For women who wear wigs while experiencing hair loss, exercise can go from serving as a stress-relieving activity to one that induces stress and anxiety. While wigs can help boost one’s confidence, they can also pose an issue during workouts, as they’re prone to become loose from all the vigorous movement. Ditching the wig might seem like a simple answer, but it’s not always that easy.
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8. Head Scarves Are Helpful
“If you spend your practice worrying about your wig, you won’t be able to focus. Rock a cute headscarf and get to those Down Dogs!” —Unknown
7. Go Wig-Less
“I understand your being self-conscious, but I highly recommend ‘just saying screw it and wearing no wig.’ Nobody in the studio will pay you any attention, and it’s one fewer thing to get in the way.” —otherbill
6. Try Some Adhesive
“You could try It Stays body adhesive. It is a water soluble body glue that is used to stick on a variety of things including wigs.” —kayla_xoxo_
5. Wear A Baseball Cap
“I just wear a baseball cap with my hair in a ponytail. The cap hides the thin hair on top so I don’t have to wear my wig.” —KKae
4. Do What’s Least Distracting
“I did yoga for years with a woman who had a wig. I didn’t know for the longest time. She has alopecia. She did say it was a little hot but it is what made her comfortable. Do what will make you feel the least distracted while you practice.” —Unknown
3. Wear Yoga Headbands
“In the studio I go to, there would only be acceptance. I find that I don’t even notice other people when I’m in practice, even when they are on the mat next to mine. All my focus is on my own breath and body.
“I know it’s not the same, but my glasses drive me crazy during yoga. I can only imagine that a wig could get very uncomfortable. Rock those yoga headbands and have an amazing time. I’ve only been practicing for a few months now and I can attest that yoga is the BEST.” —HSOTD
2. No One Will Judge You
“I agree with the others — no one notices or cares. The cool thing about yoga is it will hopefully teach you this stuff and help you with transforming your whole body image.
“Most studios are extremely welcoming and supportive.
“I’ve found people only judge people who are being super annoying (there’s a zillion and one threads on here with examples) and this is NOT one of those things.” —Blubtrflygrl1
1. Be Yourself
“I would never judge you or even focus on you for doing yoga with a bald head. I would just do my own practice and treat you like another normal person, which you are.” —letsbebuns
There are plenty of options to consider, and there’s really no wrong answer for what you can do. The Reddit users seem to be in agreement that whatever one decides to do, be it wear the wig or leave it at home, they will not be judged. So go forth, and exercise with enthusiasm!
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