Toni's story

My name is Toni and I have Alopecia Universalis, a condition that causes omplete hair loss. The day I first found out that I had Alopecia, I was beside myself. The thoughts running through my mind as a 12 year old left me numb. I had no feeling in my body. I didn’t even know what the words meant or how to spell it.


My Alopecia started out with a bald spot the size of a quarter on the back of my head, and it just kept progressing from there. I lost hair all over my body and transitioned to Alopecia Universalis.


School was tough for me. Kids made fun of me every day. I had to do something. I had to get a wig. I started out with synthetic wigs that were terrible. They kept getting worse through the years. My mom bought me countless “grandma” wigs that were uncomfortable and looked cheap, but I thought I had no choice.


I didn’t want to look at anyone in the eye because I felt like a freak. I would just hide out and cry because I was so ashamed. I was very lonely and felt that nobody understood what I was going through. I didn’t want to be involved in anything, especially dating.


In November of 2011 I had a breakthrough moment. I decided not to hide any longer and tell the people close to me about my Alopecia. People that I never told before. I decided not to be afraid or ashamed any longer. I am who I am, hair or no hair. It was a tremendous blessing, I felt so free! I came a long way from that shy timid girl to a strong, confident woman.


A short while ago, I needed to repair one of my wigs and was having trouble finding a company that I trusted. I Googled places online and Milano Collection Wigs came up in the search engine. I came into one of their locations to discuss my repair. I walked in the door and it was like a fairy tale. Beautiful wigs all over the place, I was blown away. I was like a kid in a candy store.


They did a fantastic job repairing my old wig and I immediately purchased my first Milano Collection wig. I was amazed to see the lifelike quality of the wigs and the way their team of hip stylists cut, highlighted, and ombred wigs into the latest trends. I have never before seen that kind of work done to wigs


I immediately gave a Milano stylist my old wig to add highlights and to give it a more natural look. I also gave them my new Milano wig to ombre. Now I get stopped in the street by people complimenting my hair! If only they knew it was a wig. My confidence level has sky rocketed and my life has changed for the better.


In the past, I have been asked to represent many wig companies. I never felt comfortable representing a product that I didn’t feel passionate about. Now I can honestly say I found my passion. I contacted Milano and encouraged them to inform the Alopecia world of what they can offer. I wish upon you to experience what I have experienced with Milano, which is why I am now one of their proud representatives dedicated to helping you.


Life isn’t easy, but you only live once. I can say I’m a different person, a better person. You have no control over things in life that happen to you. You can choose to hide from your challenges or embrace them. It took me a long time, but I can finally say


“Hi I’m Toni. I have Alopecia Universalis and I’m proud to be me "
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