When wearing a wig for the first time it is really important that you build your confidence. It may sound like a strange analogy, but it's a bit like wearing in a new pair of shoes. They always feel a bit uncomfortable the first couple of times you wear them, but after a short while, they mould to fit your feet (still talking about shoes there). A new wig will always feel rather strange at first and it does take a little time to get used to. Try wearing your hair around the house to help you become more accustomed to the way it looks and feels. At first you will do a few double takes when you walk past a mirror! But soon it will become more comfortable and you will relax more.
One of the main feelings to overcome when wearing a wig is confidence. By building your confidence in the comfort of your own home, you will feel far better when you go out. Having many years of experience wearing wigs, I know that the more self-conscious you are the more people will look at you. By being confident, people are far less likely to pay you any attention.
Everybody will feel differently about how they should approach friends and family, some people prefer to be completely upfront about their condition, others would do anything to stop people finding out. The decision is ultimately yours but you shouldn't worry about what people might think. Often people are very interested to learn about the condition and how it affects you.
Sometimes, unfortunatly there can be hurtful comments, there are a few very narrow minded people that roam our world who give no throught for others or their feelings. Under these circumstance it is best to move on and try not to dwell - although I know that is easier said than done. If you find that people stare at you, just smile. If people do ask you a question about alopecia, that you would rather not answer, explain that it is a difficult subject for you to talk about - they will understand and often the reason that these people ask is that they are genuinely interested and would like to understand more. If they really are just being inconsiderate then they are obviously not worth your attention anyway.
Everyone's experiences and feelings are different so there is no way we can tell you how you should react. Our best recommendation is to talk to our other users and discuss with them how they coped in your situation. You can do this by visiting our Chat Section