I wanted to make sure I had a wig ready before my hair started to fall out – a comfort blanket essentially. So shortly after my 1st chemo, my mum & I went to a local wig specialist for our first experience in wig shopping. I was terrified but the minute we walked in we were greeted with huge smiles and a wealth of knowledge. They explained, with patience, the difference between real hair and synthetic, lengths, maintenance, lace fronts… it was a new world to me, but they made me feel so comfortable. I tried on a selection of wigs similar to my hair colour and must have been in the shop 3 hours before I made my decision! I left with a lace front real hair wig and a shorter synthetic one with a fringe. The lace front wig is fabulous, the way it is made gives you a realistic hairline and you wouldn't even be able to tell it was a wig! The synthetic wig is also amazing, I was advised to get one with a fringe to avoid people seeing the hairline as it isn't as realistic without a lace front.
I first noticed my hair falling out on the day of my 2nd chemotherapy. First it fell out in small amounts but over the coming week or 2 I really started to notice a difference. My hair thinned a great deal, my hairline receded and I could start seeing parts of my scalp. I used social media a lot to see what others were doing to cope or at what stage they 'braved the shave' which really helped as you can reach out and get advice. Personally, I tried to hang on to my hair, I cut it shorter and wore lots of hats to disguise my hair loss! I really struggled mentally with the notion of losing my hair until one morning I woke up, realised I wasn't fooling anyone and got my other half to get the clippers out!