WILL I LOSE HAIR DURING CHEMOTHERAPY?
Not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss, but some do and your doctor will let you know.
WHEN DO I LOSE MY HAIR?
If you are take chemotherapy drugs that cause hair loss, typically hair loss begins two to three weeks after first treatment.
WILL MY HAIR FALL OUT AT ONCE?
It varies depending upon the type of chemotherapy drug, typically your hair will fall in stages (over time) not at all once.
Sometimes losing hair in stages can be a difficult experience and you may want to take preemptive measures. This would involve cutting the hair before it falls out. It can make this process a bit easier to cope with.
WILL MY HAIR GROW BACK?
Yes it will grow back, however it may grow differently, for example the color or texture will be different. Within 2~3 weeks of finishing treatment hair will begin to return. Hair loss due to chemotherapy is only temporary.
WHEN DO I NEED A WIG? HOW TO FIND IT?
Research ahead of time – preferably before the treatment – because you may feel uncomfortable to shop when you are in treatment. Also, by looking ahead of time the wig maker or the certified specialist can see your natural hair, current style, and preferred color prior to hair loss. This helps them find or make you a wig recommendation based on your personal style.
Most of the doctor offices have a list of trusted resources were you can start and the web will also be a good source. Try to find somewhere that fits and styles at same place. Also, be sure to find someone who will offer second fitting. When your own hair is gone, the wig will feel big on your head and a second and final fitting is done for maximum comfort.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO IF I DON’T WANT TO WEAR A WIG?
There are other options, hat or scarves can be worn or, if you decide to wear nothing at all, remember sunscreen for your scalp to protect from UV rays. If you can, try to purchase things made with natural material, such as cotton.
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST?
It is a good idea to call the insurance company and check your coverage. Some do cover the entire cost and some only cover part of the cost. Insurance companies refer to wigs as a CRANIAL PROSTHESES. If it is covered by insurance, a doctor’s order is required. A good wig maker or certified specialist can assist you with filing your claim, provide proof of purchase, etc.
I HAVE HEARD THAT WIGS CAN BE “HOT AND ITCHY”, WHY?
Maybe so with traditional wigs, but wig making has come a long way. Now you can have a ‘HAND MADE’ wig, which is light weight and has improved air flow. It is very important to get proper information on how a wig is structured so you can avoid being “hot and itchy”.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU CLEAN THE WIG?
The wig will come with instructions. Frequency of cleaning is based upon how much it is worn and the activity level of wearer. Some tips we give our clients include wearing it with a head covering or cap, and trying to avoid putting makeup on around the hair line to help keep your wig clean.
WILL ANYONE KNOW I’M WEARING A WIG?
No, when made for you and fitted for you it will look as natural as your own hair – if not better. Choosing a certified professional who can fit it correctly, make adjustments as needed, and guide you to pick the best quality wig is key to keeping the fact you are wearing one discrete.