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Wig Shown Above: Fiona Wig by Henry Margu in color 7H
I often get inspiration for this blog from our Wig Studio 1 Facebook group. I’ve noticed an uptick in those expressing gratitude for the help and information that others have posted about their experiences. Sometimes, we long-time wig wearers forget all the questions and fears we had in the beginning of our journey. The Wig Studio 1 Facebook group has become not only a perfect place to go to find tips about wigs themselves, but it also functions as a wonderful resource for new wig wearers. We are all at different stages in this journey and each of our experiences are unique and personal. No two people have the same needs, but there is so much we all have in common.
Sometimes I read the posts and think, ‘oh, I’d forgotten how this or that was hard for me too’ and it takes me back to my own beginning journey. So, this is why I do this blog and I am thankful for the Facebook group that helps remind me of that. It’s all too easy to forget those early days when I was terrified to leave the house for the first time in a wig. Now, it’s easy to forget those fears: would the wig stay on, and could anyone tell it was a wig? It’s easy to forget the hours spent re-thinking my decision and looking at myself in the mirror from every angle. Yes, I still have those days when I must look in the mirror a second time before leaving the house, but those days are few now. My confidence has come from time (trial and error), experience, and from other wig wearers who are such a great support.
What helped me get through those early days of wig wearing was asking the what if questions and realizing it would not be the end of the world if I was not perfect! What if someone thought I was wearing a wig…so what? What if my wig moved a little…so what?
I learned there was help and answers to my questions, but I had to ask them, had to find the right people and resources. I wish that I had found Wig Studio 1 sooner, and the Facebook group sooner too, because both are such assets. Every question that I had in my early days and more, I have seen on the group page. The group members are open, kind, and not afraid to share their experiences, frustrations, and fears. In return, those who have made the journey ahead of them, can share their wisdom, and maybe remember how it was for them. The ability to add photos of the wigs on a real person is priceless. Just when I think I know all I need to know about wigs, I learn something new on that page or from one of the wonderful ladies who do the reviews.
If I had to give any advice to someone who was starting their wig journey, I’d say be patient with yourself and don’t get frustrated because it takes time to be comfortable with this new thing. There is so much more to it than putting a wig on your head.
In my pre-learning days as I call them, I gave little thought to care and maintenance when I got my first wig. It was all about the color, style and believability. It was a few days after I got the wig that I started to worry about the rest. What do you mean I need a special comb, brush, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, wig stands…and…? Imagine my surprise when I found out later that: 1. Not all wigs will fit me the same, and 2. Not all wigs come with complete mono-top, lace front and the hand-tied feature. I had just lucked out on my first wig purchase (which was at a wig salon) and had bought a Raquel Welch wig with all of that because the style and color suited me. I thought all wigs would be the same, cap-wise. Yes, I was truly clueless, and this particular retail wig shop offered no information on care. That’s when I went on the hunt for resources to educate myself and found out what I really needed to take care of my wig.
In summary, I am grateful that today’s new wig wearers have such great resources to help them along the journey. If you are reading this and think that you could benefit from the experiences and questions of other wig wearers and are not in the Wig Studio 1 Facebook group, please join us there. It’s a great place to share, ask questions, see new styles, and see how styles and colors look on others. I get a lot of styling tips as well.
Until next time,
Vickielynn - (with no makeup, just back from my walk in my Muse Wig by Raquel Welch in Glazed Strawberry, a slight departure from my daily favorite, the Muse Wig in Shaded Cappuccino.)