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1. Plan Ahead: Being prepared for hair loss can give you back a feeling of control and makes the process less traumatic. As soon as your doctor tells you that you may experience hair loss with your treatments, you should begin planning. You will want to cut a hair swatch that includes a representative sample of your hair color for safe keeping. This will make matching your hair color much easier later. Begin shopping and purchase your wig as soon as you possibly can.
2. Determine Your Head Size: Most women will wear an average cap, but there are also petite or large cap options. You will want to measure your head. We have many videos and tutorials available on our website to help you though this process. Another rule of thumb is that if you find that most hats are too big or too small when you put them on, this is another hint that you may fall outside of the average range.
3. Choose Your Hair Type: The most popular choices are synthetic hair or real human hair. Each type of hair has it’s own set of pros and cons. Many cancer patients come to us insisting that they want a human hair wig because they want the most natural look possible. We then show them a human hair wig and a synthetic wig and ask them to tell us which one is which. It’s very difficult for them to tell the difference. A high quality synthetic wig is incredibly natural looking. It’s amazing how far they’ve come. The key is to select a high quality product. We encourage our cancer patients to select a synthetic wig because they are so easy to care for. They maintain their shape and require minimal styling or skill. You can virtually just shake it, put it on and go. Many women in treatments find that the last thing they want to concern themselves with is spending hours maintaining a human hair wig, especially when they aren’t feeling well. Another benefit to synthetic wigs is that they are much more affordable.
4. Select Your Cap Type: Women will want to educate themselves on the types of wig caps that are available in order to make an informed decision. Traditional caps are made by machine and feature wefted rows of hair that are sewn together and teased at the root to disguise the cap underneath. A quality machine made cap can look very natural. Monofilament and hand tied caps feature hair that is individually hand tied to a soft mesh base. This is the more expensive option, but it is also the most natural looking and provides the most styling options.
5. Select Your Style: Once a woman has determined the size, hair type and cap type, choosing a style is an important next step. For women who had long hair before hair loss, it is often best to go a bit shorter with the wig length, as it will be easier to manage. From layers, to shags, to bobs, there are so many choices! When shopping online, women should be sure to look for the measurements given for the lengths of the strands of each wig. These measurements will give the wearer a good idea of where the strands will fall on their particular frame.
6. Select Your Color: Each wig comes in a multitude of colors. Selecting a color is the final step and is often the most difficult. However, we have been assisting cancer patients online for over 20 years and we have many tricks up our sleeve to determine the best color. Sending in a hair swatch is the best way to get an accurate match. We encourage our customers to take advantage of our expert wig consultation services so that we can assist them through this process. Our Wig Buying Guide will provide even more details for purchasing your wig online.
While we go to every length to ensure that our online swatches are as accurate as possible, individual monitor settings make it impossible to provide a color swatch on your screen that looks exactly like the true color. Our color scans will give you an impression of the overall color but the written descriptions are a more accurate indicator of what the actual color will look like in real life. We offer the following picture from Stressless Tresses to illustrate our point. This picture shows the same person’s hair in 3 different lighting settings. It illustrates how the same color can look very different, depending on your individual computer monitor or the scanning method used.
We have prepared a complete guide that walks you through some easy ways to select that perfect hair color. Please visit our Color Information Page for complete instructions.
Head size has very little to do with the overall size of a person. It is best not to make any assumptions about fit, and to take measurements. To measure your head, find a flexible seamstress measuring tape. Start at your forehead, just above your eyebrows; proceed toward one side of your head, following the hairline. When you reach the ear area, take the tape behind the ears. Follow the tape all the way around the head, meeting up at your forehead in the front. When you have that measurement, this is your head circumference. For a detailed video and instructions on measuring your head, see our Wig Buying Guide. We offer the following guideline to wig sizes:
Ultra Petite/Children – Fits heads smaller than 20 inches.
Petites – Fits heads 21 inches or smaller.
Average – Fits heads 21.5 – 22.5 inches.
Large Cap – Fits heads 22.5 inches and larger.
Approximately 90% of women will wear an average sized cap. Among the remaining 10%, the majority of these will have petite sized caps. Most wig manufacturers make very few wigs in petite caps, and even fewer companies offer large caps so if your head is outside of the average range, you will have fewer style options. For petite head sizes, if the wig is only slightly too large, you can try taking a regular needle and thread, and taking it in slightly. Do not cut the inside of the wig, but create a tuck, as you would on a pair of pants that are too large in the waist. Sometimes wearing a wig cap or cushion band underneath your wig can help with a wig that is too large. Making a wig larger is much more tricky and not recommended. For best wear and comfort, if you have either a petite or large head, we highly recommend purchasing a wig with the proper fit.
Many wig shops and tutorials will tell you to buy more than one wig. It’s important to have one wig on hand before hair loss begins as being prepared will help alleviate your fears and give you back some degree of your control. If your budget allows, it is definitely a good idea to keep more than one wig on hand. Your wig will last longer if not worn daily and a second wig can also help simplify your routine. Having more than one wig also allows you to wear one wig while washing and drying and the other to wear. If you have a heat friendly synthetic or human hair wig, keeping one curled and one styled straight can help reduce time and stress during your morning routine. Having two wigs allows you to change up your look without going through too much work, which is especially helpful when fatigue from chemo sets in. This being said, we do recommend waiting to purchase your second wig until you are certain that your first one is a “keeper”. Some of our customers end up abandoning their wig and choose to exclusively wear our hats and turbans instead. For this reason, it’s a good idea to give yourself a short period of time to determine what works actually works best for you before you purchase your back-up. Women who become accustomed to the ease of wearing a wig will often embrace the versatility that wigs allow, enjoying multiple style and color selections. Having fun with hair styles can be a bright spot in a sad situation when faced with hair loss.