Yes, children can wear wigs, and there are wigs made especially for children. Although we commonly associate wig usage with adults, there are many children who wear wigs also.
One of the most common reasons a child might wear a wig is due to medical-related hair loss. Wigs can offer comfort, confidence, and a sense of normalcy. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to choose and care for children’s wigs.
Reasons Children May Wear Wigs
Health issues like alopecia and cancer are among the most common reasons children wear wigs. Unfortunately, an estimated 400,000 children around the world develop cancer each year. Those who treat cancer with chemotherapy may experience hair loss. And pediatric alopecia areata affects about 1 in every 1,000 children and teens.
Hair loss for a person at any age is difficult, but it can be especially difficult for children who are still finding themselves self-conscious about their condition and may not fully understand or accept the reasons for their hair loss. Wigs are an effective solution for children with these medical issues.
The process may be scary for some children. It’s important to explain the process and what will happen to your child to remove some of the mystery and uncertainty. It also helps to work with a caring and compassionate wig stylist, like those at Wig-A-Do.
Hair and Scalp Health
It’s important to protect the child’s hair and scalp health. Wigs with medical-grade silicone can help to keep the wig in place and are gentle on children’s sensitive skin.
Another way to protect your child’s hair and scalp health, as well as to prolong the lifespan of the wig, is to wash it regularly and take good care of it.
Clean the wig under cool running water. Apply a wig-safe shampoo stroking the shampoo through the hair. Then gently rinse the wig under cool running water. Gently squeeze the hair to remove excess water and allow the wig to air dry.
What is the Best Wig for My Child?
The type of wig your child wears depends on many conditions, such as the reason for needing a wig, their lifestyle, and personal preferences.
You don’t want to choose a wig that’s too heavy since it may cause discomfort. Children also tend to be fairly active, and a heavy wig can make them hot. In recent years, wig technology has developed to create wigs that won’t slip or fall off due to your child’s active lifestyle.
Experiencing hair loss is a difficult situation for a child to go through. Working with a wig stylist and allowing your child to choose a wig style and color that they like can make the transition to wig-wearing easier. Consulting with a stylist will also allow you to get a custom fit. If the child looks good and feels good, it can help restore their confidence and self-esteem.
Wig-A-Do salon in Mount Laurel offers a wide selection of wigs for children and a team of caring and professional stylists to help you find the perfect, well-fitting wig for your child. Call us today at (856) 235-3534 to schedule a private consultation.