by Amy Gibson
Living with Hair Loss
I’d like to welcome you to CreatedHair.com; our corner of the world where you’ll find emotional support, medical insight and wonderful product solutions if you are dealing with some form of hair loss, whatever the cause, or if you’re seeking to enhance your current look.
It’s important to understand that you are not alone. There are more than 40 million women in the U.S. who are dealing with some form of hair loss.
As an Emmy-Nominated Soap Opera actress who has dealt with hair loss since I was 13, let me begin by saying that as a sufferer and a survivor, I understand all the ramifications, emotional and physical, this condition can create.
I kept my secret for 20 years while working in front of the camera because I was afraid of losing work. Through much trial and error over the years I have found ways and created successful techniques to keep my discretion, live a normal life without my own hair and still feel complete as a woman.
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Information is power. Now, at CreatedHair.com I’m able to share this knowledge about how to cope with hair loss, how to find and wear correct wigs that don’t look obvious and how to have an active life participating in sports, social functions and intimacy.
The products and solutions I’ve developed are from my own experiences and from working with woman all over the world, every day.
I’m a firm believer that having the correct tools in life can save us time, frustration and heartache. Having these tools can give us peace of mind. Many times cancer and other life threatening conditions can lead to feelings of denial, anger and resentment which can make us feel out of control and contribute to our feeling somehow “less than”. For some, the loss of our hair can make us feel as if we have lost our sensuality. Nothing could be further from the truth as sensuality starts from within.
Although I loved my hair – my luscious mane was truly one of my strongest calling cards – I have learned to accept and love the hair that is created for me now. Believe it or not it takes a very short amount of time for your piece to become innate. There is hope (and just think – you’re out of the house in 5 minutes always looking great).
As a Personal Hair Loss Consultant, Innovative Wig Designer and Manufacturer at the company I’ve created for us CreatedHair.com in Los Angeles, CA, I work with women daily who are losing their hair from female pattern baldness, alopecia and many other medical conditions, as well as those who are about to lose their hair as a result of chemotherapy treatments.
As a woman who has endured hair loss since my most impressionable years; as a teenager who loved sports and stayed away from participating because of my fear of someone discovering my patches of hair loss when the wind blew; as a young woman entering the dating field who often made wrong choices because of my lack of self esteem; and as a business executive learning how to cope with my hair loss on the job – I’m now grateful for the opportunity to show others what has worked for me.
Feeling Good About Who You Are
Although it has taken some work, I’ve gotten beyond caring about what people think about my own loss of hair and wearing wigs. If I feel good in what I am wearing and the way I am looking, then that’s all that matters. I have made the decision and ‘created’ my look and how I feel. I believe that the first person we need to make happy is ourselves. If we can do this, the rest of our life falls into place much more easily. I always say that “if I can get up and look in the mirror and know that I am doing the best I can for me, and I am living my life with integrity and respect for myself and those around me, then I can feel good about who I am.” And that includes wearing wigs.
There used to be a stigma that only those who were ill wore wigs. That has become less and less true thanks to women like Madonna, Beyonce, Cher, Tyra and many others who have taken wigs and alternative hair to a whole new and fun level, thus making the statement that expressing oneself is powerful, sexy and fun. I call this, “releasing the Diva within!”
The wig industry used to be divided into two areas: medical and fashion. However, that no longer exists. So ladies, go out there and have a good time and realize that right now you can be anyone you want to be and look any way you want to look and as the saying goes, “What anyone else thinks of you is none of your business.” What matters is that you feel attractive to yourself.
Please hear me. We are unique individuals with or without hair; Losing our “Crown and Glory” still leaves us with our essence; Nothing and no one can take that away from us. Remember Girls, We Are More Than Just Hair™.
So go ahead, release your “Inner Diva” and let’s play!
Amy Gibson, Founder/Client