Wigs & Head Coverings

By: Eileen Coan

How do I go about finding a wig or head covering?

Women tell us that losing their hair from chemotherapy can be the most stressful aspect of their treatment. We offer some suggestions to make this experience a little easier:

Meet with the wig supplier/stylist while you still have a full head of hair so they can better understand your current hairstyle, color and approach to grooming.

Bring a friend who can be honest about what looks good and natural on you. Better to have them be blunt up front, than to wear something unflattering.

Some women find that shaving their head or getting a crewcut as the time approaches is more empowering and less traumatic than watching as clumps of hair fall out. Some women ask a girlfriend or partner to shave their head for them, to have the experience be more shared and intimate. Some families try to make an 'event' of shaving Mom's head, so that the children feel a part of things, and can see the humor amidst the sadness.

Don't let someone talk you into spending more than you are comfortable with or more than is necessary. You can buy a very attractive, easy to take care of, synthetic wig for around $200. There are some salons that will charge over $1,000 and insist you will 'want' a human hair wig that needs to be washed and styled frequently. This is not recommended.

Your doctor can write you a 'prescription' for a 'cranial prosthesis' that you can submit to your insurance after purchasing a wig. Most insurance companies do not cover wigs, or only give you a small amount towards the purchase.

The Regina Brett Wig Salon

The Regina Brett Wig Salon is a service offered by The Gathering Place that provides a synthetic wig free to those who experience hair loss due to cancer treatment. Click here for more information.

Salons Offering Wig Services

We have surveyed our participants and they have said the following salons were kind, helpful and had a good selection. This is not a complete list of all salons in our area, and is not in any way a judgment of salons not listed.

East Side

  • A Special Touch Boutique , 8252 Darrow Rd., Suite A, Twinsburg, 330-405-9533
  • A Woman's Place, Discount Drug, Mart, Highland Hts., 440-684-1142, Click here for details
  • Accents of Hair by Vincie, 25550 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, 216-831-8918
  • Advanced Hair Center, 24800 Chagrin Blvd., #212, Beachwood, 216-292-0224
  • Complete Image, 1450 SOM Ctr. Rd. #3 Mayfield Hts., 440-461-4247
  • Eve Loren Wigs, 252 Shoregate Mall, Willowick, 440-944-7600
  • Hair Care Designers, 5437 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, 440-449-4420
  • Hair Options, Jennifer Weber, 23850 Commerce Park, Beachwood, 216-382-5987
  • Hair There & Everywhere, 32801 Vine St, Willowick, 440-943-3511
  • Hairways, Mi Young, 28440 Chagrin, Woodmere, 216-464-6322
  • Just Your Style, Inc, 9311 Lorrich Dr., Mentor, 440-209-9730
  • Look of Elegance, Wigs by Peshi, 3583 Bendemeer, Cleveland Hts., 216-321-9321
  • Lowry's, 16650 Chagrin, Shaker Hts. ,216-751-9447
  • Ms. Jade's Closet (Janet), 1200 Melbourne, Cleveland, 216-268-1672
  • Mika's, 2199 S. Green Rd., University Hts., 216-382-2954
  • Nino's Hair Design, 4950 Riverside Dr., Willoughby, 216-261-2848
  • Wig Paradise, 4014 Mayfield Rd, South Euclid, (216) 382-9635 (for natural African-American styles)
  • Wigs & Things, Debbie Carter, 77 N. Miller Rd., Suite B, Fairlawn, 330-864-5251
  • Wigs On Wheels, Dee Curry, Akron 330-865-0716, Toll free 877-865-0716

West Side

  • Bob's Hair Center for Men, 21799 Lorain, Cleveland, 440-331-8838
  • Gina Salon & Wigs, 17303 Detroit, Lakewood, 216-226-6788
  • Hair Compliments, 14484 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, 440-238-9779
  • Hair Systems by Calabretta, 5714 Pearl Rd., Parma, 440-888-4540
  • Joey & Me, 576 N. Leavitt, Amherst, 440-985-9447
  • Wig Fashions, Inc. by Stephanie, 5466 Pearl Rd., Parma, 440-886-0777
  • Wigs Fashioned by Lois, 5360 Broadview, Parma, 216-741-3060

Hair Loss Prevention with Ice Caps

Arctic Cold Cap, www.arcticcoldcaps.com , 877-234-1688$379+/month

Dignicap, www.dignicap.com, 877-375-8070, Dignicap is a machine that a clinic can buy to offer their patients. You are attached to the machine by wires. Not available in Cleveland yet. $275+ per treatment

Penguin Cold Caps https://penguincoldcaps.com/ 810 359 5257, Penguin cold cap sytem can be purchased for personal use. They are freestanding caps that are kept cold and need to be refrigerated and swapped out as they warm. You buy them as a set.