This article is going to concentrate mostly on the first form of wig anxiety.
Wig anxiety is a real thing and it can manifest in a couple of different ways.
- A very common manifestation of wig anxiety that is particularly common among new wig wearers is the concern that everyone knows you’re wearing a wig. This is not true. This anxiety usually fades over time as you begin to realize that most people have no clue you’re wearing a wig. (And if anyone does notice, they tend to be fellow wig wearers, which is actually kind of a cool way to meet friends and share styling tips.)
- A less talked about, but just as common, form of wig anxiety is the concern that there is A PERFECT wig out there somewhere but you just haven’t found it yet and this PERFECT wig is the magical solution to all of your problems.
How to determine if this is you: The good news is that this form of wig anxiety is almost universal! Almost everyone who wears “helper hair” for medical reasons experiences anxiety about whether or not people can tell they're wearing a wig at one point or another.
What to do about it: Practice! The more you wear your hair out and about, the more like second nature it becomes.
I also highly recommend coming up with a strategy for answering the questions of anyone who is curious about your new and improved hair style. Give this some thought before you start debuting your new ’do. Try to anticipate what people will ask or say and how you will (or won’t) respond.
Then there’s always that one freaking person who doesn’t realize that they’re being hopelessly rude . . . or even worse, is just a troll. It’s always smart to be a good Wig Scout: Be Prepared!
Knowing in advance how to handle these pesky peeps will help you keep your cool and give you space for witty comebacks that seem off-the-cuff and awesome – because you ARE awesome!
The benefit: You will be able to walk confidently through Starbucks or your office lunch room – or at least fake confidence until you make confidence like a golden fount of self-esteem springs fourth from your soul, Cyster! :)