Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to some common questions about Look Good Feel Better.
You can click on the “Program Finder” found under Programs 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).
Yes, Look Good Feel Better is a free public service program. It’s made possible by donations from generous Personal Care Products Council member companies. 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.)
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.
Look Good Feel Better group programs are offered nationwide in hospitals and community centers. To find a program near you, visit our Program Finder. You can also call us at 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) or contact your local American Cancer Society office. For those living outside the United States, please refer to our International Look Good Feel Better programs to connect with us.
We offer Look Good Feel Better young adults programs, as well as provide an informational brochure 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.
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).
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.)
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 our New Hair Looks page.