When you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis it can feel overwhelming. A comment we hear a lot at our salon is that the chemotherapy and radiation side effect, hair loss, is one of the most difficult parts of the illness. It hurts to look in the mirror and see a sick person when you are trying your hardest to find strength.
Purchasing a wig to wear while you have hair loss may help you feel more like yourself which allows you to focus on healing. There are some things to look for when choosing a wig to wear during and after treatment.
The Type of Cap Matters
Chemotherapy and Radiation can cause scalp dryness and skin irritation. Many wigs, particularly inexpensive, synthetic wigs can be incredibly uncomfortable. You want a wig that is made of soft breathable material, ideally one that is made for medical hair loss. These caps tend to be light, soft on the skin and not too hot.
Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair
Human Hair wigs will act the most like your own hair. They have an extremely natural appearance and you treat them similarly to your own hair. Synthetic wigs have come a long way and are often preferred by patients undergoing cancer treatment because they are much lower maintenance than human hair. Synthetic wigs require less washing and often just need a shake to regain their style. Synthetic wigs are also less expensive than human hair wigs. If you are looking to have a wig that represents the closest match to your own hair, we recommend a human hair wig. If you know you won’t be feeling up to styling your hair, we recommend a synthetic wig.
Buying Online Is a Risk
There are many options available on the internet when it comes to wigs. The advantage of working with Images International is that you will be able to try on multiple colors and styles. You will be able to feel how the cap materials feel, you will be able to see how the color matches your skin tone. When you order through Images International, we take on the leg work of bringing in pieces for you to try, returning the ones you don’t like, upholding the factory warranty and customizing the piece to suit your needs. Most importantly you will work with a stylist that will partner with you on your journey. This is where the magic happens.
When you receive a wig online, you will have hair in a box. However, working with a stylist at Images will give you back yourself. Our expertise is working with each piece, styling it just the way you are used to appearing. Our stylists are trained and certified in this specialty and when you’re investing money you want the best skill level adding movement and character to your wig.
Your Insurance Might Cover the Cost
More and more we are seeing that insurance companies are covering all or part of the cost of the wig. The medical community acknowledges the necessity of wigs and head coverings in your healing journey due to their positive effect on your wellbeing. Images International is a provider of durable medical goods and therefore we can provide you assistance in filing a claim with your insurance company.
Images International has helped many men and women experiencing hair loss. Our private rooms offer a safe place to explore your options. The entire team is compassionate and strives to bring positivity to your journey.
A truly inspiring outcome of our work with cancer patients has been a train of our clients paying it forward. We helped on young mom feel her best during her cancer journey, she then paid for a friend to receive the same care. That led to money being raised to cover the cost of a wig for one of their child’s beloved school teachers. That teacher then paid it forward for a friend of hers to get a piece, and the charity continues on. To have such positive feedback and word of mouth is extremely inspiring to the entire team at Images International.
If you or a loved one are searching for a wig, Images International offers a free consultation full of education. Please call us for an appointment.