I lost my hair twice, once during the chemo and another time when I had the bone marrow transplant. I went to a beauty salon in my home town where you could purchase different style and colored hats and then she would use pieces of wigs to create bangs trying to match your color of your hair. She would velcro it in. I did buy a wig but I ended up liking the hats better so I never did wear the wig.
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I had found one but not sure what it was, just type in head coverings or something or maybe check that "Look good feel better" site...maybe that's where I found the info. I was never good at the scarf tying, just did my own thing but I found instructions on how to make a head covering out of an old t-shirt and did that a lot. All in all, everything is too hot here in AZ so everytime I got home I would go bald but always wore something out. I never noticed all the scarfs, hats and bald heads on women until I was diagnosed, then I saw women every day! One time at Sprouts the lady behind me even had a port!
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Great story Carol! Thank you everyone for your ideas and personal choices. I have been looking at alternatives on line. Anyone know of a website that shows you how to tie scarves? I found a website that sells scarves with directions about how to tie them but wonder if there isn;t someplace that just tells you the different ways to tie them. Cindy
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A woman I kmow from The Wellness Community had a "coming off" party the second week of her chemo where family and friends came, ate healthy treats and made a big production of shaving off her hair. Two of her grandkids were present, and when the last strands had fallen Nana brought out a bag with every color magic marker imaginable and told the kids "now give me a totally new hair do". Amidst much giggling, the children had a field day drawing grass, flowers, vines, curls, sunshine and everything else over her head. When she went out she usually wore a scarf (World Market has a great selection of long cotton scarves in beautiful patterns and colors), hat, or wig, but at home she loved being bare-headed and showed off the artwork. Every time she took a shower the markers washed off, so the kids then had to give her new pictures. She ingeniously turned what could have been a traumatic, scary experience for the kids into a joyous party - I'm sure they're going to be a bit crestfallen when chemo is done, Nana's hair grows back, and they've lost their canvas. Whatever you choose, just make it breathable, light-weight, and be sure to use plenty of sunscreen (even under scarves I know some women who got sunburned). Let us know what you decide to do. Carol
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I live in Ottawa, Canada, and had chemo in the winter. Even then, I was easily overheated and so just wore cotton caps. I never did get a wig - I was afraid I would just find it irritating and spend money for nothing. I did spend quite a bit of money on specialized "chemo hats", but never wore them because they were too hot. I was also not coordinated enough to wrap a scraf elegantly, so I gave up on scarves pretty quickly LOL! It really is a personal preference and there are a lot of options out there,. Definitely keep something on your head while you're in the sun, though, as your scalp could be quite sensitive to burning.
Good luck with everything, and keep us posted!
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As you can tell, Cindy, it is very individual and whatever is most comfortable for you. I did have a wig, and I liked it but was most comfortable in ball cap. It was Nov, Dec, Jan in Mo. and pretty cold so I did wear stocking caps outdoors but only wig to church. After I had much hair I just winged it.
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Also check out the site "Look Good Feel Better". They have these awesome free seminars for gals like us. I went to one at Thunderbird hospital but they are all over the valley. They show you head coverings and options and how to style a wig and apply makeup for chemo gals when we have not eyebrows or lashes. You get a bag of free samples and products and it's nice to be with a bunch of ladies going through the same thing.
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Hey Cindy! I live in AZ too and last summer went through Chemo. I wore a wig though I had tons of hats and scarfs. I just felt more normal in a wig and believe me, the minute I walked in my house the wig came off and i let the baldness shine! lol! What part of town are you in and where are you going to get chemo? Regardless I'm sure they are all great. We actually looked forward to it every 2 weeks. Everyone is so nice and you will get to know other patients. Good luck and have a positive attitude and it will be so much better.
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Hi Cindy, good luck with everything. I choose to go with nothing most of the time. If you suffer hot flashes at all, covering your head makes things worse. I am in Az now, but lived north when I did my chemotherapy, but for here you definitely want a hat, probably straw, to wear out. The actual hair loss can be rough as it tells the world that you have cancer! I had mine cut real short before hand and the day it started coming out in clumps I had it shaved....mainly to save mess and tears at seeing big clumps of hair fall...please keep us posted and come by any time you have questions. All of our experiences are different but the same, so we know where you are more than anyone else. Ps I loved going with no hat, it was very liberating.
I used a little bit of everything! Even though I live in Florida, I did get a wig as I was working everyday and wanted to be able to "have hair" when I wanted to. I really liked my wig, not itchy or too warm, so it was easy to plop it on each morning (plus my chemo was Dec-March, a time when it's not as hot in Florida!!)
My favorite was a baseball cap, quick and even though it really didn't hide anything, it protected my poor bald head from the sun when I would walk the dogs, and it was quick as I ran out the door. I also had skull caps for karate training, they also did nothing to hide the fact that I was bald, but did give me something, didn't want to scare the kids in class! I also had scarves which were handy, some had visors on them and a long drape in the back so I didn't feel so exposed. A friend of mine wore nothing but beautiful scarves wraped around her head and she always looked so well put together, but I was too spastic in trying to wrap and tie them....more often than not they unraveled.......I used large triangles of fabric that I could just tie in the back. I went without around the house, but not outside until I finally had some peachfuzz on my head! Just a personnal preferrence, I know lots of women who just did without!!
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I start chemo in the next couple of weeks. The oncologist has already told me I will lose my hair around the 2nd week. I want to be prepared. I have thought about wearing nothing. I don't want to wear a wig, I live in Arizona and it is too hot. What kinds of head coverings worked for you and where did you buy them. I read that silk is not good. If you went without any covering how was that? Help me out with this. Thanks Cindy
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