A Louisiana hairdresser turned wigmaker is changing the lives of sufferers hair loss. She shares some of her most stunning transformations on social media, and the huge smiles and his customers’ tears of joy speak volumes.
Born in California, Tiffani, 36, now lives in the New Orleans area of Louisiana. With 15 years of experience, she still has a hairdressing license but currently runs her own thriving wig business. Its main customers are women and children suffering from hair loss due to alopecia, polycystic ovary syndrome, cancer or trichotillomania; a compulsion to pull one’s hair.
“Usually when my clients come in they’re very anxious, very nervous, they don’t know what to expect,” Tiffani told The Epoch Times. “As soon as they put the wig on, they smile and cry, they get emotional. They feel like they’ve got a part of their identity back…I feel very lucky to be able to change someone’s life in this way. .
Tiffani, who herself suffered from hair loss after giving birth to her third child, felt insecure, believing her clients trusted her for full, healthy hair. She then looked at different brands and started wearing wigs and toppers. However, being a hairdresser herself, she always wanted to change something like color etc.
She still felt embarrassed and kept her hair loss a secret from her family, clients and colleagues until, finally, their comments changed her mind.
“I was getting compliments all the time…I decided since no one knew I was wearing a wig, it was realistic! I shouldn’t be embarrassed,” Tiffani said. “I decided to post a post on social media about my hair loss, how I had been wearing wigs for a month or two and no one ever found out. positive feedback.”
Tiffani then began modifying her own wigs, as well as making wigs for other people. She quickly realized the magnitude of the demand. Booked all day every day for months in her salon, Tiffani got to work on wigs at home.
“I stayed up until 2 or 3 in the morning working on wigs,” she says. “I got busy to the point where I had to choose one or the other: stay at the salon, or do wigs full time.”
However, the mother of three didn’t know if she wanted to risk wasting all those years she spent working as a hairstylist for a business she wasn’t even sure would be successful or worth it.
After thinking for a while, the self-proclaimed risk-taker decided to stick with making wigs. Tiffani took to social media to break the news to longtime customers, and “Wigs by Tiffani” was born.
She hired her salon assistant and rented an apartment to work in. Eventually, as it got busier, Tiffani added more people to her team. About a year and a half ago she opened her first store, and today she has a team of six people in-house and three people working remotely in other states.
Wigs by Tiffani lists new wigs weekly and ships their unique offerings worldwide daily.
Tiffani said: “Wigs have come a long way over the past 20, 30 years, but I feel like what makes us special is that we customize everything ourselves when it comes to the cut, color and hairline. We do everything in-house. We mimic a natural hairline by plucking the hairline…and just trying to make it as realistic as possible.
Tiffani and her team meet clients in person by appointment only and help them try on wigs until they find their perfect combination. Their range is extensive, but they don’t take custom requests. Lately, Tiffani has received a lot of attention from the media and celebrities.
Her human hair wigs are mostly lace, which makes them breathable and able to blend perfectly with the client’s skin tone. Wig prices range from $1,300 to $2,500 depending on cut, color, and length. She also shares hair care videos on social media.
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Advising on how to care for wigs, Tiffani said: “You want to condition them often, you want to use oils to maintain them and keep them soft because the hair is still human hair and you want to be gentle when you do it. handle because you don’t want to pull the hair out of the cap or pull the wig off your head.
She also welcomes donations and regularly gives away free wigs to children, explaining, “I would have given free wigs to children anyway… I don’t do it for the money, I do it because I love helping kids.” people.
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As a message of encouragement to her customers, Tiffani said: “We’re here to help you regain your confidence by providing you with hair, but we also want to remind you that being hairless is okay too. .. accept yourself as you are, the wig is just the icing on the cake.
Although she currently has no idea what the future holds, she said, “Every day I get a surprise, every day I get a new message from someone I never expected. It’s only been three years and I feel like it’s grown so much… I’m so humbled, I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love.
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