TRUE BALD CHICKS HAVE MORE FUN?
is up to you… I did! (and still do) I loved the ease of not having
to take care of my hair and I grew to love the response from friends
and strangers alike to my hats, wraps and henna tattoos! Variety has
become my spice of life! · I experimented with lots of hats and
head wraps. I tried on every style and color until I found what
worked the best on me. You should do this AFTER your hair has
thinned or you have shaved because they will not look or fit the
same as when you have hair.
I DEFINITELY LOSE MY HAIR DURING CHEMO?
all the drugs used for chemotherapy cause hair loss. Your Oncologist
will be able to tell you what to expect from the chemicals that you
are being given.
CAN I HELP MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH THE SHOCK?
is a good idea to get a short haircut so that you, and those around
you, can get used to seeing you with shorter hair. Major changes in
your appearance can be scary.
DO I BEST PREPARE FOR THIS?
I suggest that you save a good-sized cutting of your hair to help
you when you go wig shopping.
few close photos of your hair, cut the way you like it. And,
take a shot of your face so that you can re-construct your
eyebrows and lashes with long-lasting make up.
have time and feel well enough, try to see a wig specialist
while you still have hair, to try on styles and colors. DO NOT
ACTUALLY BUY THE WIG AND HAVE IT STYLED TO YOU UNTIL YOU HAVE
LESS OR NO HAIR. IT WILL EFFECT HOW IT FITS YOU. When you go to
the wig shop bring a friend or loved one, go out for lunch and
make it FUN!
Do buy a
lightweight cotton stretch cap and a warmer fleece hat before
you lose too much hair because you will start to feel the
changes in body heat dramatically. Have them on hand,
recommend trying on a variety of hats while you have hair
(unless they are exchangeable) because they fit differently and
they do not look the same as without hair. When you are ready
for hats visit the hat area of our site for tips on choosing
THERE ANY WAY TO PROTECT MY HAIR BEFORE I LOSE IT?
a shampoo for dry or damaged hair and cream rinse can help.
use things that will add stress to your hair like pony tail
elastics or fasteners, curlers, hot rollers or bobby pins.
use you hair dryer only on low and keep it several inches form
you head. Or, preferably, towel dry by patting gently.
a wide toothed comb and a brush with ball end bristles.
use chemical hair dyes or perms
cotton stretch caps to bed will slow down stress to the hair and
catch loose hairs.
should speak to your health care provider before starting any
changes in your grooming habits.
ABOUT THE HAIR ON MY BODY?
lost my hair everywhere! I considered not having to shave my legs or
armpits a plus! Losing my eyebrows and lashes was the worst. I feel
that losing my eyebrows is what finally made me look sick to others
and 20 years older. I spent months honing the solutions for myself.
I want to make it easier for you. Please check out Henna solutions,
long lasting make-up solutions and Brow Guides and read the article Quest
for the Elusive Eyebrow.
DO I CARE FOR MY SKIN WHILE I AM BALD?
use only a very mild soap especially on my scalp and I find keeping
the areas from getting too dry really helps, so I apply body cream
using a good body cream on my legs and arms has been necessary,
daily because of the drying effects to the skin.
are doing the "bald look thing" as I do you should use
maximum protection sunscreen on your scalp or keep your head
covered while outdoors in direct sun. During the day I use the
Senegence™, long lasting make up, MakeSense™ Foundation over
the SeneDerm™ Daytime Moisturizer "creates a mechanical
shield equivalent to a SPF 30 and smoothes out any flaws in my
have a Henna Tattoo on I try to have a lightweight hat with me
for when I can't avoid being in the direct sun.
consult your health care provider before using any products.
DO I SELECT A WIG?
will have many articles on this topic on our site in the future but
here is what I know.
important, many insurance policies cover the purchase of a wig
as a "hair prosthetic". You should call ahead to find
out if yours does and be sure to ask your doctor for a
prescription and get a receipt with your purchase.
try not to go alone. When you go to the wig shop bring a friend
or loved one, go out for lunch and make it FUN!
that you save a good-sized cutting of your hair with you to help
you when you recognize your color. If you do not have a sample,
take a few close photos of you with your hair for reference. You
won't believe how fast you forget what you looked like with hair
once you are without it.
felt well enough to see a wig specialist while you still had
hair, they should have ordered whatever you agreed that you
would like to try.
is your first visit, try them all!
to try on a variety of styles and hues to confirm your
DO NOT ACTUALLY BUY THE WIG AND HAVE IT STYLED TO YOU UNTIL YOU
HAVE LESS OR NO HAIR. IT WILL EFFECT HOW IT FITS YOU.
have made a selection you must have a qualified stylist
experienced in cutting wigs trim and thin the wig to fit your
face and personality. If the store where you have purchased the
wig does not provide this service consult a hair stylist who
does. Preferably make a first visit at no cost before you have
chosen the wig for any suggestions they may have. To find a
by asking the wig shop for a reference
your usual hair cutter if they do this, ask for the
the nearest cancer hospital or center in your area. They
usually have a "consultant who works with the physical
changes related to cancer". Ask for it just that way
then request a referral.
still stuck, E-mail us
resource you should know about to either get a wig for free or
just try a lot of styles on for size is the American
Cancer Society's wig swap program. Call the office nearest
you and ask if they have a wig collection to share. They should
and they will have a knowledgeable person who can help you. Once
it is yours you can trim it as we discussed above, to fit
if you can afford it get more than one wig. I got one that most
resembled my own hair (we call her Pam) and a cheaper,
$40.00 wig which has shoulder length hair, in my original color
that looks like I just stepped out of the shower (my husband
and I call her Trixie). It is long enough to style and play
with and warmer on a cool night as it covers my neck.
MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?
question, with lots of answers.
get fun, cheap wigs and hairpieces as low as $40.00.
range for a synthetic wig that can be a fairly successful
disguise for you baldness for $120.00 - $500.00. It is more the
length and style that makes the difference than the quality of
the hair. Another factor is the scalp it is attached to. Some
are lighter and airier feeling than others so be sure to try on
all different brands. My wig (Pam) was on the lower
really want an amazing solution and you can afford it, and/or
you have superior insurance to cover most of it. You owe it to
yourself to at least try on a human hair wig. Oh my god, my own
hair never felt as good! They range in price from $500.00-
$2000.00. The price is based on the quality and origin of the
hair as well as the length and volume
ARE THE PRIMARY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM?
$40.00 will look great to the uninformed but they will not feel like
hair to you (or your date).
In the $120.00 -$500.00 category,
If trimmed and thinned, you may be able to fool those who know you
well and even your date unless you play too roughly… They are all
easily washable and you just shake them out and set them on their
stand to dry. Promise me you will NEVER use a hair dryer on a
I tried some human hair wigs on the
other day and I can honestly say that if I could trust myself to
actually wear it on warm California days, it would be worth the
price. A human hair wig is as flexible to style as, well, real hair
but you do have to wash it, dry it and style it like, real hair.
This can be an excellent choice if you have a qualified stylist
WEARING A WIG RETARD MY HAIR GROWTH?
should consult your health care provider for answers to medical
questions. I have found that it helped me to clean the wig as the manufacturer,
your stylist or wig shop recommends to
avoid germ growth and infection. If it is a human hair wig, who
cares since your own hair may never look as good. Just keep wearing
the wig, this will also justify the investment (just kiddin'!).
LONG WILL IT TAKE MY HAIR TO GROW BACK?
can vary. You should consult your health care provider for answers
to medical questions. For me, my body hair stayed off until several weeks after
my first set of six treatments every third week. On my scalp, I had
re-growth of stubble until my 4th chemo session and I was
clean and smooth from that point on until about a month after my
last treatment. Once it began growing back I stopped shaving the
stubble and it took about six weeks until I looked like a chick with
a buzz cut and at the 3rd month people were telling me
they actually liked it!?!
THERE SPECIFIC THINGS I SHOULD DO DURING RE-GROWTH?
are a number of suggestions:
recommend you consult your health care provider regarding your
medical questions. In my case, this was a
good time to use a cream rinse to add moisture to sooth the
This is a
good time to wear hats rather than wigs because you may have
scalp sensitivity and need to remove your hat at intervals. People
will get freaked out if you have to remove your wig to scratch
are wearing a wig this is a good time to wear cotton vs. a nylon
liner to absorb moisture and cushion the scalp.
to style your hair as it gets long enough with moose, chemical
products or sprays as the hair may be a little fragile at
chemicals and hair dyes until the hair is at least 3" long,
has a more stable root and your scalp is no longer
color, when you and your health care provider feel it will be safe, use only
semi-permanent products that wash out every 4-6 weeks with
normal shampooing. Go for only subtle color changes or fill in
the gray. Do not use bleach to lighten your hair.
a hair dryer keep the temperature cool, several inches from your
head and fluff the hair with your fingers rather that pulling
with a brush or comb.
the hair on my legs and armpits started growing first and
faster. It's a bummer.
MY HAIR IS GROWING BACK IT HURTS. IS THIS NORMAL?
recommend you consult your health care provider regarding medical
questions. For me, the pain comes and goes. But the discomfort is mostly
in areas where I have sweat glands - my head, my armpits and my
private chick areas…
RADIATION CAUSE HAIR LOSS?
ask your health care provider any medical questions you might have.
ABOUT SKIN AND SCALP CARE DURING RADIATION?
recommend you consult your health care provider regarding medical
We will be doing a lot of research
in the near future to bring you more information and specific
products to help you with the effects of radiation treatments on
your skin and scalp.
In the meantime, we would like to
hear from you:
- What are you experiencing?
- What are you doing that is
working for you?
- What products are you using with
successful and safe results?
Send us an email
and let us know!