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HAIR LOSS

There are many reasons leading to hair loss, yet the 3 major reasons are chemotherapy, Alopecia and Thyroid. Whatever the reason for your hair loss, choosing a suitable wig to wear while you are undergoing treatment will help you feel a lot better. Both physically and emotionally.

You do not have to worry about the wig slipping off, even if you have severe hair loss. There are special wig caps that will help prevent any itching and slipping of the wig. Wigs adhere to the wig cap and give you an extra measure of security. If you have new hair growth we don’t advise the double sided wig tape as it might pull out new hair growth.

In choosing a wig the main rule should be “Does it look good?” Selecting a wig close to your own natural style and coloring is usually the most comfortable decision. BUT, you can actually now have fun wearing styles that your own hair just wouldn’t allow. Generally speaking, monofilament wigs are more comfortable for a person with no hair, Chemo patients often have sensitive skin and wearing the ‘comfy grip’ under your wig or hat will make it more comfortable and secure.

A tip for positioning your wig when you do not have hair is to place your first three fingers together just above your brow bone and where the top edge of your index finger is should approximate your natural hairline. There are adjustment straps in the back of your wig. These may be used to tighten or loosen the wig for a comfortable fit. Without hair there are several options for keeping your wig secure. Tape, a double-sided adhesive tape is comfortable and secure. There is also a special wig adhesive tape that we can order for you. And of course the ‘comfy grip’, which is a therapeutic gel filled headband.

ILLNESS RELATED HAIRLOSS

A Healthy Attitude Has a Great Impact On the Healing Process.

Even scientific headliners have to admit that the healing process in the human body cannot be reduced to biochemistry and the associated medical protocols of pharmacology and radiation.

Feelings, especially positive feelings of hope and optimism play a vital role in the restoration of health. We all must take individual responsibility for our own bodies. The way you think and feel about yourself each day often begins with your reflection in the mirror. Wig Beauty helps you maintain a positive self-image with these wigs and hair accessories. You will be on your way to the "New" YOU AGAIN

If you have any questions please phone Barbara, wigbeauty South Africa at 011-021 3573 between 10am & 4pm

 

CANCER

CHEMOTHERAPHY is the process of administering certain, very powerful chemical preparations, either intravenously or by mouth, and is used primarily in the treatment of cancer.

The treatment typically causes various degrees of hair loss to the recipient, because like cancer cells, hair cells grow rapidly, and the chemicals kill all fast-growing cells.

Why does hair loss occur? Chemotherapy treatments are prescribed to prevent the growth of any single dividing cell in cancer patients. As hair is a single dividing cell this can affect ones hair causing partial or complete hair loss in patients. Not all patients lose their hair, but quite a large percentage do when the treatment is from the waist upwards.

The normal scalp has approximately 100,000 hairs. Some people have more, others less. 10% to 15% of your hair is in a resting phase at any given time. 85% to 90% is actively growing and susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation. The degree of hair loss depends on the chemotherapy drug, the dosage of the chemotherapy or radiation and how it is administered.

Hair loss occurs because the anti cancer drugs can also affect normal cells responsible for hair growth. This affect however, is not permanent and healthy cells grow back normally once the chemotherapy is completed. Hair loss from chemotherapy treatments occurs for a very simple reason. Hair follicles are weakened by the chemotherapy, which causes hair to fall out more quickly than it would normally. Depending on the type of treatment you receive, hair loss may start anywhere from 7 to 21 days after treatment begins. Your hair will start to grow back when your chemotherapy has stopped, but it may take 6 – 12 months to grow back completely. It may even have a different texture. Sometimes curly hair will grow back straight and dark hair can become lighter. These changes are usually not permanent.

What are the symptoms of hair loss?

Hair loss will start 1 – 3 weeks after your first dose of chemotherapy. It can take up to 8 weeks to be total hair loss. The hair loss is reversible and will grow back about 3 – 4 months after your final treatment. Sometimes the hair may even start to grow back while you are still on treatment. This does not mean that the chemotherapy is not working. Usually most of this re-grown hair may also fall out again. Hair on the head is most commonly affected but hair loss may occur on other parts of the body. The scalp may become tender and the hair that is still growing may become dull and dry. During this period wearing a comfortable wig that suits you will help boost your confidence and make you feel like the real you.

Cancer can be beaten. It is through positive thoughts and the love and support of family, friends and support groups. You can beat this disease! Talking to others who have experienced hair loss or who have professional experience will help you during this difficult period.

 

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