Elle: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Heather: My name is Heather Scott. I live just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my hubby and my 3 young kids! I’ve had Alopecia since the age of 3 years old, and I’ve since made it my life’s mission make help others feel beautiful about their hair loss!
Elle: What has it been like living with Alopecia from a young age and more recently, coming out about your hair loss? How did others in your life react? How did you know it was time to share your Alopecia story?
Heather: Life has been an emotional roller coaster for the past 30 plus years dealing with alopecia. My very first patch started at just 3 years old, and it was a childhood of patches of hair falling out and growing back in, always learning creative ways to wear my hair to cover my spots. I did get bullied a little bit in school, being called “baldy,” etc but the thing I remember most is the boys who stood up for me! I didn’t tell many people about my Alopecia during my teen years or early adult life. I kept it to myself- it was my thing- I never wanted to talk about it with anyone. My best friends didn’t know; even most of my bridesmaids at my wedding didn’t know. I hid it very well even though I was fully bald and wearing wigs at that point for 10 plus years.
When I came out about my hair loss. I think a lot of people were in shock because they had no idea I ever wore a wig. Everyone was super supportive, but firstly shocked! I’m not exactly sure how I knew it was time to come out to the world about my Alopecia. I just had this awakening, that I am meant to help others feel beautiful about their hair loss, and in doing so I needed to come out to the world about mine. So one day I just did it. I didn’t tell anyone, not even my husband that I was doing this- I just did and it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me!
Elle: You are a busy woman running Pretty Wigs to You and now launching the Helper Hair Box. Tell us a little bit about these.
Heather: My first business is Pretty Wigs To You, an online wig boutique exclusively selling Jon Renau wigs! I ship to both Canada and the US for free. I also have a Wigs To You option in the Toronto area, where I will meet clients at their home, hospital or cancer centre.
My second business started because I would often get parents reaching out to me for advice and support for their child with alopecia, some of these parents couldn’t afford a wig for the child so I would personally donate a wig and include fun things inside the box for the child.
That’s when the idea for Helper Hair Box got started. It is a seasonal subscription box for both women and children. Filled with items to help with their hair loss, build confidence and give them a chance to try new items. Some items that are in the boxes are hats, scarfs, make up, inspirational books, accessories and helper hair if the recipient wears helper hair and if not there’s more fun items to rock the bald look!
As my way to give back to the hair loss community, I donate a box to a child for every 6 boxes sold, and I donate a wig to a child for every 12 boxes sold.
Elle: Is there a particular client you have helped that sticks with you the most?
Heather: Yes, a mom of a teenage girl reached out to me, looking to get her daughter her very first wig, since she was starting high school. This was during covid and I couldn’t personally meet her, so I sent her a few different wigs to try on at home, she picked a style she liked and we had it ordered in her colour. Her mom told me that her confidence level has been lifted since wearing that wig, and she feels like her old self again. Both her and her mom reach out to me all the time, about questions and how to’s. I feel like I have walked them through this whole new world of wig wearing and Alopecia. I saw myself in her as a teenager, and I’m so honoured to have been the one to introduce her to the world of alternative hair wearing.
Elle: What motivates you to continue doing what you are doing?
Heather: I want every woman and child who is going through hair loss to feel beautiful and not alone. My compassion for others is what keeps me motivated to do what I do. I’m a friend and support person first and a business owner second.
Elle: What is the most popular wig you sell? Do you have a personal favourite? How do you decide which wig you will wear?
Heather: The most popular synthetic wig I sell is Zara by Jon Renau. She is actually one of my everyday wigs to wear! She is long and affordable! My most popular human hair wig would be a tie between Carrie by Jon Renau and Blake by Jon Renau. I always rock blonde wigs, my colour is 12FS8 Shaded Praline. I get wig overwhelm (if that’s even a thing haha). I see so many wigs on a daily basis, that when it comes to buying a new one for myself, I never know which one I want! On a day to day basis I stick to my usual look either Zara, Scarlett or Rachel and for special occasions I wear my human hair Blake wig!
Elle: What is your message to others coping with various forms of hair loss? What is the biggest thing that has helped you cope? What do you wish you had known earlier on in your journey?
Heather: My message to everyone with or without hair loss is to be proud of who you are, always! The biggest thing that has helped me cope, is to be confident! Daily positive affirmations and not worrying about what I think others are thinking of me! I wish I would have known sooner about the wonderful support on Instagram! So many women have their own hair loss related accounts, and I think that is such a wonderful idea, to share our journey with others going through the same thing!
Elle: How can people support the Helper Hair Box?
Elle: Any final thoughts?
Heather: Thank you so much for allowing me to tell my story and for the chance to tell the world about the Helper Hair Box Subscription Boxes. I’m so happy that we were able to connect. Cheers to alopecia and hair loss!