Buying a Wig After Cancer

Oct 26, 2018 | 0 comments

Cancer is a devastating disease that, once you are diagnosed, eats away at the very core of your soul. It becomes even more unbearable as you start losing not only your health, but also everything that made you look and feel beautiful, like your hair. But all isn’t lost. A wig, albeit not your real hair, can still make you feel beautiful and look good. Let’s look at how you can go about buying a wig that will rock your cancer hair.


Guide to Wig Buying – the Steps


Experiment with short hair before your chemotherapy. The reason for this is that you and your family and friends won’t notice a stark difference if you do lose your hair. The change to your hair will look gradual. It is also easier to wear a wig with shorter hair.

Places to Buy

Wigs come in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices. The most expensive are those made from real human hair. However most cancer patients prefer the synthetic hair wig as it is easy to maintain. There are many places where you can get new or used wigs. Try the American Cancer Society, local wig shops or cancer forums and message boards. You can even let the insurance company foot the bill for the wig; just get a doctor’s prescription for it.

Choosing Your Hairstyle

Don’t rush this process. Play around with the wigs and see which one you love. You don’t have to choose a style or color that is similar to your hair. You can go funky and play with colors like red or with purple streaks. You can even involve your hairstylist and ask her which color would suit your skin tone. Just remember, chemotherapy may make your skin appear grey or yellow so you will want to take that into account. Be sure that the wig doesn’t itch too much. And that it sits well on your head and doesn’t look like a bad toupee.

Step Out in Style

Once you have chosen your wig, step out into the world in style!

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About Our Author

Nilofer Taher

Nilofer Taher is a published author, freelance writer, programmer, editor, graphic designer, digital marketing specialist and  solo-preneur. Cancer is a subject that is too close to home with two family members suffering the devastating effects. She hopes through her writing that other cancer patients and survivors will receive guidance and hope.