Look Good Feel Better is Canada’s only charitable program dedicated to helping women manage the effects cancer and its treatment has on their appearance.
At the heart of the Foundation is our two-hour training workshop, which is delivered by a team of professionals who give tips and tutorials on how to mask the effects of treatment, from evening out skin tone, to recreating lost eyebrows. But it’s about a lot more than hair and makeup.
A woman diagnosed with cancer may not only lose her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows – she loses her sense of self, her womanhood. When she looks in the mirror she no longer sees a mother, wife, or sister – she sees a cancer patient. Most cancer-related programs focus on medical treatment, which leaves a widening gap in providing psycho-social and well-being support. Look Good Feel Better addresses this gap.
Through a simple, uniquely feminine demonstration of beauty, LGFB helps restore a woman’s sense of self to give womanhood, however you choose to define it, back to Canadian women.
We have more than 100 locations across Canada. Visit our Workshop Finder to find the one nearest you. You can register online or call 1-800-914-5665.
You don’t need a computer to complete your registration. Only an email address is required!
Some sites do have space and allow for companions. Some sites do not allow companions due to space restriction. During the workshop, companions sit around the perimeter of the room as an observer so that the participants can more easily interact with volunteers and each other. We ask that companions be female and over 16 years old. While we recognize that men play a very crucial role in supporting a woman facing cancer, the comfort of all participants in the room is our priority. Companions do not need to register and will not receive a kit of products. If you have any questions on that matter, please call 1-800-914-5665.
No, a Look Good Feel Better Workshop is complimentary. Our workshops are led by trained cosmetic advisors and hair alternative specialists who donate their time and expertise to helping women with cancer. In addition, the assortment of cosmetics and personal care products provided as teaching tools that you will receive has been generously donated.
At Look Good Feel Better, we want to help as many women with cancer as we possibly can. Every participant is entitled to one complimentary workshop and kit. If you have any questions on that matter, please call 1-800-914-5665.
A two-hour Look Good Feel Better Workshop will teach you simple cosmetic tips and techniques to help you manage the effects that cancer and its treatment may have on your appearance. This includes nail and skin care tips, hair alternatives as well as important information on cosmetic application and hygiene. You can also expect an experience that goes beyond beauty, including the support of other women, the sharing of empowering information, the support of compassionate volunteers and laughter that can help you gain confidence, lift your spirits and take back some of the control that cancer has taken from you.
All the tips and techniques will be provided during the same workshop, which encompasses all the following component: Signature Steps in cosmetics segment, Hair Alternatives and Breast Care Segment (in select workshops). Therefore, you only have to register once.
The Breast Care component has officially launched in select workshops, providing women with information on post-surgery options and fittings. This segment empowers women to feel confident in returning to everyday activities from running, swimming and even hugging loved ones.
Included in our traditional two-hour workshop, this segment is open to women facing all types of cancer. You can not register for only this segment of the workshop.
The workshops that include the Breast Care component are identified on our website with a blue information icon to the left of the workshop date.
Look Good Feel Better does not sell wigs and/or scarves.
There are many retailers across Canada which carry wigs and hair alternatives products. Consider asking for recommendations from your cancer care centre, friends or family members, or try doing an internet search to locate the nearest in your neighbourhood. Remember to call ahead to book an appointment and ask questions. Do they offer a range of products you can try? Do they seem knowledgeable? Can you book an appointment during a quiet time in the store?
The cost of a wig can range from $150 to $1,500, depending on whether it’s made from human hair or synthetic fibres, how the wig is constructed (machine-made, hand tied crown, hand tied all over, or custom) and if you’re buying from a trained wig centre, a department store, or from the Internet. Some prices may also include services such as wig adjustments and styling.
We suggest asking for a prescription from your oncologist stating that you require a hair prosthesis due to hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation and to bring the prescription with you when you purchase the wig. Be sure to keep a copy of the prescription, as you may be exempt from paying tax on your prosthesis. You can also check with your insurance provider to determine if they will cover all or a portion. Consider doing your research first to help you select a wig within your budget.
Look Good Feel Better does not offer financial assistance for the purchase of a wig or any hair alternatives.
You can request a personal copy of our bilingual Look Good Feel Better Signature Steps Guide by calling toll complimentary 1.800.914.5665. This guide is what’s delivered during our workshops and contains all the information you’ll need.
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Since our inception in 1992, we’ve delivered our signature workshop to nearly 200,000 women across the country. We need to continue providing this much-needed service for the next 25 years – but we can’t do it alone.
While our workshop is complimentary to women, it still comes at a cost to deliver. We receive generous donations of product from our partners and sponsors in the beauty and retail industries, but we need funding to deliver the actual program and cover the costs of logistics, locations, training, travel and materials.
Next year, 99,500 women and teens will be diagnosed with cancer. We want to be there for them. We want to help more mothers, daughters, sisters and friends regain their sense of self, so they can fight with dignity and conviction.
Help us celebrate another 25 years by donating to our charity, so we can continue to help the women you love.
While we receive generous donations of product from the beauty and retail industries, we still need funding to keep our program running. A misperception exists in the minds of the public and among survivors that our workshop is complimentary. But it actually takes logistics, training, management, travel, locations, and volunteers. The bottom line is that there is a significant investment required to put a woman through a Look Good Feel Better workshop. With 99,500 women and teens expected to be diagnosed next year alone, our need for funding is skyrocketing.
We’re proud that more than 72 per cent of each dollar raised goes directly to our workshop and educational programs, allowing us to share empowering information with women affected by cancer. Our complimentary workshops are currently offered at 100 cancer care facilities and hospitals across the country.