Should I buy a backup wig?

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From a customer e-mail:

I was wondering if you think I might need a backup one of my current wigs before I start chemo next Friday?

I think having a back up wig is a must.

I always have a few on hand, even when I am traveling. Even if I were packing light, I wouldn’t travel with fewer than maybe three, to put it into perspective. Now, that isn’t to say they’re all expensive. Most of the wigs in my collection are actually wefted or partially wefted. I only own two completely hand-tied wigs because I, like most people, like to save money when possible. 🙂

So yeah, I think you should get the spare. It couldn’t hurt. Whether or not you get the same thing that you already have is completely your choice! Everyone is a little different.

Some more things to consider:

  • It will take a little while for your hair to grow back even after the chemo is over. You may want to wear the hair a little longer than you are planning just to give your scalp time to heal and your hair some time to regrow.
  • Are you doing radiation too? I have heard from many clients and my aunt (who is a two-time breast cancer survivor) that radiation makes your hair come back a little lighter and more coarse than before. If that is the case, you may want to have the wigs just a little longer until you have adjusted to styling your hair after it comes back in.
  • New wig wearers are notoriously hard on their “helper” hair. You may want a spare just in case you accidentally ruin your wig for a lack of knowing how best to care for it. There is definitely a bit of a learning curve in effect here!

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  1. Patricia Pritchett
    September 7, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I always have a backup, and sometimes a backup for the backup. I started with the wefted wigs, then went to side mono, then full mono…NOW its getting rediculously expensive, but, the comfort of the full mono is so worth it. I dont have to wear a wig grip, or a cap, its just my shaved head and the wig. I have two rachel’s. One I wear down, the other I wear in a braid. I wear them every day, and the braided one at night when my friend stays over. I alternate them to give them a day of rest. It seems to work much better that way. But keep in mind that just because you get two, doesnt mean they will look the same. They dont. That is why one of my Rachel’s is braided. The second wig I got didnt even resemble the first Rachel, it was about 3 inches longer in the back, and the same on the sides, and the texture was more like a straight wig….so it looked like a completely different wig…I fixed that by putting in a side braid and have been wearing them for about 2 months now. They both still look new. So YES, get the backup if you can afford it. And if I could do it all over again, I would go straight to the full mono…I would have saved a TON of money if I had started with Rachel in the first place.

  2. Holly
    September 7, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I was one of those people that thought I didn’t need a backup. I was so wrong! It was really handy having a second wig around when the first needed washed and set, it takes awhile to air dry. It’s also helpful to downgrade an old wig into my “doing chores” wig once it starts to frizzle. That way the nicer newer one doesn’t take as much of a beating.

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