Diary of a Bald Woman, Part One: Purchasing “New Hair”

by guest blogger Jodi Pliszka, M.S., the world’s leading Solutionologist®

Purchasing a new wig can be very scary, especially if this if your first time. Don’t worry, I am here to help ease your apprehensions and share some stories to help you gain the confidence to pick out the wig that is best for you! When I first started losing my hair to alopecia, I was only 13 years old. By the age of 20, every bit of hair, over my entire body, was completely gone. I was devastated. I felt so lost and so angry at everyone and everything. I remember my mom suggesting that I needed to go “wig shopping” with her. I was very resistant and remember yelling at my mom, saying “wigs are for old ladies!” I was in denial and didn’t want to come to terms with the fact that my hair was really gone and that there wasn’t anything I could do about it. This denial makes it really hard for a lot of women to go shopping for a wig, to replace their beautiful, lost hair.

I was mortified when I stepped into my first wig shop, Les Wig Boutique. There were foam heads, painted with gaudy makeup, false eyelashes, and cheap synthetic “old lady wigs” sneering at me. I wanted to run outside and cry. There weren’t even any dressing rooms for me to try on the different styles, and I felt so exposed and naked, baring my bald head to others in the shop. I felt violated and humiliated. Needless to say, this wasn’t a positive memory for me. It’s amazing how times have changed and how online shopping has really helped women avoid a lot of the emotional angst that is caused by having to enter a wig shop and endure this process. My perception of “wig shopping” has really changed, though, in the past 28 years.

Purchasing a new wig is a very emotional decision for women because we are losing control of the situation before us. Many women feel that they are forced into societal conformity by having to cover their bare heads. Even though we can’t control our hair loss, be it due to alopecia, chemo, trichotillomania, or other disorders, we can control the way we react to this process. Wig websites are truly a gift from above for us all. They have explain the colors, styles, materials, cap options, and even offer accessories, like No Sweat® liners by Headline It!®, to help make wigs feel more comfortable. The process of researching and shopping for wigs online is very comforting and reassuring, allowing women to process their emotions, privately and discreetly.

Women can gain back control of their hair loss, by simply buying wig, which becomes your your “new hair.” I encourage women to use this terminology to empower themselves and take back control over their situation, whatever it may be. After all, it’s hair, it’s new, and it’s yours. So, be confident that you will find the right style, color, and fiber that is best for you and in your budget.

However, please remember that hair is just an extra piece of glamour for any women. Our true beauty comes from within and we should be judged by who we are and not by what we look like from the outside in. Don’t be afraid to try out a fancy new hat or comfy scarf or just go sans hair to mix it up a bit. Do what is right for you, not what others expect of you. You only have one life to live and–hair or no hair–make it the best life it can be. As I outline in my award-winning autobiography, Bald is Beautiful: My Journey to Becoming, try to turn your obstacles into opportunities and focus on your health and wellness. Remaining positive is the key to health and success. There is life after hair loss, and I’m sure that you’ll look great wearing a fun new hair style or color, or maybe you will find something that looks exactly like your hair, prior to losing it. Either way, keep the faith and always believe in yourself. Your attitude will inspire so many people, even if you aren’t aware of it.

Losing my hair helped me find who I am. It also helped me complete my Master’s degree and PhD work in psychology, to better help women, like myself. I was featured on countless TV shows, like Lifetime TV’s Health Corner, with my story on alopecia, and I was a top finalist on ABC’s American Inventor as the award-winning inventor of the patented No Sweat® liners by Headline It!®.

If you are looking for a little extra comfort under your wigs–as I always was doing–please try my No Sweat® liners by Headline It!®. My liners are made from a very soft, high-tech “wick wear” material that pulls sweat away from your head and traps oils, salts, and odors in the liner, not your wig. This allows you to wash your wigs less often, saving you money by extending the life of your wig. My liners also block wig fibers from irritating your scalp and help regulate your core body temperature, through hot flashes and cold moments.

Jodi Pliszka is the world’s leading Solutionologist®. She is the celebrated host of Ripley’s Believe It or Not Radio’s Weird Medical Maladies and the inventor of No Sweat® liners by Headline It!® Jodi is the award-winning author of Bald Is Beautiful: My Journey to Becoming and the Bella and Gizmo’s Adventures series. A clinical therapist and president/CEO of Pliszka’s Adventures, Jodi has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, and countless other newspapers, magazines, and talk shows, sharing her alopecia story of Tragedy to Triumph. Jodi was a Top Finalist on ABC’s American Inventor and has been featured on Lifetime TV’S Health Corner, as well as NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC news and more. For more information about Jodi Pliszka, the Solutionologist®, please visit www.JodiPliszka.com or www.theSolutionologist.com.

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Wig Accessories & Proper Wig Care

wigaccessoriesWig.com wigs for women carries a full line of wig accessories–shampoo, conditioner, styling products, wig stands, wig liners, and more–to help you extend the life of your wig and keep it looking fresh, vibrant, and stylish. Check out this helpful how-to video for a demonstration of how to use our specially formulated products to properly care for your wig.

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NEW Jaclyn Smith Wig Styles Coming Soon!

Get ready…five NEW Jaclyn Smith wigs are coming October 27! But you don’t have to wait until then to get a celebrity hairstyle. The Style by Jaclyn Smith Collection includes many beautiful wigs you can get now…at GREAT prices!

Check out this exclusive clip from TV’s Extra, which spotlights Jaclyn’s new wig styles and her great work for cancer survivors through City of Hope. And here are some sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes shots from Jaclyn’s recent photo shoot. We can’t wait see more of her exclusive new wigs, which include styles with names like Malibu Waves, Hollywood Lights, Sunset, Seaside, and Rodeo Style. So romantic. So California. So gorgeous. So Jaclyn!py_new_jaclyn

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Wendy Williams Wig Line: Take an Extra 10% Off!

Howyoudoin’!? While supplies last, you can take an EXTRA 10% off our already-reduced prices for the Wendy Williams wig line! Shop now and let the savings begin!

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No Sweat Wig Liners by Headline It!

Sweat can be an issue for many wig users in the summer because sweat can stain your wigs and leave oils, odors, and salt-stain residue behind. The more you sweat, the more you need to wash your wigs—and the quicker you are going to wear out your wig and have to buy a new one.

Don’t worry! There is a solution. No Sweat Wig Liners by Headline It! are the #1 wig accessory designed with high-tech wickwear that pulls sweat away from your head and into the liner. In fact, the liners retain four times their weight in sweat, which keeps your head cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

In addition, by trapping all of the oils, salts, and odors, you drastically reduce how often you need to wash your wigs, which saves you time and money. No Sweat Wig Liners by Headline It! are disposable, and each one can be used for 80 hours, or about 10-14 days of normal use.

No Sweat Wig Liners by Headline It! extend the life of your wigs and provide comfortable, no-slip coverage to keep your wig in place and scalp protected from the scratchy fibers that can poke through a wig’s cap.

Jodi Pliszka, M.S., an alopecia survivor of over 29 years, created No Sweat Wig Liners by Headline It! and was a top finalist on ABC’S American Inventor TV show and has been featured on Lifetime TV’S Health Corner, as well as programs on NBC, CBS, ABC, and other international media outlets. Jodi wrote the award-winning autobiography Bald is Beautiful: My Journey to Becoming, as well as the children’s books Bella and Gizmo’s Adventures, The Hairless Sphynx Cats, and Bella Gets a New Sweater, which help kids learn how to deal with differences like alopecia, cancer, braces, glasses, and more.

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Large Cap Wigs from Wig.com

wig_largeWig.com carries large cap wigs in a variety of lengths, styles, colors, and fibers. Shop our collection of large cap wigs to find a style in the size that fits you AND your budget!

(For more information on large cap wigs, or for guidance on how to measure your head for a perfectly fitting wig, check out our “Find Your Size” page on Wig.com or this blog.)

Here are just few of the dozens of fab large cap wigs we have:

Abby WhisperLite® Wig by Paula Young® The chic, cropped layers are surprisingly versatile and the Kanekalon® WhisperLite® fibers make this wig so comfortable and lightweight that you won’t even feel like you’re wearing a wig! Abby is available in the large wig cap size.

Debut Wig by Especially Yours® Short layers frame your face in one of today’s sassiest styles.Debut is available in the large wig cap size.

Serena Wig by Especially Yours® Long, wet-look ringlets create striking results! Serena is available in the large wig cap size.

Gayle Wig by Paula Young® Soft bangs help frame the face while long layers gently cascade past the shoulders. Gayle is available in the large wig cap size.

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Lace Front Wigs at Wig.com

Wig.com is proud to carry a fabulous selection of lace front wigs.

Lace front wigs are constructed using delicate lace material at the front, which creates a seamless, completely natural-looking hairline.

If you like to wear your hair off your face, lace front wigs allow for that styling versatility. Lace front wigs mimic how hair grows naturally, so no one will be able to detect that you’re wearing a wig…even up close!

Watch the video below from our partners at Paula Young to learn more about lace front wigs.

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Short Wigs, Long on Style

ey_shortWig.com is your go-to source for short wigs for African American women.

Our short wigs are light and sporty and–most important of all–stylish!

Check out our short wigs for yourself. The following short wig styles are among our most popular.

Feathered Pixie Wig by Sherri Shepherd™ LUXHAIR™ is a short wig with pretty layering that adds shape and movement and makes it a great choice for every face shape.

Debut Wig by Especially Yours® is a sassy short wig with layers piecey layers that frame the face.

Bianca Human Hair Blend Wig by Especially Yours® is a smooth pixie short wig a with fringe of wispy bangs.

Nova Wig by Especially Yours® is a cute crop-style short wig with texturized layers and piecey styling.

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Natural Image Collection Wigs

Natural Image Collection Wigs

Natural Image Collection Wigs

Wig.com wigs for women is proud to offer dramatic hair with a European flair!

Natural Image Collection wigs‬ are an exclusive UK collection of chic, comfortable, ready-to-wear styles.

Modern colors are a mix of highlights and lowlights expertly blended to create depth and dimension.

The Danni wig from the Natural Image collection is a short, angled bob with luscious layers and loads of modern appeal.

The April wig from the Natural Image collection is short, layered style with beautiful volume and flattering fringe–all in super-light WhisperLite® fiber.

The Vernice wig from the Natural Image collection is a short, textured crop wig with flicked ends and lots of volume.

The Embrace wig from the Natural Image collection is the perfect sleek inverted bob wig.

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Wig.com…Your Source for Braided Hair Pieces

Wig.com is your go-to source for braided hair pieces! From classic braided buns to intricate fishtail plaits to modern braided headbands, we have what you want.

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