Not all people who receive cancer treatments experience hair loss, and it is a common – and very human – reaction to delay a decision about a wig, in the hope of being among the fortunate few that will not lose their hair. As difficult as it is to accept in advance the more likely outcome, we believe you should be prepared for a wig that is well fitting and natural-looking at this critical time.
Choosing a salon in which you have confidence is your first step, and this decision should be made as soon as possible. Be sure and go to the wig salon that has the largest inventory for you to choose from. It is very difficult (if not impossible) to choose the right color, length and style from a picture in a book. Your wig salon can give you the most help if they can see your hair’s natural texture, length, color and style. So, make your visit as soon as possible. If for any reason you are unable to visit a wig salon before hair loss begins, you can provide the wig stylist with a good current photograph.
Visiting your salon as early as possible also allows sufficient time to locate and order the wig you want if the salon does not have it in stock. Your better wig salons have access to top quality major manufacturers, and provide special orders services. PROFESSIONAL SALONS DO NOT REQUIRE PREPAYMENT OR A DEPOSIT ON SPECIAL ORDERS. You should pay only if what you special ordered is what you expected when it arrives.
DO NOT feel obligated to purchase a wig on your first visit. If you do happen to find the wig you want right away, be sure to get the color, number, style name and manufacturer’s name so you’ll know exactly what to ask for when you’re ready to purchase. The important issue is not to let a salesperson pressure you to buy before you’re 100 percent satisfied with your choice. Many people find exactly what they need on their first visit. The advantage of purchasing a wig as soon as possible is that you can get used to wearing and caring for the wig before your loss of hair.
Taking Someone With You
“Do I look natural?”
“Can you tell that I have on a wig?”
These are the two questions universally asked by our clientele. We’ve found that most of our customers feel better about their final selections when they have the assistance of a friend, husband or relative who knows them well enough to help make an honest judgment and answer the above questions. It is very difficult for a wig stylist that has never seen you to make a realistic judgment on how natural you look in a wig. The wig stylist can make judgments on the fit, how the style matches your facial shape, and how the color of the wig matches your skin color.
If possible, bring someone that knows you and can make a good judgment on how natural the wig looks. If you can’t bring someone with you make sure the salon is staffed with honest, caring professionals that can help you with your selection. Bring your phone so you can take pictures and text them to your friends/family to get their input. If you have a support person to assist you, be sure and ask them to make an honest judgment on:
- How well does the color match? – (Go outside and check the color in the sun.)
- Is the length OK?
- Does the style match your own style?
- You can see the front. Have someone else check the sides and back of the wig.
- Does the wig look like a wig?
Be sure your support gives you a 100% honest opinion. After the wig stylist shows you how to wear the wig, make sure — you put the wig on. Then ask your support person the above questions. If it looks like a wig, ask the wig stylist to show you technique to wearing the wig so that it looks natural. Remember that the job of the wig stylist is to give you all the information you need to wear and care for the wig.