Advice, Wellness

Help & Support for Hair-loss

At The Wonderful Wig Company, we have a deep understanding of the difficulties people with hair-loss can face through our founder’s own experience with cancer-related hair loss to the experiences of our friends, family and clients.

Generally, losing your hair isn’t anything to worry about. It’s a natural part of ageing and can be affected by our genetics with the average person losing 50-100 hairs a day. It’s estimated that around 70% of women over the age of 70 experience female pattern baldness – the most common type of hair loss, which is thought to be inherited. Sometimes, however, it can be the result of a medical condition or illness, and it can come in a number of forms; partial loss, full loss, temporary or permanent.

For women, losing your hair can be particularly difficult, with many becoming less social, giving up activities they enjoy, and even questioning whether their partner will still love them or find them attractive…

You’re not alone!

All of these questions, concerns and worries are perfectly normal, and there are a huge range of services available to help you answer them, overcome them, feel confident and be yourself again.

If your hair-loss is due to a medical condition, your first point of support is of course your doctor or healthcare provider. Most, particularly the NHS, will be able to point you in the direction of some incredible experts and support groups.

It’s good to talk

First off, we’re here for you. Whether you’re a client or not, we’re here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction whenever you need. Our wonderful team are available online, by email and phone to support you and arrange a free consultation in our salon or via Skype or FaceTime if you’d rather. Simply get in touch and we’ll take it from there.

There are also some amazing support groups throughout the UK with people facing exactly the same issues as you. Alopecia UK is just one of them. Visit their website to find your nearest support group where you can get answers to your questions, share your concerns and meet wonderful people going through the same thing.

Most importantly – talk to your friends and family if you can. Sharing your concerns with those close to you can lift a great weight from your shoulders and theirs!

If attending a group isn’t for you, you might want to try online. One such place is the Cancer Research forum. Here you can share your experiences and read others’, and even ask nurses any questions you might have.

In addition, Cancer Research also have a huge range of information to help you talk with your friends and family if your hair-loss is cancer related. You might also find Macmillan’s guide to cancer hair-loss useful.

Avoid miracle cures

We’ve all seen them – oils, creams, lotions, potions and “ancient herbal remedies” – all promising to help re-grow hair and transform your life… but the reality is, these wonder products just don’t and won’t work.

That doesn’t mean you’re stuck being without your hair!

Enter the wonderful world of wigs, hair pieces and headwear!

Wigs and hair pieces are a wonderful way to help you be you again. There are thousands of styles, colours and types available, and, in the unlikely event it’s not out there, we can make it!

Whether you have partial hair-loss and just need a piece to give you that fuller look again or complete loss and need a wig, there’s something for you.

Wigs have come a long way and with the right style and fit, you’d never you had one!

If a wig isn’t for you, there’s a whole range of beautiful headscarves and hats designed specifically for those with hair-loss and cancer, using the softest natural linen and bamboo fabrics to feel amazing on your skin, keep you warm or cool and look stunning!

If you’re an NHS patient and your hair-loss is medical, you can get a wig or hair-piece completely free. Unfortunately, we can’t currently accept NHS vouchers online but we can accept them in our salons. Online, you can spread the cost using our Payl8r option. As an NHS Approved Supplier, we can provide you with a range of information including about financing.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you or want more information, our wonderfully talented, knowledgeable and empathetic team are available for free consultations in our salons, by email, telephone, Skype and FaceTime. Just get in-touch and we’ll do our best to help!

If you’d prefer to visit a salon to discuss your needs and we’re not quite close enough, you can visit the MyNewHair website (of which we’re a certified salon) where you can search for a qualified new hair expert near you.

Free wigs for kids!

We’re pleased to be a Little Princess Trust provider, a charity who provide real hair wigs, completly free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Simply get in-touch and our wonderful team will help you.

We’re here for you

Whether you buy from us or not, our team are here to answer any questions you may have about hair-loss, wigs and headwear. You can contact us online through our live chat option, email, telephone, or visit us at one of our salons in Sunderland or Newcastle.


Other support resources

NHS

A guide to hair loss, treatments and support from the NHS.

Alopecia UK

Working to improve the lives of those affected by Alopecia.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Providing physical, financial and emotional support to help people live life as fully as they can. Include a wealth of information about cancer-related hair loss.

Cancer Research UK

The world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through cancer research with a website packed full of information, advice and support options.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is an international cancer support charity that helps boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people undergoing cancer treatment through free confidence boosting workshops for women, men and young adults undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.

Little Princess Trust

Providing free real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, and funding vital research into childhood cancers.

MyNewHair

MyNewHair is a charity founded by and inspired by Trevor Sorbie MBE, providing advice and support through a national network of independent salons and professionals who provide a wig styling service for people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss.

British Association of Dermatologists

Advice for people living with skin conditions including alopecia.