How to Choose and Maintain a Wig

How to Choose and Maintain a Wig

If you've been experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment, you may be interested in using a wig to help you look and feel like yourself again. However, the world of wigs can be overwhelming — from understanding different types to figuring out how to maintain and style your 'do. 

When shopping for a wig, the first step is to decide which human hair wig you want, "If you're aiming for longevity and a realistic style, a 100% human hair wig is a good choice," says Johnson.

Another important consideration is whether you'd prefer a full coverage wig or a hair piece. "The difference between a wig and a hairpiece is that wigs cover an entire head of hair, whereas hair pieces offer less coverage but are perfect for adding volume," says Gibson. Once you've narrowed down your options, you can start to choose color and length. Using a color chart can help you find the perfect match for your natural tone.

For a more natural-looking scalp, opt for a lace front wig. The lace is placed in the front of the cap to mimic your own hairline, so you can wear your wig pulled back or in an updo. However, a lace front wig is more delicate and should be handled with care. Some people with sensitive scalps might also find it itchy.

The quality of a wig is also an important factor to consider. If you're looking for a high-quality wig that will last, you can get one that is hand tied with a monofilament cap. This method offers the most natural appearance and provides a more lightweight feel than other wigs. It is a great option for those with extremely sensitive scalps or for those who've experienced scalp trauma from chemotherapy.

Wigs are more comfortable than ever before. Some wigs are even heat-friendly, meaning you can style your new do with hair straighteners or curling wands without worrying about damaging the hair fibers. However, you should always check your wig's label before you use any heat-based tools on it, as some wigs can be damaged when exposed to excessive heat.

Macmillan Cancer Support offer a one off grant to help with the cost of wigs and other wig-related items. To apply for this, you need to speak to your district nurse or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and they'll advise you what you need to do. Some cancer treatment centres will also give you money to pay for a wig.

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