Wigs FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Wigs

Insurance companies will often cover costs for your wig. Call your insurance company and ask them if they reimburse for a “cranial prosthesis.” Don’t say “Wig” because wigs are fashion items, whereas cranial prostheses are medically necessary. Chrysalis Custom Hair will provide you with all of the paperwork necessary to submit your purchase to your insurance company for reimbursement. Learn more about how to get a wig covered by insurance.

Yes, you can wear the wig over your existing hair. Wearing a wig will not damage your existing hair or stop it from growing back.

Chemotherapy usually consists of a strong cocktail of medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. These drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body, including those in the root of your hair.

Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different combinations can cause anything from thinning hair to complete hair loss. It is recommended that you ask your doctor about the specific side effects of your individualized treatment plan.

If hair loss is a side effect of the medications treatment plan, the hair loss typically begins two to three weeks after your first treatment, but can begin as early as three days afterwards.

Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss. Factors that may affect hair loss can include the specific type of medication you are receiving and the actual dosage of those drugs.

The journey from cancer to diagnosis to treatment can happen very quickly so it is a good idea to get a wig fitting set up as soon as possible. It is easier to replicate your hair while it is still intact.

If it is not possible to set up your consultation prior to beginning treatment that is ok. The staff at Chrysalis Custom Hair can use photos as a guide and will walk you through the hair selection process from start to finish.

Your hair will typically begin to grow back 6 – 8 weeks after you’ve completed chemotherapy. Hair growth averages one half inch per month, and it usually takes 7-9 months before the hair will lay flat enough to wear a pixie cut.

Most women undergoing chemotherapy wear their wig for 12 – 18 months.

At Chrysalis Custom Hair, every client leaves with a care kit containing everything you need to clean your human hair or synthetic wig. Typically, you will wash your wig once every two weeks of wear utilizing a washing method similar to washing a fine garment in the sink. If opting for a natural hair wig, you will be styling your wig with the same styling tools you currently use for your biological hair. The team at Chrysalis will walk you through every step of caring for your new wig.

Much of this decision is based on your lifestyle. The Chrysalis Team will walk you through the different types of hair and help you chose what works best for you and your lifestyle.

Synthetic wigs tend to work best for shorter styles that end above the shoulder, as they tend to tangle or fray if they are long enough to brush against fabric such as a coat or collar.

A longer hair wig will look better when made from natural human hair as it will have the same movement and flexibility of your biological hair. Natural hair wigs can be worn in a ponytail, clips, and braids whereas a synthetic wig can only be styled by a professional wig stylist.

Beginning with a wig that looks just like your hair is good place to start. If you would like a second wig for occasions such as the gym we would be happy to discuss options with you at your consultation. Some women like to have more than one wig so that one is always clean, styled and ready to go.

Chrysalis wigs are made from the softest material and are not itchy.

The most critical part of wearing a wig is knowing that it fits perfectly. At Chrysalis Custom Hair we hand stitch each wig to fit your headshape. Once fitted properly it will not move or blow off even on the windiest days.

At Chrysalis Custom Hair we match your exact shade, color and cut so no one except you and those you choose to tell know you’re wearing a wig. We use the highest quality materials to ensure the most natural and comfortable look. Our wigs utilize high end technology such as monofilament tops and lace fronts that provide an illusion of hair naturally growing from the head.

The Chrysalis staff will share with you tips and tricks for wearing your wig in the most natural way. We pride ourselves on getting the best fit for our clients. This gives each client the most natural look.

Yes, but you may not want to. Often, women find it more comfortable to wear a hat or a cute wrap with a partial piece to the gym. Also, some women like to have more than one wig so that one is always clean, styled and ready to go.

Hair loss will occur regardless of the length of your hair. If you are considering having a Chrysalis wig made please come see us before cutting off your hair. You may want to wait until the wig is complete and make a seemless transition from you biological hair to your new wig.

Both synthetic and human hair wigs are washed after every 2 – 3 weeks of wear, and are hung up to dry on a special stand which is in every care kit. After drying, human hair can be styled using hot tools to get the look you want.