Posted on: Aug 16, 2017 04:35PM
For any of you who chose to use wigs, hats, turbans, or any other head covering during chemo, we're looking for personal recommendations in your area! Was there a certain type of wig or hat you found that worked for you? A great brand of turbans? Did you try a full-service wig salon or hair loss center that offered fitting and styling? Wig adhesives or other accessories?
We'd love to know:
We hope to add this information to the Hair, Skin, and Nails section so that people can find resources where they live or online. Please post your recommendations below!Thank you!
--The Breastcancer.org Team
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Sep 6, 2017 01:35AM Caligirl55 wrote:
I went to Hollywod Wigs here in Fresno, CA. The owner has dedicated her life to helping women with cancer. She was always fun and so encouraging. She sells caps, scarfs, hats and about every head covering you can think of. I bought 2 wigs but just never liked wearing either one. I wore caps and scarfs mainly. I sometimes just went in to see her and feel better about myself.
Sep 7, 2017 01:14AM Lumpie wrote:
I love reading everyone's tips. In my prior post, I totally forgot to post a favorite of mine! Chemo Diva:
They actually take *your own hair* and attach it to a lingerie-like cap to make it into what I call a "wig-lette" that you can wear under a cap or scarf. It is really amazing because it is your own hair. I felt very "at home" in mine.... and just felt like it made me look much more human. One of my co-workers came up to me after I had been wearing it for a while and said, "I can't get over how much that looks like your hair." She was really confused when I told her it WAS my hair! Then I explained... Not cheap, but this was the best discretionary cancer related expenditure I made. (It was a gift from a dear friend, actually... bless her!) Cut segments of hair need to be at least 7 inches long (mine were exactly 7 inches! with not a cm to spare). I went to Hair Cuttery and they were happy to trim it according to specification.... and shape up what was left. Chemo Diva's halos are highly recommended!
(If I can dredge up a picture, I will post it.)
Sep 12, 2017 02:58PM dlb823 wrote:
I don't think it's been mentioned here yet, but if you like scarves, Anokhi, has some beautiful ones that are both oversized and lightweight, non-slip 100% cotton voile.
I also second the recommendation for Raquel Welch wigs. They do gradient colors exceptionally naturally.
Also, if budget is an issue, check with your local American Cancer Society office. In most locations they offer donated wigs free of charge, either through their Look Good Feel Better classes, or at their offices.
Sep 15, 2017 03:09PM Logang wrote:
For anyone near Columbus Ohio, Hope's Boutique at the Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center has a lot of wigs and head coverings.
Sep 22, 2017 02:51PM ame529 wrote:
I wore baseball hats until I lost a majority of my hair, by the end of the day though I did notice that my head had started to hurt.
I was lucky enough to get a wig through my insurance, I went to a local wig shop in my town. I tried on many wigs until I found one that looked like my original hair. It just looks like I went to the salon and had highlights put in. I don't know the name of it but it is a Louis Ferre and its a lace front.
it took a little to get used to but I feel that its very comfortable and makes me feel a little more normal with everything going on.
Sep 23, 2017 07:36AM Maggiemoo63 wrote:
In northern WI we are offered free wigs at the cancer center. I choose to wear a kavu hat as I can tighten the back as the hair thins out. It dries out quickly , cool to wear in the summer and has a longer bill. It is more outdoors looking. I didn't lose all my hair so wearing a cap is a good choice for me.
Sep 28, 2017 01:34AM MakeupLover wrote:
I'm in the Monmouth County area in NJ and went to Wigful Thinking in Hamilton, NJ. They are lovely and so so helpful!
I highly recommend them. They take the time to see what you want and make you feel comfortable. Once my wigs (I got 2) arrived, they even shaved off what little was left of my hair. They teach you how to put on the wig and how to take care of it. And they help with insurance claims as well.
They are the best!
Nov 4, 2017 04:11PM LizabethM wrote:
Richmond, Virginia "Planet Hair" the owner if a breast cancer survivor and she is wonderful!! Beautiful wigs, too!
Nov 12, 2017 12:38PM Lumpie wrote:
Fort1984, that is nice of you to consider donating your wigs. You might check to see if a local cancer center or American Cancer Society office accepts donations of gently previously worn wigs. I know our local hospital tries to keep some available for patients starting chemo, especially if the added expense of wigs would present a hardship. If you don't find a place locally, PM me and I will check on whether they are able to accept shipments....
Nov 12, 2017 12:56PM lrwells50 wrote:
I got a wig before my hair fell out so the woman fitting it could pick something close to my hair. (Or I should say close to my dyed hair.) I got a Rene of Paris lace front (?) wig, and nobody had a clue it wasn’t my hair. I bought several hats and scarves, and didn’t end up wearing any of them.
Nov 14, 2017 04:04AM - edited Nov 14, 2017 04:05AM by scaligirl
I have several wraps, beanies, slouchies and by far my favorites are these: Qunson 2 Pack Women's Printed Baggy Slouchy Beanie. Amazon for 12.99.
They are super soft. Made like an infinity scarf it has two layers so is also reversible. You can actually just turn it inside slowly to get to the part of the pattern you like. They are light but will keep you warm. Very comfy and I've gotten a lot of compliments on them too.