This past Thursday was judgement day when it comes to my hair – my first day back at work after maternity leave, and my first day wearing hair full-time “out in the public”. I’ve been wearing my toppers (one in particular) since I had my son three months ago, but now that I’ve re-entered the workplace, there’s no turning back. I was a little nervous, but not as nervous as most people would be, I think. I had a sort of trial run a few weeks ago when I met up with some close work friends for lunch. All of them said I looked good and that they loved my hair, but they left it at that. These are the types of people would definitely press further if they thought something was up, so that was a huge vote of confidence for me!
I’ve been wearing the Amore #752 Long Topper in Medium Brown; this one is kind of getting towards the end of its rope so I ordered a new one – wow, what a difference! I’ll have to post pics of the new vs. old soon. The newer one is so swingy again! My current one lost a bit of the bounce after awhile, which was actually fine with me since my bio hair never had any swing to it anyway. And this is what kind of made me paranoid…my replacement piece looked a little too perfect. So, rather than debuting that piece I stuck with my old, kind of worn out one. I need to give the other piece a quick wash-and-dry to see how it looks as that might help to settle it down a bit.
I only had a few people that said anything about my hair at all! One of my close friends that I work with–he has an incredible fashion sense–said my hair “looked good” – he was one of the few I met with a few weeks ago. Two colleagues also said something. The first is a girl that I’ve actually commiserated with about hair loss in the past. She doesn’t have androgentic alopecia like I do, just some thinning at the temple area. She seemed to think hers got better after she switched to a gluten-free diet. Since we’ve spoken in the past about thinning hair (plus, she has a few kids and we’ve talked about the post-partum shed), it wasn’t shocking that she would notice that my hair looked better. The other colleague that noticed is someone I actually don’t interact with much at all, but he, like my friend that noticed, has an incredible sense of style and the best spiked salt-and-pepper hair. Both of the men and the woman who noticed are people that I think are very self-aware of their own appearances, but for different reasons, so it makes sense that they noticed. Maybe? I don’t know, that’s my thinking, anyways. No one said anything other than a passing “you look great!” comment, so there was no dwelling on what was different, what I did, etc. THANK GOODNESS! I’ll continue to see others as I get back into the swing of my normal meetings, so we’ll see how it goes. For now, I’m calling it a success!
Here is me on my first day. The eyes and face are a bit puffy from the meltdown I had as I was leaving my child for the first time…!
How did I handle the compliments?
Let me tell you, the first thing I want to do if anyone mentions anything about my hair is run and hide. I don’t generally accept compliments very easily to begin with, and to hear anything about hair that’s not mine is just the icing on that cake! It makes my skin crawl. But, what I did was look like each person in the eye, give a genuine “thank you” and change the subject to something about them. I’ll be damned if most people don’t love to talk about themselves and I certainly used that to my advantage.
Do I plan to tell my coworkers about my hairpiece?
Nope, not at this time. It’s going to be on a need-to-know basis, and I can’t imagine any of them needing to know!
Keep your fingers crossed that things continue to go smoothly for me!