Wigs Will I Need?
A wig is, simply put, an
article of clothing and wears out whether it be human hair or synthetic
hair. If an individual needs to wear a wig full time everyday, they will
need more than one. Look at it this way, if you have "only" one outfit
in your closet and you wear that one outfit everyday, full time, it will
put a great deal of wear and tear on it just from wearing it, washing
it, perspiring, etc... After a few months you will begin to notice this.
If you compare that same out fit to a new one after 3 months, you will
see the difference between them. Human hair and synthetic hair is a very
fine material which can be compared to silk or lace. On average, based
on full time wear, a person will go through 3-4 synthetic wigs or 1-2
human hair wigs per year. They will begin to fade, loose the elasticity
and look frazzled and dry. You should plan according to the amount of
time that you will be wearing a wig. For example, let's say that you are
going through chemotherapy treatments for 4 months. Once the
chemotherapy is finished, it takes approx 2 months for the hair to begin
growing back normally then it grows approx 1/2" per month. So in 10
months, you will have approx 2" of hair and will be thrilled with having
your own hair back even if it's shorter than you'd like. So between the
chemotherapy and the growing out period, you are looking at 10 months of
wearing a wig. This would mean approx 3 synthetic wigs or 1 human hair
wig. The reason that it is so important to plan this way is as follows.
A wig should be worn for a week and a half to two weeks then shampooed
and conditioned and the second wig worn for the same amount of time then
shampooed and conditioned, then the third, etc. The reason for rotating
your wigs is that this way they will wear out evenly and unnoticeable.
If you were to wear one wig every day for 3 months and hold it up to a
new one, you will see the difference and most importantly, others will
clearly notice. If you are dealing with permanent hair loss, you should
always be rotating between 4 synthetic wigs and at least 2 human hair
wigs. When one begins to look worn, simply add another into rotation and
eliminate the worn one, etc...
Best advice, plan accordingly