn't it?
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.
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.
are a few tips for making your transition a little less noticeable:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
with the idea of flexibility in mind, here are some examples of Big Changes
that can be really effective.
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
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!