This is one of those ideas that you smack yourself on the head and say, "Why didn't I think of that???". A big shout out to Cynthia Wass Shepard. Cynthia is a member of a Facebook survivor group that I belong to. Cynthia is a genius!!!
Cynthia knew she was going to lose her hair with chemo. So, she cut her hair off into 2 braids and a couple of small pony tails. She saved the hair swatches and used adhesive Velcro and attached the braids or pony tails to the inside of her ski caps (double banded elastic at top of braid).
I have seen the fake swatches of hair or hair extensions attached to ball caps and headbands with Velcro (see link below) before. But, I have never seen anyone cut their own hair before they lost it and do this with their own hair!!! FABULOUS.
The best "wig" that I ever saw was one that the sister of a patient made for her. She took a wig liner (which kind of resembles the top of a pair of panty hose...minus the crotch!!) and just glued rows of hair extensions to it, and the end result was incredibly realistic looking. I imagine that if you were talented enough you might be able to use your own hair for that too.
Thanks Cynthia!!! This is actually something that is doable for a lot of women out there!!! So ladies, if you have hair that is long enough to put in a couple of braids or small pony tails....save it and make your own head wear!!!!!!!!!
Pony Tail Version
Some women buy a full wig. Some only end up wearing them a few times as they can be scratchy or hot. If you are buying a full wig, make sure that you get a cap or liner to go under the wig for scalp comfort.
Cap or Liner
If you have a regular wig, here is a "wig grip headband" which is another option to help keep it on.
For those of you who may not have long enough hair to cut, or the "hair" ship has already passed, here are some examples of "fake" Velcro'd hair or hair extensions Velcro'd into caps or on to headbands.
Fake it without a full wig!
I highly recommend this great video that shows 11 alternative options for those women who don't want a full wig:
You can buy little pieces of hair withVelcro "mini extensions" that velcro onto the inside of a ballcap or hat. Depending on placement, they can either look like bangs or a fringe of hair to velcro on to the back of the ball cap.
Detachable bangs headband video demo: https://youtu.be/vLQnOl89U14
Ponytail headband for baseball caps (the velcroed ponytail goes through the back hole of the baseball hat with or without tendrils. See video demo:
No velcro on this one. Hair piece is sewn into the baseball cap. https://www.headcovers.com/cardani-long-baseball-cap-with-detachable-hair-hats-with-hair/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-NvCr6ra9QIVF73ICh2fPw2vEAQYASABEgJ2bfD_BwE
Halo pieces. I call them "Benedictine Monk hair pieces. The top is bald so the ballcap sits on your head but the top of your scalp is open and free under your ballcap and not scratchy and hot on top like some wigs are.
See demo video: https://www.headcovers.com/headband-bob-wig-by-cardani/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIns_DpbDa9QIVKwaICR2V4AALEAUYByABEgIWdPD_BwE
And one final tip? A hairdresser we know says that the best shampoo for wigs is actually FABRIC SOFTENER. You heard it here folks!!
Hope this helps!!!!