Proudly Atlantic Canadian
Hi, my name is Seanne and I have lived with Alopecia (an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss) for over 25 years. Treasured Tress is the result of a personal journey.
Treasured Tress is proudly based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia and provides alternative hair solutions and accessories to individuals with all forms of hair loss across Canada and the United States. Products are priced and displayed in Canadian dollars. Why pay exorbitant exchange, custom and service fees, when you can shop in Canadian currency and support a local business? Treasured Tress is not a conventional "walk in" shop: clients can choose to shop online, book a virtual consult or book a personal consult at our studio boutique on Cornwallis Street in Halifax.
In 1995, pregnant with my son, I was feeling healthy, beautiful, young and strong. I was 25; in my prime and of course, I had a beautiful mane of hair. It was a hot August afternoon that I decided to have my hair cut short, and I heard words ( I will never forget), "There's a dime sized bald patch at the base of your hairline, I can't cut your hair any shorter". I immediately blamed my hairdresser for gouging my hair, then he took my hand to feel the smooth, barren spot. I was in shock and began to cry! My perfect mane was flawed!
That dime grew to a quarter, a loonie, a toonie then eventually 95% of my head was in hair loss stage. I was referred to a top dermatologist who diagnosed me with Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune disorder/disease that causes one's body to fight it's own hair follicles, which results in hair loss). The suggested best course of action was to have multiple cortisone shots in my head. It was painful and noneffective.
By 27, I was coping with severe postpartum depression and major hair loss. Instead of styling the minimal hair left on my head in a terrible comb over. I made the huge life altering decision to shave my head AND it came at a great cost. The day I shaved my head, my almost two-year old stopped talking to me for two weeks! He would come to me for needs, but would not acknowledge me as "Mommy" nor look at me in a loving manner.
I told myself ugly stories of unworthiness, nonacceptance, self loathing and isolation.
At the time I lost my hair, Halifax was a barren ground for wigs; my choices were limited to a few options and not great for a 27 year old, new to total hair loss.
Over the years, I have been taken advantage of and experienced multiple undignified experience.
- A custom human hair wig at $3000 in 1998, that took 3 months to arrive, only to be hacked off to look terrible.
- Being video recorded, trying on wigs in a room where anyone could walk in.
- Being on display in a salon chair and assured my privacy was the greatest importance, while the shop owner chatted up other clients entering the store.
- Being led to a storage room when I requested privacy. Was privacy so unimportant that a storage room was required? I left empty handed, feeling deflated.
The list goes on.The best words I can use to describe how I felt were; Unimportant and "ICKY", these are not feelings you should experience while trying on wigs.
Still living with hair loss and tired of seeking alternative hair solutions, I decided to make a positive change and start Treasured Tress.
My mission, is to to provide a private, inclusive, dignified experience for all individuals experiencing hair loss and seeking alternative hair solutions.
Consultation in-person or online
Love the anonymity of online shopping? Browse, choose, purchase( you can even buy now pay later), enjoy.
Do you like online shopping but require assisted guidance? Request a virtual consult (by appointment only).
Prefer a personal, face to face consult? Book a private, consultation at Treasured Tress Wig Boutique (by appointment only).
The alternative hair industry can be confusing and intimidating. Treasured Tress strives to provide educational tools and information to assist clients with making the best choice, based on lifestyle, personality and budget.
Treasured Tress in the Community
Kit of Kindness
Inspired by a client who wanted to "pay it forward". Treasured Tress created the Kit Of Kindness: Pay it forward Kit. Not only can you help provide a kit to an individual who may not be able to afford one. Treasured Tress will donate $5 from every kit sold towards the purchase of a child's wig.