• Starting new job wearing a wig after chemo

    Asked by Califbeachside on Friday, June 24, 2016

    Starting new job wearing a wig after chemo

    I know it's not appropriate to wear a hat into the office. But I'm starting a new job and I'm not comfortable with any of my wigs. Is it acceptable to wear a scarf over the wig in the office?

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • Califbeachside's Avatar

      Actually, it's not a new job yet, it's an interview

      about 4 years ago
    • pie's Avatar

      Totally acceptable! That's what I did teaching elementary school. One teacher a few years back just did pretty scarves and that was fine. Then this year our art teacher went bald. Whatever makes you comfortable.

      about 4 years ago
    • Califbeachside's Avatar

      Thank you Pie,
      How about for an interview?
      (They know I went thru chemo)

      about 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      If they know you went thru chemo and are interviewing you, the usual advice holds true. Be polite and be yourself.

      If you and I were heading out for a bite after work, how would you address this (non) issue?

      about 4 years ago
    • Jouska's Avatar

      I wore hats to the office. I don't think there is anything wrong with that under the circumstances. I am not good with scarves and didn't want to wear a wig. I wasn't interviewing, but had a job. Most of them were soft caps or fancy skull caps for lack of a better word. Wear what is comfortable and makes you feel good and start with the interview. I also quit wearing caps about the moment my hair was slight more than peach fuzz.

      about 4 years ago
    • ShortCuts' Avatar

      I went commando. I noticed that my hair has started to grow in very patchy and didn't like the way it looked everyone knew my hair was super short to begin with so I just shaved it down. Other times when I didn't feel like going commando I wore a hat. I found a ton of super cute and very comfortable hats on the website hats scarves and more. TLC Direct also has a lot of options as well. Do what feels comfortable for you.

      about 4 years ago
    • Misstwerpylou's Avatar

      I have been wearing wigs since my treatment ended. Some are very comfortable and flattering. Most people are shocked when I tell them it's a wig. The good ones are so realistic nowadays. Whichever way you are comfortable (for interview and beyond), go for it. Blessings.

      about 4 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar

      TLC Direct does have a lot of options - they have a hairpiece that's only partial, and is meant to go with a hat or scarf; more comfortable than a wig.

      If they know that you've had chemo, then absolutely wear what's comfortable - you want to be able to focus on the interview, not on your head. Also, if you use make-up, there are some great tutorials online for "accentuating the positive" when a cancer patient. Also, new ways to tie/arrange scarves, so check it out!

      Good luck with the interview! When I'm being interviewed, I have my own list of questions to ask them - I'm interviewing them, too! Go in with your head held high & look them in the eye.

      about 4 years ago
    • happydyad's Avatar

      Totally acceptable! Going in with a bald head is also totally acceptable. Whatever your "look" wear it proudly. You are an achiever and a survivor! Congratulations on your resilience and determination. Let us know how the interview and new job goes! Judy in Ku

      about 4 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      I wore knit caps & scarves & it was fine. I had a wig but my Munchkin hated it & begged me not to wear "fake hair". Many wig shops also sell various hats & caps. Good Luck with the interview!

      about 4 years ago
    • Califbeachside's Avatar

      Thank you all so very much for your feed back. It's is greatly appreciated! I got this

      about 4 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar

      I have a friend going thru chemo now and she wears a scarf with her wig is it is soooooo adorable. I agree with Misstwerpylou the wigs they make these days look so real you cannot tell. Good luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Good luck with your interview!

      about 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      When you get the new job (notice I did not say IF...), talk to your boss. Hats are against dress policy in my office. I went in to his office and laid it on the line. He did NOT have a problem w/me wearing hats. The only thing I had to change was using ear buds instead of a headset (I audit customer service phone calls for a medical TPA -- you know that line..."This call may be monitored for quality & training purposes... That's me!).

      about 4 years ago

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