Many people with hair loss often caused by alopecia or cancer chemotherapy prefer to wear a wig. In recent years, wigs have improved greatly and it is no longer painfully obvious that someone is wearing one. There is an excellent selection of wigs for all occasions. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) will supply a wig if a consultant or doctor considers it necessary. These are free of charge for hospital inpatients, for under 16s, for 16–18 year olds in full–time education and for those receiving income support or family credit. People on low incomes may get some help towards the prescription cost. Also, they are VAT-free if required for medical purposes. Many suppliers are NHS recognised and happy to help with the process.
Synthetic wigs are lighter than real hair and look extremely natural. And there are hundreds, if not thousands, of styles to choose from. They can be washed and come pre-styled, so their hairstyle stays in shape after washing. This is very helpful if you’re very tired from medical treatments. It does not matter if an acrylic wig is worn in the rain and they’ll never lose their shape. Acrylic wigs can be obtained quickly as they are affordable and stocked in wig salons. They should be replaced once or twice a year. Most people have two: one to wear and one to wash. For totally bald heads, you can buy grips or special adhesive tape to stop the wig slipping, and some women also use them for extra security. The most important is comfort so try a few on for size and style!
A few tips about wigs
If you decide to buy your wig in person from a wig salon, find one with a private fitting room so you’re more comfortable. Bring friends or family along for support
If you buy online, you can try on your wigs in the privacy of your home
You will probably feel you look very odd (even though you don’t) in the first few wigs you try on – especially if you try a new style/colour or if you have not seen yourself with hair for a while. Wear the wig around the house for a while to get used to it
You could try a style similar to your own so it’s easier to get used to. Persevere until you find one you like
Each time, make sure you put the wig on properly – it is quite easy to put a wig on backwards (the tapes to adjust the size will be at the back)
At home, take care of your wig while not wearing it. Use a wig stand to preserve the shape of the wig
Remember that at a party you will not be the only one wearing something false. What about makeup, false nails, tans and teeth?
Choosing a style and colour
You might feel comfortable choosing a style and shade that matches your own. But it doesn’t have to be identical. Most wigs come in dozens of shades including natural looking grays. When in doubt go a shade lighter or warmer to brighten your features.
Consider your lifestyle
What does your day involve? Will you be wearing your wig everyday? Be sure to keep your typical daily or weekly activities in mind when you try different wigs. Remember synthetic wigs are lighter and easier to manage if you’re tired or busy.
Take this opportunity to have the hair you always wanted. Try on as many styles as you like. Some wig salons may provide a customizing service that will ensure you get the look you want: confident and stylish.
Information provided by Natural Image at Daxbourne International Ltd.