How to Find the Right Wig When Cancer Takes Your Hair

by GregP_WN

Cancer can throw your entire life into disarray. Constant visits to the hospital or doctor’s office can dominate your schedule. Fatigue can sap your energy and leave you unable to enjoy the activities you once did. You and your family may experience stress and anxiety due to uncertainty about your prognosis. This article will help you find the right wig when cancer takes your hair.

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Even your outward appearance can be changed by a cancer diagnosis, especially if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. As chemotherapy attacks cancer cells, it also attacks other fast-growing cells in your body, including your hair. Even though losing one’s hair due to chemotherapy is relatively minor in terms of your overall health, it can be emotionally devastating because of how central your hair is to your physical appearance and ultimately your self-esteem.

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However, many cancer patients who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy have reported that a natural-hair wig can help them regain some of their self-esteem by helping them look more like themselves. With a wig, cancer patients can be less self-conscious and more relaxed, giving them the confidence to go out in public without feeling as if people are staring at them or that everyone is aware of the fact that they have cancer.

Although wigs can be helpful for many, they can’t be as effective unless patients choose the wigs that are right for them. Most patients want to choose wigs that are as close to the appearance of their natural hair as possible. That means those wigs need to match their natural hair color. They also need to be fitted specifically to patients’ heads. Ill-fitting or unnatural-looking wigs may only contribute to cancer patients’ concerns about their physical appearance. That’s why it’s important for cancer patients and their loved ones to remember some basic tips for finding the right wig for them.

In addition to wigs, here are some creative choices in dealing with hair loss.

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For example, one of the most important tips is finding a custom wig shop that specializes in helping cancer patients. The professionals at these shops understand the difficulties cancer patients experience and will help them through the process with sensitivity and care. For this and other tips on choosing the right wig, refer to the guide below. More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year, and many of those patients will undergo chemotherapy. A good wig can help those patients face their treatment and the rest of the world with self-esteem and greater confidence, which can make all the difference in the world.

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How was your hair loss experience? Did you wear a wig, go bald, caps and scarves? Please share in the comments. 

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