Friday, 18 February 2011

A support group with a difference?

I am wanting to get some ideas and feedback on what you all think about a support group for alopecia sufferers with a difference / twist.

This is something i really want to do but i want to do things a little differently to the usual weekly meetings, not that i dont think weekly meeting groups offer great support because they certainly do and more credit to them! Its just i meet / talk with so many fantastic woman / girls / men who have alopecia and they tell me how much they are struggling to cope. Alopecia is hard, that i know and i want to do something that breaks the taboo i guess.

I met a wonderful lady recently who has had alopecia for over 40 years, we spoke on the telephone first and i assumed (lesson learnt, never assume) that as she had suffered from alopecia for such a long time she would have come to terms with it and be confident in her self. When we finally met up this was not the case, this amazing, wonderful and beautiful lady i saw before me didn't believe how amazing she was, and she certainly did not think she was beautiful. She was really struggling, alopecia had been dictating what she did in her life for the past 40 years, she told me she felt like a prisoner of herself. I felt heartbroken for her. When i got home from our meeting (i went to visit her at her own home) i could not stop thinking about her, things shouldn't be this way fer her, or for anyone with alopecia and it made me wonder how many other people might be feeling the exact same way at that very moment, how many other woman / girls / men with alopecia felt like 'Prisoners Of Themselfs' ?

Now for all of you that know me, or know a little about me i am not a massive business / organization with unlimited amounts of cash to throw into advertising and research so i did the first thing i could think of (that was free, i am not tight just a little thrifty lol) and i posted a free ad on Sheffield Gumtree. My ad was simple and to the point.

"Do you have alopecia? Need Support? Contact Emma"

To my amazment i actually got a response from a few people (not lots and lots but this is Sheffield Gumtree after all) I had teenagers, adults and even a few men contact me via email and text. I posted my ad on Gumtree thinking that if i could do something good, and help a few people that would be my good deed, but it made me feel terrible and i couldn't figure out why untill just recently!

I felt terrible i was talking to so many people that were struggling, i offered suggestions to them, local support groups, councelling, confidence tricks and assertivness tricks and do you know what nearly every single one of them told me....

  1. They felt local support groups would be too depressing, and they were too scared to go anyway
  2. The few that had actually been to their Gp's were told that councelling was not really available to them through the nhs, basically they were told to go home and get on with it
  3. Why even bother trying to make themselves feel better, they were far too depressed
  4. How could they become assertive when they didn't believe they were amazing individuals

I am 28 years old now (well i will be next week :-) and my hair fell our when i was 12 years old. I had good support at home from my dad, it meant nothing to him that i was bald, nor did his friends and work colleges bat an eyelid (obviously my dad had pre warned them lol) my dad encouraged me to walk around with my bandana on, without my bandana on, to answer the door with or without a wig, what ever i felt comfortable doing. To wear make up to make me feel better, to wear my favourite perfume etc... so i really am starting to belive that that kind of support and encouragment is mandatory.

So back to my idea (i got a little carried away there with the story!) a support group / metwork with a difference, a casual, fun, informative meeting of like minded people that share the same condition.... Alopecia. A place to talk about being upset but to ultimatly walk away feeling better, more confident, more beautiful (yes you are!) more assertive.

Alopecia has not stopped me finding a botfriend, having a family, running my own little business, in fact i would even go as far to say that alopecia has been an advantage to me, i know my market inside and out, i know what a sufferer needs and what most wig wearers want and im inspired everyday to do things by the people o meet and talk to.

Feedback please! Come on, dont be shy... let me know what you think..... xxx

Emma xxx
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Jennifer is proving rather popular!

Hi all,

Its Friday! Yipee!! Not that my fridays are any different to the rest of the week really (apart from i can stay in bed a little longer on saturday morning lol) Anyway, i hope you all have a great weekend what ever you decide to do :-)

I really want to do a little Blog to let you know how we have been going on and what we have been up to lately.

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Since uploading the new Jon Renau human hair smartLace wigs on to the website a couple of weeks ago i have noticed a really great response from everyone, we are all buzzing with excitment about this new range and rightly so i believe!

This week the Jennifer human hair SmartLace wig has been very popular. My guess is because she is quite similiar in length and style to the Julia synthetic SmartLace wig, which is also a very popular style along with the Zara wig. I have another Jennifer arrining within the nexts 2-3 days so when she arrives i will take some pics and do a detailed discription of her on this Blog (i will also add extra pics to the website as well for you all)

Seens as the new human hair SmartLace collection is proving popular with everyone, i think next months offer will be based around this collection, keep checking the website for details or sign up to our newsletter which goes out monthly and keeps you up to date with all the latest offers, competitions and freebies!

I will be back Blogging tonight so until then have a great day and enjoy the last day before the weekend!

Emma xxx
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Thursday, 17 February 2011

How to attach a full lace wig

Attaching a full lace wig can seem like a massive task if you are new to full lace and lace front wigs. Its like many other things though, it takes practice and practice makes perfect. So lets run through the things you will need in front of you before you get started on attaching your full lace / lace front wig

  • Tape or glue (or both)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scalp protector
  • Your new hair
  • Hair clips / pins
  • Rat tail comb / sectioning comb (those combs that have the long thin handle!)
  • Wig cap (if you have natural hair)
OK here goes, the first thing you need to do is if you have natural hair already, pop on a wig cap so that your natural hair is as flat to your head as possible, this will give a better finished look when your wig is attached. If you have alopecia and don't have any natural hair then a wig cap is not something you will need,

Put the wig on your head and brush the hair away from the face (you may need to hold the wig as they can slip) and tie it into a loose ponytail, use your clips to clip back all the baby hairs so that when you come to attach, they wont get stuck in the glue.

Once you have pinned the baby hairs back, put your wig to one side and begin to prepare your hair line. Using rubbing alcohol and some cotton wool, gently clean your hair line where you plan to place your glue or tape. Allow the alcohol to fully dry (this only takes a min) and then apply a thin layer of scalp protector to your hairline. Scalp protector not only protects your skin from irritation from the tape / glue but it also helps give you a stronger bond.

Allow the scalp protector to dry (i would leave it around 2-3 mins) and then you can move on to applying your tape or glue.

For Tape
Establish where your front hairline is to be (if you have no hair due to alopecia then a good guide is 3 fingers up from where your eyebrows are or should be).

Take the backing off your tape and apply it all along the perimeter of your hair line, at the front behind the ears and at the nape. Once you are happy with its position, slowly peel off the top layer of backing to reveal the sticky tape.

Now take your wig and position it on your head so that the ear tabs are in the right place and it feels comfortable. Start attaching by lining up the edge of the lace with the edge of the tape and then press firmly, continue to do this all along the front hair line. Use the rat tail comb to press the lace even more onto the tape. Continue to do this all along the perimeter of your hair line until you are fully attached.

Top Tip! - If you are worried that you may attach in the wrong place, just press lightly at first, this way if you decide you have placed your front hairline too low you can gently peel the lace away from your tape and re position.

For Glue
Clean your hairline with alcohol and apply scalp protector just as you would if you used tape (if your using ORWG oil resistant white glue dont use the scalp protector)

Apply your glue in a thin and even coat, gently going over the area to smooth the glue out. Wait the amount of time stated on the bottle for the glue to fully dry. as a general rule of thumb, if the glue is not too smelly wait for it to dry clear, if it is smelly wait for it to dry to a satin like appearance as opposed the wet look it first goes onto your skin like.

When your glue has dried repeat the same steps as you would if using tape to attach, remember apply light pressure at first if you are unsure and once you are happy with the position press firmly with your comb.

At this point i would remove my clips and put my make up on while i wait for my hair to settle a little then i gently style and away i go! (i have 2 kids so attaching a full lace / lace front wig has to be quick in the morning!)

I hope this helps out a little, i really want to do a video on how to attach, but i never get the house to myself to record one! There is always someone walking past the pc lol!

I will write again tomorrow on how to remove and clean off any glue / tape residue tomorrow, its 11.30pm now and i better try to get some sleep!

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Womans health Blog Competition!

Hi everyone,

Gary has just notified me that Womans Health (magazine and online) are running a 'Blogs we love' competition! How exciting. If your a regular reader of my blog and you would like to submit an entry for this blog (and i would be most grateful) then you can do so by clicking Here.

The day before last i posted some pics of me wearing my full lace wig and promised to do a blog about how to attach a full lace wig and include some tips and tricks on getting the best out of your full lace wig, i have not forgotton so dont worry, i am just running a little behind on my promises right now (there are not enough hours in the day, it is already 9.30pm!)

Well i promise promise double promise i will be back shortly with a full 'how to' blog about attaching full lace wigs.

Check back in around an hour or so!

Remember, if you like / love my blog then vote vote vote! I have never won anything before and it would be great to feature in the magazine and raise more awareness on alopecia and hair loss in the uk. Thanks!

Emma xx
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

My Full Lace Wig

Hi everyone,

I was looking through all my Blog posts earlier and i realised that i never wrote about my full lace wig on this Blog! Which is criminal as full lace wigs can be amazing for extended wear and / or special occasions.

In the summer i like to wear full lace wigs because it means i can wear my hair in a high ponytail which is something you can only really do in a full lace wig if you want it to look natural.

Take a look at some pics of me in my full lace wig below to get an idea of how natural they are

Now as many of you already know, i have alopecia universalis, total scalp and body hair loss, i have no eyebrows, no eyelashes... no hair at all anywhere on my body (except for under my left arm pit... Yuk)

I love how natural full lace wigs look, but they can be high maintanance and once they are attached using special glue and/or tape they are well and truely attached! If you wanted to remove it everynight for bed, it would soon start to feel like a chore (well it does to me anyway!) maybe thats just me being lazy lol

You can sleep in a full lace wig and wear it for up to 4 weeks at a time which many love and many hate! Its a personal choice i guess, during the summer i wear my full lace wig for 5-7 days at a time and then remove wash, clean and then re attach. 7 days is the longest i can have one on for without starting to feel too sweaty!

I will write again tonight in more detail about full lace wigs and how to attach, remove and care for them over the next few days so keep checking back and let me know what you think. Do you wear lace wigs? how do you find them? Let me know!!

Emma xxx
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Monday, 14 February 2011

Its still us!

Just a super speedy post to let you all know that it is still us we have just had a little play around with the look and feel of the blog layout lol.

We are also have a new Logo designed so look out for yet another little change soon!

Emma xxx
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