A list of some of my favorite Auto-Immune Disorder and Alopecia resources:
- EyelineHerBlog https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxgf-5cR0U-fODkmayPGjfw
- Alopecia World https://www.alopeciaworld.com/
- I recommend getting in the forums and reading or sharing, it's encouraging to relate with some folks, and privately, at that.
- Wigs: I have bought my wigs from a local Aveeda hair salon, because they were the only physical shop around here. This salon has some (maybe 20?) wigs in store to look at. The wigs are all from the same company- Aderans Hair Goods. It's the brands Amore, Rene of Paris, and Noriko. I have now owned four wigs and I have been happy with them. I did try some cheap ($30) wigs from different online sellers through amazon, and was shocked at how poorly they compared to the nice wigs I wear on a daily basis. My salon has a small room set up with all the wigs to look at or try on, mirrors, and the latest catalogs for the wigs you can order. They also have nylon wig caps, combs and shampoos to buy, that are good for wigs. I would also happily buy a Jon Renau wig! They have some great colors and styles! It's so tricky to figure out how I could get one covered by insurance without a store who will process it for me, so I haven't tried a JR wig yet. (Aug ‘18 Update: I have Jon Renau Kristen in Mochaccino-R, is great! Lasted about 8 months and just ordered a JR Scarlett🤗 from cysterwigs.com in the same color)
Wigs: I have all synthetic wigs, with monofilament tops. They are comfortable and very realistic!
- Rene Of Paris Codi, in color Spring Honey (blonde) and Code XO in Mochaccino (light, warm brown). Wore the first one every single day for a year and decided to get that length and style again, because it wore so well!
- Noriko Shiloh in Almond Spice-R (Long, and elegant rooted dark brown). I had it trimmed at the salon when the ends became so matted. I wore it everyday for about 6 months before it wasn't realistic anymore, and even after cutting it chin length, it's really to matted and frizzy for being out in public.
- Amore Madelyn in Macadamia-LR (soft and warm brown with dark long roots and a fringe). Still in pretty good shape, after only wearing it basically on weekends and nights out, about six-nine months with minimal use and washes and it still didn't last long.
- Because I have an AutoImmune condition that causes me to lose my hair, my health insurance covers one wig for me each year. They'll pay up to $350/year on one wig. Some of the spokespeople I have talked on the phone with seem completely unaware that this is an option, and I really get the runaround when I call the health insurance company. But, someway I get to the right person who is able to say yes- I have coverage. My dermatologist writes me a prescription for it, and I give the copy of Rx to my hair salon.
- Unfortunately, I don't have any other reasonably close options of stores or salons who will carry other wig brands like Jon Renau. I can buy a wig online but they won't take my insurance. Since I've had an incredibly gracious experience every time with my salon, I just stick to those brands offered for sale there.
- CanadaWigs, Abby Andrews, Blondilocks on youtube and Fauxhairfun on Instagram are a good place to start seeing reviews of brands, styles, and colors.