We have been told by many women that the loss of their hair was more devastating than their cancer diagnosis. Remember that hair loss is temporary. But, in the meantime, Look Good Feel Better provides hair alternatives solutions to meet this challenge ‘head on.’ Whether you want to look more like yourself, or try a new look, we have a few tips and suggestions.
PRIOR TO HAIR LOSS
Depending on the type of treatment you’re receiving your hair may either thin during the course of treatment or fall out completely. Your oncology
team will be able to inform you when to expect hair loss. It is best to look for a wig prior to starting treatments so your hair alternatives specialist will be able to match your present hairstyle, colour and texture as close as possible.
Don’t shave your head to the scalp as this may cause irritation. It’s recommended to cut hair to 1/8 of an inch.
If you notice that your hair is thinning, take note of the following:
FULL HAIR LOSS
When hair loss starts, your scalp will be very sensitive, and hair will fall out gradually. At this point, you may want to have your hair cut to at least 1/8 of an inch. This will help ease the stress of watching the loss of hair and will help your scalp feel less sensitive. During this time, you may wish to wear a sleep cap during the day and at night to catch the hair.
CARING FOR YOUR SCALP
When you’ve lost your hair, your scalp may become drier. Gently massage your scalp with your facial moisturizer to make it feel more comfortable and increase circulation to your stressed hair follicles. Caring for your scalp will greatly reduce sensitivity and itchiness, allowing you to wear your wig, scarf or hat more comfortably.
Today’s wigs can be made from synthetic or human hair, and there are a variety of styles and colours that you can choose from. Choosing a wig may take a little bit of time and effort, but it will be worth it to find the wig that is perfect for you! Remember that wearing a wig takes a little getting used to. Give it a fair shot and it will soon become as familiar as any other accessory in your wardrobe.
The first question that many women have when considering a wig is ‘synthetic or human hair?’ Both types have advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing a wig may take a little bit of time and effort, but it will be worth it to find the wig that is perfect for you.
Whether you’ve decided on a synthetic or human hair wig, a little care and attention will ensure your wig looks its best.
WIG CARE: WHAT YOU NEED
Whether you’ve decided on a synthetic or human hair wig, a little care and attention will ensure that your wig looks and feels its best.
CLEANING YOUR WIG
Taking the extra time and effort to style your wig will make you feel more confident as people will not be able to tell that it’s not your own natural hair.
Use your fingers to create a slightly tousled style which looks more natural; avoid brushing your wig flat.
Don’t be afraid to be creative when styling your hair. For example, if you have a long-hair wig, wear a head band or put the hair in a ponytail. Be sure that you’ve covered the edge of the wig cap with some hair.
Remember: You can use hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, etc. on a human hair wig, but NOT on a synthetic wig.
PUTTING ON YOUR WIG
Scarves can be stylish alternatives to wearing a wig. Have some fun and experiment with different styles, fabrics and colours. Then, finish the look with some great earrings and a pair of stylish sunglasses, and you’re good to go.
When choosing a scarf be sure to look for one made of a soft cotton blend, rayon or polyester to avoid slipping.
Hats are enjoying a fashion resurgence. There are lots of styles available – from berets to caps to hats with wide,
glamorous brims. Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind when hat shopping.
A lot of your body heat escapes from your head. A sleep cap will keep you warm in the evening.
We hope the steps outlined here will help you find ways to manage the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment.
These steps are not intended to replace medical care in any way. These steps are meant to support the advice from your healthcare team. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns.