Posted on August 22 2018
Deciding whether or not to tell friends and family about your desire to wear wigs can be a hard mountain to climb. Personally, I love wearing wigs and having such an easy way to add some diversity to my look, while for a friend of mine with alopecia, wearing a wig is the only way you can get her out of the house. Is either one wrong or great? Below I will discuss my feelings on the matter and hopefully help everyone to better understand how wearing wigs is a personal journey and at the end of the day you have to be happy with you.
Wearing Wigs is a Personal Journey
Wearing wigs are much like anything else in the beauty world. It is a personal decision made because of how using the certain beauty product or tool adds to our confidence level. Whether wearing a wig is a major or minor facet to your overall look, everyone wears a wig for a different reason and no reason is any more or less valid than anyone else's. You are wearing a wig for you, not for the world at large.
How Supportive Are They Usually?
This all depends upon your situation. In the case of my friend, her family threw wigs at her to try to make her feel like she had before she lost her hair; while with my situation - someone who has natural hair but just likes to wear wigs - it was a bit more difficult to explain why I do this on the daily and not just for special occasions. But discussing why you are wearing a wig, will make them much more inclined to understand your perspective.
How Comfortable Are You With Others Knowing?
I have been wearing wigs for so long that it has become a non-issue where others either don’t mention it or if they do they compliment me and then it's back to the regular conversation. I have never been in a situation where I have felt like the outlier because I was wearing a wig in a social situation. With high quality wigs like our %100 hand-tied, lace front wigs, nobody needs to know you're wearing a wig unless you tell them.
All That Matters
Regardless of how your family and friends react, if you are happy and you have the confidence to live a better, brighter, and fuller life, that in the end is all that is important. Once your family and friends - no matter how against it they may be - see how different you are and your confidence level shift, it will be difficult for anyone to say that they think wearing a wig is a bad idea. If you feel like your family may not be as supportive as you'd like, you can find support from other wig-wearers at our wigs.org forum!
What do you think? What is your experience with opening up about your wig journey? Let us know in the comments below!
Special thanks to guest writer Alyce Eyer for this article!