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On choosing a wig

How I Chose the Perfect Wig To Wear During Breast Cancer Treatment

This is a story from a special lady who shares her experiences in choosing a wig.

Here is one excerpt;

My Most Embarassing Wig Moment:

I’m not very tall, and I was walking through a crowd at a party. Some of the taller people in the crowd squeezed their way past me and wooosh! my wig almost got dragged away with them. Fortunately, my friends were fast and rushed over to literally smack my wig back down on my head.

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Hair loss has many causes, including birth control & child birth

It is normal to have hair loss every day. But when the hair loss exceeds normal hair regeneration then you have a problem. Hair loss can be caused by various hormonal issues, such as use of birth control pills and child birth. However, there are many other causes. This article explains many of the causes of hair loss. here is an excerpt;

“Since hormones both stimulate hair growth and cause hair loss, hormonal changes by far have the biggest impact on hair loss. These can affect both men and women in the following ways:

This is the most common cause of thinning and affects both men and women. Men generally have hair loss concentrated in a specific pattern from the front through to the crown. Women tend to have thinning throughout their head without being in any specific pattern. This type of hair loss is caused by the androgen DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone. Since everyone has DHT that is produced by their bodies and only some people suffer from hair loss there has to be another factor involved. This other factor is having follicles that have a greater number of Androgen receptors for the DHT to attach to. This is the component that is inherited through the genes. To date the most effective preventative treatments are anti androgens, drugs that prevent the creation of DHT. In the future gene therapy will one day be able to alter the genes to prevent the follicles from being affected by DHT.

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Helping Cancer Patients Shop for a Wig

Facing cancer is a tough prospect. It is particularly difficult for women because it often involves hair loss. The site LymphomaInfo.net offers some great information for a prospective cancer patient on choosing a wig. An excerpt;

Ordering a wig before you start to lose a lot of hair has some advantages. Most importantly, your stylist can help you find a style and color similar to your own hair.

The American Cancer Society offers these wig-buying suggestions for chemotherapy patients who will suffer from hair loss:

  • Save a swatch of your own hair to use for matching.
  • Use natural light–outdoors or near a window-—to decide whether a wig matches your swatch.
  • Measure your head with your hair slicked down.
  • Make sure your wig is adjustable; your head size may be up to a size smaller when you lose your hair.”

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Losing your hair? Be sure to see a doctor

There are many “miracle” cures available for hair loss. Unfortunately, even after spending hundreds and thousands of dollars, none of those “cures” seem to work. For women, hair loss is particularly difficult. The New York Times recently published an excellent article on the need to to see a Doctor if you are experiencing hair loss. here is an excerpt;

“No one wants to lose their hair, but for women it is especially traumatic. Men can shave their heads and look hip, even sexy. Most women don’t want to be bald. Though it is more common — and visible — in men, many women lose their hair. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 30 million women in this country have hereditary hair loss, compared with 50 million men. But many additional women experience thinning hair that results from menopause or health problems.

If your hair is coming out, be advised that of the multitude of treatments on the market for women, few are worth your money, says Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Americans spent an estimated $176 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.”

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