Wigs and Headwear UHN Suggestions for coping with temporary hair loss Chemotherapy and radiation treatments often cause partial or complete hair loss, including body hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. The following suggestions from Look Good Feel Better program may assist you with coping with hair loss. • Before treatment begins, get photos of yourself taken from different angles so that you can match your current hairstyle if you decide to get a wig. Patient Education Improving health through education • Consider cutting your hair shorter before treatment so if hair loss does occur, it will seem less dramatic. • Before, during and after treatment, use a super-mild shampoo and light conditioner. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry, never rub. • If you decide to get a wig, look around until you find a shop where you are completely comfortable. Select a specialty wig store where the staff are caring and where you will have privacy. • When shopping for a wig, take along a trusted friend or relative who will give you an honest opinion. • Ask your doctor for a prescription for a hair prosthesis. Private health insurers may pay all or part of the cost or receipt may be eligible for income tax purposes. • Consider a synthetic wig. They are comfortable, easy to care for and less expensive than human hair wigs. • Get your wig cut and styled to suit your features. • Care for your wig with products designed especially for wigs. • Do not expose synthetic-hair wigs to any heat sources, including blow dryers, heated rollers and open oven dryers. (Some more expensive models may be styled with light heat; ask your wig technician whether this is safe before attempting.) • Get a hat with good coverage for days when you don't feel like wearing your wig. Select a hat with a breathable, loose-weave fabric. The hat should come down low at the base of your neck for maximum coverage. • Get a sleeping turban to keep your head warm at night. Consider some dressy designer turbans for daytime wear. Please visit the UHN Patient Education website for more health information: www.uhn.ca\patient\health_info. © 2007 University Health Network. All rights reserved. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for non-commercial personal use only. Author: Social Work Created: 08/2004 Form: D-5010 (11/2007) C034-D 2 Hour Free Workshop: Manage your Appearance Related Side Effects of Cancer Treatment Look Good Feel Better (416) 946-2075 Zain Haji Look Good Feel Better Workshops are offered: 1st Wednesday of each month is a Teens workshop, 1pm-3pm. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesday of each month is an Adult Workshop, 10am-12pm. 1st & 2nd Thursday of each month is an Adult Workshop, 1:30-3:30pm. Please call: 416-946-6596 to register. 2 hour free workshops include makeup tips, wigs and hair alternatives. Princess Margaret Hospital, 3rd Floor Room 642 Where to Obtain Wigs or Headwear SOURCE PHONE CONTACT NAME MISCELLANEOUS INFO Princess Margaret Hospital Resources The Wig Boutique 545 Jarvis Street Toronto, Ontario (416) 413-7412 Beauty Salon in basement of Princess Margaret Lodge PMH Wig Salon & (416) 946-6596 Zain Haji Accessories Boutique Princess Margaret Hospital, 3rd Floor Room 642 Call Monday to Friday – someone will get back to you to set up an appointment; operated by the Canadian Cancer Society; wigs and turbans are free of charge. The PMH Wig Salon offers a large selection of wigs and hair alternatives at not-for-profit prices. Private consultations with a professional wig specialist are by appointment only and include help with colour, style, and shaping of wigs purchased at the PMH Wig Salon only. Toronto Central Continental Hair 92 1 /2 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario www.continentalhair.com (416) 923-7747 Peter Emma Michael Tues. - Fri., 9 am - 5 pm; Sat. 10 am - 3 pm; Sun. & Mon. closed; appointment preferred. Discreet and caring service for people undergoing treatments; carries a wide range of human hair wigs, synthetics and blends. Children’s wigs also. Body and Soul Shop 84 Scollard Street Toronto, Ontario (416) 920-2639 Harriott Charmaine Hours by appointment only. Tues. 10:30am-5pm, Wed.-Fri. 10:30 am - 3 pm; Sat. 9 am - 5 pm; closed Sun. & Mon. Specializes in wigs and wig care for people undergoing treatment for several medical problems. Dawn Rivard 15 Scadding Avenue Toronto, Ontario (416) 429-1402 Dawn Rivard Custom made wigs. Private consultation and styling. North York Hair Prosthesis Centre 365 Fairlawn Ave. Toronto, Ontario (416) 787-1550 Joanne Shaw Tues. and Thurs. 9:30 am - 7 pm; Wed. 9:30 am - 5 pm; Fri. 9:30 am - 5 pm; Sat. 9:30 am - 4 pm; Sun. closed; on Mon. appointments at Barrie office (see other entry) Reflections by Rachel (416) 782-6908 Rachel Weinles 42 Shelborne Avenue Toronto, Ontario Day is very flexible (9 am - 5 pm) by appointment only; Sun. and evening appointments are also available. Large selection of wigs. Home and hospital visits. Continental Hair at Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Center 2075 Bayview Ave. Toronto, Ontario www.continentalhair.com (416) 480-4623 Some free wigs Older ones at a discount price Tues., Wed. and Thurs. from 9:30 am ‑ 4:30 pm; by appointment only. Carries a complete line of wigs, does styling and modification. Also carries turbans, scarves, etc. Fashion Wigs 302 Wilson Avenue Toronto, Ontario (416) 630-7864 Georgina Grunberger Synthetic, Human and 100%Human Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 5 pm; closed Saturdays, Sundays and evenings by appointment only. Private consultation and styling. Home and hospital visits arranged. Gabi’s Wig Boutique 3561 Bathurst St. North York, Ontario (416) 787-3129 Gabi Messinger Custom made (more expensive) Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 5 pm; closed Sat. and Sun. by appointment only. Gabi carries a wide range of wigs and turbans, and specializes in customers undergoing treatments. Scarborough Jay Lea 718 Morrish Road Scarborough, Ontario (416) 281-0170 Jean Bickerstaffe Open 7 days a week by appointment. Catering to chemo patients. Wigs, turbans and bangs for turbans. Home visits available. Hazel Lindgren 921 Midland Avenue Suite 403 Scarborough, Ontario (416) 264-4687 Hazel Lindgen Fashionable turbans (most turbans are 100% cotton and polycotton and jersey). By appointment only. Mississauga Truly You 154 Queen St. S., Suite 112 Mississauga, Ontario (905) 821-1092 Amalia Ruggiero 1st consultation no charge Tues., Wed. and Sat. 9 am-5 pm; closed Sun.; Mon. by appointment. Personalized service for people undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Wigs cut and styled. Carries hats, sunhats, designer turbans and other accessories. Staff will make house and hospital calls. Will cut/re-style/re-fit later if desired. Barrie Hair Prosthesis Center in Barrie 20 Bell Farm Road, Unit 4 Barrie, Ontario (705) 722-3849 Joanne Shaw Mon. only by phoning for an appointment through the week. Carries wigs, hats, scarves, turbans, etc.
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