What Are the Hair Replacement Options for Cancer Patients?

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Adam Bennet

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Cancer hits your life like anything where Friday nights out become Friday nights in, you start to avoid crowds due to germs, and you isolate yourself from people a lot of the time becomes suffocating. As a bubbly and outgoing person, it was probably the hardest part.

But do you know what was the most challenging part?  You start to look physically different, looking in the mirror without hair you understand that now you look different and that different hurts!

But does that make you less confident? Definitely not! In fact, it will make you stronger and a fighter. 

Remember, we are with you every step of the way in this journey, offering support through our hair system and helping you regain not just your hair but also your confidence.

What are the different types of hair replacement options for cancer patients?

There are various hair replacement options available that provide a means to restore confidence and appearance during treatment.

Here you will find the listicle for the same:

Full wigs: Full wigs are a popular hair replacement option for cancer patients facing significant hair loss during treatment.

These full wigs cover the entire scalp, providing a natural and seamless appearance, and at the same time, they come in various styles, colors, and materials.

Hairpieces ( Patches, toppers, and partial wigs):  Hairpieces, including patches, toppers, and partial wigs, offer targeted solutions for cancer patients experiencing hair loss in certain areas only.  

Patches or toppers are smaller units designed to cover specific areas of thinning or baldness.

Partial wigs provide coverage for a portion of the head that also gives a natural appearance as per individual preferences during cancer treatment-induced hair loss.

Toupee hair system: The toupee hair system refers to a small type of hairpiece, made out of synthetic or human hair, made to be worn at the top of your scalp to cover areas that are affected by hair loss( Cancer) 

Custom-made hair system : The custom-made hair system is purely made based on the needs of a Patient. 

Custom-made hair systems for cancer patients dealing with treatment-related hair loss provides a sense of normalcy and confidence during a challenging time. 

Hair extensions: Hair extensions are not a permanent hair replacement solution, extensions can provide a quick and customizable way for cancer patients to achieve the desired look during and after treatment.

What are the factors that should be considered for choosing hair replacement options for cancer patients?

1. Examine the stage and type of cancer

There are more than 200 types of cancer in the world and each one of them asks for a different treatment and care.

So first understand your type of cancer, and its stage, and then consult with your medical team to understand the anticipated effects on your hair, including potential thinning or complete loss.

Knowing the expected changes will help you make informed decisions about the type of hair system that best suits your needs during and after treatment.

2. Choose as per your lifestyle and preferences

While opting for a hair system it is very much important to look after how you live your life and what you prefer in there!

Factors such as comfort, natural appearance, ease of maintenance, and desired hairstyles all play a significant role.

If you live an active lifestyle, you may prefer a secure option of a hair system.

Understanding your priorities will guide you toward a solution that aligns with your daily routines and preferences.

3. Analyse budget

The cost of nonsurgical hair replacement options may differ as per the needs & preferences. 

Before making a decision consider checking your insurance coverage to determine if any aspects of your chosen option are covered or not.

At the same time start looking for other affordable alternatives such as second-hand hair systems.

Understanding the financial point ensures that you choose an option that not only meets your needs but is also within your budget limit.

4. Check if you have any scalp sensitivity

Cancer treatments usually make your scalp sensitive and when you choose to wear a hair system it may create an issue. 

For all safety purposes, it is crucial to consult with your medical professional to understand your scalp’s condition and potential reactions to different materials.

5.Choose a hair system that supports you emotionally

When you choose a hair system consider not only the physical aspects but also see how well a hair system contributes to your emotional well-being.

Explore and try different looks and styles to find and check what makes you feel confident and comfortable, that is the most important thing. 

Key points related to hair replacement for cancer patients who faced chemotherapy treatment

  • Prepare yourself emotionally by discussing anticipated hair loss patterns and timelines with your medical team.
  • Regularly consult with your healthcare team to get insights into your treatment's impact on your hair and scalp health.
  • Explore different hair replacement options based on your preferences, such as full wigs, partial wigs, or custom-made hair systems.
  • Acknowledge the emotional impact of hair loss and experiment with different looks to find a style that makes you feel confident.
  • Be patient with the post-chemotherapy hair growth process.
  • Follow recommended maintenance routines for your chosen hair replacement option.

Conclusion: We are in this together!

In the journey of cancer treatment, understanding the importance of hair replacement options is not merely a physical necessity but an emotional support. The emotional impact of losing one’s hair can be intense overall affecting self-esteem and overall well-being.  

Choosing the right hair replacement option is not just about finding a practical solution but it’s about restoring a sense of normalcy, regaining confidence, and reclaiming a part of oneself that cancer may attempt to take away. Visit us today and get your confidence back.

Author Profile

Adam Bennet

Adam Bennet is a Certified Trichologist at IHS Hair replacement with over 21 years of Unbeatable experience. Throughout his remarkable career, he has successfully completed an impressive 8000 hair replacement systems. Adam is dedicated to transforming lives and boosting self-confidence so that one can live with all the pride and confidence. Adam Bennet has served over 800 satisfied clients and still-counting, while helping them get their natural appearance and emotions back with all the pride and confidence.

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