Francis’s Story – Lichen Planopilaris

Francis beforeFrances suffers from Lichen planopilaris which is an Autoimmune condition that results in patchy progressive permanent hair loss on the scalp. Frances has been suffering with this condition for over 25 years. Frances first noticed a small patch and visited a doctor and then a dermatologist who both diagnosed the condition. For many years, Frances was able to conceal the spots as the hair loss was slow and she had lots of hair that could disguise it. In 2015 the loss became wide spread and Frances could no longer hide it so she began to wear a wig.

Frances afterFrances has come to terms with her hair loss over the years and our team of specialist wig stylists were able to help her choose two different wigs that she really loved because they were so natural and tailored to suit her individual features.

Frances speaks of the importance of receiving advice from a specialist wig stylist - how important it is to have access to salons that could help with wig style selections, customisation, and fittings.

Trichologists always take a holistic view of any condition covering, lifestyle, family history, diet, and medical history to arrive at both diagnosis and prognosis, with informed referral to medical professionals as necessary.

Frances loves to exercise and prefers not to wear a wig when doing so - she is very conscious that people automatically assume that she is undergoing chemotherapy. As a trichologist, Eva is keen to help raise awareness of Alopecia - any form of hair loss is traumatic but because you notice someone with no hair, doesn't mean that they have the horrendous symptoms that a chemotherapy patient is suffering.

If you have Hair Loss concerns contact me to arrange a private consultation and take the first step in controlling your Hair Loss.

Step By Step Styling Details

Frances :

Frances was given a Raphael Perrier 100% heat proof fibre wig, on a hand tied base.
We fitted the wig and customised it to suit Frances, so that she could wear it in a few different ways. Our specialists then texturised and thinned the wig from the root down using a variety of cutting methods, slide cutting, razoring and point cutting.

We wanted to make sure that the wigs gave Frances different options, she was able to wear her wig with the hair coming forward onto the face, or if she wants to adapt her style, she is able to tuck the hair behind the ears without the wig base showing at all.

The hair was then styled using flat irons to give body and finished with styling products.

Frances was shown how to put the wig on and how to take it off. We also gave Frances plenty of tips about how to look after the wig and how to style it for herself, using the guidance given below:

  • Using specalist shampoo, formulated to work in cool / tepid water, fill a small bowl or sink.
  • Immerse the wig, and with a gentle swishing motion move it backwards and forwards, this will remove any dirt, grease etc. Do not rub or scrub!
  • Empty bowl of sink, fill with clean water, and repeat to rinse out the shampoo.
  • Fill bowl of sink and add conditioner, repeat.
  • Empty bowl of sink fill with clean water and repeat.
  • Take out and blot dry in a towel, do not rub or wring.
  • Place on a wig stand to drip dry.

Specialist synthetic wig care products were provided to keep both the fibre and base in fantastic condition which should ensure that the wig lasts for 6 - 12 months .


A client like Frances needs your expertise in style, colour, fitting and customisation, for synthetic wigs this could mean 2 - 4 visits each year, for human hair wigs 2 - 3 visits per year.
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