FAQs - Beauty

Where can I find a wig in my area?

You can buy wigs at hair salons, wig stores, special hair-loss replacement centers, wig catalogs and online. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or your local ACS office for a recommendation. If you are in serious financial need, you may be eligible for a wig through the American Cancer Society or Cancer Care.

Is it possible to make a wig using my own hair?

Cutting and re-using your own hair for a wig is possible, but time-consuming and costly. A human-hair wig requires quite a bit of hair – more than one person can provide. It takes several months to create and the work is often done in Asia.

A better way to camouflage short-term hair loss is to select a synthetic or human-hair wig. Most wigs can be styled to look like your own hair – and synthetic wigs have the added benefit of easy manageability. Also, due to the popularity of wigs and hairpieces, there are more options than ever before. (For more information on wigs, see Hair Help.)

Do you recommend any particular cosmetic or skincare brands to use during cancer treatment?

We do not recommend products by brand, but we do believe that mild products are best. Before adopting any skincare regimen, be sure to have your physician’s okay. (See special requirements for radiation and chemotherapy.)