Anti-cancer drugs and radiation therapy can cause partial or complete hair loss (alopecia). Hair loss is considered to be the most physically and emotionally devastating result of cancer therapy by a great majority of patients. Choosing an appropriate wig is often a very difficult decision, because most women, men, and teens have no experience with wearing a wig.
The ideal time to choose a wig is prior to hair loss for several reasons. First, you want to gain control by being prepared for the appearance change that you will experience. Secondly, you should share with your stylist your current style if you desire to maintain your look. Thirdly, you should consider having your hair cut to help with the transition of hair loss and wearing a wig. Wigs are available in a variety of styles, colors, and textures, with a choice between synthetic, blended, and human hair.
A good quality synthetic wig will normally have a less shiny, natural appearance, and be soft to the touch. Human hair wigs are available in many qualities including Indonesian, Chinese and European hair. A well fitted and styled wig of good quality will often resemble your own hair. Genuine human hair wigs are more costly than Synthetic wigs; however, each have pros and cons.
It is important that when shopping for a wig you choose a reputable company, which you feel you can trust. You may find that much like clothing, wigs normally need adjustments and alterations in order to fit properly, feel secure and to remain comfortable. Schedule an appointment at the Image Recovery Center for a complementary wig consultation, where you can discuss your needs with an expert and have your insurance verified for coverage.