How Wearing Wigs Changed My Life

Hey there, I'm Holly – the gal who's been playing a lifelong game of hide and seek with her hair. Spoiler alert: my hair's winning. I've had Alopecia Universalis since I was six, which basically means I don't grow any hair and haven't done so for the better part of two decades.

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Me as a child

Wigs and I have a love-hate relationship. Growing up, they were like those well-meaning relatives at family gatherings – always there, but not always comfortable. Picture it: itchy, unrealistic, and looking more like a bad Halloween costume than actual hair. Yeah, not the best look for a girl trying to fly under the radar. Every time someone looked my way, I'd think, "Please don't ask about my hair, please don't ask about my hair." I wanted to be invisible. I didn't want even an ounce of attention on me, because....what if they found out about my hair loss?

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An old wig I used to wear

But then, enter Lusta. I didn't just join the team; I became the architect of my own wig designs. Dream come true? Heck yeah. I rolled up my sleeves and designed wigs that checked all my boxes: comfy as a cloud, realistic enough to make a hairdresser do a double-take, and stylish as heck. It was like putting on the glass slipper, except it was for my head, and it fit perfectly.

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My Lusta Wig!

This newfound confidence wasn't just about wearing a better wig; it was about breaking free from the insecurities that had held me captive for so long. I started stepping into conversations without fear. For the first time, I didn't worry about whether people would guess my hair was a wig. I was just Holly – vibrant, bold, and unapologetically me.

Now, at 31, I feel like I've come full circle. I've gone from hiding behind my wigs to wearing them with pride. They're no longer a disguise but a reflection of my style and personality. I share my story openly, hoping to inspire others who might be struggling with hair loss. I want them to know they're not alone and that it's okay to be both vulnerable and strong.

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My journey with Alopecia has taught me that we're more than our appearances. We're a collection of stories, dreams, and experiences. My hair, or lack thereof, isn't my defining feature. I'm Holly first, and everything else is just part of my story.

So here I am, living my life with Alopecia, not just surviving but thriving. And if you're on a similar path, remember, it's not just about finding the right hair; it's about finding yourself.


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