Wigs and other ways to cope with lupus-related hair loss
When you are diagnosed with lupus, you have enough unwanted changes to deal with- do you really have to put up with hair loss, too? This physical change can be a scary side effect of lupus. Comparing yourself to the outside world and the version of yourself that used to stare back from the mirror may cause you to feel less attractive, less confident- less you. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are many ways to tackle this issue and get back to feeling like “you”. You can boost your style with hair accessories, upgrade your look with hair extensions, or rock a fashionable wig. And another powerful way to cope with hair loss- you can choose not to do anything at all. For some, embracing this physical change can be a reminder to embrace yourself no matter what challenges lupus sends your way.
There are plenty of ways to feel just as confident as ever:
- Wig: This is just one of many options that may be right for you. Wearing a wig can have many benefits, which we’ll cover below.
- Extensions: This could be the solution to maintaining your style if you are losing patches of hair. It is important to have a hair stylist place these extensions in for you to make sure it is done in a safe and natural way.
- Hair accessories: Hats, wraps, scarves, and bandanas are just a few kinds of hair “extras” you can wear to give you a fashionable edge with a practical benefit. These accessories may also provide extra scalp protection if wearing a wig isn’t for you.
- Hair styling: Thinning hair is also common among people living with lupus. If your hair is thinning, it is helpful to start by finding a good stylist. Finding someone who understands what you’re going through and can help you maintain a look that says “you” is important for your sense of well-being. One suggestion you may want to give your stylist- go for the short and layered look to give your locks some volume. Be careful with braids—if braided styles are too tight, they can aggravate hair loss.
- Natural beauty: Many people choose to embrace their identity by not wearing anything at all to mask hair loss. This is an inspiring way to show how confident and beautiful you naturally are.
Wigs are more popular now than ever before. Advances in the way synthetic hair is made makes them look and feel exactly like human hair. Today, synthetic wigs are made from more natural fibers that have a higher resistance to heat and damage. They hold their texture well under almost any circumstances. Wigs made from human hair are also very popular and natural looking. Unlike synthetic hair, these wigs can be regularly styled and colored in a variety of ways. There are a wide variety of styles to choose from to fit the look most comfortable and natural for you.
Here are some benefits we’ve heard about from people who decide to wear a wig:
- Wigs hide natural hair issues like grey hair, split ends or frizz.
- It’s convenient. You don’t need to spend hours styling your hair.
- There’s no commitment. You can be a curly blonde one month and try straight brown hair the next. And, you don’t have to worry about the damage of beaching or applying heat to your hair while you try a new look.
- A “bad hair day” is not in your vocabulary. Especially with synthetic hair, your wig will always be styled.
- You may save lots of money. If you find a wig you love, you may find yourself visiting the hair salon a lot less frequently.
Not everyone opts to wear a wig when combating hair loss, and that’s perfectly fine. No matter what solution you choose, remember that you are beautiful wig or without it!