Charley McEwen comes back to my blog to share his advice for hair loss in this special Summer of women’s cancer support. It’s always lovely to have him join us and give us time from his very busy schedule!
Charley, what can a woman do with her hair if she is losing it or it’s thinning because of treatment, what options does she have?
She’ll be offered a cold cap most probably, in the first instance. I have been told by some that they are painful and very cold so I tend to suggest finding ways to come to terms with the loss of your hair and look at what is available to you. I know that may be difficult to accept but it’s all about looking forward and finding positive options.
I suggest getting her hair cut short and sassy, before the hair is lost. This is the right time to decide if you want to wear a wig too. I myself offer wig shaping at Bloww and many hairdressers do, just ask. If your hairdresser knows you they’ll understand more about you, your personality and what might be just right for you. You can get the wig shaped to your current style too, before you lose your hair.
You can get some really good wigs and some women decide to go really funky in style and colour. They decide that if they have to make this big change they will do it really ‘big’. And yes some women decide to have fun with this, to make the most of what has to be a tough time in their lives. It’s often all about outlook.
I recommend Hairaisers for good wigs at decent prices and of course you can look in the high street at places like Debenhams, try them on with a friend or family member that you trust. The truth is I feel the NHS wig options are currently poor, I’m sorry to say. If you feel different do comment!
Fantastic Charley and here’s some other online wig suppliers
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What about the hair growing back Charley? A time to pop a champagne cork for many women!
Yes it is and it can be a time of discovery. When the hair begins to grow back some women find it has changed texture and colour. This is a time in a woman’s life for her to embrace that it’s coming back and perhaps go short and sassy or funky. Add striking make up. Basically do whatever she wants to do, it’s all about making herself feel her very, very best!
Charley thanks for taking the time to speak to me about this sensitive subject and I just want to add that I love you’ve brought your positive experience of how women you’ve known have dealt with hair loss. I remember seeing a women at the chemo suite who was terrified of losing her hair the first time we met. I saw her a month later and she was totally confident with her new look and told me, nothings going to stop me from loving my life! Look forward to more from you in our Let’s talk hair series later in the year!
I do hope this provides some ideas and what suggestions can you add?