Isabel Calleros shares the effects of chemotherapy-related hair loss and discusses how wearing a wig can help.
Usually during chemotherapy and radiation, emotions and psychological effects take stronghold on females more so than men, because we have a tendency to get attached to our breast that we have breast cancer.
We have hormones that run through our body if we have ovarian cancer. So women look at things just a little bit differently.
And some of the things that I tell clients when they are going through the hair loss and that psychological effect is to look on the bright side. We can always look at the glass if it’s half full or half empty.
We can be optimistic or pessimistic about the ordeal that we are going through and so by giving the woman the opportunity of wigs.
And that is what’s the most amazing part about the Look Good…Feel Better, for me, is that at any point I can change my hair color and not make it permanent and not damage my scalp. I can change my hairstyle.
So I try to encourage women to look for a wig that isn’t what they are used to and you would be surprised how their face lights up that if they were a blonde and now they are redhead.
You would be surprised that they had long hair and now they have short hair. It gives them a little daring factor to be different, something they may have never done prior but now they have the opportunity to do it.
People know that they have cancer, their friends and their family. So they get that wow factor when they walk in a room, especially around friends and family that know them with blonde hair that’s long and now there were short hair that’s red.
I think that women feel so much more empowered to be able to take that extra leap that they never had the ability to do.
So if we encourage them to dare to be different, just for the period of your chemotherapy that may last a couple of weeks to a couple of months, it’s something that makes them feel a little bit more, what’s the word, standoutish, you know, something a little bit more sexy, something a little bit more, hmm, I am brave enough to do this for this time.
About Isabel Calleros:
Isabel Calleros has dedicated over 30 years to education in aesthetics and permanent makeup for both cosmetic and breast repigmentation for breast cancer recovery. As a voice for the breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Calleros wants to provide each and every woman the opportunity to know and understand their choices as they regain their femininity, womanhood and self beauty.
Isabel is a facilitator for the Look Good…Feel Better program through the American Cancer Society. She has volunteered her time at the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona, through the Women’s Cancer Support Group, along with participating on in the 2009 Breast Cancer Wellness Cruise for breast cancer survivors.