It's a good idea to begin shopping for your wig before you start chemo, so that a stylist can help you match your own color and texture. You also may want to take photos of your current hairstyle, and keep a swatch of your hair from the top of your head as a sample.
What sort of style do you want?
Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, whos designed looks for Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, and Celine Dion, advises that when it comes to wigs, less is often more. A wig that's thick and heavy may look more like a wig, but “for a more natural look, less hair is best,” he says. Paves adds that you may want to buy a wig with extra length so that you can trim and shape it as you like.
Most health-insurance companies cover at least some of the cost of buying a wig if you obtain a doctor's prescription for a "necessary cranial prosthesis" or a "hair prosthesis."
You may occasionally want to take time off from your wig—both to keep it looking its best and to give your scalp a breather.
Avoid wigs lined in scratchy material; most wigs are made for women with some hair, so this may be tricky. Even if you're careful to wash your scalp with mild shampoo, it may be hypersensitive during treatment, so look for a lightweight, well-ventilated, adjustable wig cap.