Cancer Hair Loss
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
– Dr. Wayne Dyer
Let me begin with the fact that not all chemotherapy causes hair loss, but if you are one of the millions of women going through this journey, I want to tell you that you are not alone and that there are wonderful resources to help you manage the effects of the process.
Realistic options can help your peace of mind and in sharing this information about how to cope with hair loss and how to find and wear wigs, I hope I can help all of you who may be struggling with this condition, regardless of the medical cause.
New information will be added to this site on a regular basis; this will include:
- Live chats
- New stories from women, just like you, dealing with hair loss and still living their dreams
- The newest health-enhancement products being tested and their benefits
- How to make wigs and alternative hair work for you
- How to live a normal life physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually from those who are dealing with hair loss and making their lives work successfully
- Tips from famous and devoted stylists who are committed to assisting me in the process of creating peace of mind for all of us who may be dealing with this condition, and so much more.
The most frustrating factor in the world of hair loss is the all confusing and conflicting information in the marketplace. My intention is to create more clarity for all of us who may
be faced with hair loss or are currently living with some form of this condition.
I am open to any suggestions you may have and will do my best to answer your concerns. I consult one of the many physicians I work with for answers that are beyond my scope of knowledge. Feel free to send me your concise note to: HairIQ@CreatedHair.comand I’ll try to get you whatever information I can find for you.
Thank you for having the courage to be proactive – it’s the only way we can go from feeling like a victim to being victorious over any condition.
Before You Begin Chemotherapy:
How to Find a Wig and Feel Comfortable with The Transition.
Don’t Be Afraid to Honor Yourself.
First of all, for those of you who choose not to wear anything on your head, I honor your decision. Each woman must decide for herself how she is most comfortable meeting the world. Although I consult with women all over the country and have shown myself without hair in the media, including People Magazine, I am still on my journey and am not totally comfortable in public without my wig… and my head is always so cold.
If you do choose to wear a wig there are a few things I can recommend that will assist you in moving through this process more easily:
Before you get your wig; cut your hair as short as possible (you might even consider a “buzz cut”). This will make wearing the wig easier and a lot more comfortable. Especially in the warmer summer months. Also seeing your hair on your pillow and in your sink can be emotionally taxing. Cutting your hair as soon as your hair loss begins and having the tools nearby like a good “authentic looking’ wig that makes you look and feel like “you” again, will allow for a much easier transition.
Patience with the process; Keep in mind that you are putting something foreign on your head that will take some getting used to. It may feel hot or itchy depending on what the base of the cap is made of.
For this reason it’s important to buy a wig with a monofilament cap. “Mono Caps” or “Scalp Top Caps”, as they’re often called, are lighter, have more breathability so they won’t cause so much perspiration, and they look like your scalp with an actual part showing that gives a more natural look.
CreatedHair.com Designs and Cyberhair wigs have been born out of my own significant personal experience and the need for style, comfort and discretion. These designs are the lightest on the market and made with a special cap design that I know works. My wigs include all the qualities I mentioned above. The First Women’s Swim Wig and Intimacy System, featuring the revolutionary Cyberhair® allows you to have an active lifestyle more easily while wearing wigs.
The most important thing to remember is to listen to your gut instinct about the type of wig in the style and color you want. If you want to stay close to your own look then do that, If you want doing something different then let yourself have the freedom to do so. If you’re going through treatment the one thing you have control over at the moment is your wig, so have fun with this process.
Women are extremely intuitive and we always know what’s right for us..if we take the time to listen.
When Picking Your Wig;
Try not to let your emotions get in the way when deciding on your correct style, color and fit. I know that’s a lot to ask, but I know you can do it. It’s important in making the right decision for yourself and one that will give you peace of mind later on.
Just make sure you take the time to pick your colors and make whoever is working with you aware that you are going through chemotherapy and that you will need to request a light weight wig base. Also, be sure to request that they not put too much hair into the wig. No more than five to six ounces of hair is needed to make a shoulder-length wig. More hair is obviously needed for longer hair. More if you want a heavier look. The most widely used hair is Russian, Italian, European and Indian hair.
Deciding on Color
Deciding on Color; Make sure you’re in good “natural” light (outdoor light being the best), so you can judge the color correctly. Florescent lighting can throw off the hue and not give you a correct color reading. Don’t think because our bathroom light or makeup mirror is so bright that this allows for correct reading of color hues because it doesn’t.
Keep your piece on for awhile and really try to tune into how it feels – which is most important since you’re going to be wearing this for hours a day. It should be snug but not give you a headache. Many prefer to wear a wig cap or velcro strip to keep the wig on.
Luckily, we are capable of adapting when necessary and for many of you this will be a bit of a challenge in the beginning. However, usually within a couple of weeks you’ll feel much more at ease, especially as you realize that you’re able to leave the house looking perfect within minutes! This is the part I love most.
Synthetic wigs range in price from $100 to $800 and will be the easiest to take care of as they usually dry faster when washed than human hair wigs and, if they are made well, will have “Memory Stay” and go right back into original shape when dry thus removing any maintenance. I suggest synthetic pieces and Cyberhair to my clients who are going through treatment as it adds a level of simplicity at a time when it is greatly needed so your focus can be placed on healing.
Human Hair wigs range in price from $1500 to $10,000 depending on the type of hair, base cap, materials used, length and color and where it’s being manufactured. If made well, the wig maker/ designer can match your hair perfectly and these wigs can be a wonderful alternative for those of you looking for complete discretion. Here at CreatedHair.com we can do just that for you. If you find that you would like something different than the color ring we offer, then feel free to send in your human hair sample and we’ll match it.
There are wonderful alternatives for women who don’t want to wear a wig all the time. Hats with Hairwhich is made with a base that is hairlesson top with hair attached from the temples down that you wear with a hat or scarf. Head Bands with Hair has hair attached to a headband.
Call To Order
877 FOR WIGS (367-9447)
Just call the CreatedHair office to inquire on what’s available ready-made and to place your order for a Custom Made design in your size and color.
Keeping Your Perspective. What We Think, We Create.
Throughout this journey with hair loss, do your best to keep in mind that this is a temporary process. In times when my hair loss has affected me most, I have done two things:
1. I have forced myself to get out of the vicious emotional cycle by first stopping and taking a deep, conscious breath and then, second, releasing the passing thoughts of fear.
2. I have immediately reminded myself of the things I am most grateful for: whether they are the sometimes overlooked gifts of sight, hearing, walking or breathing-or for the loved ones in my life. Somehow that has always gotten me through the challenging moment and allowed me to be released from it and move beyond it.
Keep in mind that transformation can happen in an instant. When we change our perception we change our reality.
I trust this information will support you, as I believe you now have the tools needed to attain peace of mind while on this part of your journey.
I wish each of you, every success.
Amy Gibson, Founder/Client
“Every time I have visited, called and communicated with createdhair I have felt so valued, safe and taken care of. Amy has gone above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and satisfied with my purchases. Ive bought more than 5 pieces now.”
Georgia Van C.
“Amy is amazing!! Not only is she a talented wig maker, but she instinctively knows what will look good on you. The first wig I tried on was it. All it needed was her very skilled wig stylist, Vika to personalize it just for me. It suits me perfectly and I get compliments wherever I go. No one even thinks it’s a wig. I highly, highly recommend Amy.”
“Having suffered from hair loss for my entire adult life has led me on a search for finding a wig stylist who can provide natural looking hair. I’ve struggled with this search for years until meeting Amy. I cannot begin to say enough great things about Amy! She has a perfect balance between doing what I wanted as well as lending her opinions for a great hairstyle. She cares and now my search has finally ended. Thank you Amy I love my new hair!”