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1. When is the right time for me to shop for and purchase a wig?

Before hair loss occurs, you may want to consider looking for a wig, especially if you want to match it close to the color and style that you currently have. When complete hair loss occurs, you have an immediate option for headwear, other than a hat or scarf.

2. What can I expect to feel on my scalp from the wig?

Sometimes a wig can feel hot or itchy, so be sure to wear a thin wig cap under the wig to prevent any irritation. 

3. Can I style my wig?

Synthetic wigs cannot be styled with heat because they will melt, so be sure to ask our trained experts on the dos and don’ts of you specific wig care. Human hair wigs can be cut and styled similar to your own hair.

4. Can I sleep with my wig?

It is recommended that you keep your wig on a wig stand when sleeping, to ensure that it stays well-kept and does not cause irritation to your scalp during sleep.

5. Can men where wigs?

Yes, there are options available for men that wish to wear a wig during treatment.

6. What is the price range for wigs?

Wigs can vary from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Always be sure to check with your insurance to see what type of coverage you have.

7. Are there alternatives to wearing wigs, such as hats and scarves?

Yes, headscarves and hats are great low maintenance and cost effective way to covering your head without the use of a wig.

8. Does my insurance pay for my wig?

Allow one of our certified and licensed experts verify your insurance for of chance to find out what your coverage is for wigs, coverage varies by insurance providers.

9. Why does my hair fall out from my treatment?

The normal scalp has over 100,000 hairs! Chemotherapy can harm the cells that make all of that hair. Other places on the body may see changes or loss in the hair. Hair loss is called alopecia.  The degree of hair loss depends on the chemo drug that is used, its dosage, and its duration. The drugs used to kill the cancer cells are made to target rapidly growing cells that include your skin, hair, and nails. When they are targeted it stops their growth, which is why you may experience hair loss during your treatment. The effect, however, is not permanent and healthy cells grow back normally once chemotherapy is completed.

10. What are the symptoms of hair loss?

Your hair usually begins to fall out two to three weeks after you start treatment. It could fall out very quickly in clumps or gradually. You will likely notice accumulations of loose hair on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or in your sink or shower drain. Your scalp may also feel tender, dry, and itchy before and during hair loss. View our hair and scalp care products here.

11. What should I do before my hair falls out?

It is important to be gentle with your hair, so it is recommended that you care for    your hair with a mild shampoo and conditioner that is chemical free, and pat it dry when finished.  Avoid styling by blowing your hair dry with styling brushes and products. It may also be a good idea to cut your hair shorter, and now is the perfect time to shop for your wig if you are considering hair replacement.

12. Will I only experience hair loss on my scalp?

Hair loss can occur on your scalp, face, and other areas of the body. It varies from patient to patient on where hair loss occurs.  It is always best to consult with your doctor to discuss where and if hair loss may occur for you.

13. When should I consider shaving my head?

Shaving your head can be a scary thought, however it will help decrease some of the tenderness you may be feeling once the shedding begins. Before hair loss occurs or when hair loss begins to happen are good times to come into the Image Recovery Centers® to have your head shaved.

14. What types of products can I use to prevent hair loss?

There are no products that will prevent hair loss.

15. What types of chemicals should I avoid in hair products?

Avoid shampoos, conditioners, and hair dyes that contain toxins, harsh chemicals, and coloring agents.

16. What should I do after my hair falls out?

  • Protect your head from the sun. Always use sunscreen or wear a hat for protection.
  • Protect your head from the cold.
  • Try wearing a sleep cap when you sleep.
  • Wigs and head wraps are a great alternative to hair loss. 
  • Remember to postpone receiving chemical treatments (color, highlights, or permanents) until 8 weeks after the completion of chemotherapy. It is recommended that a patch test be done before applying chemicals. 

17. When will my hair begin to grow back?

Your hair may begin to grow back anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks after treatment stops. The normal growth pattern is 1/2 inch per month. If you have had reoccurring cancer and have undergone treatment for the second or third time, your hair growth may be a little slower. If you received a very high dose of radiation to the head, your hair may not grow back due to permanent damage to the hair follicle. It is always best to consult with your doctor to discuss if permanent hair loss may occur for you.