Hair loss- we're breaking the stigma!
When it comes to hair loss, we each have our own story to share. Through this series, get to know the stories of women from all over the world. Paige's story is a little different to the typical hair loss narrative. Read her awesome story about not caring about what anyone thinks and wearing the hair!
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My name is Paige and I'm from Massachusetts! I've always had incredibly fine hair, pretty much comparable to baby hair. I didn't think much of it until I went to school and started comparing myself to girls with long flowing hair. A light gust of wind would ruin my hair, I had to wet it every day to re-style it, and I tried every single supplement/hair thickening product/growth oil/diet—nothing worked. It became my biggest insecurity, and my hair seemed to get more fine as I got older, especially when I went off birth control.
I eventually cut it all off into a pixie cut because no one can really tell how fine it is when it's so short. Short hair became part of my identity, and although I've learned to feel content with it, I still always longed for the thick and flowy hair of my dreams.
One day last year, I was on Instagram and saw a Lusta ad and thought "Wow, that looks...so real". I immediately followed them and a few other hair loss accounts, but I had totally shrugged off the possibility of wearing a wig. I thought that because I don't have medical hair loss, I couldn't justify wearing a wig, so I should just suck it up and accept the hair I do have.
Lusta's Instagram videos really normalized the concept of hair-wearing for me, so I confided in my best friend and my fiance about wanting to wear hair and they were both so supportive (and probably so sick of hearing me complain about my hair lol) I also told my sister-in-law and asked her if it was weird that I wanted to wear hair. She replied "Think of all the ways women try to feel confident and beautiful. It's no weirder!"
I bit the bullet and sent Lusta a DM. Holly was so supportive and reassured me that even though I don't technically have hair loss, I can still enter the world of hair-wearing. She helped me figure out which cap would be right for me, and was so patient with me amidst my anxiousness. I couldn't have asked for a more inclusive and non-judgmental experience.
After a week of obsessively refreshing the DHL tracking link, my Game Changer came and I honestly teared up when I opened the box and felt the hair. It was everything I'd ever dreamt of. I put it on and couldn't stop touching it! I know there will be an adjustment period because I've never worn hair before, but so far my favorite part is the instant confidence it has brought me. My advice to anyone thinking of wearing hair: life is just way too short to not feel the way you want to feel. You deserve to feel beautiful and confident.