• 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
    • jad's Avatar
      jad

      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
      moonmaiden

      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
      SDomiano

      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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