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More than 30 years ago October became known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and has grown to include public service organizations, government agencies, and medical professionals working together to promote research, prevention, and education.

Survivors and supporters across the country join forces annually to participate in walks, 5k runs, 3-day events, and fundraisers creating awareness and encouraging women worldwide to be proactive in their breast health. Breast cancer does not discriminate and early detection is crucial to being one of the more than 3 million survivors.

The phrase “you have breast cancer” is overwhelming as waves of emotion turn your world upside down.

Nothing prepares you for the initial shock of hearing those devastating words from your doctor. But it’s important to know that you are not alone.

It’s been reported that one of the biggest fears for both women and men who undergo chemotherapy treatment is hair loss.

Being faced with this side effect can diminish your confidence with each glance in the mirror and leave you feeling like you’re announcing to the world that you are suffering from cancer.

As difficult as it may be, acceptance of the hair loss will have a more positive effect on your recovery rather than being resistant and stressed. Here are steps to help you prepare and guide you through the process:

  • Consider cutting your hair – a shorter length creates thickness and helps to minimize the appearance of hair loss. It may also help make the transition less traumatic.
  • Visit a salon that specializes in wigs and head coverings. Wigful Thinking offers a free one-hour consultation to discuss your needs and personal style in a private setting.
  • Have a cosmetologist offer beauty techniques that will advise you in caring for your scalp and skin and help with the possible loss of your eyebrows
  • Talk about what you’re going through with other survivors who have faced the same challenges. Wigful Thinking has a support group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. Learn more here.
  • Stay positive – do what you need to keep a positive attitude and acknowledge that your hair loss means cancer cells are being destroyed. Remember that your hair will grow back.

Meet Caryl and Olivia

Caryl, the owner of Wigful Thinking, is a two-time cancer survivor and understands the emotional toll losing your hair and eyebrows can have. Her granddaughter, Olivia, a certified cosmetologist, has a passion for changing women’s lives who are battling breast cancer. Both will guide you through a customized hair plan while taking into consideration your lifestyle, personality, and facial features through sizing, cutting, and styling as well as your need for confidentiality.

For your one-hour free consultation in the Design Studio, be sure to call Wigful Thinking today at 609-249-4811 for an appointment. A private room is available to all clients and a guest is always welcome for encouragement and support.

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