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Wigs and other headwear can help to improve your confidence during and after hair loss. There are many options available to suit your needs.
The idea of wearing a wig may worry some people as they imagine them to look quite unnatural. However, this is no longer something that patients have to worry about as wig-making techniques have become more sophisticated so they look much more natural and can match your original hairstyle more easily.
The NHS makes provision for the supply of wigs to people who need them in order to help cope with medical hair loss. Choosing a wig can be daunting especially when faced with the prospect of losing your hair, but it is good to consider whether you want to go with a wig similar to your current hair or perhaps go with a different style or even colour. It may help to take someone with you when choosing a wig and even practicing wearing your wig in your own home, so that you get used to how it feels on your head in preparation of wearing it out.
There are two main wig options to consider:
Synthetic fibre wigs are pre-styled and available in a range of colours. When they are washed correctly they return to their original style so don’t need to be restyled every day, and the colour is less likely to fade meaning they are easier to look after. They can last from 9-12 months, but this can depend on the length, as longer styles may result in ‘friction frizz’ from clothing.
Human hair wigs can be heat styled to exactly how you like it. This means they require more attention just like your normal hair would and the colour can fade. They do not frizz like synthetic wigs, but can be more difficult and require more time to manage.
Some people may decide to use a hat or headscarf instead of a wig. These can include regular hats and scarves. People may choose this option, as it offers flexibility in terms of changing the headwear dependent on the temperature, your environment and even your clothing. Whereas some wigs can become hot and cause a rash on your head if they rub.
Some people decide not to use wigs and instead decide to use bigger and bolder make-up and jewellery as their prominent feature instead of their hair. However, if you opt for this option you have to be careful when going outside as the skin on your scalp can be very sensitive, especially in the sunlight. So you should take precautions to protect yourself if you choose not to opt for a wig or alternative headwear, for example, wearing sun cream and moisturising your scalp.By moisturising your scalp frequently stops it from becoming dry and itchy.
You could also try wearing a scarf at night as we lose a lot of heat from our head so this often stops people waking up at night feeling cold.
Published: Feb 2016
Next planned review: Feb 2018