For most of us, the holidays are now a speck in the rearview mirror. One of the things I miss when they’re over are all the stories of people helping strangers have a better Christmas. It’s truly more fun to give than to receive. I have a story to share with you about that very thing!
Last month a new client, Colleen, came to me after hearing our Inspiration Wellness ad on the radio. Colleen developed alopecia 15 years ago after her son was born, and has worn a wig for most of her waking hours ever since. She’s always had synthetic wigs but always really, really, REALLY wanted a human-hair wig. Human-hair wigs are expensive, with the low end of the price range at around $700 and the high end around $3,000.
Colleen has always wanted to have more flexibility to style her hair. With synthetics, other than cutting them or doing up-dos, there aren’t many styling options. (They can’t hold up to the heat of styling tools.) Also, Colleen found that the style that she prefers, a longer style and the one that looked most natural for her, tends to fray more easily on the ends of the hairs. That’s because of friction of the hair against clothing, day in and day out.
Throughout last year, Colleen squirreled away money to save up for a human-hair wig. By the beginning of December, when she came in to see me, she had about $700. But with Christmas coming, she was feeling guilty about spending so much money on herself and was thinking of giving up on the wig. Little did she know her mom had recently been in touch with me in private, and put up a big lump of money toward Colleen’s wig—a guardian angel for sure! The look on Colleen’s face was priceless!
Immediately Colleen and I went about choosing her new human-hair wig together. She was so excited to have a sizeable budget to work with, because it meant she could really kind of go nuts and get nearly any wig she wanted. I helped her choose a beautiful, high-quality, hand-tied wig. One big benefit of hand-tied wigs is that they have much more natural movement. As I explained to Colleen, when she wears it on a windy day, the wig will look just like natural hair blowing in the wind.
When Colleen left, a huge smile on her face, I called her mom with an idea. I was just so moved by the Christmas spirit she’d shown, and so touched by Colleen’s selfless hesitation to spend money on herself, that I really wanted to match her mom’s donation. I also threw in one of our hair headbands, something quick and easy Colleen can wear around the house. Having a lazy-day alternative to her new wig will extend the life of the wig. If you could have been there to see Colleen’s great relief and excitement, if you could have heard firsthand her mom’s tender loving care for her grown daughter, you’d have done the same thing.
Spread the joy…all year long!