Continuing the collaboration as part of Alopecia Awareness Month I am very excited to share this review with you. The beautiful Netty, who I came across sharing her fab faux hair collection on instagram, has kindly agreed to review one of her favourite wigs.
Over to you Netty
My journey started 20 years ago when I developed alopecia areata (patchy hairloss). My doctor assured me it would grow back in around 6 months time but by then it had all gone. To say I was devastated would be an understatement. Back then there were no youtube videos, no reviews, no online wig shops or forums and my only access to the internet was at work. It was one of the most isolating times of my life.
Laughter is the best medicine
To start with I was very reluctant to get a wig so spent the first 9 months in scarves and bandanas. My first wig buying trip was a disaster. An approximately 70 year old man plonking grey wigs that looked and felt like they were made from horse hair on my head, whilst oohing and aahing that they looked so pretty. In the mirror I could see my friend sitting behind me pretending to read a magazine and her shoulders jiggling up and down with laughter. It was one of those moments that if you didn’t fall about laughing you would have cried. Believe me laughter really is the best medicine.
Over the last 20 years I’ve gone from A. areata to A. universalis (total hairloss including body hair, eyelashes and eyebrows). I even had a period of 3 years where my hair came back. Then I married my husband 10 years ago and 2 months later it all disappeared again. Totally his fault of course!! Lol
I’m having fun now
Jump to 2017 and boy am I having fun with my wigs………..all 29 of them. Short, long, brown, blonde…..and even a silver one which I love, straight, curly, synthetic and human. I change my look virtually on a daily basis depending on what I’m doing and my mood.
One of my favourite recent buys is this one by Raquel Welch called Upstage and in the colour golden pecan. This has a monofilament top, full lace front and the rest of the cap is fully hand tied. It is also heat defiant but as yet I haven’t taken any heat to it. The cap is so luxurious and comfortable and the hair will part anywhere you like. It has great movement and just makes you feel very confident. Out of all my wigs this has the most impressive lace front if you want to pull it back. One of my work colleagues could not believe this was a wig when she found out and was literally mere centimetres from my face trying to spot it but couldn’t because it looks like the hair is growing out of my scalp, yup, that’s how real this looks!
The colour is gorgeous and I love how it has the lighter shades of blonde at the front to frame the face. The down side would only be the heat defiant fibre, which is known to tangle and clump after a while. I found this to be the case in the first week or two and then it seemed to settle down. The trick is to not fuss with it too much and keep combing with a wide tooth comb to a minimum. I then use the Jon Renau detangle spay for HD hair in the evening. Despite this, I would purchase this one again because there are far more positives than negatives.
Many thanks for sharing your review. I’ve been following Netty on Instagram for a while now and can definitely say she looks fabulous in all her wigs. In fact, seeing her in the Natural Image Impact inspired me to choose it on my NHS appointment.
What do you think? Whether you want to share your wig review or your alopecia story, comment below.