A turning point for Amber came three years ago when she went to India for a yoga retreat. ‘I promised myself I wouldn't wear my headpiece, that I’d leave it behind in the box,’ she says. Feeling the sun on her scalp and dipping her head under water was an overwhelming experience for her.
When Amber came back, something had shifted. ‘I was stronger and more comfortable with expressing myself, both with wigs and without them,’ she says. ‘I was able to look at myself in the mirror and feel like me – peaceful with or without.’
Now, Amber is gearing up to launch her own line of wigs with Amber Jean Shop. The brand will carry hair pieces as well as educational resources about alopecia and hair loss. ‘My vision is for it to give women going through hair loss practical hair pieces, as well as emotional support,’ she says. ‘To be able to be with them through the whole journey.’