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When to Get a Wig – Before or After Hair Loss?

Sitting in the Drs Surgery and being told your chemotherapy/radiation treatment will cause hair loss can be emotionally overwhelming, but it’s the time after you leave, that can often be the most confusing. For some, the days roll by and the hair doesn’t look like it’s going to fall out. This can leave many women with a glimmer of hope, did the Dr get it wrong? Am I one of the exceptions? Whether it falls out quickly or takes some time, we are often asked the same questions: Is it best to choose a wig and headwear before or after I lose my hair? Will a wig fit as well if I chose one while I still have my hair?

Searching for hair loss solutions while you still have your hair can feel rather confronting but in our experience we have found being equipped is far more favourable than waking up one morning with just a bald head and nothing to put on it. A ‘back up plan’ can help to put your mind at ease, knowing when that day comes you are prepared.

Traitement médical - DialogueThe majority of us are unaware that 80% of women wear wigs for fashion not medical purposes. This means, they can be worn when you have hair and when you don’t. Naturally, they will fit slightly different when you lose your hair, as the volume under your wig will be lost, but all wigs come with adjustable caps making it easy to achieve a comfortable fit throughout your transition.

Chemotherapy and radiation may cause scalp sensitivity and wearing a wig can feel a little scratchy on a bald head. This is where a medical cap is a true lifesaver. Designed especially for hair loss from cancer, this small cap is worn under a wig for added comfort. Suitable only for those with complete hair loss these caps can also be wet down with water, wrung out and placed under a wig to help keep you cool. On really hot days you can even place them in the freezer for twenty minutes prior to wearing them.

Throughout your hair loss journey one thing is for sure, the Starkles professionals are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible by giving you the tools you need to take back the confidence cancer has taken away.