Alopecia Wigs

Wigs for Alopecia and Women's Hair Loss

Women’s medical hair loss, baldness, or patchiness can feel overwhelming before discovering wigs for alopecia. When you have a bald spot, notice an excess clump of hair in your hair brush, or observe a patch of hair loss that is growing larger, it is very upsetting. The good news is you are not alone and there is hope! The Chrysalis Custom Hair staff works with hundreds of women with all types of alopecia and specializes in creating custom alopecia wigs that restore your self-confidence, reenforce your sense of self, and recover the natural beauty of luxurious human hair. 

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!
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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 is called androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness. It has a genetic basis in which the hair follicles become hypersensitive to the hormone DHT or dihydrotestosterone. As the follicles become smaller, hair thins and eventually falls out. Women who suffer from pattern baldness may not always experience the typical signs of balding as men do, but will notice significant changes in volume. Patches and thinning hair are typical symptoms of this disease.  This form of hair loss usually appears in the late 20’s or early 30’s and progresses with age. 

The condition of involutional alopecia is related to thinning hair with an increase in age. As we get older, the volume of hair follicles is significantly reduced. Hair suffers thinning and major loss over time causing differing degrees of baldness often most noticeable in the front or crown of the head. Often a wig for alopecia can help cover the areas most affected and help boost 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, impulsively and obsessively pull their hair and often have major hair loss in patches. The hair pulling disorder can be 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 or scarf in order to stop the behavior. By wearing a wig an individual who suffers from trichotillomania no longer has the ability to pull out their natural hair.

  • Trichorrhexis Nodosa – hair node damage after exposure to heat styling like chemical applications, straightening or extensions, as well as thyroid disease treatments

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.

Real Human Hair Wigs for Women before and after
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

Yes! Women with alopecia can wear whatever style of wigs they like. Some styles are more comfortable for sensitive scalps, like hand-tied human hair wigs.

Yes, many medical insurances cover hair loss caused by alopecia, chemotherapy, or other medical conditions. Ask your doctor for a written prescription for a cranial prosthesis–which is the medical terminology for a wig for hair loss–then call your insurance provider.

Monofilament wigs are often the best wigs for women with alopecia because they use the highest quality natural human hair that is tied into the softest cap for maximum comfort on sensitive scalps.