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Oct 4, 2019 07:53PM
Oct 4, 2019 07:57PM
Yes I went without the cold capping too. I thought it would be very uncomfortable and I was more concerned about losing function in hands and feet (and loss of fingernails!). And the expense! I am self employed so I don't have to show up anywhere and look a certain way. But I did find GREAT wigs that I still wear, even though I now have hair. I have hard to manage curly hair and the wigs just really look so much better than my own hair would especially on humid days. Plus, I am gray now and really do want to avoid dye. In addition to worries about carcinogens, the dye was such a hassle, wigs are so much easier.
People constantly told me they did not know I had a wig on. And here is one of my secrets - cheaper wigs. The first wig I wore was actually a fall aka half wig that I already owned, I wore it sometimes if my roots were coming in. I would cover the front with a wide head band or a scarf. It was one of those Paris Hilton bandit things. It looked like a nice shoulder length blow out. No one who didn't know me, thought it was a wig. After that I bought some wigs from Forever Young which are in the 50 to 70 dollar range and in my opinion look great and very natural. My MO gave me a wig prescription and my insurance would have covered an expensive "medical wig" but I just never bothered. But if you want a free, high end wig, see if your insurance will cover one. Medicare I am pretty sure does not, but many insurances do if MO calls it a "scalp prosthesis" and you go to a wig shop that specializes. My center gave me a list of five stores to go to.
Human hair wigs can be hard to care for especially the longer ones. Give me the cheap ones, I run them into the ground and throw them away without qualms! Also, the cheaper "heat friendly" wigs have a little bit of texture to them that I think makes them look more natural. Currently, I have an expensive Jon Renau and a Noriko that cost $160 but I like my forever young wigs the best.
Eyebrows, yeah. Mine are still not all the way in. I started with thin ones from over plucking years ago but now they are worse. They were thin before but I could go without pencil if I wanted to. Now, no. They've grown in very spotty and patch-y. I am still using brow makeup. My lashes also were stubby before but now...I can barely find them (but don't fear because everyone is different, I just happen to be a sad case with brows and lashes) When I was fully bald at the cancer center, the NP asked me if I had lost my hair yet...the wig fooled her and so did my brows. Back then I was using a pencil and then filling in with WonderBrow which is fantastic in my opinion, and very smudge proof & water proof. Sometimes now I use pencil with brow powder over it or with a waxy taupe-ish "brow pomade" by elf that comes in a small jar.
Anyone who does want to look into cold capping, I think there is pinned thread here somewhere with a lot of great advice, especially if you have to "do it yourself" and your center does not have the caps on hand.
PS - About the cold gloves - you should still be able to find the Elastogel mitts for sale. Probably on Amazon. Only the slippers were discontinued.
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