Searching for a wig as your chemotherapy begins can feel overwhelming. Luckily, with the proper guidance, the right wig can help you feel like yourself again—or a completely different you! Here’s what to look for when buying a wig as a cancer patient.
Preparing for Hair Loss
Many cancer patients must prepare for hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation. Before you do, check with your doctor and make sure your treatment causes hair loss—some do not.
If you have long hair, consider cutting it short so that you can acclimate easier to a wig or other head covering. You can also shave your head when your hair begins to fall out; this will give you a sense of control, and you won’t wake up to the shock of seeing your pillow covered in your hair.
How To Choose a Wig
Before your treatment begins, take photos of your hair so you can match the color and style to a wig. You can also cut a lock of hair off to help with finding the right color and texture. If you choose to capture your hair in photographs, take them in natural light.
You’ll also want to measure your head so you can find the appropriate size. Keep in mind that your head might be a size smaller after your hair loss.
When you’re searching for a wig, you can choose between natural or synthetic styles, and you have many options for deciding how to replace your hair. Depending on the extent of the hair loss, you can choose a full wig, a hair topper, or bang attachments.
Wigs come in tons of styles, like Nigerian braided wigs. Take this time to try out some new types that would otherwise leave you in the salon chair for hours.
The fit of a wig is essential; you want it to feel snug but not too tight. Remove glasses before trying on a wig for the most accurate measurement. Hold the wig at the sides and place it on the middle of your forehead and push it back. The wig should rest about an inch under your natural hairline; likewise, the ear tabs should rest in front of your ears.
If the wig slides up, it’s too small, and if it’s too big, you can adjust the back tabs.
While you can find a wig in your natural hair color, you can also try out colors you wouldn’t usually go for—and without the cost of an expensive salon dye job.
There’s a lot to take in when learning what to look for when buying a wig as a cancer patient. To learn more about finding a wig for the first time or how to make your wig look like natural hair, turn to Instant Arewa Hair for guidance.