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Understanding Hair Loss

Women feel a personal connection with their hair and, over the years, will invest countless time and money into maintaining or refreshing their look. When a woman endures hair loss, it is a difficult experience wherein she may feel vulnerable and struggle with her identity. Clinical side effects include anxiety, fear and depression. No matter why a woman loses her hair, a little preparation and positive thinking can really help her through the transition.

If you are suffering from hair loss, it's important for you to know that you aren't alone. Today, the American Hair Loss Association reports that women account for 40% of hair loss cases, which includes 90 million women. In over 50% of these instances, the hair loss is genetic, but illness and age also commonly affect many other women.

Although admitting hair loss is affecting you can be difficult, when you are ready to consider your options, HoustonWellnessBoutique.com is your ultimate resource for information about wigs for medical hair loss. We only carry premium, trusted brands and support our products with a professional staff of experts who are available to assist you.

Preparing To Wear A Wig

Once you decide that you are ready to wear a wig, there are some steps you can take to prepare. If you are suffering from hair loss associated with cancer treatment, the American Cancer Society says you will begin to see effects within two weeks and can expect the loss to get progressively worse over time. Many insurance companies will cover the costs associated with purchasing a wig to handle cancer-related hair loss, so ask your doctor for a prescription. We recommend you purchase your wig before you begin treatment or soon after in order to get acquainted with your new hairstyle and feel comfortable.

Before hair loss occurs entirely, we advise you to cut your hair short to reduce shedding. The hair should not be shaved less than 1.5 inches long to reduce irritation when wearing the wig. You should continue to care for your scalp as normal with shampoo and conditioner to help circulation and prevent drying the skin as body washes and soaps would. If your scalp is sensitive, you can apply a facial moisturizer to ease the irritation, however, regular body lotion is too oily for use on the scalp.

Choosing A Wig

Wearing a wig for the first time can be confusing and intimidating. Not only are you managing illness, hereditary, or age-related symptoms, you now have to incorporate a new step in your daily routine. Our experts at HoustonWellnessBoutique.com along with many additional resources, can help you prepare and learn how to handle your hair loss and choose your new wig with ease.

Generally, we recommend our monotop or monofilament wigs for their lightweight comfort and ventilation attributes. For medical patients with extremely sensitive scalps may want to try the more expensive hand-tied tops because they are seamless and cause the least amount of irritation possible.

Choosing a style and color for your wig should be a fun process. Often, this gives a woman an opportunity to try new looks she has always wanted and reinvent her attitude about hair loss. HoustonWellnessBoutique.com can help you purchase your first cancer wig. 

No matter what color and style of wig you choose, it is important that you maintain a positive outlook during this journey. A negative attitude can affect your physical and mental health during a time when you need your strength. Simply ask questions and seek advice before purchasing your cancer wig and you will be sure to enjoy your new investment.

Can people tell I'm wearing a wig?

We carry wigs that are virtually indistinguishable from a natural head of hair. Whether you choose a human hair or synthetic fiber wig, today's state-of-the-art wig construction gives these wigs a realistic appearance. Today's synthetic fibers are much thinner than they used to be, and thus avoid a bulky, "wiggy" look. The wide selection of colors reflect the shades that are requested in today's better salons.

In many ways, synthetic wigs are easier to handle than human hair because the style is baked into the fiber, keeping the shape intact day after day. However, many prefer human hair because the style is not baked in, and can be changed using thermal or other styling tools used on one's own hair. Human hair wigs give you the option to style the hair straight one day and curly the next. Thermal styling tools are not recommended on synthetic fiber wigs.

What if my wig comes off?

A wig that fits your head is essential to security. A proper fit prevents slippage. Look for velcro adjustments. Most wigs have velcro on the back rim of the wig. These can be tightened or lossened for a proper fit. Ear tabs at the temples and extensions at the nape gently shape to the head, keeping the wig centered and secure. Also ask to see wigs of different sizes. Wigs come in petite, petite average, average and large sizes.

What color should I choose?

Choose a color that is as close as possible to your natural color. If hair loss is a possibility in the future, save a swatch of your own hair for a match. You can always go a shade lighter than your own hair, but avoid going darker.

What style should I choose?

Choose a style most similar to the one you usually wear, a style that suits your personality and lifestyle. If you prefer to be adventurous, you may want to use this time to experiment with that new curly (or straight) look you always wanted. If you do change your style, stick close to your own color. An abrupt change in color and style might be too startling if done all at once. We offer a multitude of looks (short, straight, long, curly or wavy) in many varied styles (traditional, trendy, sporty, sophisticated, casual contemporary, business or pure glamour).

Aren't wigs expensive?

The belief that all wigs are expensive is simply untrue. Wigs, like any piece of apparel, vary in price depending on the materials and craftsmanship. They can cost as little as $50 or more than $1,000. Some insurance companies will allow you to claim your wig. Ask your doctor to write a prescription for a "cranial prosthesis", and ask your wig professional to state the same on the sales receipt. You may want to do this at tax time as well.

Will I have to sit out in public when I try on a wig?

Our experienced wig consultants are sensitive to your needs and will do everything they can to ensure your privacy. In addition, they can help you select a style and color that's right for you, demonstrate how to put on a wig and instruct you in easy wig care methods. One last reminder, be sure to let your wig care consultant know why you are looking for a wig, so that she can direct you to a dressing room or private area when the need arises.