A wig is a head covering made from human hair, animal hair, or synthetic fiber that is worn for fashion or other reasons, including cultural tradition and religious observance. The word wig is short for periwig and first appeared in the English language around 1675.
Some people wear wigs to disguise baldness; a wig may be used as a less intrusive and less expensive alternative to medical therapies for restoring hair. Wigs may also be used as an article of apparel, or to fulfill a religious obligation. Actors often wear costume wigs in order to portray characters. ~Wiki
What is Cancer Hair Loss?
Hair is constantly growing, with old hairs falling out and being replaced by new ones. Some cancer treatments will make people lose some or all of their hair, most often in clumps during shampooing or brushing. Sometimes, clumps of hair are found on the pillow in the morning.
It’s normal for men and women to feel upset about losing their hair. It helps to know that hair grows back, and you can take steps to make it less of problem for you.
Hair is lost when chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body to kill cancer cells. Some of these drugs damage hair follicles, making hair fall out. It can be hard to predict which patients will lose their hair and which won’t, even when they take the same drugs. Some drugs can cause hair loss on the scalp and the loss of pubic hair, arm and leg hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Some drugs cause only the loss of head hair. Radiation therapy to the head often causes scalp hair loss. Sometimes, depending on the dose of radiation to the head, the hair does not grow back the same as it was before.
If hair loss does occur, it most often begins within 2 weeks of the start of treatment and gets worse 1 to 2 months after starting therapy. Your scalp may feel very sensitive to washing, combing, or brushing. Hair often starts to grow back even before treatment ends.
What the patient can do
If you think you might want a wig, buy it before treatment begins or at the very start of treatment. Ask if the wig can be adjusted – you might need a smaller wig as you lose hair.
If you buy a wig before hair loss begins, the wig shop can better match your hair color and texture. Or you can cut a swatch of hair from the top front of your head, where hair is lightest, to use for matching.
Be sure to get a prescription for the wig from your doctor, because the cost might be covered by insurance.
Get a list of wig shops in your area from your doctor, nurse, other patients, or from the phone book. You can also order the American Cancer Society’s “tlc”™ catalog (for women with hair loss due to cancer treatment) by calling 1-800-850-9445 or by visiting www.tlcdirect.org.
If you are going to buy a wig, try on different styles until you find one you really like. Consider buying 2 wigs, one for everyday use and one for special occasions.
Synthetic wigs need less care and styling than human hair wigs. They also cost less and may be easier if you have low energy during cancer treatment.
Some people find wigs are hot or itchy, and use turbans or scarves instead. Cotton items tend to stay on a smooth scalp better than nylon or polyester.
Wear a hat or scarf outdoors in cold weather to reduce the loss of body heat.
Use sunscreen, sunblock, or a hat to protect your scalp from the sun.
Be gentle when brushing and washing your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb.
Hair loss can be somewhat reduced by avoiding too much brushing or pulling (which can happen while creating braids or ponytails), and by avoiding heat (such as electric rollers, hair dryers, and curling irons).
Wear a hair net at night, or sleep on a satin pillowcase to keep hair from coming out in clumps.
Be gentle with eyelashes and eyebrows, which are sometimes affected, too.
If the thought of losing your hair bothers you, you might choose to cut your hair very short or even shave your head before it starts falling out.
When new hair starts to grow, it may break easily at first. Avoid perms and dyes for the first few months. Keep hair short and easy to style
Yes. Meet my client Theresa. She came to me before getting Chemotherapy. I cut her healthy ponytail, sent it to my wigmakers and in about 2 months, her wig was ready.
I'm Getting Chemotherapy/Radiation. Can I Buy A Wig Made From My Own Hair?
She kept saying; "It's my hair!" because literally it is!
When a Chemo patient wears their own hair or hair that looks like them prior to Chemotherapy, they look and feel better. As if they never had Chemotherapy at all. And the healing, recovery process is quicker.
How do I get started in sending Ponytail(s) to make a Wig?
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