The thought of losing ones hair is frightening to most women when they are diagnosed with cancer. Wigs and Post Mastectomy of Sarasota is here to help. We have a large selection of synthetic and natural hair wigs as well as scarves, hats, and head coverings but most of all we have compassion and understanding. Tanya's many years of experience in dealing with hair loss issues has given her a unique understanding of the emotional stress that you may be experiencing.
Each person reacts to chemotherapy differently. Some lose all hair from head and body. Others experince only partial loss of head hair. Patients are generally advised to prepare for hair loss before it starts to happen.
Hair loss usually begins between 7-21 days after treatment starts. Once your hair begins to fall out, many former patients advise having your head shaved. Not only does this help to ease the itching and tenderness of scalp that may occur as your hair starts to fall out, it also can give you a feeling of control over the situation and eliminates the heartbreak of finding hair on your pillow when you wake up in the morning.
Most women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment opt for at least one wig and alternate wearing the wig with hats and scarves. Hats can be worn alone or may have bangs or other fringe hair attached. Sleep caps are often helpful to keep the head warm at night.
Your hair will grow back once you have completed treatment, however there may be a temporary change in color and texture as the new hair first grows in. In most cases you should have your own hair back in about 6 months after completing your last treatment.
Before Starting Therapy
Take photos of your current hair style.
Save a swatch from the top of your head, where the hair is lightest, in case you want to match your wig to your present color.
Use natural light-outdoors or near a window-to decide whether a wig matches the swatch.
Make sure your wig is adjustable; your head may be up to a size smaller when you lose your hair.
Tanya always tells all her ladies facing chemotherapy, " Don't cry when you lose your hair because it is proof that the treatment is working. The cancerous growth has stopped. And when it grows back, come and show me and give me a hug."
Still have questions? Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.