Guest Blog By: Angie
Does anyone out there who has begun their hair wearing journey regret their decision? Wish they’d tried harder to hang onto their bio hair? Feel they’ve done everything they can? Would do anything different? (Ok, so that’s more than one question, lol!)
At this point in my HLBS (to coin Lina’s term!) journey, I really don’t feel I have much choice but to start wearing hair. It’s getting more and more difficult to cover up, when I don’t use Toppik you can totally see my scalp, and even when I *do* use it, I still feel it looks like crap. The thinning has REALLY accelerated the last few months for whatever reason, but I’ve been dealing with this for over a decade. At this point, even a crappy, synthetic wig I think would look better than my bio hair.
Anyhow, I made an appointment at a Hair Loss Restoration Clinic about an hour from here, this coming Tuesday. I’m looking into the Virtuesse system. I contemplated wigs, goodness knows there are beautiful ones out there – but I really want something that is “mine” – so am looking into a bonded system. I feel like if I’m going to make this leap, I might as well go all in and have something I can “own” and maybe even pass off as my own. I just feel like in a wig, I wouldn’t be able to do that….I’d be way to self concious about it falling off, being obvious, etc.
The problem in both areas is the cost. For a bonded system, I’m looking at about $360 a month, for four systems per year. That is all maintenance included, I would be going in every 4-6 weeks to have it cleaned and aligned, and would get a new system every three months. For the wigs that I like, they start off at a minimum of around $600, and need to be replaced about once a year – and I prefer the high end ones, which can run several thousand dollars.
So, I’m unsure of which route to go. I know if $$$ weren’t an issue, I would absolutely go the bonded route. Shave that crap off and be done with it, no more bio hair to deal with ever again. When I add up all that I spend on medications, minoxodil, cover up, etc – I easily spend over $100 per month as it is!
And I’m tired. So, so very tired – of spending over an hour a day doing my hair, only to have it fall out in spades the entire time. Tired of my bathroom being covered in hair fibers, tired of seeing my shiny scalp, just freakin over it and done. I know hair wearing is in my future, cause I can’t live like this anymore.
Advice on which route you took, and why, would be wonderful! Also, any pointers, tips, or pitfalls to avoid? Thanks in advance to all the wonderful, amazing women here whom I’ve come to know and love!