We humans have a peculiar quirk. For whatever reason, we associate choice with control. If we have a choice to do something or not, or between two options, our brains are happy that we’re choosing something because we want to. That places us in a position of control and we feel like we are directing our life and our actions.
This concept spills over into beauty and self-care and is likely where the stigma of wearing a wig stems from.
While wigs have been worn for centuries for a variety of reasons, there still remains a niggling perception that wearing a wig is something shameful and taboo.
We encourage you to read on and consider a different perspective if you’ve ever felt like this.
The Stigma of Wearing a Wig
Most of us are not in the theatre or showbiz. We don’t dress up for cosplay functions or transform ourselves into our weekend alter ego. We are simply average humans going about our business and trying to live a normal, happy life.
And we don’t want to stand out.
This means that when the worst happens and we are suddenly faced with medical issues that we know will result in hair loss, we are forced into a position where we need to find a Plan B. Most often, that Plan B is a wig or other hair piece.
Hair loss is not a small thing. Our very identity is tied up in how we look, and being stripped of a head of hair (and in some cases all our body hair) is nothing short of devastating. Not only are we left dealing with the ensuing emotional trauma, but we must – somehow – still function in a world where beauty standards are dictated by 20-year-old Instagram models with an array of filters and lighting tricks.
It’s not fair, and it’s certainly not easy.
Add to this the fact that until fairly recently, wigs have not been the beautifully soft, flattering products that we enjoy now. Even today, many people need to educate themselves on the difference between a cheap, synthetic wig and the truly fabulous, human hair wigs that are available from reputable suppliers.
We’re all too used to seeing people in uncomfortable, poorly fitting wigs that don’t suit them or are not maintained properly, and we think – is this what I have to look forward to?
The bottom line is that much of the stigma surrounding wig-wearing is based on cheap and nasty products. When dealing with medical and emotional issues, the last thing you need is to add a hair piece that leaves you feeling uneasy.
The Good News
Today, wigs are everywhere. They are no longer items that we must wear but have crossed over into incredible fashion items sported by both celebrities and the average person on the street. Wigs now fall into the same beauty category as eyelashes and nails; enhancements to your own natural style and beauty.
The reason for this is simple: a good, quality wig is now almost indistinguishable from a natural head of hair. And in many cases, they look even better!
That means that whether you’re choosing to wear a wig or this is your Plan B, you can look amazing! A selection of wigs allows you to explore different aspects of your personality, or simply switch up your style whenever you feel like it. Many of our clients here at Hair to Ware have chosen a wig that closely matches the style and colour of their own hair because they would prefer to keep their choice more low-key.
And that’s what it’s all about – the power to choose!
An article discussing the change of perspective related to wig-wearing says, “While hair pieces may all be all fun and games for the many models and celebrities who now wear them, their positive, open, and playful approach is having a wonderful impact on the women who seek them out for medical reasons. Dr. Fusca says her wig-wearing friends and patients are “much more comfortable” discussing the fact than ever before. That’s cause to celebrate.”
The Shifting Sands of Beauty
An interesting exercise if you have some time on your hands is to scroll through articles that deal with beauty standards throughout the ages. There are some interesting facts and figures about how women, in particular, have always sought to maintain ideals that are not always practical, healthy, or comfortable. We may look back and laugh, but it certainly offers some food for thought.
Thankfully, even with the proliferation of TikTok videos and Instagram feeds promoting skinny teens with flawless skin and long shiny hair, society is far more open to a different perspective of beauty.
Today, the concept of beauty is moving away from how closely you conform to the “norm”. Health, vitality, kindness and diversity are becoming the foundation of what is considered beautiful.
Isn’t that a wonderful thing?
This shifting mindset offers everyone – no matter who they are – the opportunity to just be themselves. Whatever form that takes, it’s a liberating and powerful way to live. And that also means that should you find yourself in a position where your Plan B is a wig, then you can wear it with confidence and enjoy the experience.
We Get It
When all is said and done, it’s worth adding that it can take time and no small amount of support to feel comfortable when your self-confidence has taken a knock.
Rest assured – we get it!
You may be surprised to learn that some of us here at Hair to Ware have been impacted by hair loss and have been wearing wigs for some time now. We know how you feel, and we understand the challenges and the stigma of wearing a wig. We warmly invite you to book a consultation with us and let’s talk about what you need and how we can help.