The Amazing Gripper
The Quest for Beautiful Hair was Just the Start:
Introducing Follea Gripper
It had to be secure, light, breathable, comfortable and natural, ALL without tape or glue!CLICK TO READ ABOUT THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GRIPPER
At Follea we have had the pleasure of meeting many accomplished, smart and beautiful women (as well as men and children) who have little or no hair of their own, who we are privileged to count as our valued customers. Some of them are hair replacement specialist business owners themselves, helping alopecians overcome the challenge of living without hair in the most beautiful and natural way.
The Gripper Quest started in 2009 when we learned that five of our alopecian hair salon partners were all wearing Follea hair due to its exceptional quality, and that they had in turn introduced our wigs to their alopecian customers. These special Follea wearers were experiencing hair loss from alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, or alopecia universalis. For those who do not know, alopecia areata is patchy hair loss on the head, alopecia totalis leaves the afflicted person with no hair at all on the head, and alopecia universalis with no hair anywhere on the body. Among our alopecians, we also met a salon owner’s young daughter who was bravely dealing with the stresses of hair loss at a young and active age. As we have moved forward, more and more of our professional customers have come forward and to share their journeys and explain that they themselves are alopecian Follea wearers.
For us, this became a very personal type of product research. We were met with all kinds of appeals, pleas, requests, and suggestions, and so, with great cause and tremendous effort we replied with changes and innovation, with new design and fit, and with a series of prototype Gripper caps that were comfortable, secure, light, breathable, natural, beautiful, and affordable. This, it became clear, was the next generation of wigs for women with no hair.
And now our alopecian wearers, both our professional salon owners themselves and their wonderful customers who participated in the research and development, have all given the new “Gripper Cool”, Follea’s new in-stock Gripper product line, their emphatic blessing.
I want to thank you for what you are doing changing lives one hairpiece at a time.
I’m sixty-one and have worn hairpieces for over fifty years. I spent the first twelve years mostly in the hospital and have had a total of twenty-five surgeries on my head. The surgeries left me with no hair and lots of scars and dents. I started wearing wigs at ten years old.
It was very difficult emotionally to wear wigs at such a young age, kids not understanding and trying to pull them off for fun. In addition the wigs back then were simply horrible. I have tried any and all wigs thru out the years. The first forty years I had a constant headache every day that I just learned to live with. Ten years ago I started wearing custom made, very expensive wigs but for once in my life the headaches went away. These custom wigs were beautiful but not without fault and I always looked around for something that might work better.
About a year and a half ago my main custom wig got a tear in the side of it. I had heard of the Vacuum wigs and decided to give them a try because I had seen some pictures on the Internet and they looked nice. I ordered one and waited about six months in anticipation of it arriving. When it arrived, I cried. The hair was so heavy and dense and very kinky, it was a mess. The base was double the thickness it should have been. Oh my goodness, it was so hot. After much discussion the factory said they would remake the unit. About seven months later it arrived. This time they made the base about an inch back from my hairline and it would simply fall off my head. The quality of the hair was not what I wanted. In desperation I went out and purchased a high quality synthetic wig and the headaches came roaring back. Life was not good.
Then a few months ago I heard about Follea and purchased two units. I am in love. I can say without a doubt the Follea Gripper Cool is the best hairpiece I have ever worn. That’s fifty years and counting!
The Gripper Cool fits my head great No headaches! The construction of the base keeps me cool and that is a blessing in this Texas summer heat. The hair is beautiful. I appreciate the fact that you make your units with the right amount of hair so they don’t look wiggy. I’m used to waiting 6-8 months to receive a custom piece and am delighted to get yours in such a short time frame. I know that maybe I shouldn’t but I take naps in mine and they still look just fine. I am amazed how the unit clings to my head and I don’t worry at all about it coming off. I have received so many complements since I started wearing the Gripper Cool.
Thank you Follea from the bottom of my heart, you have made my life so much better.
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THE GRIPPER-2: COOL, SECURE, BEAUTIFUL
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The Follea European hair Gripper was designed specially for women with little to no hair of their own. This makes it perfect for Alopecia Universalis and Totalis wearers who want a supremely natural look without the need for tape and glue. Many people living with Alopecia Areata who have patch loss also enjoy wearing the Gripper, and total hair loss is not required.
At Follea we have had the pleasure of meeting many accomplished, smart and beautiful women (as well as men and children) who have little or no hair of their own, who we are privileged to count as our valued customers. Some of them are hair replacement specialist business owners themselves, helping Alopecians overcome the challenge of living without hair in the most beautiful and natural way.
It is five of these specialists living with Alopecia who helped us test the Gripper as we attempted to revolutionize comfort and security.
The Gripper is made with medical grade silicone panels which grip to skin without the need for adhesive for a comfortable, secure fit. It is breathable and made with the beautiful European hair Follea is known for. While the silicone will grip best to bare skin, many women with partial hair loss also prefer the Gripper over other kinds of wig caps.
There are two kinds of Grippers which can be delivered from stock, often within 48 hours, in 13 colors, 4 lengths and several sizes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FOLLEA COLLECTIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT CATALOG.
THE GRIPPER COOLGRIPPER-2 COOL CAP
The Gripper Cool is made with a lace top and small lace front. The lace front replicates a natural front hairline so while you can choose to wear a bang, you don’t have to! This is great for off the face styles and updos. The silicone panels in the nape, temples and across the head keep the Gripper super secure.
For a more active lifestyle and for children we also offer…
THE GRIPPER SPORTGRIPPER-2 SPORT CAP
The Follea Gripper Sport is just like the Cool, except with extra silicone for even more security! With added silicone stripped from the crown to the nape, the Sport is designed with active lifestyles and children in mind.
Makayla, in the video above, wears a Gripper Sport and simply had her stylist cut baby hairs around the edge and puts it up into a ponytail for when she goes dancing. Here are some candid shots of Makayla from NAAF so you can see for yourself!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FOLLEA COLLECTIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT CATALOG.Pictured: Makayla; Stylist: Carmen West Pictured: Linn