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wearing wigs at home

Postby midlifemom » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:35 pm

The first wig I purchased I was told to avoid heat like curling irons.
The second wig, from a different place, said I shouldn't wear it at home because the heat from just opening the oven door can cause it damage.

Do folks wear their wigs at home?
Who has experienced wig damage, and from what?

My 'hair thinning' after almost a year on folfiri, some with Avastin, has now left my hair so thin it's time to do something to cover it up.

Any wig tips? Or is it easier to just start purchasing scarves? (I don't like hats)

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Re: wearing wigs at home

Postby Lee » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:45 pm

I didn't get as far as your did. I didn't have to consider a wig, BUTT my daughter was super embarrassed with my frizzie hair while on chemo. I know a few people who shaved there heads and left it at that. A girlfriend had breast cancer, she lost her hair with the 2nd treatment and decided to go that look until she finished chemo. She actually looked good balded.

Maybe something to consider.

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Re: wearing wigs at home

Postby Sharon Brent » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:09 pm

Hi, my husband shaved his head when he was on Chemo but also had quite a few caps and hats that were some what his trade mark look even before going bald. (I know you said you don't like hats)

Also a somewhat unusual thought as I am currently in Nigeria is a head wrapper or head tie, not just a scarf but it looks more elaborate and fancy, it can be any type of material to match your clothes
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Re: wearing wigs at home

Postby JDinNC » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:10 pm

When I was on Folfox, my hair got really thin and lifeless. I bought two wigs but only wore them when I went out. My wigs wearing time was during the winter so I can't answer your heat problem BUTT I would think the newer wigs are safe. If you haven't already..go to http://www.tlcdirect.org, they have a great selection of wigs, hats and scarves at very reasonable prices.

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Re: wearing wigs at home

Postby orcasres » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:48 pm

When I was on FOLFOX I lost about 95% of my hair. I tried a wig, but hated it, so I started using hats and scarves, even in the house. I had enough wisps of hair on the edges that scarves worked very well. I ordered them from the American Cancer society. Lois
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Re: wearing wigs at home

Postby Jachut » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:54 am

I'd give up cooking. Problem solved.

I didnt need a wig as I had no hair loss on 5FU, but if I'd lost hair, I most definitely WOULD have worn a wig. All. The. Time. Seriously, my hair drives me nuts and i was looking forward to all those good hair days! I think its going to depend entirely on what sort of wig you buy. Human hair will not be damaged by the oven! Or you simply buy a synthetic one that can be styled with heat tools, there's loads of them. A wig so delicate that you can't stand in front of the oven isn't worth purchasing.

I wore a wig a week or two back for crazy hair day at school. It was the most awesome mullet. As coincidence would have it, we did cooking that day at school and I did in fact open an oven. No damage and that was a $15 wig.

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Re: wearing wigs at home

Postby musicluvr » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:21 am

After losing 95% of my hair, I finally let my husband shave it all off. Best decision ever. I wear caps at home and to bed as I just can't seem to stay warm enough with my scalp exposed. I got a wig thru American Cancer Society, 100% human hair, that I put on whenever I leave the house. Just my preference. Synthetic wigs is what you have, as they cannot withstand heating appliances AT ALL.
Hope this helps!
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