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Regimens, side effects, and support from others going through chemo.

Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:56PM

Leah_S wrote:

I am an Orthodox Jew, and so for religious reasons I have been covering my hair (hats/scarves/wigs) since I got married. Since that's almost 33 years, I thought I would post some information/advice about wigs and wig care.

Style - if possible, choose a style and color that is similar/the same as your current hair style. It will be easier to accept the way you look, and might also keep casual acquaintances from asking questions you don't want to answer.

Whether to get a synthetic or human hair wig depends on many thing. A good quality synthetic wig will look and feel good, but won't last as long as a human hair wig. However, since a decent synthetic wig should last for at least a year, there's no reason to spend a lot more on a human hair wig if you find a synthetic that you like. However, a human hair wig is usually lighter and more comfortable.

Care - if you're going to be taking care of it yourself, use very good quality shampoo and conditioner. Synthetic wigs usually keep their set when you wash them, so you just need to put them on a wig stand to air dry. Human hair wigs can be styled with rollers etc the same way your hair is. However, if you use a blowdryer, do so only until the wig is ALMOST all dry and let it air dry for the rest. If you use hot rollers, do so ONLY when the wig is dry. Use a brush with plastic bristles, preferably the type with little balls on the end of the bristles. If the wig is long (over your neck) you'll need to brush the inside where it touches you neck since it tends to get tangled there.Don't be afraid to brush it frequently.I brush most of my wigs every time I wear them. If you want it set by a professional, you're best off finding someone wo does a lot of wigs. I've been told by a number of hairdressers that working with wigs and working with hair are different. Wigs don't need to be shampooed or styled very often.

Keep it on a wig stand when you're not wearing it. To keep it free from dust, cover it with a kerchief (silk or synthetic, it doesn't matter).

Wigs are designed to be worn over hair, which is why so many women who have lost their hair find them itchy. If you can get a wig liner where you get your wig, that will help. If you can't get one, a cotton cap is good (the kind football players sometimes wear under their helmets) or you can cut the foot and lower leg part off of a pair of pantyhose and use that. I've been using the cotton cap since I lost my hair and find it comfortable.

If you get your wig before you lose your hair, make sure the cap is adjustable. It should have two stretchy tabs that attach with either a flat hook or with velcro on the sides of the cap.

If I think of anyting else, I'll post it on this thread.

Now, you would think that since I've been covering my hair for so many years it wouldn't bother me to lose my hair.

You would be wrong.

Leah

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Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 10, 2010 10:39AM soulswithin wrote:

Thnx poodleluv, good key words for google I hadn't tried. I'm looking for a little hair added around a hat also. I'm so sorry you lost your hair! Hope you can save some of it for hats, etc.I'm trying to figure out a way to make a small strip of it for the sides of hats with iron on stuff and binding. My daughter sent me some of hers in honor of me bless her heart.

I just bought my first wig and have to say I love it, and my hair hasn't even fallen out yet! I got yhe correct size [which is large] and I forget it's even on. I am used to wearing caps outside because I hike alot, so this was a similar feeling on my head. I have to say though, I went to one wig dealer who kept strtching small wigs on my head, they were uncomfortable, and they promised to stretch them. I decided not to buy from them because my experience with a hat is if its too small, eventually you get a headache and its constantly bugging you.

I can imagine with a chemo hair loss you need a perfect fit for comfort. You can write down a list of names online and hunt them down in your area. Mine is a lace cap monofilament around $160, light wieght, not full, moves when you do, soft and a small area at the top with a fake scalp so it really looks natural. Its so soft I can pop a hat on top of it! I may just get one more and cut it a little shorter. The long ones were so cute, but I'm too old for them, lol. I did end up in the smallest wig place with a very nice lady who had cancer also, less expensive, which BTW the top shop lady said you can not get similar wigs for less than $400, and that was simply not true.

Keep looking and the net is a good source for wig names/ID

Linda, in the survival mode....You can see it in a wild cats eyes Dx 2/12/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 11, 2010 10:34AM Carrol2 wrote:

Thanks for all the advice ladies. I just found out I need chemo yesterday. Ia m going shopping for a wig on wednesday. I hope to find something like my hair.

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/4/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/2/2011
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Sep 11, 2010 10:40AM Carrol2 wrote:

bump

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/4/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/2/2011
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Oct 9, 2010 07:24AM spitnspunk wrote:

If anyone wants to look at a lot of wig choices you might want to look at Vogue (link below). I stumbled upon this site when I was comparing Rachel and Gabor wig prices and even though Vogue was a little more reasonable, I ended up buying from a local shop as I'm all about keeping local small business people employed. So anyhow, I'm not endorsing Vogue since I can't say anything about their service but I did find they had a large selection to look at which will give one someplace to start and also help you compare prices. Maybe someone else on this board has actually used them and can speak as to their service.

http://www.voguewigs.com/synthetic-wigs.html

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Nov 13, 2010 02:02PM hydeskate wrote:

Luckily I was able to pull of the Gi Jane look, I tried the wigs it lasted I think half a day at work, then I just wore it when I went out on the town, that lasted about a week.  I also had to get my drivers license renewed bald head and all.

heidiy13.blogspot.com/ Chemotherapy 3/7/2008 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 10/24/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Surgery 2/11/2009 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 6/30/2009 Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, 2/20 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 20, 2010 06:20AM KathyG62 wrote:

Thanks for being honest about how you feel about losing your hair. Sometimes it bothers me that people think that if you have cancer you shouldn't care about your hair. I get that the priority is to be healthy, but I still do care about my hair.

Kathy

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Nov 21, 2010 12:48PM poodleluvbug wrote:

I really hate the wig I bought. I had blond hair before so I bought a blond Rachel W. wig. It is so shiny...nobody has hair that shiny! It looks so fake and I feel ridiculous wearing it. I bought a ring of hair that I found online when I googled "hats with hair". I can wear any hat with it. I bought a lot of different hats to match any outfit I wear. I like this better than a wig but now it is starting to get kind of ratty looking...like dolls hair. Ugh! I am waiting on my own hair to grow back...I am 8 weeks since my last chemo. I live in a rural area where there are no wig stores, so I had to order my wigs online and then they would only let me exchange the wig for another wig ,,,and only one time. So I ended up with a ugly wig. Does anyone know of a website that lets you try on a lot of wigs and then return the ones you don't like? Thanks ladies!

Dx 5/18/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+
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Nov 21, 2010 12:59PM Carrol2 wrote:

poodle I never lost all my hair so even though i got two wigs i have not worn them yet. I got my wig for free from the American Cancer Society and they let me try them on there before i took one. Also you might want to take it to your hairdresser and have it thinned to make it look more natural. MIne did a pretty good job cutting to fit my face better too. I still like my hats though. I got about 8 of them and since it's been cold out it works.
Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/4/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/2/2011
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Nov 21, 2010 01:05PM thegoodfight wrote:

POODLELUVBUG,

I think the strict return policy is probably conncected with the board of health guidelines.  Believe it or not, the best place where I live for wigs is this one booth at the flea market.  They are fabulous and someone will spend how ever long it takes with you till you find one that works.  But, when you try them on, you must do it over a skull cap for sanitary reasons.  Do you have any flea markets near you.  I used to think it was only junk at these places, but I was proved wrong.  NO one could tell I was wearing a wig when I used mine.  

If I remember correctly it takes a good six months before you are sporting what appears to be a high fashion short haircut.   I would say you should have enough hair to go commando after 3 to 4 months after your last chemo, but that is still very short hair that no one will think you got it styled that way by choice.  I for one did not wear my wig much, used scarves and/or when out and went bald and comfortable in my own home.  I did wear my wig to certain things, especially if I knew there would be pictures.

I couldn't wait to go without anything on my head, so as soon as I had a covering of hair, looking like the shortest buzz you could get, I stopped wearing anything on my head.....................and guess what, no one cared and no one stared.  You will know when it is the right time........................Caren

Dx 7/14/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 21, 2010 02:43PM rcca wrote:

Although I bought a wig, I also bought a hat with hair. It was so much easier than the wig. I used it to go for a walk, to the grocery store, to get the mail, to answer the door..... It was so easy to just put on. No worries about if it was straight or combed. It made my life so much easier.

Dx 3/22/2010, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 22, 2010 02:07AM lago wrote:

synthetic hair will always look shiny. I did have very shiny hair but the wig still looks fake. I did go to a place to try on wigs… I still don't like the way it looks but it will have to do. I wear scarves most of the time but certain family affairs I will be wearing the wig. When chemo is over I will be looking for a job so I will be wearing the wig for sure.

I also agree that having it styled properly makes a huge difference. Even adding a few long layers can make it more natural looking and break up that shiny look.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 22, 2010 03:05AM Carrol2 wrote:

Also keep in mind, people are not as observant as you might think. They are not assuming you have a wig on. so if you at natural most people wont really notice.

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/4/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/2/2011
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Nov 23, 2010 05:27AM worldturnedpink wrote:

Of course we care about losing our hair, and it's not just vanity, so don't feel bad for caring so much about losing your hair. There are all sorts of emotional issues wrapped up in our tresses. One of my issues was that I felt like being bald "branded" me as a sick person - you might as well have tatooed across my forehead "breast cancer patient - please feel sorry for me." And of course that was the last thing I wanted anyone to think.

I found that the synthetic wigs, while reasonably priced and locally available, were, for lack of a better word, horrible. I went to the local wig shop in the mall, which was a traumatic experience - they are not in the least bit equipped to deal with cancer patients. Everything was so "old lady" looking. I bought a synthetic wig online, which of course looked nothing like the pictures when I got it, and couldn't be returned. I ordered a wig through a local barber shop - it was okay, but nothing great. Then I found out about a "hair replacement" salon in a larger city two hours away. They ordered me a human hair wig which was ridiculously expensive but was so worth it. They cut it to look like my hair, showed me how to care for it and how to style it. It felt like my hair, looked like my hair, didn't have that fake hairline, even had a part like my hair. Working with wigs is VERY different from working with hair, so you have to find someone who really knows what they are doing - and unfortunately those people seem to be few and far between. But it was so worth it to me to feel like I kind of looked like myself with my long, thick brunette hair.

I am now 7 months out from chemo, with short curly hair that finally looks like an "intentional" short hairstyle. I am amazed at the comments I get on how cute it is - even from my sometimes cranky oncologist. I'm thinking I probably won't go back to the long hair, as much as I loved it at one time. That girl with the long hair just isn't me anymore. I think a short curly bob would be a nice "new normal," more of a reflection of the person I've become. And the wash-and-go is so easy. We fought so hard for our lives, who wants to waste hours of it every week fussing with hairstyles?

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Dx 10/21/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 23, 2010 05:53AM meglove wrote:

I went to shop for a wig on Sunday and finally found one at a local mall. It is sponsored by Canada cancer society. so if you have a hard time to find a good wig store, maybe you can phone your local cancer society. The store I found carries a lot human hair wigs. Unfortuanately they wont open on Sunday so I have to go back again.

Invasive mucinous + DCIS 3*2.8*2.5cm gr 2, dx 08/07/10 (38 ys), BMX 10/18/10, 0/1, ER+/Pr+, HER2+ DD AC 4 Tx first on Dec 9th then DD Taxol 4 Tx finished on 03/17/11. Herceptin finished in 02/12. Tamoxifen started on 04/15/11. Total hys 12/03/12.
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Nov 23, 2010 07:14AM lago wrote:

The cancer society sponsored site in the US is: http://www.tlcdirect.org

I have one of their wigs and it's not bad at all.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 23, 2010 11:34AM CoolBreeze wrote:

Hi ladies,

 I've blogged my cancer experience, and have reached a modest level of success.  I started the blog to keep my family updated but then I realized, like me, lots of women want to know what happens, so I kept it up.  

When you start getting hits, companies contact you with giveaways. Lots are irrelevant and I ignore them, but  I was contacted by a wig company, and they are giving a way a  Paula Young monofiiment wig in a cute style.  They are sending me one to review, and then they will give one to a reader.  

I'll run a contest on the blog and they will send it directly to the winner.

It sounds like I'm trying to get people to read my blog but that isn't the case - I don't make money off  it so there is no reason for me to do that.   I just want a new BCO member to have a shot at an expensive wig for free.  BCO was my lifeline during treatment and I would like to give back.  It's poignant for me becasue I had my 2nd chemo December 23 and was bald for Christmas. 

(I couldn't tolerate wigs, by the way, but I couldn't afford monofiliment and maybe it would have been more comfortable)

So, when I run the contest I'll post the link and you can enter, unless this upsets anybody and then I will just delete this post.  Please PM me if it does, no problem.

They are also sending me one to review and unless they want it back, I'll give that away too so I'll have one fresh one to give away and one that has been on my head.  I promise I have no bugs and will wash my hair first and wear a wig scullcap.

I hope this can help somebody!

Ann's cancer blog: www.butdoctorihatepink.com .....multicentric/multifocal IDC/ILC+DCIS/LCIS/ADH Official dx? "Your breast was a mess." ~UniMastectomy/Chemo/Herceptin/Tamoxifen/Recon Almost Done! Oh wait. mets to liver 5/21/11 Now Stage IV Dx 8/17/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 5, 2010 12:36PM TonLee wrote:

Hi Leah.  Thanks so much for this post.

I recently purchased lace top wigs.  You mentioned the cotton cap.  Can I wear it with lacefront wigs?  If so, would you mind recommending a certain cap or place to get them?  I am unfamiliar with them.

Thanks!

Tonya

IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+/HER2+, Skin Sparing uni-MX with TE, TCH, Rads Dx 9/14/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Dec 11, 2010 09:57PM mcdonacwho wrote:

have you called the American cancer society,I got my wigs from them for free I went there and was able to try them on also,maybe they have something in your area call them

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Dec 20, 2010 09:50AM ABonitascarf wrote:

A Great solution for the Orhodox Jewish woman and those going through hair loss is the ABonita Scarf it is made of 100%cotton for easy care and comfort and you get four looks from one scarf with not tying needed, it has a built in adjustable headband that snaps! ABonita Scarf comes with a little directions hang tag booklet that shows you how to put it on and get the four different looks just by tucking the extra fabric different ways over the built in headband. Best of all it is designed by a breast cancer survivor who felt a need for a stylish solution to hair loss and thin hair. It is popular with those with hair too as a fashion accessory. Bikers love it also because it stays on the head while riding, also those with boats and convertibles! check it out online at abonitascarf.com

Bonita Dx 12/12/2003, ILC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR-
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Dec 20, 2010 10:22AM lago wrote:

I wear scarves most of the time. I purchased a bunch from here: http://www.anokhiusa.com/
DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Dec 20, 2010 04:44PM Tundra wrote:

Leah, thanks so much for this information. I'm just looking into this. Start chemo next week. This is a great resource.

 Pinkmama, I'm in Mtl too... do you mind me asking where in Mtl you bought your wig? (I'm assuming you bought one)

35, just finished treatment for IBC, then newly diagnosed as stage 4--bone mets to the spine. yep Dx 12/13/2010, IBC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/5 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+
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Dec 21, 2010 03:30PM Shellusea wrote:

Tundra,

I bought mine at La Baie in St-Bruno, they have a good choice, the lady is nice and comprehensive.  I have a list here with all the place you can get a wig.  The Canadian Cancer Society also has wig and scarf you can burrough.

Have you gone to the Belle et bien dans sa peau? It really worth it, they gave a lot of info about the wig, about how to place a scarf, and also on nice make up and how to treat the fragile skin during treatment.  At the end they give you a gift of a complete set of make up and cream.  It is really helpfull.

Take care, Sue

IBC dx2009, Mets to lungs bones 2012. Dx 2/3/2012, IBC, Stage IV, 8/24 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 22, 2010 12:17PM Carrol2 wrote:

<<< new wig came today form wig.com I love it.

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/4/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/2/2011
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Dec 27, 2010 08:04AM CoolBreeze wrote:

Ladies, my contest is up.  I'd love somebody from this forum to win it:

www.butdoctorihatepink.blogspo...

Ann's cancer blog: www.butdoctorihatepink.com .....multicentric/multifocal IDC/ILC+DCIS/LCIS/ADH Official dx? "Your breast was a mess." ~UniMastectomy/Chemo/Herceptin/Tamoxifen/Recon Almost Done! Oh wait. mets to liver 5/21/11 Now Stage IV Dx 8/17/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 13, 2011 11:28PM citykitty wrote:

This is a great thread and I've visited it many times in preparation for wig shopping.  I'm having an awful time of it.  I'd gotten my hopes up after hearing, here and elsewhere, about getting a wig that looks like your real hair.  Well, it seems that is not going to happen for me. 

For starters, apparently I have a large head, so I can't just take something "off the rack," as it were.  I have to have a type of wig that can be stretched.  I went to a wig shop where they do that for you -- stretch, cut, and style the wig, and cut your hair when it starts falling out.  But I'm so frustrated.  I didn't get to try on many different colors or styles.  We ended up ordering a wig that is sort of close to my color, but it is still bothering me.  There is no wig that looks like my hair -- fine, thick, wavy, with a tendency to frizz.  I'm trying to treat this as an opportunity to have good hair for a change, but I don't know how to deal with hair that's a different texture from what I have.  It's taken me 49 years just to figure out my own hair, and now I have to start over?! 

I tried to come to terms with having a wig that was maybe not perfect, but good enough.  But now that the stylist has started cutting the wig, I'm even less comfortable.  I'm afraid she's cut more layers than I wanted, and you can't add hair back on after it's cut off!  It's hard enough having my real hair cut -- but wig hair is not going to grow back; you're stuck with it! 

She let me take the wig home to get used to it over the weekend, which was really nice of her.  The wig looks fine on the wig stand.  But when I put it on, I can't seem to get rid of the feeling that I look like a punk rocker.  It feels thick on top, even though she has thinned it out; yet it feels thin and flat on the sides, not like my hair at all!  It has no wave, but I assume at least that part is something she can fix.  Will have to call and ask. 

I have another appointment next week to take it back in.  And I'm running out of time...I might not lose all my hair on my particular chemo treatment, but I want to be ready!  I've been up all night over this and I'm going into chemo #2 in a few hours.  Ugh.  Sorry, I just needed to vent -- and maybe to raise a red flag that not everyone has a great experience finding a wig, even in a shop that caters specifically to women who need a wig for medical reasons.  I expected finding a wig to be time-consuming, but I never imagined it would be so incredibly stressful.  I'm ready to crawl under a rock for the next two years -- and I haven't even lost any hair yet!

Carla -- IDC .7cm; DCIS 5.5+cm. Taxol+Herceptin Jan-Mar 2011; Herceptin Apr 2011-Jan 2012; Tamoxifen x5 yrs. RMX w/TE 12/1/10, exch for silicone implant 4/22/11; implant revision for symmetry 11/19/11. Nipple-sharing recon 4/12/12; tattoo 8/23/12. Dx 9/8/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jan 14, 2011 05:28PM citykitty wrote:

And now an update to my previous post.  Long story short, I visited two more wig places today and ended up finding something I can live with, after all.  The bad news is it ain't cheap -- all human hair -- but the good news is it immediately looked and felt right on me, and that is worth an awful lot.  The stylist can even alter the color a bit for me.  After all the anxiety of last night, I'm starting to feel much more relieved.  Geez, it's amazing all the crazy issues that can set you off on this bc rollercoaster ride!

Good luck to everyone else who's wig shopping out there!

Carla -- IDC .7cm; DCIS 5.5+cm. Taxol+Herceptin Jan-Mar 2011; Herceptin Apr 2011-Jan 2012; Tamoxifen x5 yrs. RMX w/TE 12/1/10, exch for silicone implant 4/22/11; implant revision for symmetry 11/19/11. Nipple-sharing recon 4/12/12; tattoo 8/23/12. Dx 9/8/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jan 15, 2011 04:25PM lorenar wrote:

I am a new member to this site, and all of you ladies do not know how helpful you all have been. You all haven given me hope and inspiration. I star chemo on 1/24,and although I am scared I know it could save my life. I have a neighbor who is a hairdresser so this will help, also I am considering the vogue website,anyone try their human hair wigs yet?
lorrenar Dx 1/5/2011, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 17, 2011 05:25PM - edited Jan 17, 2011 05:25PM by Tundra

Just a little note to others who might be going through the wig-search journey...

 If you can: shop around (!)

 My recent experience:

Wig shop 1: synthetic wigs that looked nothing like my hair, aprox price $700

Wig shop 2: human hair wigs that still left something to be desired, aprox price: $1600 (!)

Wig shop 3: both types of wigs, VERY sweet non-pushy saleswoman, and I found a wig that looks exactly like my real hair (which is curly and brown). So in the end I found a human hair wig for $600. 

 I had been so anxious about having to wear something that didn't feel right, and shopping around (and listening to my gut instinct) really paid off!

Wishing you all the best of luck as well in your search!

35, just finished treatment for IBC, then newly diagnosed as stage 4--bone mets to the spine. yep Dx 12/13/2010, IBC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/5 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+
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Feb 17, 2011 10:44PM Cat123 wrote:

It really depends on how long you plan on wearing the wig.  I have always had long hair so I want to wear a wig for awhile.....so I opted for human hair which lasts a long time.  A cap underneath makes it more comfortable....friends of mine have complained about itchiness but mine is comfortable with the cap.  Also, you can buy a cheap wig that has 'strings' on top that are meant to be worn with hats and caps and they are about 50 dollars.  You can't wear them alone because there is nothing on top but the straps but with a hat they look great!

Cat123 Dx 7/29/2010, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 18, 2011 03:12PM lorenar wrote:

I just wanted to post for you ladies still looking for wigs, to try The Wig Emporium since it is alot cheaper than anyone else.Also gaila.com gives free hats to anyone in need and they are most beautiful.
lorrenar Dx 1/5/2011, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+

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