Alopecia Wigs

Wigs for Alopecia and Women's Hair Loss

Experiencing hair loss or alopecia can be an incredibly overwhelming experience, especially for women who are dealing with medical hair loss, baldness, or patchiness. The thought of losing clumps of hair and noticing bald spots can be truly distressing.  You are not alone in this struggle! In fact, many women face similar challenges and have found solace in discovering wigs for alopecia.
Chrysalis Custom Hair helps women regain their self-confidence and feel beautiful. With years of expertise in dealing with all types of alopecia, our team has successfully created hundreds of custom alopecia wigs. We work with each client’s unique hair loss needs to ensure their wig fits their lifestyle. We have silicone grip caps for people who are extremely active and very light caps for those who are not.  Call or email today for more information about making a private one-on-one appointment.

Bethany Priester
Bethany Priester
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Excellent experience working with Kimberly and her team! She has a great selection of wigs and I found one right away that I went home with that day. Thank you Chrysalis!
Jo Anne R
Jo Anne R
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I really appreciated that I was asked me to send photos of how I like my hair to look before my consultation so she can prepare some samples to try on. When I arrived I was taken back immediately. The studio is very clean, private and comfortable. Kimberly and the stylist were very professional, kind and informative. I cannot recommend them enough!
Happy Girl
Happy Girl
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My experience with Kimberly and Kristin at Chrysalis Custom Hair was extraordinary and I can not recommend their services highly enough. I called to make an appointment for my friend. They answered my zillions of dumb questions and got my friend set up with a human hair wig within days. She looks beautiful!

Custom Human Hair Wigs and Synthetic Hair Wigs for Women Facing Alopecia

Chrysalis provides custom human hair wigs and the finest synthetic hair wigs for women experiencing hair loss. For more than 10 years, we have been the trusted leader for women’s wigs in Chicago. We create gorgeous custom alopecia wigs for women with temporary and permanent hair loss. When you are undergoing medical treatments, like chemotherapy, or suffering from alopecia, our team of specialists will help you find the perfect hair piece.

Types of Alopecia

Genetic alopecia, commonly referred to as androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness, is a condition that is attributed to genetics. This condition presents as a hypersensitivity of hair follicles to the hormone DHT, or dihydrotestosterone.  Hair follicles to shrink in size, causing the hair to thin and eventually fall out. Although women may also suffer from this condition, they may not present the signs of balding that men do. Women may observe significant changes in volume, patches, or thinning hair. Women affected by pattern baldness typically develop this condition by their late 20s or early 30s but could experience it as young as 4. 

As we age there is a natural reduction in the volume of hair follicles. This causes hair to thin out. Involutional alopecia is a condition that is directly associated with this type of hair thinning that occurs with aging. The symptoms of involutional alopecia may be most noticeable in the front or crown of the head, and it can vary in severity. If you are experiencing significant hair loss due to involutional alopecia and are looking for a solution, then you might consider using a wig for thinning hair. A wig can help cover the areas most affected by thinning hair and help restore confidence.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. The natural hair follicles are under attack by the immune system resulting in the loss of hair. Areata is the medical term for “patchy” and can happen at any time, but is often noticed in young children. There is no way of determining whether the hair will grow back. Often, the hair does grow back only to fall out again at a later date, sometimes many years later.

Common Types of Alopecia Areata:

  • ophiasis alopecia – loss of hair along the back of the head and scalp edge with a wavy pattern of thinning hair
  • totalis alopecia – total hair loss on the scalp, but no significant hair loss on the body
  • universalis alopecia – permanent loss of all hair on the body and scalp
  • traction alopecia – damage to hair follicles and loss of hair due to tension on the scalp from wearing extensions, tight braiding, ponytails, and buns worn repeatedly.
  • cicatricial alopecia – hair loss from scar tissue developed on the hair follicles 
  • central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia – male pattern baldness in women over time, also caused by frequent chemical, heat and tension when styling
  • lichen planopilaris – inflammation of the scalp from an autoimmune disorder causing redness, scaly skin, bald patches and sometimes pain and burning
  • alopecia effluvium – hair falling out or thinning because of chemotherapy and radiation
  • telogen effluvium – hair loss where surgery or trauma has occurred

Individuals who suffer from trichotillomania, also known as trich, pull or tug their hair so much that they have hair loss in patches. This hair pulling disorder is often treated with medication and behavioral therapy. When symptoms are uncontrollable individuals may choose to shave their scalp and wear a head covering such as a wig in order to stop the behavior. 

  • Trichorrhexis Nodosa is when hair is damaged by processing.  Exposure to heat styling, chemical applications, straightening or extensions, can leave hair so brittle it breaks off. 

How Chrysalis Custom Hair Can Help You

One-on-one consultations take place in our soothing and private wig salon. We have hundreds of options in stock for you to try on. Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation. Ask how we can help you add length, volume and character with a stunning new wig!

Chrysalis Custom Hair serves the greater Chicago area including Naperville, Evanston, Rockford, Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, Downers Grove and Oak Park.

Girl with alopecia totalis no hair before and after with a custom wig for alopecia
My alopecia was patchy at first, but by the time I called Chrysalis I was desperate. I thought I would cry throughout my appointment but they were so nice and professional. I had a wig colored to match my hair ( I had saved some). I was skeptical that it could really look like my hair. I was absolutely blown away at the results. Obviously, people who know me know that I am wearing a wig but otherwise you really can’t tell it’s a wig! The highlights look exactly like my old hair. It’s so comfortable even I forget I am wearing a wig sometimes. I hope more women like me find this place sooner rather than waiting like I did.
Janine’s Story

More Frequently Asked Questions

The wig selection available Chrysalis allows for the opportunity to try a style that is a little different, or even a lot different  Hand-tied human hair wigs provide exceptional comfort, and your scalp will be treated with utmost sensitivity and care. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors or styles. Ask a Chrysalis staff member about getting fitted for a wig for alopecia.

Hair loss can be a traumatic experience, especially when it is caused by medical conditions like alopecia or chemotherapy. Luckily, there is good news on the horizon. Many medical insurances now provide coverage for hair loss caused by such conditions. It is important to speak with your doctor and obtain a written prescription for a cranial prosthesis. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a cranial prosthesis is simply the medical term for a wig for hair loss. With a prescription in hand, you can then call your insurance provider and explore the coverage options and benefits that are available to you through your plan. It is always important to be proactive about your own health and wellbeing, and taking steps to address hair loss can help to boost your confidence and improve your overall quality of life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing hair loss due to alopecia, consider trying a monofilament wig. These wigs are specially designed to provide maximum comfort and a natural appearance. Monofilament wigs are made using the highest quality natural human hair, which is tied into a soft cap that feels gentle on your sensitive scalp. This means you don’t have to worry about discomfort or irritation when wearing your wig. In addition, these wigs are long-lasting and durable, making them a great investment for women with alopecia. With a monofilament wig, you can enjoy a full head of hair that looks and feels completely natural, giving you the confidence and comfort you deserve. So why wait? Try a monofilament wig today and experience the difference for yourself.