1. Many women say that the most devastating and obvious change they experience from chemotherapy is hair loss. What advice would you give women on how to create a chic easy to maintain hairstyle, when they are starting to lose their hair due to cancer treatment?
I think one of the most important tips at the start is to keep a positive outlook and surround yourself with advisors you trust whether it’s your hairstylist, colorist, best friend or daughter. They can help you make the right decisions. We have a wealth of amazing beauty resources to help you get through this difficult time and hair loss is almost always temporary.
For thinning hair or minimal hair loss, try a shorter style with slight layers which can add extra fullness to the hair. You can also try experimenting with hot rollers too add some height at the roots. If you color, try a shade lighter than your normal color so it doesn’t show the contrast of the scalp.
If hair loss is extreme, you can choose from a large selection of stylish ready-made or custom wigs available through salons and wig stores. Today there are salons that specialize in wigs and hair pieces especially for clients experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy. The key is to locate a hair stylist or wig specialist who is skilled on the art of wig styling. One who will make you feel comfortable, relaxed and confident. Ask around for recommendations and find out where people have had the most positive experience.
2. If a woman chooses to purchase a wig to camouflage hair loss during cancer treatment, what should she look for?
Wigs are available in many options such as custom made to ready to wear, natural or synthetic textures, color and style. Educate yourself before you make a purchase, as prices vary.
The first step should always be a personal consultation with either your hair stylist or a wig specialist. I suggest bringing a photo of you from a great hair day. This will give some guidance to the style you may want to create when selecting a wig. If you find a wig with the perfect color and texture, a wig specialist can cut it to match your look.
Most wigs look natural today, even the synthetic ones which are less expensive. Keep in mind that human hair requires more care, and will have to be washed and re-set from time to time depending on use. The focus should be on finding a style that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
3. When it comes to wig color, how should you go about picking a color that will enhance and brighten your complexion?
Consult with your colorist and pick a shade that will be best for your complexion. I would suggest trying a wig in a shade lighter than your natural color. Some women find that it brightens their appearance and offsets changes in their skin.
4. What are some of your suggestions for stylish alternatives to wearing a wig?
If you want to take a break from your wig, you are running late or want to change your look a little…I love a head scarf on a woman. It can be a very chic look. Think Jackie O with a gorgeous scarf rich with color and a big pair of glasses. A classic style. There are endless ways to tie them. For different scarf tying techniques visit the Look Good Feel Better Beauty Guide section. For additional ideas visit Playtime With Your Scarf on the Hermes Web site. There are also some amazing hats available that can disguise hair loss. Use this time to experiment with your style and have fun... Keep it classic and look online to see how past fashion icons have worn hats and scarves.
5. Once your hair starts to grow back after cancer treatment, what are your suggestions on how to keep it healthy?
It’s important to moisturize your hair with a light conditioner. Allow the conditioner to sit on the hair for extra time and massage the scalp to relax the cuticles.
6. If a shorter haircut is your only option, what are some styles that you would recommend to make it fashionable or trendy?
I suggest a short bob like Halle Berry’s current style or a classic like Louise Brooks. Keep it short and all one length to give the impression of more body. Use moisturizing products and do regular hair masks to help maintain healthy hair.
7. When shopping for wigs women sometimes want to experiment with fun new styles that normally they would not wear. What guidelines would you follow when picking new styles that complement your face shape/structure?
I always believe in keeping it modern and classic. You want a style that suits your face structure and personality best. I would stay away from being too trendy, as you want to try and feel like you at your most beautiful and elegant self
Renowned style-maker Frédéric Fekkai is one of the most celebrated names in beauty and hairstyling. Acclaimed for his modern, individualistic approach, Frédéric has made an indelible mark on the beauty and fashion communities with his innovative styling, exclusive salons and luxurious hair care products. For more information visit: www.fekkai.com.