Wigaholic

 Hi – my name is Nancy and I’m a wigaholic.  Like many, many others, the delight I found in having a good hair day every day is it’s own intoxicant.  The styles, the colors, new releases every spring and fall, compliments from friends, family and strangers and my renewed self-confidence just made me want MORE.  At it’s high point, my inventory was over ninety wigs.

The “dark” part of this is, of course, none of these were free.  Helper hair costs.  Some cost a lot more than others but there’s still a price tag and I was hooked.

At approximately the same time I started wearing wigs, I also found myself in a state of financial crisis.  I had amassed a staggering amount of credit card debt (that I tried to ignore) and wig buying was not helping.  I finally had to face financial reality and deal with it.  It took four years, but all the debt is gone.  I love wigs, but I won’t go into debt again to have a new one.  If I don’t have the cash, there’s no purchase.

Many wig wearers are on fixed/limited incomes or may be facing health or personal crises that create financial stresses. It wasn’t just wigs that got me into my financial mess, but I want to encourage others to avoid the debt trap when buying wig(s) – or anything else, for that matter! There are ways to purchase on a budget and still look great.

Some tips:

-Wait for the sales.  If you’re able to plan purchases around a certain time of the year, you can save even more (or spend less!)

-Join a support group, either online or in person.  There’s a number of groups on Facebook.  Many women are able to connect with someone who has their same sense of style and will trade, donate or sell to each other very inexpensively.

-If you’re a first time wearer, avoid the most expensive piece you’ve found as you will want to have two to start.  It’s common to inadvertently damage a wig when you’re new to it and you’ll want to have a backup.

-Consider cap construction carefully.  If you don’t need that mono top or lace front, try to find a similar style with a standard cap.  The price point will follow.

-Consider synthetic over human hair.  My very first piece was human hair when I didn’t know a thing about wigs.  It was lovely, but very expensive and needed constant TLC.  As a short wig wearer, synthetics are much better suited to my needs, last longer and don’t need re-styling after each wash. Some women wear nothing but human hair – my intention certainly isn’t to bash that in any way.  I understand why!

-If you’ve amassed a gaggle of wigs you know you won’t wear, list them on eBay or a Facebook selling site.  Getting something back is better than having them sit on your closet shelves.  I adopted a “one in-one out” policy so no new ones unless I’ve sold another I don’t wear.

Lastly, my own personal recommendation is to limit the use of credit unless you can pay it off each month. Looking good is great, being debt-free is even better!

Please feel free to contact any of the experienced people at CCHD for any buying questions.  They’ll be able to find a wig that’s a good fit for you and your bank account!!


Contact The CysterWigs Client Care Help Desk
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Email: support@cysterwigs.zendesk.com
Phone: 1-888-992-WIGS (9447)

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6 Comments

  1. August 25, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Not just with wigs, but using credit for many items can cause trouble! I love synthetic wigs because they are inexpensive and easy to wear. I addition, they do offer up a great hair day. Very nice post!!

  2. August 26, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Serious problem Nancy…I joke about being addicted and I really shouldnt…I do on occasionan sell/or trade my unused wigs to make room and like you said if you get a little back its better than a wig sitting in a closet. I know some of them are going to folks who might not otherwise be able to afford it…I love that. On a side note I think I got up to almost 60. I’m down to around 50. 😉

  3. Michele
    August 27, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Actually I think I have about 25 wigs. However I would rather just donate the wigs I no longer want about (5) of them and was wondering if anyone knows where I can send them? They are nice wigs. Worn maybe a few times. I want someone who can’t afford a wig and needs one to have it.

  4. Dianna
    April 25, 2018 / 4:21 am

    Michele, I recently saw a post on Craigslist from someone undergoing cancer treatment looking for a wig. I sent her one of mine along with a note of best wishes. I’ve also been told that the American Cancer Society accepts wig donations, along with a $20 processing/cleaning fee. Maybe one of these options will work out for you.

  5. Stella Felix
    June 16, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Timely words Nancy, I could easily get into debt ogling wigs….there are so many lovely choices. I will try and save up for them instead – one by one…. 👍🏻

  6. June 28, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    If you are considering donating wigs, you can also contact your local hospital(s) if they have a cancer treatment center and speak with the medical social worker. They are grateful for any contribution and where I live, there’s no charge. Please consider your local Hospice as well and the local “Look Good Feel Better” program through the American Cancer Society.
    Certainly there are many other reasons why people wear hair but I’m a firm believer in “Charity Begins at Home” and giving back to my local community in any way possible. Any proceeds-whether financial, donations to the local food banks, volunteers in various programs or in kind donations such as wigs etc. are always in need in all communities including your own. I buy locally where ever possible and I always donate locally.
    We’re a poor, remote community and donations of any kind are deeply appreciated. Your community no matter how affluent also has needs-and hair to wear is definitely one of them.

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