Help! I'm Losing My Hair! What Should I Do?

Hair loss can be extremely difficult to deal with and be the main cause for a huge hit to self-confidence. If you feel like your hair is coming out more than usual, consider the following reasons:

1. Stress

2. Side effects to recent medication changes

3. Pollution

4. Hair loss due to injury

5. Medical condition that causes hair loss

Stress is a major factor of hair loss. Though easier said than done, it's important to consider this factor as a possible cause for hair loss. Try to think about all the possible things that could be causing your stress to help you pin point it and try to rectify it as soon as possible. Do you have a job that you can't stand? Is there a family member who causes drama and harm? Friends that you may feel are using you or aren't loyal? No matter the factor, tackling it right away will help alleviate further hair loss. We know switching out jobs isn't that easy to do. So what I would suggest in my humble opinion, is try doing things you like, such as yoga, meditation, talking with a therapist, playing video games, listening to music or go for walks. Try not to spend so much time on work, believe it or not, that makes the stress worse. If you can, speak with your doctor about medications that could help prevent hair loss, consider changing your diet and incorporating lots of water along with your medications to further promote hair growth. 

Side effects of medication is unfortunately no stranger to hair loss, medication could include treatments for a serious illness such as chemotherapy. I would recommend speaking to your doctor about hair growth medications, try changing your diet to help promote hair growth along with your medication. And if you're open to it, consider purchasing a fabulous hair replacement unit. There is a ton of stock with many options of hair replacements to consider in your quest for a suitable unit and it may very well help you gain your confidence back. 

Now I may have mentioned this in my last post but, pollution can cause hair loss... now I know what you're probably thinking. Pollution can cause hair loss???? Yes! I know, I gagged when I read that myself. However, I also understood the method to my madness when I am adamant about washing my hair at least every two weeks. Pollution is so bad, that if dirt is left on your crown for too long, it can cause hair loss. This is an easy solution, as it is highly recommended you wash your hair, though not too often, but at least every week or two. Hair vitamins may help contribute to hair loss prevention, but I also highly recommend you speak with your doctor for consultation before purchasing vitamins. 

Hair loss due to injury such as a burn victim: unfortunately there is no natural cure that I've heard of except perhaps transplant surgery, which could be very expensive and very painful. That's not to discourage anyone from doing what they feel comfortable with doing, and that includes actually going for hair transplant surgery. But don't fret, there are several solutions and for those who are seeking other solutions, I would suggest exploring medical grade units or cosmetic hair replacements.

Other medical conditions such as Alopecia and Trichotillomania which is a compulsive disorder where one pulls their hair from different parts of the body to a point of causing hair loss. Hair loss can occur anywhere from the scalp, to the eyebrows, and other parts of the body. There are other medical hair losses such as infections like wing worms and scalp psoriasis which can lead to permanent hair loss. I would highly recommend you speak with your doctor if you experience any of these medical conditions for possible medication remedies. Though often permanent, I recently read that scientists are developing medications to help reverse any would be permanent damage. You may find that it is expensive and in that case you may also want to consider hair loss solutions such as hair pieces. If you absolutely do not want a hair unit, consider hair vitamins, researching herbs, and a change in diet to help promote hair growth while you take the medication. 

While hair loss is devastating, it fortunately is not the end. With today's resources and scientific remedies, there are several solutions to repair hair and prevent extensive hair loss. My ultimate advice would be to take it one day at a time, try not to panic, speak with your doctor to help pinpoint some problematic areas that are causing your hair loss, then begin your journey to healing. If you'd like; for short term fix it solutions, buy a hair replacement unit, book that vacation and take some time to enjoy the sun! 

I hope this helps! Care to share your questions or comments? Feel free to leave them below! I'd love to hear from you! Let's start a discussion! Happy healing journey!

The Task of Finding the Right Shampoo and Conditioner Set

What's your wash routine? How often do you wash your hair? What products do you use? 

Washing your hair is very important, and I'll tell you why. We have hair follicles that need to be awaken to continue functioning and promoting hair growth. That means we need products to help clean our scalp while we massage it and wake up our nervous system to encourage it's work. When you're washing your hair, there are few things you should consider such as the harsh chemicals used in the shampoos and conditioners. Will it make your hair brittle or feeling great after your wash session? Will it help your split ends or further harm them? Is it tested with animals? Because see I can't do products that are animal tested. I know shampoos have a history of acting harsh to your hair, further damaging it and not being very helpful to the scalp. These days, the competition is high with many brands perfecting their products to give you the care you need. There are even shampoos that add certain vitamins to help with the outside of your hair care. (I totally hope I'm making sense)

I personally use Dove shampoo and conditioner, it's absolutely amazing for my loc journey. My scalp feels great after a wash, I have little to no dandruff after my wash, and my hair smells wonderful. I use two kinds of shampoo from Dove, it's the cocoanut and hydration as well as the thickness recovery and anti-dandruff shampoo. It's not too harsh and moisturizes my scalp keeping it feeling fresh. I'm a person who suffers from Seborrheic dermatitis, so it's important for me to treat my scalp, wash regularly, every two weeks in the winter, and roughly every week in the summer to keep my scalp clean without further irritation. I also use oils (and rose water) to hydrate my scalp, I take vitamin D, and Biotin vitamins, and I drink a lot of water. I used to wash my hair with Head and Shoulders. Now while it was good for controlling and even completely eliminating dandruff, it was very rough on my scalp. It burned my scalp so badly, I dreaded my washing sessions. It left my locs so dry I needed to oil my hair every night. Yes, you've read that right, every night. I immediately switched to Dove. 

Currently, my wash sessions are quite lengthy. For wash days where I'm not retwisting my locs, I first do a rice rinse. I boil my rice (preferably Jasmine rice from the farmers market, imported from Thailand). I add black caster oil, the lavender kind for added shine and great smell. After it boils, I don't actually cook the rice, I let it boil enough to have the rice nutrients in the water, (you'll see it, if you try this). I then turn the fire off and allow the rice rinse to cool down before I begin adding it to containers to set in overnight. The next day, I drain the rice from the containers, saving the water only, then I pour the rice rinse over my entire head and put my shower cap on to let it set for a half hour. I wash my hair during my showering sessions as it's easier to wash, I rinse my hair after 30 minutes and begin adding my shampoo washing and massaging my roots first and then I work my way down to the end of my locs. I use the anti-dandruff first, rinse, and then I apply the cocoanut and hydration shampoo. I thoroughly rinse the shampoo out, further applying the cocoanut conditioner from roots to ends before thoroughly rinsing out. That's just a little tip for hair care in case you want to try it.

I also just read that it's also important for us to wash our hair so that we are washing away pollution. Pollution is one of many causes of hair loss (this includes cigarette smoking). I did not know that, but it's certainly good to know now. So just know, that your scalp isn't the only area that should be washed, your ends count as well!

But I say all of that to say, if you're looking for shampoo and conditioner that may work best for you, but you're not sure where to start, here's a shorter list I've put together based on information I've collected. 

Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner from Bellisso (Biotin is good for the inside and out. It has a history of promoting healthy hair.)

Pure Nature Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (Argan oil is known to promote shine and strength so I highly recommend this. I use Argan oil any chance I get, very hard to find in local beauty supply stores. This one is definitely worth trying.)

First Botany Tree Tea Shampoo & Conditioner (Tree tea oil is actually really good! I used it for many years on my hair and skin and honestly, I'm looking to by the oil very soon, this one is also hard to find locally.)

Pura D'Or Anti-Thinning Shampoo & Conditioner (Honest opinion, I don't necessarily believe shampoo can repair or reverse thinning, however, it may prevent further thinning. Though, I have read that certain products are being developed to help repair or reverse hair damage so this may be one of them that doctors have been raving about. Given the reviews, it's certainly worth a try.)

Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, & Morgina Oil by CHI  (Now see, I just talked about Argan oil and look what I found! LOL. I just HAD to put this one on the list.)

There are many shampoos and conditioner brands to consider when you're making a choice, but what's the harm in getting a bit of guidance from someone who may be able to help? I hope you've found a few of these selections helpful and even if you don't pick any of these products, don't be shy! Comment below and tell me your experience with shampoos and conditioners. What works for you? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading! Cheers to living healthier and happier.

The Evolution of Rose Water

How much have you heard about rose water? 

Rose water is becoming very popular in aiding the health of hair. I can give you a bit of my knowledge when it comes to my experience with rose water. I have heard before that rose water is great for hair, skin, and nails. Non-alcoholic rose water is typically a better choice in using for your hair, skin, and nails. Rose water is said to be a natural base to help moisture your hair, skin, and nails without having an oily effect. 

The bottom of our hair is in fact, dead. All nutrients when it comes to hair growth, must come from inside the body. Drinking plenty of water, eating healthy, and trying to remain stress-free is highly likely to contribute to your growth and health care. Vitamins also help which we'll tackle in another post. 

With all that being said, taking care of your dead hair is also important (well at least the dead hair that happens to be attached to your head). By not hydrating your hair or adding a few natural oils, using the right shampoo and conditioner to keep it moist, can and will cause breakage. Your ends may split and the next thing you know, you're in dyer need of a hair cut which could then turn into a big chop. So, how can you help hydrate your hair? Rose water with a trim every six weeks (and when I say trim, I mean an inch or less, depending on how healthy your ends are - your hairdresser should want to care for your hair and be open and honest). I can't tell you how many hair stylists I've been to, who would tell me I need a trim and I'd left the salon with half of my hair either gone, or one side longer than the other. I still paid, I didn't want any trouble, I just never went back. 

Back to the rose water, though, because now I feel like I'm rambling again. LOL.... Rose water is becoming very popular. While some use rose water for their hair, others use it as a toner for their face, as it's good for acne, for their nails in an attempt to strengthen them. Here are a couple of suggestions of rose water. 




I use Well's Rose water for my hair. This one is more water based. I like this one because it's not oily and it gave a nice mist that I was looking for when I sprayed my hair. It also smells awesome.  




But there's also Heritage which is more so oil based but it has 5* reviews and it's affordable if you're seeking to simply test it out and see if it works for you.  


No matter the brand of rose water you choose, feel free to share your experience with me and leave a comment. Have you used rose water before? What was your experience? Would you recommend it to others? If so, what brand would you recommend?

The Surprising Secret to Effortless Volume: Hair Toppers

Are you tired of spending hours trying to achieve voluminous hair, only to end up with flat, lifeless strands? Well, it's time to say goodbye to endless styling techniques and hello to effortless volume. Introducing the surprising secret to luscious locks: hair toppers. Whether you have thin, flat hair or just want to add some extra oomph to your natural locks, hair toppers can instantly transform your look. In this article, you'll discover what hair toppers are, the benefits they provide, how to choose the right one for your natural hair, styling tips, and how to maintain and care for them. Say goodbye to flat, lackluster hair and hello to the confidence and glamour that hair toppers bring. Get ready to unlock the secret to effortlessly voluminous hair and embark on a journey of self-expression and style. 

Sooo...

What are Hair Toppers?

Hair toppers are a game-changer when it comes to achieving effortless volume, but what exactly are they and how can they transform your hair?,

What are the Benefits of Hair Toppers?

Hair toppers offer a multitude of benefits that go beyond just creating effortless volume. Whether you're looking to add thickness to your hair, cover up thinning or bald spots, or simply switch up your hairstyle, hair toppers can be a game-changer in transforming your overall look.

One of the key advantages of hair toppers is their versatility. They come in various styles, lengths, and colors, allowing you to find the perfect match for your natural hair. Whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, there's a hair topper out there that can seamlessly blend with your own locks, enhancing your natural beauty.

Another benefit of hair toppers is their ability to boost your self-confidence. Dealing with hair loss or thinning can be emotionally challenging for many individuals. Hair toppers provide a solution that allows you to regain control over your appearance, helping you feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin. With a hair topper that seamlessly integrates with your natural hair, you can confidently step out into the world feeling like the best version of yourself.

Hair toppers also offer a practical advantage by providing extra coverage for thinning or bald spots. Instead of resorting to expensive and invasive hair loss solutions, hair toppers offer a non-surgical alternative. They effortlessly cover any areas of concern, giving your hair a fuller, healthier look without the need for any harsh chemicals or procedures.

Additionally, hair toppers are incredibly easy to use and maintain. Unlike other hair enhancement methods, they require minimal effort to apply and style. With a simple clip or attachment system, you can effortlessly secure the hair topper in place and achieve instant volume and coverage. Maintenance is also a breeze, with most hair toppers requiring just a gentle wash and occasional styling to keep them looking their best.

The benefits of hair toppers extend far beyond just effortless volume. Not only do they provide versatility, boost self-confidence, offer practical coverage, and require minimal upkeep, but they also give you the freedom to choose the perfect hair topper to suit your natural hair. With these advantages in mind, let's dive into the next section on how to choose the right hair topper for your individual needs.

How Can You Choose the Right Hair Topper for Your Natural Hair?

The benefits of hair toppers extend far beyond just effortless volume. Not only do they provide versatility, boost self-confidence, offer practical coverage, and require minimal upkeep, but they also give you the freedom to choose the perfect hair topper to suit your natural hair. With these advantages in mind, let's dive into the next section on how to choose the right hair topper for your individual needs.

Choosing the right hair topper for your natural hair is crucial to achieving a seamless and natural look. The first step in this process is determining the type of hair topper that will best complement your existing hair. Consider the texture, length, and color of your natural hair, and look for a hair topper that closely matches these characteristics. Opting for a hair topper that blends seamlessly with your hair will result in a more natural and undetectable appearance.

Another important aspect to consider is the base of the hair topper. The base is the part of the hairpiece that lies against your scalp. It's essential to choose a base that matches your scalp color and texture to ensure a realistic look. Additionally, consider your hair loss pattern and the areas you want to address with the hair topper. Different base types, such as lace, monofilament, or silk, offer varying levels of breathability, comfort, and natural movement. Understanding these options will help you make an informed decision.

Furthermore, the size and shape of the hair topper are important factors to consider. Measure the area of your scalp that you want to cover and ensure the hair topper you choose fits securely and comfortably in that specific area. Pay attention to the length and volume of the hair topper as well, making sure it aligns with your desired style and overall look. Experiment with different sizes and shapes to find the best fit for you.

Lastly, take into account your lifestyle and personal preferences. Are you looking for a hair topper that allows for versatile styling options? Do you prefer a topper that can be worn while exercising or swimming? Consider these factors when choosing the right hair topper for your needs. It's important that it seamlessly integrates into your daily routine and enhances your lifestyle rather than creating any unnecessary limitations.

By carefully considering these factors and understanding your individual needs, you can confidently choose the perfect hair topper to seamlessly blend with your natural hair. With a well-chosen hair topper, you'll be ready to move on to the next section and discover styling tips that will help you make the most of your voluminous and versatile hair.

What Are Some Styling Tips for Hair Toppers?

Consider These Styling Tips for Hair Toppers to Maximize Your Look

When it comes to styling your hair topper, there are a few key tips to keep in mind in order to achieve a flawless and effortless look. Whether you're going for a casual everyday style or a glamorous updo for a special occasion, these styling tips will help you make the most of your hair topper.

First and foremost, it's important to match the texture and color of your hair topper to your natural hair. This will ensure a seamless blend and a natural-looking finish. If your hair has a slight wave or curl, opt for a topper with a similar texture to avoid any noticeable discrepancies. Similarly, be sure to choose a hair topper that matches your hair color perfectly, whether that's a bold shade or a more subtle hue.

Another important factor to consider when styling your hair topper is the type of hairstyle you want to achieve. If you're looking for a topper that allows for versatile styling options, consider opting for one with a monofilament base. This type of base allows for the hair to be parted in any direction, giving you the freedom to experiment with different hairstyles and looks. On the other hand, if you prefer a topper that can withstand physical activities like exercising or swimming, choose one with a secure and durable attachment method, such as clips or tape.

Furthermore, it's crucial to take into account your lifestyle and personal preferences. Are you someone who loves experimenting with different hairstyles on a daily basis? If so, look for a topper that offers a range of styling options and can be easily manipulated with heat styling tools. On the other hand, if you prefer a low-maintenance routine, opt for a topper that requires minimal styling and can be effortlessly integrated into your everyday routine.

Lastly, don't forget to consider the overall shape and volume of your hair topper. If you're looking to add volume to thin or fine hair, opt for a topper with some added height or lift. For those with thicker hair, a topper with a more natural volume will blend seamlessly and create a harmonious look. Experiment with different styling techniques, such as teasing or backcombing, to achieve the desired volume and shape.

By carefully considering these factors and understanding your individual needs, you can confidently choose the perfect hair topper to seamlessly blend with your natural hair. With a well-chosen hair topper, you'll be ready to move on to the next section and discover how to maintain and care for your voluminous and versatile hair, ensuring it always looks its best.,

How Can You Maintain and Care for Hair Toppers?

With a well-chosen hair topper that perfectly blends with your natural hair, you'll be ready to move on to the next phase: maintaining and caring for your voluminous and versatile hair. After all, the key to keeping your hair topper in pristine condition lies in proper upkeep, so you can confidently wear it time and time again.

One of the most important aspects of maintaining your hair topper is regular brushing. Using a wide-toothed comb or a brush specifically designed for hairpieces, gently detangle any knots or snarls. Start from the ends and work your way up to avoid causing any unnecessary damage to the hair fibers.

When it comes to washing your hair topper, it's crucial to proceed with care. Begin by filling a basin or sink with lukewarm water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Immerse the topper in the soapy water and gently swish it around. Avoid rubbing or agitating the hair to prevent tangling or matting. Rinse the topper thoroughly with cool water until all the shampoo is removed.

After washing, it's time to condition your hair topper. Apply a small amount of conditioner to the hair, focusing primarily on the mid-lengths and ends. Avoid applying conditioner directly to the base of the topper, as this can cause it to become greasy or heavy. Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cool water.

Once your hair topper is clean and conditioned, gently pat it dry with a towel to remove excess water. Avoid wringing or twisting the hair, as this can lead to damage or loss of shape. Instead, carefully blot the hair to remove as much moisture as possible.

To maintain the style and shape of your hair topper, it's important to store it properly when not in use. Lay it flat or hang it on a wig stand to help preserve its form. Avoid storing it in a cramped or tight space, as this can cause the hair fibers to become tangled or misshapen.

Lastly, consider the use of heat styling tools on your hair topper. While some toppers are heat-resistant, it's always best to use caution and avoid excessive heat. If you do choose to use heat styling tools, be sure to apply a heat protectant spray beforehand and use low to medium heat settings to prevent damage.

By maintaining and caring for your hair topper with these tips, you can ensure it always looks its best and remains a versatile and voluminous addition to your hair routine. As we conclude our exploration of hair toppers, let's delve into the exciting world of styling options, where you'll discover endless possibilities for creating stunning looks with your newfound hair transformation.,

In conclusion, the secret to achieving effortless volume lies in the transformative power of hair toppers. Throughout this article, we've explored what hair toppers are and the numerous benefits they offer. By understanding how to choose and style them for your natural hair, you can unlock the key to voluminous locks that you've always desired.

Gone are the days of struggling with flat, lifeless hair and endless styling techniques. With hair toppers, you can say goodbye to frustration and hello to a world of confidence and glamour.

So why wait? Take the first step today and dive into the world of hair toppers. Embrace the possibilities they bring and experience the joy of effortlessly voluminous hair for yourself. Here are a few personal handpicked toppers suggested to start out with. 

Hair Synthetic Fiber Clip 

16'' Wavy Topper Hair with Bangs

Real Human Hair,Handcrafted Breathable High Fit

Human Hair Toppers for Women No Bangs

Synthetic Fiber Clip in Hair Pieces 7 * 7 Inch

Human Hair, Handcrafted Breathable High Fit

Wavy Topper Hair with Bangs

Handmade Upgrade Swiss Base Top

Human Hair Big Base Cover 9x9inch Skin Scalp

14 Inch Chestnut Brown & Honey Blonde Hair Topper

Benehair Human Hair Toppers for Women 100% Remy Human Hair

FU SHEN Hair Toppers for Women 100% Remy Human Hair

Human hair Handmade Upgrade 10*12CM Swiss Base

Ms Taj 18 Inch Hair Topper Long Layered Hair 

Adancyler 18" Long Layered Hair Toppers with Curtain Bangs

Hair Topper for Women Swiss Base

Remember, voluminous locks are not just a dream - they're within your reach. As the saying goes, "Confidence is the best hairstyle you can wear." With hair toppers, you'll not only elevate your hair game but also enhance your self-assurance in every step of your journey.

Step into a world where effortless volume is the norm, and unleash your hair's full potential. Can't find what you need? Check out Beauty Wurks for a list of products for hair, skin, and nail care. 

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Anne "The" Closure Piece

 


I made Anne with total love and care. I took my time making her as I'm still so new getting back into the game. I've had my ups and down days with her. One day I was motivated to continue working on her, other days, I simply wanted to cry and wished I could just crawl under a rock. For the most part creating hair pieces is therapeutic for me, however, there are still days where I just feel so down and sad about my new reality and it is challenging to find the strength. Sometimes I question my ability to be able to help others. I second guess myself. 

Because of this, it took me 4 weeks to create Anne. It normally takes a week to do if I'm at it every day. As I was working on Anne, I thought about all the things that could be done with her. Like she doesn't necessarily have to be a closure piece to finish off a weaving style. She could totally be a replacement piece for a thinning spot. Or a piece to be used as a frontal swoop hair curled into a magical cut style. She's human and straight hair at 22 to 24 inches. I hand tied every strand to help give her the natural look. Everyday that I do work on my pieces, it's one step closer to regaining my talent and perfecting it. So just please remember, that when you are purchasing one of my units, you are investing in not only my dream of being the best, but you are contributing to my mental and physical wellbeing. You are giving me a purpose, you are trusting me to help you look wonderful and therefore you are putting that motivational battery in my back to keep going. I love helping others, I honestly believe that's what I've been put on this earth for. 

I still take it one day at a time. In fact, after this post, I'm going to continue working on my next piece, Amber, the synthetic goddess. 😊

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June... The Medical Grade Unit

 


June is a medical grade unit that I purchased from a vendor (I named her). This unit is a part of my venture as a Cranial Prosthesis Specialist. I shopped and shopped and shopped around for a vendor of medical grade units that I could trust to produce some good reliable units. I mean seriously, good quality and care equals satisfied clients and let's be honest, I love happy people!

Anyway, I saw this piece and felt hopeful. Hopeful that I could help others suffering from hair loss, have faith and look forward to some sort of normalcy all while looking cute!! I'm like, oh she's super cute, and would look good on anyone! I liked the look and feel of the cap, her hair looked soft and it is! I was super excited to order and receive her. She's my first medical grade unit available for purchase. 

I liked her so much, I went as far as to styling her. I am NOT a hair stylist. Those are days of the past for me...clearly 😂 because her curls don't look that great. Thankfully she's human and unused, so if this is a unit you want, you can most certainly take her to the salon and have her styled the way you desire. 

To purchase her feel free to click here. To learn more about using your health insurance to purchase her click here.

A Message from Liv

Welcome to the blog page of Livs Wigs LLC


Without further ado, I'll get straight into the point of this post. I promise to try and make it interesting if not entertaining.

So picture it, it's been over four years since I've made a wig let alone wigs, due to an incident that left my right hand partially paralyzed, permanently. Every day simple routines that consist of me using my hand is very challenging. I never once thought about the importance of nerves and muscles along with the vital required usage daily, until this. Something as simple as picking up an apple with this hand, or dare I even say it, typing this post, requires great concentration to get my limb working. With that said, perhaps we'll visit details surrounding that story another time when I'm able to have a glass of wine again. Well wait... no shade but then again, I may not share (and you probably don't care, and that's okay 😂), only because I don't want to relive the past and make the situation be all that I am. I definitely don't want to cry you guys a river with this atrocity, I only want you all to understand that when you are supporting me, you are in fact supporting someone who's life has drastically changed and this person only wants to make the best of that change.

Although I am not a licensed cosmetologist, I do come from a background of hair styling. I started styling hair at the age of 12. One of my mother's best friends paid me faithfully every two weeks to wash and style her hair into a roll (where are all my old school folks? Ya'll may understand this assignment, 😂). I then braided other students' hair in high school. As I transitioned into adulthood, I began cutting hair, continued styling, did weaving techniques, coloring, started loc journeys and I was even featured in Salon Digest magazine (ahhh...good times). I began making wigs in 2012 when I wanted to be Amber Rose and rock the bald look with blonde hair. On days that I wanted long hair, I wore a wig, curly hair? No problem, slap another wig on. Wigs gave me the opportunity to be someone different at my discretion. However, because my hairline wasn't like the average wigs displayed in stores; I spent a lot of time trying to position my unit to cover my excessive hairline and sideburns. To help with my own personal dilemma, I began creating and customizing my own wigs to fit my ginormous head. Sidenote: my momma always said I have a football head, and I think she was right about that. 

Anyway, I began to really enjoy creating wigs. Eventually I ventured into creating closure pieces of all kinds. Creating hair pieces became such a therapeutic journey for me. It was a way to drown out the noise away from home. Somehow, my job at that time, wasn't so stressful anymore because I was creating what I considered to be art, during my time off. And like any artist, I wanted to perfect my craft. I used any free opportunity I had, to practice and make my work perfect. And to test my waters, I began to sell my creative hair pieces on small marketplaces. I was growing, and loving every moment of it. When I wasn't able to create hair pieces anymore over the course of these past four years, I was very hurt. Believe me, I tried to get back into it after the incident, my hand was just not budging. I was so hurt about it, I gave up making hair pieces all together and said f*ck it, I'll just work my 9-5. I was so pissed off and angry about my injury, I threw all my hair sh*t out. Every. Last. Piece. I mean not one lick of resource left to say perhaps start again?! (make note of this as it may be useful information as we go along with individual writing pieces of each unit. I am hoping you will find it funny because it certainly wasn't funny to me as I was exploring) I wasn't thinking about saving any of my materials at all. I'd completely given up on myself.

And then (I'll be very transparent here), I suffered the loss of someone VERY dear to me; my only child (this is another topic that I may share later. I do want to be in a mental space where I can openly talk about that without becoming choked up and crying, because it is very important and could potentially help or even save others. However, right now...it's still fresh and I'm still trying to get through the acceptance stage). 

Hence, the reason I'm back and decided to push myself....So here's the tea; I'd brainstormed ways to help me cope with my loss and I had the brilliant idea of getting back into making hair pieces, help take my mind off of the tragedy, and keep me busy. I've literally just started back up in July of 2023, yikes! It makes sense because it's what I love, it pushes my limits, and I get to help others on my own accord. It's always been very therapeutic for me mentally, and now it will be physically therapeutic (at least I hope so😣). But this time is different, I had the thought of not only exercising my creativity but taking it one step further by becoming a Cranial Prosthesis Specialist (oooooof). I want to take my devotion to others in need of hair replacements further and bond with them like I never have before. I want to provide more durable hair replacements. I do intend to continue creating and hand crafting cosmetic hair pieces to help strengthen my physical and mental abilities in areas that I once was able to accomplish while going over and beyond the unexpected. Simply because the possibilities are endless.

I write this blog with the intention for my clients, visitors, readers, friends, associates, and family members to feel closer to me; understand my own method to my "madness" if you will, and be with me on this healing journey (I am trying not to cry as I write this). I write this blog to help others understand my motivation, because perhaps it may help others in need of advice aside from a hair replacement. It may help others achieve a goal of their own personal healing, because what happens to us does not make us. We make the best out of overcoming what has happened, and it really costs nothing to be kind. So I will leave this post with, I hope you enjoy my writings. I will add posts for each unit I create, handmake, and produce so you are able to get a feel of what I was thinking during the process, and what I feel the result is or should be. Rest assured, each piece is well thought out, I do take pride, and my time in creating them, washing them, taking pictures, and posting to my websites so updates may take some time and I humbly ask for your patience. My goal is to not only educate you and let you into my world, but make you fall in love with my work and OUR journey through life and all of its hardships.

If you've gotten to this point of my blog without falling asleep, thank you. 💕 

Casey Frontal Lace Hair Unit

Casey


Casey is my second handmade piece. In my welcome post you learned about my history with creating hair pieces. What I didn't tell you is, once I made the decision to create them again, I came to the realization that I cannot keep making wigs totally by hand. What do I mean by hand? If you're thinking my injury, nope. Luckily I'm left handed, so writing and sewing with an actual needle and thread and all that good sh*t is easy breezy. I realized I can't keep hand sewing units because it's 2023 and who's buying a handmade wig that's been totally handsewn with thick thread and a loop? A part of growing is getting with the current times so I needed to jump on board with the trolley if I want to make my business a quarter of successful. 

This is the first piece I've ever made on a sewing machine, CORRECTLY. Yes, I actually bought a sewing machine and learned how to sew via YouTube. God bless YouTube, whew! Trial and error... trial and error.

Make no mistake about it, I bought a purple sewing machine (it was so pretty and dainty) and practiced, thought I broke that sh*t only to come to the conclusion that it's not heavy duty. While I thought heavy duty machines were to be used by the experts, come to find out my a** actually needs a heavy duty machine since I'm totally new to this and clueless. 

Anyway, after I f*cked up a couple of hair pieces, I finally got it right with this unit and sewed a few tracks on it. I then mustered up all of my strength to hand tie each strand in the front so she could have a middle or slight side part. Now remember when I said I'd share a story when I could start drinking wine again? Well because I'm fat, the doctor said I need to take a chill pill on fatty foods and wine. I'll admit I was bingeing to help with grief. As a result of the stress from my alcoholic withdrawal, my mind became cloudy. Why am I telling you this? Well during the wash process, I mistakenly scrubbed the inside cap causing some botched edges which then led to me repairing her in an attempt to make her brand new again. I assure you she's never been used, she's totally clean, I didn't drop her in the john and I always wash my hands, like literally all the time. I wash my hands so much, they look like I've dipped them in coke.

So, as a courtesy for f*cking her up, she's listed on my website at a discounted price. Sort of like a truce and please support my just getting back into the swing of learning things with wig making? I mean, my stupid a** even painted her with white marker to help with aligning where my hairline and tracks should be and now it won't wash off, even though I read that the marker is washable. I was just a whole learning mess with this one. This is the result of throwing things out and starting from total scratch, I feel all over the place and like I all of a sudden don't know what the hell I'm doing. I will say though, that making this piece was fun and the anticipation of the end result had me super excited. I laughed and smiled so hard. Not to mention the physical exercise was liberating. She is unplucked and I don't know how to do baby hairs. I sowwy. To watch a snippet of her process click here.

Please also note, the pictures taken are of her being wet and in all honesty I wanted to test out my new photo booth and I didn't want to wait.

Baby steps, one day at a time. I am also happy to report I am smoking a little bit of weed, so I'm able to think a little better now (KIDDING... or am I really? 😂)

Did I mention she's totally washed, conditioned, oiled, clean, and ready to ship? If you're interested in purchasing Casey, click here.

In other news, I do have some discounts going so feel free to visit my website: livswigs.com




Livs Wigs; The Cranial Prosthesis Specialist

 


Greetings from Livs Wigs LLC! Here is where you can learn more about Cranial Prosthesis Medical Grade Units and how it may be covered by your Medical Insurance Coverage. If you are in need of a replacement unit but want to use your medical insurance, please feel free to keep reading!

What is a Cranial Prosthetic?

Of course, we have cosmetic wigs, which are more delicate and are not covered by your medical insurance. Medical grade units, also known as cranial prosthetics, are hair pieces that are made to be more durable for everyday use. Medical grade units are constructed with medical grade material for durability. There are scalp features, stronger lace, and sturdier elastic for a stable hold. Medical grade units aren’t just made for the entire head, there are several hair pieces that are considered medical grade units, and they are meant to cover patterns of hair loss due to medical illness, trauma, and/or side effects to medication. It’s because of this necessity why your medical insurance may cover the costs of your replacement unit.

So how can you apply for a medical grade unit, and have it covered by your insurance? 

Well, first we advise that you call your insurance company and see if it’s covered. When calling, be sure to mention “medical grade unit”. Your insurance company may cover full or partial costs of your medical grade unit. When you connect with your insurance company it may be helpful for you to include some detailed information such as letting them know you have hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, alopecia areatatrichotillomania, and other conditions resulting in hair loss.

It’s important to know the terminology when applying for medical insurance. Other common terms you may use to describe a medical grade unit are cranial hair prosthesis, hair prosthesis, and full cranial prosthesis.

It’s also important to know that coverage of your medical grade unit depends on your plan. Best case scenario, if your medical grade unit is covered under your plan, it’s possible that your insurance may cover the cost upfront without there being an out-of-pocket cost for you, or they may require you to pay for your unit first, while they reimburse you later. Many insurance companies cover 80-100% of the cost for your medical grade unit. One cranial prosthetic unit is allowed per year for medical hair loss (which isn’t a bad thing, most units last for up to a year or longer if properly cared for. Plus, you may grow tired of your unit and there’s nothing wrong with a change – remember, mental and emotional well-being is very important. *smile*)

 

A few types of hair loss covered by medical health insurance include:

 

ü  Hair loss due to Chemotherapy treatment

ü  Alopecia

ü  Radiation Related Hair Loss

ü  Heredity

ü  Skin disease

ü  Stress

ü  Burn victim, trauma

Here are some helpful tips on how to receive your medical grade unit, with the possibility of using your health insurance:

Ø  Connect with your benefits department for your health insurance and ask:

ü  Does your policy cover cranial prosthesis?

ü  If so, ask what type of prosthesis is covered such as human hair or synthetic medical grade?

ü  How much of the medical grade unit cost do they cover?

ü  What specific terminology for your hair replacement unit should the prescription contain?

ü  What is the specific required documentation needed to submit your claim?

 

Please note that when you are reviewing your insurance policy if cranial prosthesis isn’t listed, that doesn’t necessarily mean your replacement unit won’t be covered. (Maybe you’ve read so much, and your eyes got blurry, so you didn’t notice, or maybe it was so tiny on your policy you didn’t see it, or perhaps it simply just wasn’t listed). Either way, it is highly recommended that you always call your health insurance and receive pre-authorization.

 

What next?? Well….

 

ü  You can get a prescription for a “cranial prosthesis” from your physician (or a dermatologist). Make sure that’s the correct terminology required by your health insurance provider. Upon consultation with your physician your prescription should include procedure code "A9282". It’s important that the prescription does not say “wig”. Because a "wig" is considered a cosmetic item and not medically necessary, your insurance will think you’re trying to get a pre-plucked with baby hair, full lace fancy unit and deny your claim. The procedure code/number on your cranial prosthesis prescription is used to submit your insurance claim. Remember, medical grade units are made with medical grade materials, they are made to be more durable and are made to match your personal needs and goals. (I totally hope this makes sense)

ü  Have your physician write a letter, your letter will humanize you, as it should. We are human, we have feelings, we want to feel good. You’re not just a claimant. In your letter, it is important that your physician explains your hair loss and the devastating effects it’s had upon you. Your physician may also state that your prosthesis is not for cosmetic reasons, but for your emotional well-being. (which wouldn’t be a lie emotional well-being is very important).

If your health insurance does not cover the cost of your medical grade unit, you can explore other resources such as the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, or the American Cancer Society. It is important to understand their requirements. You may qualify for financial assistance toward your hair replacement. If you pay for your hair replacement out of pocket, be sure to consult with your CPA for information on tax deductibles.

I am happy to report Livs Wigs LLC is now accepting, Aetna Yay!

Here’s what you should know about Aetna…. The reimbursement rate for participating providers of medical grade replacement units (cranial prostheses) diagnosis code A9282 is $1,000. But again, depending on your plan, please call and be sure your medical grade replacement unit is covered.

UPDATE as of November 7th, 2023, Livs Wigs is now a provider of United Health Care, Oxford. Connect with us for details on how to obtain a unit using your insurance! 

For more information or a consultation to speak more about your needs, wants, and goals, please feel free to connect with Liv Early at learly@livswigs.com. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this piece. I do hope you'll connect with us and give us the opportunity to work with you. We will do our very best to meet your needs and for every sale made, a percentage will be donated to the Jed Foundation (to provide support with teen suicide prevention). 

Cheers to having faith, feeling hopeful, and being fabulous! 

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