by James Todd
Hair Extraordinaire, Dimples USA
Growing up in the U.K. I was often singled out because of my extremely curly hair. While all the other kids had perfectly straight hair in medium brown to blond colors, my hair was a jungle of wires in color “1B”. I was often called “curly tops” and much, much more. I often prayed and wished at birthdays for my hair to be transformed into a head of beautiful straight, blond hair. As the only kid in school with a borderline afro hair style I felt like I was different.
I look back at that now and find it all really comical. It’s so funny to even share this, since I let go of the need to have blond straight hair, so many years ago. Today I accept and like my, now thinning at the temples, curly hair. Although, at trade shows, sometimes when new customers approach I’ll notice that they’ll be talking to my hair instead of talking to me. Sometimes they’ll ask if I’m wearing a hair piece. Sometimes, jokingly, I’ll say, “yeah sure, wanna feel it?”—and before I know it they’re grabbing and pulling my hair out.
Last year, I went to an Alopecia event. Once again I felt like the minority. There were hundreds of men, women, and children there. Almost everyone was walking around with no hair. It was empowering to see. I had never seen anything like it. It was true freedom. I was with a friend at the event, who had been there years before. A young lady came up to us to say “hi”. She was one of the only attendees still wearing a wig. It was her first time at the event. My friend said, “Honey, before you know it you’ll be hanging out with the other kids without your hair, like everyone else.” She looked back at us in disbelief. Later on that night I saw that same young lady at the bar. She was surrounded by new friends, and all of them, including her, were not wearing any hair.
To let go. During the past year I’ve been hearing this phrase over and over again. Maybe, because I’ve been experiencing some amazing changes in my life. Lately, whenever I hear the phrase on the radio, on T.V, or in passing I feel a jolt of electricity run through me, as the message means so much to me. It’s like when you get a new car and you notice that new car is all of a sudden everywhere you look.
But, what on earth does the message: “let go” or the act of “letting go” have to do with hair?
by Chelsea Savage
Hair Extraordinaire, Dimples USA
Alopecia Universalis has been apart of my life since the age of 12, and I often reflect on my hair loss journey to fuel my passion for the industry we all love.
My first wig harbors many different feelings. I was finally getting hair! I sat down in the chair, and the stylist began cutting my new wig. No questions were asked, but away the hair went. At the end of my appointment I sat there mortified! She gave me a mullet. I wanted to be polite and say thank you, but what I felt inside was a terrified little girl who hated her new hair. As a 13-year-old, all I wanted was long luscious hair but what I got was a nightmare. What I thought was going to be one of the best days of my life turned out to be one of the worst. It was this moment in my life when I realized I never wanted myself or anyone else to feel this way.
In the midst of learning how to wear wigs, I needed to learn how to take care of them too. This was not an easy process for me. Going from not worrying about how I washed my hair to having to be meticulous about the care for my hair was very difficult. If I had someone there to thoroughly educate me on the importance of wig maintenance, I may have had an easier time transitioning to wearing wigs.
As I traveled through my hair loss journey I believed there was a stigma around wigs. They can’t be colored, you have to have bangs, and you cannot get what you want, but that is a far cry from the truth. I needed to let go of what I thought I should have or what others wanted me to have and get what I desired. If I knew then what I know now, it would have saved me a lot of heartache. I know now I can get the exact hair I want, and I do not have to worry about having a bad hair day. Once I let go of my insecurities I held onto, I was able to become the woman I am today. I can now embrace my differences, and apply my experiences to helping others overcome their battle with hair loss.
It is interesting transitioning from a customer to a supplier. Our goal as hair restoration professionals is to provide the best quality hair, and to restore the confidence that has been lost. But to actually be apart of this process is something spectacular. I remember wearing the first wig that I loved and it made me feel like a new person. I was able to let go of my insecurities that I held onto, and I was finally able to recognize myself again. It is that feeling I want everyone dealing with hair loss to experience. It is a moment of euphoria. It is at that moment when we see our customers in this state when it confirms our love and passion for this industry.
Dimples focuses on natural hair solutions in three different qualities: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. From Remy hair to Virgin European Hair wigs and top extension pieces and natural eyebrows. Located in Los Angeles U.S.A and Manchester England. FOR MORE ON HOW TO “LET GO”: www.DimplesUSA.com/LetGo