"When you have chemotherapy, you're likely to need a wig, but you need to love your wig, because you could be wearing it for a year. But don't assume all wig shops, and the staff in them are good; they're not.
It's quite normal for your nurse or oncologist to recommend a local company, and you should check it out, because they are speaking from experience. Once there, if the advice you're being given feels wrong, or the style of the wigs appears to belong in a bygone era, leave now. Find another shop where you feel the staff, the stock and the atmosphere are right, bring a good friend (someone who knows your style and one whose judgement you trust), then go mad and try everything on that you fancy, until you reach a decision!
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I felt absolutely certain I wouldn't lose my hair, despite everyone telling me that, on the drugs prescribed for me, it was a certainty. But I truly believe that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, so I thought I should buy a wig 'just in case'.
Yes, I followed the advice from my nurse, which was backed up by oncologist, and went to 'their' shop, and was completely underwhelmed. The wigs were poorly presented, the shop seemed very sad, the assistant clueless, so I left rather rapidly. My hairdresser, Antoinette Beenders, recommended Trendco in Notting Hill so, even though it was a bit of a trek from where I live, I made an appointment and had some fun. I listened to the advice of the assistant too, and that was really helpful. Once I'd finally chosen the style and colour of wig, she then trimmed it while I was wearing it, so it framed my face perfectly. I have to admit, even with no make-up and in my worst comfy gear, I looked pretty good."
"I have used Trendco wigs since I started the My New Hair initiative 3Â½ years ago. My New Hair is a service which I have created to customise and personalise wigs for alopecia sufferers and chemotherapy patients.
To make this service be the best that I can, I had to source out the best wigs available. After trying many brands, I found that Trendco not only provided the best quality wigs, but also provided a genuine, caring service. The staff at Trendco understand the needs for people that use wigs as fashion accessories but in my mind more importantly they understand the sensitivity needed to deal with medical hairloss."
I am so thrilled that Trendco has decided to sponsor Caroline's Campaign by donating wigs. To have such quality and choice for my make-overs is fantastic. I am extremely happy to be working with such a great company. I am currently touring the UK offering free make overs for women who are going through chemotherapy. Losing your hair is such a dramatic thing for a women to go through, so having access to good wigs is incredibly important. So thanks Trendco.
At Look Good...Feel Better we work through 51 cancer specialist locations across the UK to help women combat the often demoralising and distressing side effects of their treatment. Our workshops offer skincare and make-up advice but our new self-help DVD and booklet will also cover wig selection and wig cutting, scarf tying and other 'hair alternatives', nail care and advice. We have been very pleased to be able to work with Trendco for many years as their natural looking, lightweight and very comfortable wigs have helped put a smile back on the faces of women at a very difficult time in their lives.
"Trendco has been supplying The Little Princess Trust with hair pieces since the trust was formed. Throughout this time, they have consistently provided us with a most professional service, and have become an integral part of the charity, in many cases going beyond the call of duty, in offering a caring and compassionate response to our needs. Trendco have offered The Little Princess Trust expert advice and support, helping to ensure that deliveries are met quickly and with sensitivity in what is often a highly emotive situation."
"I love wearing Trendco wigs and find them really light and comfortable. I have 3 different styles all in the same colour so I have alternatives for day and evening wear. I have worn Trendco wigs to a number of different events including BBC Sports Personality, going to Buckingham Palace to receive my MBE and TV work with both the BBC and Channel 4. I have visited the Trendco salon in London a couple of times where the staff have been very helpful letting me try on a number of different styles to allow me to make the best decision."