WIGS - PROS AND CON

WIGS

Exploring the Pros and Cons

by Lois W. Stern *

* Much of the material for Part 1 of this article was excerpted from Vern Cole's chapter: "No More Bad Hair days",
appearing in Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour


DEALING WITH HAIR LOSS - PART 1

THE WIG SOLUTION


One solution to hair loss problems is wigs. Wigs present both benefits and deficits. Some wigs are poor quality, made of synthetic fibers that are unnatural looking. Others are fine quality and made of human hair.

The greatest benefits of wigs are
  • They can be the least expensive solution.
  • They are the most instant solution.
  • There is no pain or discomfort involved in the fitting.
The major benefits of synthetic hair wigs are:
  • They don’t require special care.
  • They are the most affordable solution.
  • No wait time: Can be purchased immediately
  • Color is permanent.
  • Work best for short hair styles

Some of the frequently voiced complaints about syntheitc wigs follow:
  • They are hot.
  • They look unnatural.
  • They are heavy.
  • They are uncomfortable.
  • They tend to be stiffer.
  • Heat causes them to frizz as does friction such as rubbing on a blouse or jacket collar.
  • The base of the wig may cause some irritation to sensitive skin.

The best definition of a poor quality wig is this:
When someone doesn’t know you, but meets you and can tell you have something on your head, that is a wig!

Vern Cole


Wigs don't hold up to those two associated WW’s:
Wind and Water. Wind separates the hair, exposing the thinned out areas. Water not only exposes the scalp,
but makes the remaining hair appear less dense.

Vern Cole


Yet their are times when wigs are absolutely the best solution, so continue to Part 2, below.


DEALING WITH HAIR LOSS - PART 2

When Human Hair Wigs Are the Best Solution


For the record, it should be noted that there are fine qualtity wigs on the market, made with human hair, light weight, and quite natural looking. So let's explore some of the pros and cons associated with human hair wigs.

There are certain advantages to human hair wigs.
  • They are the best choice for longer hairstyles.
  • They flow just like grown hair.
  • They are soft to the touch.
  • They last longer than synthetic wigs.
  • They are lighter weight.
The trade off to these advantages is that human hair wigs are more expensive and do require the same types of care as your own hair.

WHEN ARE WIGS THE BEST SOLUTION?


People with temporary hair loss are perfect candidates for the wig solution.

The person undergoing chemotherapy or other medical treatments often suffers from hair loss. But that hair loss is temporary and, as a bonus, many find that when their hair does grow back, it is in better condition, texture and color than before.

Others suffer hair loss due to a temporary illness. Thyroid disorders, fungal infections, diabetes, lupus and a variety of medications can cause hair loss. Again, that hair loss is often temporary and if/when that illness or treatment abates, so does the hair loss problem.

Jewish law requires married women to cover their hair for reasons of modesty. Some women wear wigs, known as sheitels, for this purpose. Customarily, Orthodox and Modern Orthodox Jewish women often wear human-hair wigs, whereas most Hasidic Jewish women wear synthetic wigs covered partly with a hat.

Can you name other reasons where custom or practicalities make wigs the best solution?
If so, please e-mail me.


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