Over the years our staff has worked with thousands of women undergoing Chemotherapy. While the array of side effects of chemotherapy are daunting enough, losing your hair is often one of the hardest side effects. We work with women everyday undergoing medically triggered hair loss and we have found that while this process can be heartbreaking there are a few tips that can help. Whether your are currently experiencing hair loss or have a friend who is please take the time to share these tips.
1. Start the process early: Over the years we've noticed that it is never easy; but for women who opt to wear a wig it's better to start before chemotherapy. This is for several reasons:
2. It takes a village: On that day that you go shopping for your wig you should bring along a friend who is comfortable and familiar with your situation. Don't bring along someone who makes a mockery of the situation by making you try on a bunch of silly wigs...this isn't a Sex and the City episode. You also don't want to bring along a friend who is too emotional and you are managing her emotions vs finding a wig.
The ideal person to bring with you is your hair stylist. If they can come with you they can help you find the right wig that will provide a foundation that they can personalize by either adding in darker roots, thinning out or creating some layers suited to your face shape. It is rare that a wig bought off the shelf will have you looking like a celebrity who wears wigs. By personalizing a wig with your stylist it helps you to feel more comfortable in a wig. A friend who is well versed in makeup helps as well because it helps to wear makeup that defines your eyes so the wig doesn't drown out your face.
3. Don't bring your husband or boyfriend: Save yourself the headache and just take our word for it on this one!
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