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Choosing and Wearing a Wig:

What should I do to prepare for hair loss?

  • Make sure you actually will need a wig. Not all chemo causes hair loss.

  • If your hair is long, consider having it cut short so that switching to a wig or other head covering will be less noticeable.

  • Hair generally falls out 2-3 weeks after your first chemo treatment. 

  • Once it starts falling out, consider having your head shaved (use an electric razor to avoid cuts).

  • This can make you feel more in control and keeps you from waking up to find hair loss all over your pillow.

  • If you still need something to catch the hair, you may want to buy a Mesh Cap.

  • You may notice that some hair may begin to grow back between treatments, but then fall out again.


Hair usually grows back about six months after chemotherapy ends. Your new hair may be curlier or straighter, thicker or finer, or even a new colour. Usually this change is short term; with time your hair will very likely go back to the way it was before treatment.


Choosing a wig

Before starting treatment:

  • Take photos of your current hair style.

  • Save a lock of hair from the top front of your head, where the hair is lightest, in case you want to match your wig to your present colour.

  • Use natural light/outdoors or near a window to decide whether a wig matches the swatch.

  • Measure your head with your hair wet or slicked down.

  • Make sure your wig is adjustable; your head size may be up to a size smaller when you lose your hair.

Choosing a colour

The choice of colour is a personal one, but there are a few general rules: 

  • As we age, a lighter colour is often more flattering and gives a softer, more natural look.

  • Chemo can make your face look pale. If you have black hair, consider choosing dark brown for a more flattering look.

  • If you’re a brunette and going grey, consider choosing a wig in a lighter shade of brown, possibly with subtle highlights.

  • White is very flattering, too.

  • Be adventurous! Now is your chance to experiment without paying for a long, expensive salon dye job. You might decide to try a wig in a new colour and be very pleased with the compliments you receive.