A Japanese girl’s wig legend, from a wig wearer to a global wig distributor.
Ayaka had no idea when her hair started to go. As soon as she began to remember things, she had no hair.
“My parents said my hair stopped growing when I was seven months old,” said Ayaka during one of our video conversations. “Then, all my thin hair that a young baby had, including the newly sprouted fluff, was all shed in the following three months.” She brushed her nice, sleek wig hair with her skinny, delicate hand as she smiled at the camera.
“Each time, after giving my head a good clean, my mom could see a thin layer of dark brown fluff on the surface of my bath water, and after three months, my bath water was clear—all my hair was gone, I was diagnosed with alopecia universalis (AU), and I’ve never had hair since.” She forced a smile.
Before Ayaka started preschool, her mom frequently had teary eyes due to her daughter’s hair loss.
She was deeply concerned about her daughter’s future. Such a beautiful young Japanese girl with features in a golden ratio doesn’t have hair? Is God playing a joke on us?
Paid Visits to Many Doctors, but Nothing Happened
Ayaka’s dad franchised an English-language school in Osaka when she was two. Her family was doing financially well throughout her childhood.
However, the couple spent a fortune over the years, hoping to find a cure so their young daughter might start growing hair again. They traveled around Japan and visited hundreds of specialists, and nothing happened.
“I was the first kid in elementary school to finish traveling around Japan. As a young girl, I enjoyed the trips we did. And, of course, I was admired by many kids of the same age. But looking back, I can now see that my parents weren’t so relaxed during the trips,” she said.
“They’d kept their fingers crossed throughout the trips, wondering if the next specialist could solve our problem.” Ayaka was lost in her thoughts.
“My family traveled around the US when I was nine. We saw everything from the east to the west—from New York to Los Angeles. Still, my parents’ minds were burdened throughout the trips. They were still anxious, hoping a mighty doctor could show up to solve my hair loss problem. Yet, nothing happened. We flew back to Japan. Nothing happened.”
Ayaka Had to Turn to Medical Wigs and Hairpieces
Before Ayaka started wearing wigs, she wore a hat or beanie whenever she went out to attend special events. The hairless Japanese beauty frequently imagined how it would feel to have her fingers run through a full head of thick, sleek hair of her own. How would it feel to proudly brush back and flaunt her waist-long hair like many other girls?
“We tried medications, injections, and a lot more, and nothing happened,” she said with a grin. “At last, out of all hope, we decided to try wigs. And wigs—my goodness, when I first started wearing wigs, it was such a nightmare.”
Ayaka’s Nightmare: Old Wig Days
According to Ayaka, the wigs she used to wear weren’t as good as today’s wigs.
Though tons of wigs were made of natural human hair, most manufacturers couldn’t make wig bases that were thin enough to resemble a realistic-looking hairline. People stared at Ayaka as she walked down the street. They could tell straight away that she was wearing a wig.
Unlike today’s wigs, attached to the head using solid and harm-free adhesives and tapes, the wigs Ayaka used to wear weren’t firmly attached to her scalp.
“I tried on a lot of wigs and got laughed at by the boys in my class who liked to play pranks,” Ayaka whispered to the camera with slight reluctance. “Some even pulled my wig off and had me chase them around the sports field.”
The experience of being ridiculed by her classmates haunted Ayaka for quite some time.
For several years, whenever she was walking and heard someone approaching from behind, she’d promptly look back to see what was going on. It wasn’t a pleasant memory for her.
After Ayaka started high school, she had basketball classes. Jumping, running, and even sprinting were essential to each class session, and her wig would get loose and slip. During one of the class sessions, her wig slipped again. Her mom called for a stop and took her to the bathroom to rearrange her wig.
“My basketball coach wasn’t too happy that my mom had to stop the class just to redo my wig, as one of the cornermen was about to pass the ball to me, hoping I could get a three-point basket.” She didn’t look too comfortable sharing this initially, but she ended with a firm tone. “Well, I wouldn’t expect those who have hair to understand the feelings of those who don’t.”
Ayaka’s “Nitpicking” Became Our Booster
Then she reached to New Times Hair. At first impression, Ayaka was just another Japanese lady with high expectations for everything.
When she ordered wigs, the knots had to be as detailed as possible. And with every wig she ordered, she wanted all the knots bleached.
That was crazy. We could only bleach the lace-front knots with the current wig-making technology. We explained this to Ayaka. But she wouldn’t accept it.
She remained adamant that all the knots had to be fully bleached. She also wanted us to be sure that the temples would not curl up and that the base shouldn’t be exposed whenever she flaunts her hair (her wig hair, to be exact).
Don’t be fussy, lady! We thought.
Minding the back too much is unnecessary because when the wearer puts down the hair at the back, the base is no longer visible. Who would be bored enough to lift a lady’s hair these days and peer into her scalp?
Thank God we had the chance to hear Ayaka share her life experience with wigs. Ayaka was right; we who have hair may not be able to understand and empathize with those who don’t.
But we were deeply moved by her story and determined to produce the best wig possible for her. Her life story has always inspired us to work harder every minute to improve how we make wigs and ensure that every detail is correct and looks as natural as possible, so we can help millions of young, hairless women like Ayaka.
Ayaka’s Requirement Inspired Our New Invention
Upon Ayaka’s request, our wig factory did an experiment. They tied the hair to the super-fine mono base in double-split knots. Double-split knots are tiny, sturdy, hard to detect, and easy to bleach. The experiment was very successful; we successfully bleached the knots for Ayaka. The new technique brought us heaps of orders after that.
Ayaka Started Her Own Wig Business
Ayaka is a blessed girl. Like millions of other kids loved by their parents, she received complete love and care from her mom and dad from a young age into adulthood. Now she is a confident, good-looking young lady.
Having worn wigs throughout her life, Ayaka is well-versed in wigs. She knows every detail and step of wig production and can judge the quality of most branded wigs and their craftsmanship.
Many women suffering from hair loss have asked her for help choosing a suitable wig for them. And that’s how Ayaka kicked off her own wig business. And slowly, she started designing her own bases, testing wigs of various designs.
Ayaka’s Ever Innovative Wig Business
More than a wig and toupee distributor, Ayaka has been doing it with great passion. She’s done super well!
How should I design a wig that’s not easily detected? What should I do so the wig has the strongest possible hold, and the naughty kids cannot pull it off so easily?
Every time she thinks about these things, her mind races with passion. She tried out different designs and came up with an original idea: as long as the wig fits comfortably on the wearer’s head, adding two specially made elastic straps would make it stay on better.
She focuses on every detail of the wig, striving every minute for perfection. She even picks the material for making the wigs’ tiny clips and tests them herself.
Does the clip feel too hard for the head? Is it going to hold, so the wig will stay attached? Are they easy to open and close? Will they hurt the wearer’s nails? She tests and innovates them all by herself.
Her business in Japan is doing exceptionally well. Now she’s considering extending her business to the USA and opening chain stores of her brand there.
Ayaka and New Times Hair
When Ayaka decided to pick New Times Hair as her sole supplier, we were more than excited.
Her appreciation was a sound approval of our value and mission. “For a better you” has been our slogan from the day we kicked off. Not just that, we have helped over a thousand qualified hairstylists to start a business selling hair wigs or extensions.
Having worked in the hairpiece industry for over a decade, we have mastered top-notch wig-making techniques and have the best wig-makers working for us. We are the ones to help you bring your design to reality.
Our mission is to serve all hair businesses worldwide and be a vital link to their success and thrift. Yours too. We have teamed up with tens of thousands of retail stores, cosmetology schools, salons, and clinics in more than 200 countries worldwide. Contact us now and allow us to work together for your success!