How can I find out where Look Good Feel Better workshops are located near me?
You can click on the “Program Finder” from any page on this Web site to find a workshop in your area. Type in your ZIP code to see a list of Look Good Feel Better host sites. Click on any site to get date/time and contact information. Or, you can also call your local American Cancer Society office at 1-800-395-LOOK (5665).
Are Look Good Feel Better services really free? How can you do that?
Yes, Look Good Feel Better is a free public service program. It’s made possible by our generous Personal Care Products Council member- company donors who raise more than $2 million and donate more than one million individual cosmetic products, with a value of more than $7 million. The American Cancer Society administers the program nationally, including our toll-free number (1-800-395-LOOK ) and volunteer trainings. And the Professional Beauty Association helps us recruit caring, qualified cosmetology volunteers. (Find out more about our sponsors.)
What will I learn by going to a group program that I can’t learn at home?
Group programs are step-by-step makeover learning sessions led by trained cosmetology professionals. Any questions you may have – such as how to fill in or draw in your eyebrows or how to camouflage particular types of pigmentation – will be answered firsthand. You’ll receive a free makeup kit with brand-name cosmetics to use during the session and to take home, helping minimize shopping time and expense. You will have the opportunity to experiment with various wigs, hats, and turbans in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. And, perhaps most valuable of all, you will receive the support of other women coping with cancer treatment – those about to go through it, those experiencing it, and those who’ve been there. Put all these factors together and you’ve got a pretty powerful reason to sign up for a group program. Time after time, women who considered staying home tell us how glad they are to have made the effort to come. They say that the impact on their looks and outlooks is immeasurable. And those who care about them say so, too.
Where are group programs available?
Look Good Feel Better group programs are offered nationwide in hospitals and community centers. Call us at 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) or contact your local American Cancer Society office to help locate a program near you. For those living outside the United States, please refer to our International Look Good Feel Better programs to connect with us.
Does Look Good Feel Better distribute wigs?
The Look Good Feel Better program does not distribute wigs to participants. We do offer information about proper wig selection, fitting and care for alternative head coverings such as turbans, scarves, hats, etc. Some local American Cancer Society offices have wigs banks and may be able to offer assistance to women who need, but may not be able to afford, a wig. In addition, some insurance companies cover the cost of a wig when prescribed by a doctor as a “cranial prosthesis.”
Does Look Good Feel Better accept hair donations? If not, who does?
Look Good Feel Better does not accept hair donations for wigs. We know of four organizations that accept hair donations and make wigs for those who need them. They are:
pinkbarrette.org (This organization also accepts donations of gray hair. The others do not.)
Hopefully, one of these organizations will be able to use your hair donation.
May I donate gently-used wigs to Look Good Feel Better?
Look Good Feel Better does not accept donations of gently used wigs.
How can I get Look Good Feel Better brochures to distribute at my office/salon, etc?
The American Cancer Society supplies all printed materials at the local level. For physician’s offices, clinics, salons, or other community locations, we suggest the Look Good Feel Better general informational brochure. To request free Look Good Feel Better brochures, please contact your local American Cancer Society, or call 1-800-395-LOOK (5665).
Does Look Good Feel Better have a program for men undergoing cancer treatment?
We offer Look Good Feel Better teen programs, as well as provide an informational brocure and additional online information. Though we do not offer group programs for men, we have explored how the side effects of cancer treatment affect men, resulting in an informational brochure, and video. Email us or call 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) with additional questions.
Do you recommend any particular cosmetic or skin care 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 skin care regimen, be sure to have your physician’s OK. (See special requirements for radiation and chemotherapy.)
How can an individual support Look Good Feel Better?
There are several ways you can support Look Good Feel Better. You can donate online by visiting the donation page; or you can send a monetary donation to: Personal Care Products Council Foundation, 1620 L Street, NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. You can also purchase the Look Good Feel Better scarf by Oscar de la Renta (please contact us to learn more); or you can volunteer in your community.