Hi Danno - long time no 'see'!
Sorry to hear about your redundancy. Hard to believe your daughter is in finishing uni already... how time flies!
I've not kept up-to-date with suppliers and developments as I'm very happy with the wigs I get from Gali Wigs... but they are a very different construction to what your daughter is used to. Maybe she would consider having different types of wigs to wear and not limit herself to the vacuum wigs? As you know, there are always pros and cons... the disadvantage is that the security isn't the same (still secure, but different)... but an advantage is that wigs are made fast, in NW London and can be tweaked, repaired etc very quickly on-site, without the need to send to send back to NZ... and then wait 6 months whilst they get around to your wig (as I've read on another recent post here).
Depends on how active your daughter is and whether she wears her wigs ALL the time, or could perhaps switch to a non-vacuum wig when less active... thus extending the life of her Freedom wigs? The thing about living with alopecia is that things change... it stretches and pulls our emotions and how we handle every day. But that's a good thing in a way.... as it teaches us to deal with whatever life throws at us (redundancy) and that, no matter what, we learn and cope and grow and adapt. It's good to be stretched, so that we face our anxieties and learn that the fears are in our minds and we can overcome more than we'd ever imagine.
For me, whilst it took a long time, I'm happy to be out in the back garden without any head covering... or I'll answer the front door without hair or hat on. Very comfortable (physically and psychologically) to be on holiday without hair (too hot!)... and don't worry much whether or not people look at my hair and wonder if it's a wig. If anyone asks (I can't remember when that last happened outside of an AUK meeting), I'll tell them I'm wearing a wig. It's just not a big issue any more. However, I'm not so comfortable as to walk around my local area without hair or hat on.
I'm still wearing my original Gali wig that I bought in 2009 and it still looks great after 7+ years!! It has had a couple of little repairs and could do with some more TLC soon, but incredible value to last so long.