Thanks for your replies.
It looks as if I may have to abandon the wig earlier than I planned to! I'll try to keep going as long as I can.
You can see a buff at the bandanashop website.
As quarteter says, it is a thin microfibre tube. I wear mine as a beanie. The video on the link shows lots of other ways to wear them.
I would welcome any more opinions on the wig-wearing!
I stopped wearing my wig when the hair was about half an inch all over. It just got too hot. Before that I had no trouble with keeping it on without aids.
If I wasn't wearing it, then I had either silk turbans [from Patra] or large scarves to keep my head warm.
Hi all, I ditched my hats/ scarves after 5 weeks hair growth! I was going on a cruise and I thought well nobody knows me, so I went for it. Hardly anyone batted an eyelid apart from a child that said "mum that lady looks like a man!" but I thought it was funny. Since my return I keep getting stopped in random places and told "I love your hair". It's bizarre. It's prob an inch all over now. Before chemo I had lovely shoulder length brunette hair and now it's completely grey. So the motto is go for it ladies! I teach one day a week and the kids love my hair.
A buff can be bought from outdoor shops, and it's a tube of material that can be made into different types of headwear. There are loads of lovely colours/ patterns.
what's a buff?
I must admit, that my hair has now grown back, still very short, but am struggling to give up on wearing my scarf, so am interested in all the tips.
I just found I couldn't be bothered with the tape and fiddling about to put it on. It was kept on a polystyrene head at the top of the stairs outside the loo and the cat used to sit and stare at it!
different things for different people - while i lost patience with the wig because i felt too hot and went commando i do respect people who feel that they don't want the world to know I wonder if some of the special doublesided sticky tape for wigs would help at the front?
i'm at the annie lennox stage and it's bright silver and strangers think i have just chosen a statement hair cut! i guess it's an inch long and that has grown since July.
Thank you all for your replies.
Unafitz - I do wear a Buff at home, so I will try this under my wig.
Justme - My wig is a sleek bob style with an off-centre parting. The length stops a couple of inches above my shoulders. I'll have to experiment with a scarf to see if it will work with this style.
Cherub - the short hair itself doesn't really bother me either; but being a private person, I have told only close friends of my diagnosis. I don't want to give the "game" away now and have to start sharing my medical history with relative strangers! My 3 young daughters are bothered my lack of hair (only when I go out in public) and I would like to please them too. I really love my wig - so many people have asked my where I get my hair done etc! I'll happily wear a bandana etc when I am away from my home area - so I will look into the quilted cap.
Teacup - That's really reassuring to hear. Do you mind me asking how long your hair is now and when you stopped chemo? Has it grown back in a different colour/texture and have you had it cut yet? Sorry, lots of questions!
Marisa, I am still wearing my wigs too. I just pop them over my hair. I do have to pull the top of the wig forward every now and then but it seems to stay in place and work for me. I was never a fan of the chemo scarf look. I recently cut one of my expensive wigs up into a short style and wear it with a narrow scarf round it sometimes. I have to say that for me wearing wigs is so much fun. I can have lots of different hairstyles that I could never have had before. Having said that, I do wear my own hair, which is getting quite long, most these days but nice to have the option of the wigs. Cherub, the skull cap sounds like a good idea. Is your wig a short or long style Marisa? I think a wavy style with a side parting is probably the most flattering and real. Let me know how you do. x
I only wore my wig 3 times. I just wore specially cut bandanas all the time with a quilted cotton skull cap underneath. The skullcap gave your head a better shape so you didn't look totally bald. I uncovered my head when it was like a crew cut, I didn't care who saw me.
I always wore my wig with a narrow scarf tied round it, headband style to keep it in place.
Congratulations on finishing the chemotherapy!
Its never simple is it? I hated my wig with a passion -even though I was hugely pleased with it when it was new.I mainly wore Buffs -having experimented with bandanas and scarves along the way.
I found that I could comfortably wear the Buff with the wig on top -and no slippage at all. My wig was a wavy short style so any movement would have been obvious. Having said that I didnt do this at a warm time - this was late winter/early spring so no concerns about overheating!!
I really relished the feeling of wind blowing through my minicscule hair when I finally went 'topless' though.
Good luck -once it starts growing it will make every day a voyage of discovery (hair wise)
Has anyone successfully managed to wear a wig once their hair starts growing back?
When I first wore my wig, I still had a little hair left that I tucked into a nylon 60 denier cap with the wig on top. However, the cap kept riding up taking the wig with it and I spent the whole evening in and out of the loo pulling the cap back down!
The very next day, I shaved off the remaining hair and have worn the wig without the cap and have since had no problems . No need for any tape etc.
I have now finished chemotherapy and would prefer to wear the wig for the school run and for work until my hair reaches a short bob length.
Has anyone managed to do this successfully? How did you do it? Doesn't the wig tend to slide off your hair?