Chemotherapy & alopecia

Hardly a day goes by that we do not get a call from someone who is suddenly facing the prospect of needing a wig either from the onset of alopecia or because of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

With our years of experience in these matters, we have come to realise that, when such an occasion arises, the vast majority of people know very little about wigs and have no idea where to start, so we endeavour to guide our clients through what can be a distressing time by offering them the benefit of our expertise and personal knowledge.

For example, what is the difference between a handmade European hair wig, and one that is machine made and bought off-the-shelf? One answer is the fit. Few people realise that everyone’s head shape is very different and sizes vary dramatically.

We also understand how important it is to someone who has suffered hair loss through chemotherapy or alopecia for their wig to look as natural as possible. This is where Wig Specialities comes into its own.

European hair is generally better for the making of wigs for the European market, as it makes accurate colour matching easier. Asian hair is usually jet black and so requires bleaching and dying before it can be used

We only make made-to-measure handmade wigs which involves an in-depth consultation with careful head measurements and the taking hair colour samples. This results in a perfect fit and the client eventually leaving in the knowledge that they have made a worthwhile investment.

“You would be surprised at the number of people who are involved with wigs who say they could never cut one,” says Richard Mawbey. “To me it is total insanity that you could produce a wig and not be able to cut and style it just like you would someone’s hair, because that is the essence of it. If you always have in your psyche that what you are producing is a head of hair, rather than just a wig, you will always get a better result.”

Ready-made machine wigs can be bought off the shelf in other outlets. However, they are very unlikely to be a perfect fit or colour match as they have to fit all sizes, and also may not be made from real European hair. This needs to be taken into consideration when you are aiming to be comfortable as well as looking as natural as possible.

Similarly, we are often asked about the time needed to make a wig. This varies, but as all the work is done in our central London studio and not overseas, as is often the case, we can offer to complete the wig in little more than two working weeks - in most cases we like to allow four weeks from start to finish. Often this has given peace of mind to those facing the daunting prospect of hair loss.

There are many questions you will want to ask, and our helpful, highly experienced team members are always available to give you the answers.

You may like to begin by visiting the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section on this site – but remember that it is the private and personal guidance which we can give that will really help and enable you to get a wig that is ideally suited to you.