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Frequently Asked Questions - Wigs and Turbans

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What is alopecia?

Alopecia is the abnormal loss of scalp and body hair. The cause is a mystery, and there is no known cure. Alopecia strikes random, at any age, and affects more than two million Americans.

Do chemotherapy and/or radiation always cause hair loss?

No, it depends on the drugs given, the number of treatments, and the type of treatment.

Are there alternatives to a full wig?

Yes, there are turbans, wraps, hats, caps and scarves. Bangs and capless hair extensions can be used with turbans and hats to give the look of a full head of hair.

Are there special turbans made for sleep?

Yes, sleep turbans are available without a back seam and are made of cotton blends or nylon. They protect the scalp and help maintain head warmth for a restful night’s sleep.

Does my scalp need to "breathe?"

Yes, your scalp is very sensitive. Wear a wig with a breathable mesh cap and avoid tight turbans.

Will hair grow back after chemotherapy or radiation?

Yes, hair growth usually begins around three months after treatment ends; however, color and texture may be different. Radiation to the head usually causes permanent hair loss.

Can hair be colored or permed after it grows back?

Hair will be weak for up to six months, so be careful with coloring, perming or excessive brushing. Otherwise, manage as usual.

How do I care for my scalp?

A specially formulated shampoo which stimulates the scalp is recommended. Massaging your scalp, especially as you shampoo, also helps stimulate hair growth.