Cancer, Wigs and You

This week, we have another guest blog from Suburban Turban. Check out their first blog on hair loss during cancer treatment if you missed it! In this new blog, they explore the different options when it comes to wigs and offer some handy tips on choosing the right option for you.

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Dealing with cancer can be a traumatic, life-changing experience. Doctor’s visits, hospital stays, treatments and side effects can be exhausting and debilitating. In addition to that, many women going through chemotherapy lose their hair, meaning that not only do they not feel like themselves, they don’t look like themselves. Choosing a good quality, well-fitting wig can be an important part of getting through this challenging time with dignity and confidence.

Preparing for a wig

  • Many women find that cutting their hair short before beginning chemotherapy treatments helps to ease the transition between having their own hair and wearing a wig. Lower doses of certain drugs may not result in complete hair loss, but it is much easier to deal with waking up to find short strands of hair, rather than long ones, on your pillow.
  • Schedule a consultation with a wig specialist. He or she will be your best resource during your wig-wearing time.

Choosing a wig

  • Choose a style that suits your lifestyle and personality. You may want to find a wig that closely resembles your natural hair colour and style, but if you want to try something new, check out our article on face shapes to find a style that flatters you.
  • Decide what material you want your wig to be made of. Human hair wigs look more natural, but are more demanding to maintain than synthetic fibre wigs, so keep that in mind if your treatment leaves you very fatigued.
  • Decide on a budget. Wigs can be pricey, so make sure you pick a price point that you are comfortable with.
  • Explore all of your options. Some hospitals and cancer centres can provide lists of qualified wig shops and stylists. Certain wig specialists even do home visits if your health doesn’t allow for frequent outings.
  • Do your research. Some salons offer discounts or free services to clients undergoing cancer treatment, as well as VAT-free wigs.

Wearing a wig

  • Don’t be nervous. Many women are self-conscious when first wearing a wig, but nowadays most wigs look and feel very natural, regardless of the material they are made of.
  • Be sure your wig is properly fitted. A well-fitting wig will look more natural and be more comfortable to wear than one that isn’t quite right.
  • Take care of your wig. Chemo doesn’t last forever, and neither does the accompanying hair loss. Maintaining your wig makes it more likely that it will last until your natural hair begins to grow back.
  • If your budget allows, get a back-up. You can go with the same style and colour or something totally different. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Dealing with illness doesn’t mean you can’t still have a bit of fun and be creative with your appearance.

Let’s be real. Cancer sucks. But it doesn’t have to suck away your self-confidence or sense of self-worth. Wearing a wig helps many women to feel more normal during their treatment, which is a blessing to someone whose entire life has changed. If you are undergoing chemotherapy or will be in the near future, consider getting a wig. Hair loss will be one less burden to deal with, and you can get back to kicking cancer’s butt!

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