So at last, at last my new wig arrived! OK, so actually it arrived ten days ago, but what with work, children, Rob needing a lot of tlc, and marking GCSE scripts, this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and write it up, and even then I’m currently sitting at my desk keeping an eye to make sure my girls get off to matins this morning. So I’m queen of the multi tasker at the moment. (Also I am utterly gripped, GRIPPED, I tell you, by the Harlen Coben thrillers I’ve been meaning to read for ages, so catching up with them has taken some time – not very successful multi-tasking)
If you remember, I wrote a piece about how much I hated the effects of ageing on my hair. In it, I described how Catherine at Atypical60, had inspired me to try out a wig to cover particularly bad hair days. (She wears them all the time and looks fab, but I’m not that confident yet!) Well the first wig was a D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R. Please don’t ever use Howigs. I ordered this (left) and got this (right)
I sent back the wig using International Signed Delivery to China and although at my end Royal Mail told me it was delivered and signed for, Howigs denied it had arrived.Luckily I had a Chinese friend who kindly made some phone calls to confirm with the Hefei City Post Office it had been delivered. The good news is after weeks and weeks of emailing back and forth I got my refund!
Then, even more excitingly, the wig I ordered from Hairware arrived. (It was slightly delayed and I was given a refund for next day postage which arrived immediately)
Here are the two reviews I found for the wig before I bought it.
Catherine from Atypical60
Canada Wig Review
By the way, I also love this lady, Patti from Patti’s Pearls, who reviews the wig with such enthusiasm and obvious experience. She has a great tip for stopping hair swinging into your face, which I have already tried. I particularly like the colour of the wig she is reviewing – it’s called ‘Amaretto and Cream’ and looks really effective.
So, after seeing those videos I thought Chloe was the piece for me. Here is where you can buy it in the UK. This is the image they use for Chloe (in light blonde, but it comes in about 25 colours) in both the US and UK.
Here I am, the day Chloe arrived. I’ve masked my face but I promise you I am beaming like loon in this picture because I was DELIGHTED with it!
This is the Chloe in Chocolate Cherry, and I literally just tied my hair back in a pony tail and chucked it on my head, straight out of the box. What do you think? It’s lovely and swooshy. I also like how flexible the parting is.
Now as a reminder, here I am with my ‘bio’ hair (That’s what Catherine calls it, lol) ie, unblowdried, just washed with a bit of anti frizz product (you can see how well that worked in this picture, eye-roll) and left to dry naturally.
That’s the longest it will grow. And it seems to get shorter all the time. I dread to think what will happen post-menopause.
This is when people say to me: so what? You’re getting old! Accept it! Who cares? Just chop it all off!
Well you know what I say to that (after I’ve stopped crying) I DON’T WANT TO CHOP IT ALL OFF! For a start I have a very round, fat face. No cheekbones, no interesting skull structure. Longer hair makes my face look slimmer as it gives the illusion of slicing off an inch either side of my fat face. Why, oh why does my hair insist on frizzing back away from my face like this? Bastard thing. So. Back to the wig.
What’s great about this (or extensions, more on that later) is it helps to fill in the bits where you tend to lose hair. The top, front, and sides. So that lovely long fringe, or sweeping bits that tumble down? Gone. Yup. That’s what age can do. You don’t even notice it, until you realise your forehead looks a lot bigger. I mean look at that picture? I have a hand span forehead! Fuck’s sake, I asked for a hand span WAIST!
Look at this lovely thing.
Can you see how much better it looks than the one I had to send back? By the way, please ignore the top of the photo where you can see a small, but significant ‘bomb in a barbie shop’ event has occurred.
Here’s another look at the front…
And another close up of that side.
I really love the colour, and it has a nice darker undertone which I think makes it look nice and natural.
The trouble is I haven’t yet plucked up the courage to wear it outside. I’ve worn it in in the sitting room. The children don’t like it, they prefer me frizzy haired and in glasses. This worries me. I clearly don’t make as much effort to look nice as I think I do. I assumed the frizzy hair/glasses setting was fairly rare, but thinking about it, that’s pretty much what the children see when they think of me. This is very troubling. I really must make more of an effort. Rob is of the ‘so what? You’re getting old! Accept it! Who cares? Just chop it all off!’ camp. Goddamn him.
But I am definitely going to take it on holiday, Chloe shall have her debut in Italy, if not before.
The one fake thing I will go out in, is my extensions. As I promised in my first post on Horror Hair, I described how my lovely hairdresser, Bette, advised me on what clip-ins to buy and she then dyed them with the exact same mix she used on my hair. I did include some pics of when I had roughly shoved them in myself, but promised to show you my new ones which Bette finished for me last week. Here are some shots of them put in properly. Excuse the state of my neck, I forget to put on my wonder neck tightening stuff from Asda…
From the top…
And from the back and side…
What do you think? Better than the wig? I love my extensions – but there are negatives as well as positives. I drew up a list of pros and cons.
- They won’t blow off in the wind.
- You can get them in real hair so you can dye/dry/style etc as you would your own hair
- You can match the colour to your own hair EXACTLY
- People don’t notice when I have them in – they assume I’ve just had a really good blow dry. They don’t even notice my hair is about four inches longer.
- The clips stay in and hold the hair well, but they can be sore after a while
- They can take a while to put in
- I worry when I put them in, people may see a clip edge and judge me
- You can just plonk them on and you’re good to go
- You can go crazy experimenting with different colours and styles
- They protect your ‘bio’ hair – great for holidays in the sun. I am constantly fed up with how quickly my colour disappears after a week in the pool and at the beach.
- They might blow off in the wind, exposing me to mockery and ridicule.
- Your head gets quite hot in them
- Real hair wigs are ridiculously expensive – you can pay thousands for a good one
- Synthetic hair is cheaper and initially looks convincing, but I worry it may not look so good after a while of wear.
Over to you…
What do you lot think? Should I wear it outside? Should I tell people the truth if they ask whether I’m wearing a wig? What if I wear one to class and a pupil pulls it off? Is it true it’s much more acceptable to wear fake hair now? What about you youngsters? Would you go out in a wig? I mean not an obviously fake one, but one where you want to improve the look of your hair?
Most important of all – do you think I should just accept ageing and chop the whole lot off and embrace the frizz? And start buying low heeled shoes and boring coats in that drab puffy material…
I’d love to know what you think and I’ll update you if and when I go out into the world with my friend Chloe.
By the way, I’ve just realised I sound like I’m advertising for people! I promise I’m getting nothing at all from anyone mentioned here. I will always tell you if I am.
Son is massively into two things at the moment, Fortnite and Bandannas. I’m not sure if the two are connected. Anyway, I tried on his bandanna when I was working a ‘three days since it should have been washed’ look, and I think I bloody ROCKED it. What do you think? Does this solve all my hair problems?