The Rapunzel Foundation

About Wigs

Freedom Wigs

Freedom hair and the hair they use is 100% unprocessed virgin hair.

This allows beauty and longevity for the wig and its wearer. There is a vast difference between processed and unprocessed virgin hair.

Freedom Wigs do not process the hair before it gets to their clients therefor once the client receives the wig she/he can have it styled and colored to their own taste.

Freedom wigs have done their homework on what the wearer needs is. They have taken everything into account and realize without doubt that Freedom Wigs are able to give the best results.

Long-term extensive hair loss Alopecia Areeata (AA),Alopecia Totalis ( AT), Alopcia Universalis ( AU) creates very specific needs for freedom wig wearers, all want security in life’s many circumstances, swimming, rollercoasters, hugging and winds. Life like beautiful hair, longevity, empowerment around styling options, accurate fitting, stunning results for years, the lists go on.

Freedom Independent agents around the world help their clients who wear Freedom Wigs became educated around the challenges and limitations that wig wearing can bring while explaining the features and benefits of Freedom Wigs.

Knowing and understanding what a freedom wig is empowers the people that we help to receive what they need.

Irelands Freedom Wig Independent Agent is Audrey O Hara and is based in Dublin.

From Audrey

The process for clients ordering a Freedom Hair prosthesis involves the following: -

Initial consultation which includes lots of talking about hair loss, alopecia, its effects on the individual and their family. I take a plaster cast mould of the persons head. The cast is dried and shipped to New Zealand where a plastic fit or test cap is made. This is then tried and tested by the client to make sure that there is suction. Freedom also send a small hair sample for the client to review, wash and comb for approval. This is a sample of the 10 – 15 ponytails blended for the client, i.e. it is a sample of the blended hair that will be implanted in their prosthesis. This is a very exciting day for the client. Its all starting to become real! Once the fitcap and the hair sample are both approved, full manufacturing of the cap and prosthesis commences, this is a hugely labour intensive operation undertaken with incredible skill and thoughtfullness by the staff at Freedom.

The piece is then shipped to Ireland and the client finally (4 – 6 months later) gets to meet and bond with their beautiful prosthesis for the very first time. This can be an incredibly emotional occassion. After this the hair is styled and the client quite literally gets back to living their life to the full. They can go back to partake in every activity they can imagine without ever having to worry about their alopecia again. Often our younger clients (children and young adults) emerge from a cocoon to reveal their true selves. A truly liberating experience.

How Freedom Wigs are made.
From Deanna

What we do with the beautiful hair we receive from the Rapunzel Foundation….
The first thing we feel is so grateful that your wonderful charity understands the needs that those with hairloss have….so before we start explaining what we do, THANK YOU from Freedom Wigs and all those we work so hard to help for the kindness that is your hair.

When the hair arrives from Rapunzel Foundation it has an initial grading done upon it. As most people will understand, we need hair that is 14 inches and longer to make a Freedom Wig. The hair must have no colouring or processing of any type. The ponytails are then sorted into length, colour and curl preference, as some ponytails are even longer than 14 inches and we receive many beautiful shades of colour and varying curl patterns.

Once the initial sorting of the ponytails is done, we will also be able to work out the payment we will pass on to Rapunzel Foundation for their charity. Freedom Wigs pays for the beautiful hair using a combination of length and weight. We are so pleased to be able to pass money back to Rapunzel Foundation, so they can then help more people with their needs around hairloss. .

When an order for a Freedom Wig comes into New Zealand it will have specifications around the hair the wearer would like us to make for them. The ponytails that have had the initial sorting done are worked though once again. They are combined to match the curl preference, colour and length of the order received. This is a very involved process and requires a very skilled workforce. Freedom has been working with beautiful virgin human hair for many years and have with the kindness of donors been able to help thousands of people around the world with hairloss.

Many people think that one ponytail equates to one wig, but this is not how it works. The ponytails needed to make a Freedom Wig is dependent on the length the Freedom Wearer has asked for. On average it takes between 10-15 ponytails to make one Freedom Wig. The longer lengths that many young girls desire will require even more ponytails to make.

Once the hair is sorted into the curl preference, colour and length for the Freedom wearer it is called a ‘packet of hair’. The packet will then have a sample removed from it which will be sent away to the Freedom wearer for their approval. The hair they receive is a true sample of the hair that will go into their Freedom wig. Once approval is received the magic of turning the initial hair we have received into a workable medical prosthetic begins.

Thanks once again for all those that donate and help within the Rapunzel Foundation!

TIPS ON HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR FREEDOM WIG.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR NEW HAIRPIECE



As time goes on, there will be daily wear and tear to your hairpiece just like wearing the same garment all day, every day. If you frequently sleep in the prosthesis, expect the weight of your head rubbing the hair against the pillow to cause hair breakage. Rubbing your head against a car headrest or playing with the same piece of hair in your fingers will also cause hair breakage.

Wash your scalp and the inside of your silicone cap daily



It is essential to wash both your own scalp and the silicone cap lining every day. This maintains the grip of the silicone cap and helps avoid unpleasant odours.

Use a small amount of anti-bacterial liquid soap or shampoo, and rinse off. (Just wiping with water alone won’t remove perspiration oil, and slippery silicone and odour may result.)

Should odour develop inside the cap, mix two tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of warm water and leave applied inside the cap for three to five minutes a saturated cloth will keep the solution against the cap lining. Then rinse off.

Wash your hair once a week



Like growing hair, your hairpiece should be shampooed at least once a week. This can be done under the shower while wearing it or by hand. Because most shampoos are formulated to remove oils from the scalp (which would dry out a hairpiece) we recommend shampoos and conditioners formulated for dry, coloured or permed hair.

1. Before you wet the hair, gently brush out any tangles. Use a wide-toothed comb or vent brush, starting at the tips and gradually working up the hair length to the crown.

2. Wash the inside of the cap as you do every day (see above).

3. Using tepid or lukewarm water never hot hold the hairpiece under the faucet and allow the water to run gently over and through the hair in the direction the hair flows (a hand shower is perfect for this).

4. Once saturated, apply a capful of shampoo. Spread the shampoo down the hair length with your fingers and gently squeeze to work the lather through the hair. Do not rub or scrub the hair. Rinse thoroughly under the running faucet.

5. Squeeze the hair (not the cap) in a towel to remove excess water and apply conditioner. (If the hair is saturated with water, it can’t absorb the conditioner).

6. Spread the conditioner down the hair length with your fingers and gently squeeze through the hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently work the conditioner through, leaving it on for two to five minutes no longer.

7. Rinse out under running water thoroughly and towel dry. Pat or squeeze the hair with the towel to blot up the water be sure you don’t rub the hair or the prosthesis scalp with the towel as it risks hair breakage.

8. Put your hair back on and style normally!

Swimming



Always wash and condition your hairpiece the same day you’ve swum in a pool or the sea. 

Hair products



We encourage you to purchase quality products from a salon or salon supply store.

It may take a while to find the shampoo and conditioner that makes your hair feel the way that seems right for you. That’s the same for everyone with growing hair, so keep trying!

Use leave-in spray conditioners sparingly to avoid heavy, dull hair.

Do not leave the hairpiece wet with conditioners or other products overnight or for long periods as this could damage the silicone’s bond to the hair roots, resulting in severe hair loss.

Hair products with UV screen protection are good to help reduce colour fading, as are water based colour rinses and semi-permanent colours, should exposure to the sun cause your hair to fade. Please tell your stylist to use semi-permanent hair colours instead of permanent products as the peroxides damage the hair.

Styling tips



Check your wide-toothed comb and vent brush are smooth, with no sharp edges.

As part of your morning routine, we recommend using a water spray bottle to slightly dampen the hair before styling. That will soften and reactivate any styling products used the day before, avoiding combing stress on the hair and giving your hair a fresh look for the day.

If you must use a hairdryer, use only warm (never hot!) settings.

Choosing your hair style



Rather than an elaborate evening do’, choose an easy-care style that you can wash and manage on your own. Often a style with hair on the forehead works well as it keeps the front edge of the hairpiece covered.

You may want to note that if the hairpiece is cut too short or trimmed using an ill-suited technique, people with alopecia can be left looking very bald at the neck.

Remember this is the hairstyle you’ll be living with for the next two to three years there’s no need to rush the process!