New Year! Hair Goals + BIG Announcement

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I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. It’s so weird to think we are in an entirely new year, don’t you think?

With a new year comes new goals, and some of them are definitely hair related.

I won’t bore you with my nutrition and fitness goals (my hormones have definitely been out of whack lately and I need to reign those puppies back in), but I do want to fill you in on something MAJOR coming later this month. It became a goal of mine a few months ago to be able to do this, and I’m so excited that the time has finally come!

More on that in just a second (of, if you prefer to skip my yadda yadda, head on down to read Goal #4! I won’t take offense, promise).


Goal #1: Out, Out Bald Spot

As far as topper-wearing goes, this year I’m going to be trying a new attachment technique (sounds fancy!). I’m sure many of you remember how one of the clips on my Noriko Milan was causing quite a bad bald spot.

As much as I tell you how important it is to add more clips around the perimeter so that you can rotate their usage and minimize any damage to your bio hair, I definitely didn’t practice what I preach.

While I wait for my hair to hopefully grow back in that spot, I’m going to try taping in that area.

I’ve heard that tape holds really securely and it’s pretty easy to apply and remove, so I’ll be putting it to the test and reporting on my results.

Goal #2: Spinning the Color Wheel

As my hair continues to thin, I’m realizing wigs are becoming closer and closer to a reality. I bought an AWESOME wig over Thanksgiving weekend (I’ll post about it, soon!) and it made me realize how fun it is to experiment with wigs because they come in so many colors.

With a topper, obviously, you have to get something fairly close to your own color.

But with wigs, any color goes! I tried blonde once before, but would love to try a few different blondes, or maybe a red.

Heck, there’s even a purple ombre wig out there that I’ve been eye-balling.

Why? I don’t know.

I’m not “out” with my hair so why even bother playing around with the colors? I loooooooooove to do it, even if it costs me a few bucks. It’s truly one of the perks of hair loss, getting to try new colors and styles.

I’ll definitely be a topper girl for a long time yet, but want to be realistic that unless I decide to someday bond my hair, wigs are in my future.

I’ve heard that the hair loss typically stablizes in your 30s and then will pick up again as you near menopause. I’m still a long ways away, but, it’s inevitable.

And I’m cool with that.

Goal #3: Human Hair, Do I Dare?

I’m thinking of re-trying human hair this year.

‘Nuff said. πŸ™‚

Ok, on to the fun one…

Goal #4: I Want to Serve You Better

As much as this website is a vehicle for me to talk about my trials and tribulations as they relate to hair loss, I realize as I hear from many of you via email that this is more than just about one person (little ol’ me)—it’s about all of us.

So many of you tell me that before stumbling across Corner of Hope & Mane, you felt like you were truly the only one out there going through this.

How awful is it to feel alone when you are going through something so traumatizing?

I get it, obviously. I’ve been there. And others get it, too.

There are tens of millions of us out there (but I’m probably one of the few loons putting her scalp on display for all the world to see).

This year, I want to bring you all together in an official way.

New year. New friendships. New support.

I’m proud to announce the Corner of Hope & Mane Community, opening in mid January!

Update: The Community is open! Learn more and sign up here.

Anything goes!

We’ll have boards for hair loss treatments, wigs and toppers, even a buy/sell page for helper hair. And that’s just the start.

It’s a place for all of us to come together and privately talk about what we’re going through. What solutions we’re trying. How we’re coping.


I’d like to bring on a small group to start (maybe 20 people or so), and these ladies will be influential in shaping the community.

We’ll figure out—together—what you’d like to see in the forums, where you need additional support, and how we can make this the best place to come to for hair loss support.

(As a bonus, you’ll be able to help me make sure everything is functioning properly…so much easier to address tech issues with a smaller group, wink)

The Community is now officialy open – feel free to learn more about it here!

The Community will become my home away from home, and I’m psyched about spending a TON of time in there getting to know you all better. I hope you are as excited about it as I am!

So there you have it, a peek at my New Year’s goals (at least the ones that relate to hair).

What are YOUR hair goals for this year?

58 thoughts on “New Year! Hair Goals + BIG Announcement”

  1. Hi Lauren,

    I am super, super excited about your new community. Knowing your style, it will be simple, stylish, and so easy to poke around to find subjects of common interest for all of us. Please sign me up!

    Happy (belated) new year!

  2. Just found your site when searching for tips. I would love a board! I’m still pretty new to wigs and I my local place really poo poos any wig “hacks” so I have nowhere to look for good advice. It would also be nice to ask about brick and mortar stores because of the above! πŸ˜‰ I need to make my pieces last!

  3. I am super excited about a community board! It will be nice to connect with others who understand what you are going through. My fiancΓ©, who has the most amazing head of hair, is the only person I have ever talked to about how my hair loss and wearing toppers has affected me. I love him and he has been super supportive but sometimes I think it would be awesome to be able to talk to other women who are going through the samething I am going through.

    • Why are men ALWAYS blessed with great hair? My husband also has amazingly thick, gorgeous salt and pepper hair. Sigh. πŸ™‚

      I agree, it’ll be awesome to talk to “our own kind” about all of this! Soon, soon!

  4. This is awesome news Lauren!! I am so glad you are able to create a community board. I will definitely be a part of it. I can’t wait!

  5. I am so excited about you starting a board. I am definitely one of the ones that have thought I have been by myself in this journey and I am so excited to now be able to talk to others about their experiences. Can’t wait!!

  6. I’ve already commented, but I just have to emphasize how awesome this community will be. This is the only website I’ve visited that has anything positive to say on a regular basis. I have pretty devastating hair loss (scarring) and it’s so refreshing to be able to come somewhere to be uplifted when having a bad day. Thank you again, Lauren!

  7. Awesome! Can we have a “How does it look” section? Only a few loved ones know I wear helper hair .. and sometimes I don’t think they have the most impartial advice. My husband is soooooooooo used to seeing my natural “seaweed on a rock” hair, anytime I add helper hair it takes him a while to think it looks natural ( he’s a sweetheart – milans for xmas <3 ). Sometimes I think it would be nice to get a rando opinion from someone else who looks at everyone else's hair to see who's snapping those clips on πŸ˜‰ – Thanks for this site … with out all of your hard work and honesty Lauren I'd still be sprinkling way to much toppik on to my noggin!

      • I will second the idea of a “how does it look” section. I heard so many great reviews about the Milan that I ordered one in Chocolate Swirl, but returned it the same day because my hair was too fine to blend, and my head too small to pull off the volume. In a private place we can share both what worked and what did not, and hopefully help one another out. I now have a pretty good thing going with an EasiPart XL HD 18″ piece, but I’m still looking for that perfect fit because this bugger runs a bit warm for me. Love your blog! If you are still seeking testers, I’m game!

  8. Lauren…..I’m really excited about your great idea for the blog ? Thank you so much! Being able to come here makes a big difference for me in dealing with everything related to hair loss.
    About bald spots caused by clips and tape, I hope you have better luck than I did. Hair never grew back for me in those spots, but I moved on to falls and eventually wigs . There is a shop near me that has been a life saver, in that they are great about letting you try on hair and they are super helpful and understanding. I have not had the courage to experiment with ordering hair online yet.

  9. I love that you have hair goals for the new year, and happy that you are starting a community for sharing. I started wearing helper hair one year ago, and glad I finally made that leap after obsessing ovwr gradual hair loss for 25 years. I have a custom 22″ human hair topper in bright auburn and a Amore Stevie in Burgundy Rosa that I altered (needs more thinning work). Over the winter holiday, i dyed my bio hair with Shea Moisture Bright Auburn. Now I match the cutom topper wuite well, but way too bright for the Stevie. Our hair, like us, Iis always a work in progress.
    To loving our hair in 2016!

  10. So great, love this and will definitely be a part of the board. I also got a Milan in the Raisin glaze, letting my bio hair grow out (including bangs so about to get used.) Have been wearing a Wille topper for almost a year and work at home so I forget about it too. Best decision ever.

  11. I was using temporary tape every day and it definitely pulled out more hair than I liked. I tried to be really gentle and used 99% alcohol on the tape to loosen before I removed it. I’m much happier with clips but I’d love to hear your opinion on the matter. I love getting an email alerting to a new blog post. As a 30 year old mother of 2 I can totally relate to you! Keep on posting! ?

  12. I love the idea of a private board! such a great idea!
    I’m very interested to hear how the tape goes. I haven’t noticed any additional bald spots but it’s good info to have.
    I want to try out human hair, i just wish it was as easy to drop down that kind of money as it is to buy the Milan. πŸ™ and I totally agree! A milan meetup should be in the cards. we could probably make a catalog… Noriko could pay us! πŸ™‚

  13. I think this is a GREAT idea and there is most certainly a need. I would not be a good one to help with start up, but I sure as heck want to know when you are up and going and ready for more members. Good luck Lauren and you are beautiful in your helper hair! You are helping so many women. You have no idea how many!

  14. Great idea Lauren, please count me in. I have AGA and am just starting my post partum shed from my 2nd pregnancy and will be in desperate need of some support. The first post partum shed was already traumatic enough and now i have even less hair! Thanks for your posts, they have been so helpful and encouraging πŸ™‚

  15. Lauren.. I couldn’t be more excited for you. I think the private board will be awesome! Please count me IN!!!! You have such a posiitive attitude and it surely affects the rest of us hair loss gals! Thanks so much!!!

  16. Hey, I love it that you are open to this subject. My hair loss is very evident and I just wear a wig and forget it most of the time except when I am home.

    If there were a product that would fully restore the hair I would love it but haven’t seen it so far. It is something well worth talking about and trying to discover.

    Thank you for posting.

  17. Lauren,
    I admire you and your ambition. You have taken what life deals you and are turning it into something fantastic. You are an inspiration to many including me. I feel this new adventure will take you along a long path of success.

  18. Hi Lauren. I love your positivity and your 2016 goals are fabulous and I would love to be part of your community if possible. Thank you very much for your advice in December about the colour of my hair and the Milan topper. Sadly, there is no match (I sent a sample off) but I did find a synthetic wig that wasn’t too pricey and it matched my red hair perfectly so I made my own topper by cutting it smaller and sewing in clips. It’s not 100% but its good enough so πŸ™‚

    • I’m so glad to hear someone made a wig into a topper! The Marble brown matches okay, but the straight hair over my natural curls has been a challenge. I’ve been eyeing some beautiful wigs & wondering if I could whack at them to make them into toppers. (I’m going to have to use some sticky stuff with this too Lauren. I didn’t realize how thin I was until I got the Milan. I about cried when I realized I AM bald where the two temple clips were set. I had to move them and put a clip in front, but I still need something more… I’m going to try “got 2b glued” spiking gel first…)

      • Ooh, I hate when hair texture gets in the way, grr. Dawnita, it’s SO easy to turn a wig to a topper. You can follow the tutorial I have on making a topper smaller and follow the same advice for a wig. I’ve done it a few times, easy peasy.

        Let me know what you think about the Got 2B Glued – I have it as well, but need to play around with it, more.

        • Dawnita, Lauren & Jess,
          I had some serious holiday fun and turned my xmas gift to self: wig by Jon Renau model – Julianne, into a topper. Texture was also a big thing for me….I’ve got CURLS…not tight curls, but soft wave/curls, albeit sparse these days! Julianne is a beachy wave!! My other toppers are straight…work great for putting it all up in a clip for the gym, sweat, etc. But I wanted to wear my hair down after so many years of Toppik and camouflage, blah blah. Enter wig turned topper!! When the new community board starts, I’d be happy to take a bunch of pics and share my curly masterpiece. Happy New Year girlfriends!!! xoxo

  19. How exciting! Yay!
    Lauren you were what made me jump into topper hair, and I’m soooo thankful for it! I finally got my first piece that works really well; which happens to be a milan. And it’s saved my confidence! I’m very much looking forward to the board opening!

  20. I could have cried with happiness when I saw you were starting a board!!! I truly owe a lot to you and this site as far as learning to live with and cope with my hair loss, and I’m SO excited to have even more support from the “community.” Looking forward to it!

    PS – I was thisclose to buying a Milan with the post-Christmas sale but I did the boring thing and saved my money instead! Maybe once my bio hair gets a bit longer…

  21. Hi Lauren!
    I just want to say that I admire what you are doing πŸ™‚ I suffered from hairloss myself. I started wearing hair when I saw how great it looks on you and I love it. I quickly moved from synthetic to human hair (much better in every way than synthetic IMO). Then I decided I would try to fix my hair while its hidden under a topper, started using Rogaine and I am happy to say it IS growing back! After 6 months I am about 70% there. I can only imagine how miserable I would be right now had I not found your site. Thank you and have a great year!


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