Losing your hair is a traumatic event for men or women but for a woman it attacks the very core of your femininity. Ask any woman how much a ‘bad hair day’ affects them and you won’t even scratch the surface of how it feels to have no hair. However, after going through all the fears of somebody knowing about my hair loss, I decided that Alopecia was not going to rule or ruin my life. I shaved off the remaining hair and thereof I no longer had the negative nightly experience of running my fingers through my hair to see how much hair I was losing at a time. Instead, I felt like I had taken control of Alopecia before it took control of me.
I made a lot of the classic mistakes of getting my first wigs; rushing into buying a style rather than researching what would suit me; not having someone with me who could say ‘Forget it Geraldine… it is not you!’ thinking that if I patted it down enough it would look more like my own hair; worrying about what people would think and panicking if somebody admired my hair because that meant they knew; and finally, the......wind….. every wig wearer worries about the wind!.
I spent nearly a year researching wigs and hair alternative products and as a result have an extensive personal supply of hats, scarves and wigs. It was then that I decided that I had a vast array of experience that I could share with other people, people who would be starting out where I was eighteen months earlier, who don’t know where to turn when this type of trauma hits them, hence the birth of Secrets, a Personal Wig Fitting Service that has been operating for over a decade.