How celebrity culture is changing how we view wearing wigs

In the not too distant past, wearing a wig for hair loss was something that you did in secret. Slinking to your wig salon or stylist and whispering “my hair is getting too thin”.  But wig wearing, hair augmenting style is not only become accepted, but it’s becoming mainstream!

You can name a dozen celebrities on the red carpet wearing at least augmented hair. If not a wig. And you’d still be short a lot of names! The Kardashians – love ‘em or leave ‘em – have shown that hair is for fun and changing it is even more fun. Singer/Songwriters like Zendaya show us that daily wig wearing is imaginative and enjoyable. You can name any celebrity and be almost 100% sure she’s worn a wig, extensions, toppette added to her bio hair.

Wig wearing for hair loss should be just as fun as wearing accessories like jewelry. But it sometimes takes a big step to change your frame of mind. If you’re experiencing hair loss and want hair that is ‘invisible’ from your usual look – ask yourself why?

Do you want to appear healthy to friends and family? Colleagues, clients and co workers? Most wearable hair is lush, thick and looks youthful. Your present hair (thinning or gone) probably doesn’t. You’ll look better with augmented hair – younger, healthier and happier.

Do you want to appear as if everything is going along well, even though you might be sick (from chemo or other autoimmune medication)? A lush, beautiful head of hair – yours or wearable – shows that you are healthy. Even if you’re slogging through a tough time. It’s a boost of confidence at a time when you need it most.

Do you think that a sudden hair change (from, say, short to long) is too jarring? And it might invite questions? One of our clients shares this experience she had when she ran into a client with her weekend hair on.

“I saw a client at my office with my ‘work hair’ on Friday. And then I happened to run into he and his family at the library not 24 hours later with my ‘weekend’ hair – which was radically different (longer, darker, wavier) than my work hair. He did a double take and I quickly said ‘it’s not my real hair – I have an autoimmune condition so I wear a wig’ and he said ‘oh, it looks great!’ and that’s pretty much it. When I saw him the next week, at a meeting, he said ‘hey, work hair again!’”

As it turns out, it wasn’t as big of a deal as she’d expected.  And her client was reassured that she was OK, and probably also had a deeper level of respect for the work that they accomplished together, as she was doing it fighting an additional battle. She appeared confident in her hair-wearing and that translates into work confidence.

Which brings us back to celebrities.

Most celebrities recognize that the photographic and videographic appearance is the key to their careers – and changing their look attracts interest and excitement. So they embrace visible change to their hair – color, dramatic cuts and even just thickness and body of wearable hair to craft that.

Wearing lots of different hair can help you enjoy wearing hair. We rarely get the chance to cut off all our hair on Tuesday and have long, wavy locks on Wednesday. Changing your hair is a big step in feeling good about yourself – and wearing hair allows you to have different looks depending on your day and lifestyle.

If you’re unsure, synthetic wigs offer a lower-cost experience to wearing different styles of hair. Ask your wig salon stylist for options, have an honest conversation with her, and consider your dream hair  in the process. Few of us get to own our own dream hair – but you can, and you can wear it Tuesday and maybe again on Saturday.

A short visual list of celebrities who wear hair (credit: In Style)