There are a lot of things to think about when preparing to undergo chemotherapy. Along with other side effects, you may also be worried about losing your hair. Having helpful items ready ahead of time can help you ease into the process much more comfortably.
Along with having a strong support system and staying informed, purchasing your first chemotherapy wig before you start treatment can help you feel better prepared for the road ahead. Here are some other steps to help you get ready for your chemotherapy hair loss.
Opt for a Shorter Haircut Before Treatment
Cutting your hair shorter before treatment can help you slowly get used to the way you will look with less hair. Many men and women choose to cut their hair very short or even shave their heads before their hair actually begins to fall out. This can help to avoid the shock of clumps of hair coming out during showering or brushing.
Choose Gentle Hair Products
Using gentler hair care products before you begin treatment can help you keep your hair longer. To slow down hair loss, avoid shampoos that contain harsh chemicals or alcohol. Before your treatment, it’s also best to avoid coloring or treating your hair.
Consider Purchasing Your First Wig
Purchasing your first wig before your chemo starts can help you feel more prepared and ready to face your hair loss. Not only will you be able to match the wig to your natural hair, but you will have it ready to go when you begin your chemotherapy treatments.
While real hair wigs are often considered the best option, synthetic wigs have come a long way and now look and feel much more like natural hair. If you have the budget, you may also consider purchasing a backup wig that you can wear while your other wig is being styled or washed. Many people don’t know that insurance will usually cover some or all of chemotherapy wig costs. Additionally, the American Cancer Society often offers free wigs to cancer patients.
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious at the prospect of losing your hair. It may be helpful to join a support group of other people who are going through the same thing as you. Speaking to others who have gone through the process already may also help you feel better about it.
Chemotherapy and Cancer Wigs at Wig-A-Do
At Wig-A-Do, we understand how difficult it is to prepare for chemotherapy and the idea of losing your hair. This is why we will do everything in our power to make purchasing your wig as smooth as possible.
During your fitting, our stylists will help you try on multiple different options to make sure your wig fits you comfortably. With over 50 years of helping customers with hair loss due to alopecia, chemotherapy, and cancer, you can rest assured that we will be able to guide you through every step of the wig-buying process.
For questions about chemo wigs or to schedule a personal fitting, you can reach out to us at (856) 235-3534.