Chemotherapy and Cancer – Hats and Wigs [video]

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Tara: What are the best kind of styles for scarves or hats? Because for some reason I really didn't want to wear a wig, so I didn't go down that avenue.

Firstly, I must admit I'm not a big scarf person because I think most people aren't adept at being able to put them on naturally. Hats, on the other side, I think give you a tremendous opportunity. Most people can actually look more like a character with a hat on than with a scarf. If you're a scarf person and you naturally know how to do it, of course I don't think there's a problem with it. If you wore scarves before, I don't think it's a problem. If you can embrace even having your hair just exposed, your head exposed, as long as you put on a face, to me, I think you can look as stunningly beautiful as anybody who shaves their hair off as a statement, which I think can look more striking than anything else. So Topaz, you used to have long hair, right?

Topaz: Yeah, I did.

This would be a perfect opportunity to start playing with different colors because now you can really start experimenting. Have you ever thought of being a redhead?

Topaz: I've thought about it but it scares me.

I did bring a wig with me today, so let's give this one a try just to give you an idea of--Again, I think one of the biggest problems that people have with wigs--let me just have you pop this on--is that many times what they do is people tend to want to style them to perfection. And again, I don't really believe in that. I really believe in trying to use your fingers as much as possible because that will really tend to sort of make it look as if it's more of your own natural hair than something that you've combed into perfection. The minute you can start tucking even a wig behind your ear, even that on its own tends to make it look as if it's more grounded and it belongs to you, as opposed to it being a wig. So even things like that tend to sort of start to make it look as if it's more anchored to your head than it being a wig. You can always pull out little bits on the side if you want--there's nothing wrong with that--to make it look as if it's just a little bit more natural.

Topaz: Can I have a look?

Sure. What do you think?

Topaz: It's different.

You look good as a redhead. When you've got freckles, you can always be a redhead.

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