The Upside to Wearing a Wig

Medically Reviewed by Poonam Sachdev on October 12, 2021

Hair can be a big part of your personal identity, and losing your hair because of your cancer treatment can be devastating. While you may not have chosen a wig over your own hair, there are some bright sides to having a ready-made perfected look. 

With a good wig, bad hair days are a thing of the past. Other people may wake up and grumble about the humidity that means their hair will be a frizzy mess, but not you. Enjoy the freedom of knowing you won't have to worry about dealing with odd cowlicks that crop up because you slept in a weird position. Gone are the days of having to spend hours blowing out and heat-treating your hair to get that casual "just rolled out of bed" look. You may even be able to set your alarm clock later now. 

Wearing a wig lets you experiment with different hairstyles and colors without making a long-term commitment. If you've always wanted to try bright blue hair, now's your chance. More subtle changes can be fun, too. You can stick to your natural color but add some highlights. With a wig, your options are unlimited. 

Wearing a wig allows you to do things you might not have been able to do with your natural hair. You can style a ponytail as thick as your wrist. If you were born with fine, straight hair, take advantage of the chance to try out a plush, curly hairdo. 

Cancer treatment hair loss affects everyone in unique ways. It’s OK to grieve the loss of your hair if you want to, and it’s OK to embrace the upsides of wigs, too. Wigs are the ultimate in low-maintenance hair care, and you might even find you enjoy trying something new. 

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