What type of wigs are most suitable for Chemotherapy patients?
“There are studies that show that for many women, losing their hair is worse than losing a breast. That’s because you can conceal the loss of a breast, but hair loss is so obvious and apparent.” Marisa Weiss, M.D., president and founder, breastcancer.org
Chester Hair Clinic – Advice on Hair Loss during Chemotherapy
Not all types of Chemotherapy, lead to complete hair loss. The consultant involved will usually inform the patient of what to expect before the treatment starts. If hair loss is likely, it is a good idea to visit a wig consultant to see what options are available and possibly obtain a wig so the patient can feel more prepared.
Hair loss from Chemotherapy is known medically as ‘Anagen Effluvium’. Generally, once treatment has stopped the hair starts to return back to health. Sometimes the hair grows back curly or white. After a few months, hair usually returns back to normal and it should grow back to the right length and original style.
Hair and Scalp Treatment During Chemotherapy
During chemotherapy treatment, the scalp can sometimes become sensitive to various products. A fragrance/colour free shampoo and conditioner is advisable. Chester Hair Clinic has a suitable product available to purchase.
As the hair comes back to full health, it is good practice not to colour too soon and to look after the hair and scalp with regular conditioning treatments.
There are two types of wig to consider:
Human hair: Human hair wigs require more looking after. They are more expensive and the process of obtaining the right wig requires more time and visits to the salon. When a person may feel unwell, this isn’t always the best option.
High quality man made fibre wigs: High quality man made fibre wigs are a lot easier to look after. There are great ranges of modern styles and fashionable colours to choose from, these would be first choice for ease of use and care.
Generally, the latter is most appropriate for people undergoing chemotherapy, although there are exceptions. We will take the time and care to discuss these with you.
However, some clients take a great deal of pleasure in looking after their own hair and are prepared to spend time and patience on looking after a wig.
Clients that have very blonde hair, a completely natural colour or long hair may want to consider this option. These are areas where synthetic wigs are perhaps not quite as natural looking. It could be worth the extra investment to get the right result depending on the individual client.
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