• Have you chosen to get a wig after hair loss?

    Asked by msdcstak on Saturday, October 29, 2011

    Have you chosen to get a wig after hair loss?

    I was on the fence about this, but decided to try it. Wigs are a lot better these days than I thought. Most look very real, and are pretty easy to wear (a little hot). The American Cancer Society has a related TLC site with wigs, hats, scarves and other items that was very helpful to me.

    So what are your thoughts about wigs?

    30 Answers from the Community

    30 answers
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      I work where I see up to 100 people a day and didn't want the pity or the questions. Got a human hair wig and had it colored and styled very much like my hair had been pre-dx. Most didn't notice until I stopped wearing it and my hair was super short. My stylist would wash and style my wig every couple of weeks and retouch the color when needed. It wasn't the most wonderful thing to have to do but was the best option for me.

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      I had 4 wigs hats scarfs etc. but i went bald I have NEVER cared what people thought about me and why am i wearing a wig to make them more comfortable? XXX them! I did not get pitty or stares high fives i got allot of I was always a dd I have to say being bald was the first time people looked me in the eyes and not in my dd! it was awesome it was like the first time they saw me! not the middle age woman. who was over wight not the woman with big breast but they saw ME. I was exposed for all to see. I do not wear y fake breast this is me take it or leave it. i do not care if people ask me about my condition because i now preach self exams i allow people to ask me questions so I can educate people. if just 1 woman saw me bald and ran home and did an exam then i help someone and if just 1 person saw me bald and runing around smiling if that 1 person felt a lump but was scared to call her dr and then saw me and made the call to her dr........................................ i took my baldness as a chance to inspire and encourage others
      I have a disease I am dealing with it. and to this day I still inspire men and woman all the time cancer is such a nasty word and when people see me it is like wow and they talk to me about cancer... you will be suprised at just how many people out there are alone and want to talk.................. so inspire someone .

      over 9 years ago
    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      Hi - I am not sure if you saw our recent blog post, but it focused on dealing with hair loss. You might be interested in checking it out - there's a lot of great information.



      over 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      heck no!!!! first - the chemo-hot-flashes would cause me a big problem..... i get super hot several times each day... second - i hear they are ITCHY.... third - i kinda like my bald head...

      if i could have chosen to keep one type of hair - that would have been the NOSE HAIR!!!! i had no idea that nose hair provided us with such service. now, my nose even hints at running....

      over 9 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      My cancer center has a wig room. I tried different wigs, but they weren't for me. I went with scarves and hats. It gave my wonderful friends something they could DO for me. I was gifted with the most beautiful head wear imaginable. I've been able to pass these hats and scarves on to others.

      I did not worry too much about what people thought. One day in Costco a child in a shopping cart exclaimed, (pointing at me)"Look, Mommy, a pirate!" : )


      over 9 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Oh....and you are BEAUTIFUL!

      over 9 years ago
    • Annebehymer's Avatar

      I chose to get three wigs I have not really worn them yet I live in AZ and it is still warm here. I have been wearing a hat and a few scarfs. I will be trying my wigs this winter the only thing when I put a wig on it just does not look like me.


      over 9 years ago
    • mamoladyc's Avatar

      I just went with bandanas and sometimes beanies. I just didn't feel right with the wig. Everyone is different. This weather is perfect for hats and beanies and such. I am glad I didn't have chemo in the summer!
      Once you find what works for you it will become second nature. A lot of people didn't even realize why I was wearing beanies or bandanas.........

      over 9 years ago
    • Indyeastside's Avatar

      No, when I went through it, I decided it was part of life and wore it like a badge of courage. Besides these days people pay money to look a chemo guy or girl.

      over 9 years ago
    • Carlynn's Avatar

      I did not wear a wig. I felt like Dana Carvey doing the "Church Lady" on SNL and I could do a pretty good impression! I decided to go with tams for the cool season, then just let my head be free. I put wash off tattoos on my head and wore great earrings. People would come up to me and tell me they thought I was so courageous to have shaved my head! They had no idea! It got to be fun. Be sure to wear sun screen, though.

      over 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I missed my long hair. A friend of mine let me borrow her blonde wig. I normally have brown hair. It was kinda fun to be a blonde for a change. I got a lot of complements and most people didn't realize it was a wig. I wore it when I went to work and sometimes when I went out. I went bald at home. I wore hats a lot on the weekends. I made a lot of crocheted hats. I also took a baseball cap and added yarn dreadlocks to it that I had braided and attached to a band I crocheted and sewed into the inside of the hat. A lot of people thought my dreadlocks were real. I stopped wearing my wig and hats in June when my hair was long enough to cover my head and it was getting harder to cover it up with the wig. It was also getting very hot since I live in Yuma, AZ. I have gotten a lot of complements about my short hair also. It came in very curly.

      over 9 years ago
    • bonjour's Avatar

      When I read that Taxotere would cause hair loss about 2 wks. into chemo, I knew I wanted to buy a wig and have it ready. I'm kind of a girly-girl and felt better about a wig. I have been very happy with the choice of style and color. It's very easy to care for besides. I wear it when I go out, but not when I'm around the house or in the Y's pool. ; ) My hair is coming back nicely now--3 months later--but straight and fine like before. Darn. The biggest surprise is the color. I colored my hair for the past 20 yrs. so now I see mostly salt, some pepper.

      over 9 years ago
    • Karen4's Avatar

      I did wear wigs both times. I didn't feel OK going around as a bald person. I didn't even like seeing myself with no hair. That was the only time I truly felt like 'a cancer patient'. I always wore something on my head. It just made ME feel more self confident around other people. I see lots of women who do not-they wear their hair loss as a badge of honor, and I admire them. I now have 4 wigs but plan to donate a couple of them MD Anderson and keep my favorites 'just in case'. They made me lose my hair twice, and I've talked to some women who lost theirs 4 times. I'm not leaving it to chance. Those suckers are not cheap! (make sure you have a night cap to sleep in especially for winter-I was amazed at how cold my head got!)

      over 9 years ago
    • Suzi's Avatar

      It's only a week after my first chemo treatment but I already ordered two hats & a wig from the TLC website :)

      over 9 years ago
    • Suzi's Avatar

      I tried 2 different wigs but wasn't happy with the way they looked so returned them & have been wearing hats & scarves (warm ones now that there is snow falling here). Do what feels best for you!

      about 9 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar

      I wore wigs and hairpieces way back in the day when I was young so I am very comfortable with them. I had big wild 80's hair, red, natural curly and was known as Big Red..losing my hair was losing a major piece of me. I always wear wigs. They are fun and easy. No more curling, rollers, straightening, coloring, worrying about rainy weather frizzing my hair!

      I have been known as a very pretty, glamorous woman so trying to maintain that image! lol...I wear turbans at home and to sleep in. No one sees my little bald head. When it got to an inch I colored it and wore it around the house and then when a bit longer...think Betty Boop, all my fresh, baby curls were adorable and I adorned my head with great headbands and big earrings. People loved it. They said you could see my pretty face and eyes more since I always had so much hair around my face. I have done it twice and it is growing in again but will probably have to do chemo again and so I just don't think about my hair anymore. I found out, I am not my hair....but sometimes I get tired and wish I had my own frizzy, wild hair to fight with. :)

      about 9 years ago
    • bonjour's Avatar

      Hello, again. I forgot to mention that the American Cancer Society offers free wigs, hats, bras, and prosthetics at their local offices. Their "tlc catalog" and www.tlc.org have an excellent selection and at reasonable prices.

      about 9 years ago
    • Janicem's Avatar

      I got a wig but never wore it. I felt like I didn't owe anyone anything, it's not like people don't understand because they do. I did wear a hat though.

      about 9 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      You won't have to wear it for too long. After my last tx I think it was just another two more months that I had to wear a wig or hat. But, I thought that I'd be a "scarf" girl so, I bought a few and found a few tucked away. I haven't worn one! ;)

      I used a wig from the ACS. It wasn't the greatest wig, but it was a good one. Good enough for what I needed and for when I needed it. One girl had a sister-in-law buy her a $300 wig. Boy, I sure would like to have seen it! ;) I picked one that was shoulder length and with a light to med grey blend with some curl on the ends. The bangs were too long so I carefully trimmed them. I took a section of long strands from the sides and pulled them to the back and used a spring clip to hold it there. I thought that that made it look more natural. It was fine in Spring, but as Summer came it was too hot to wear and my hair grew out enough that the sideburns were sticking out from under the wig.

      I also bought a couple of hats. I'll wrap a long, thin 4" scarf around my head, then put the hat on or I'll use a 3" head band too. When you've lost your hair and put on a hat there are bare spots around the ears and the neck. The scarf or head band hides that. Plus it helps to keep the hat on firmly.

      Youtube has videos on how to tie head scarves, how to put on eyebrows, etc.

      The ASC hat's for cancer patients have a built in band to help hold then hat on snug and cover the bald sections.
      That also come in handy if your going through the hair loss stage in the colder months.

      My hair is about 1 1/4 inches long now. After a 1/2 inch it started to lay over. ;) It's brown with grey and it made me look way too old I thought. So, I dyed it blond and I go out with it like that! lol
      The other day a girl in the grocery store said, "I really like your hair, but I don't know if I could be so BOLD!" lol

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I got a buzz cut after my 2nd treatment. I am embracing the bald.

      over 8 years ago
    • Harley12's Avatar

      As I have had allapecia (SP?) or thinning/balding because of hormones, I have worn wigs for almost 5 years now. Unless I tell someone, most people think it is my real hair. I have just started really losing my hair (2nd treatment this Thursday) so at least wearing a wig is something I am used to. In OKC, the ACS will give you a free wig to get started. They also accept gently used wigs to recondition for other patients.

      over 8 years ago
    • meers' Avatar

      I wore a wig, it was the best decision for me. I felt normal..I would do it again in a heart beat. Made getting ready in the mornings so much asier, just pop the wig on and go!

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      I wore hats and scarves. One friend of mine had her head "henna-ed" like they do designs for hands etc. It looked really neat, and when I have to go thru chemo again, if I lose my hair I plan on having this done as well. Looks pretty without being permanent. It lasts about 3 weeks and by then the whole hair falling out worries are gone(for me, not for everyone). I don't plan on this happening soon, but with my cancer I never know. IBC isn't the regular BC. :)

      over 8 years ago
    • nancibee's Avatar

      I have a really cute comfortable conductor's cap from tlcdirect.org. Complete strangers ask me where I got it. They don't even realize that I am bald. It is made of jersey and is incredibly soft and comfortable.

      over 8 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar

      I have lost my hair twice and have worn wigs both times. I wore synthetic wig the first time and they are so easy to care for. No one knew it was a wig. Second time went with real hair wig. Had it styled the same as my hair. No one but my husband, children and oncologist know I am wearing a wig. I am a private person and did not want the attention if I chose to go bald or wear scarves. Also, I get tired of the sad eyes people would give me when they found out I had breast cancer. I hate that. I am so much more than a cancer patient. And if they saw the scarves and bald head, I would be labeled. Just the way I am.

      over 8 years ago
    • pinkwagon's Avatar

      I wore a wig and am so happy that I did. I continued working and did everything that I would have done before cancer. The most attention I received was; wow.... I like your new haircut. Now that I am done with my treatments, have my own hair on my head, I volunteer for the Cancer Society fitting wigs for women/men who are just diagnosed with cancer. It's a great place to be for me, and for the ladies or men that are getting a wig. Shows them that it truly is a temporary thing to go thru.

      over 8 years ago
    • Dniette's Avatar

      I got a free wig from hospital being of lower income. I like it for dress up times - going out to eat, church. My scalp is really sensitive , makes me itch . I still favor soft hats over wigs.

      about 8 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I got the wig. Prior to the hair loss, so I'd be ready. Took my hair stylist with me because my daughters and chief critics live out of town. The color was right, the style was right. Then I went back to the hair salon after my hair came out and they adjusted the size for a better fit. Do I wear it? No. Why? It looks (to me) like I'm wearing a dead animal on my head.

      I am most comfortable in my schmattas, the cotton scarves I bought for a very reasonable price from TLC. I was never much of a fashionista and the pirate look is so much more me than the dead animal look. And in the house I wear a beautiful cabled beanie my knitterly daughter made for me.

      One day my hair will grow back. It wasn't my strong point anyway.

      about 8 years ago
    • moonmaiden's Avatar

      I have a synthetic wig, but find it itchy and it rides up, I'm always tugging at it. Mostly I wear scarves when I'm out or go bald at home, but did wear a wig so mom could have nice holiday photos the other night. Other than that, I've only worn it a couple of times. People say it looks good, but it feels unnatural to me. It depends on your comfort level. Some prefer to keep their diagnosis as private as possible, if it helps them to feel more normal, and others are open about it. Like Mspinkladybug, I have chosen to be open with the result of getting others to get mammograms and biopsies they put off, it's an opportunity to save a life or at least save someone from stressing out needlessly by putting off testing on something that turns out to be benign. I don't feel that I am being pitied, I get a lot of support from my community at a time I really need it, and women who are scared that they have a lump or put off a biopsy of something seen in a mammogram get support from me, and get it done. There are a lot of good reasons to keep it to yourself if it helps you feel healthier though, and that's fine too. There is something to be said for looking as healthy as possible and having that image reflected back to you. I might not have hair at the moment, but I have been wearing makeup daily since my surgery, as I want what I see in the mirror to look as well as possible. The nice thing about having a wig is it gives you options, just the same as any fashion accessory.

      about 8 years ago
    • SDomiano's Avatar

      They also have free ones if you cant afford one....I love mine I have 6 different styles and colors it depends how I feel that day ....lol

      about 8 years ago

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