Watching your child lose their hair can be devastating for a parent. You are your child’s protector, but how can you guard your child against hurtful looks from strangers, comments, and questions from other children, and the reality that they look different because of their hair loss?
Kids’ wigs can help. When searching for wigs for children, you may find a selection of costume wigs. That’s because we don’t usually think of children wearing wigs due to hair loss. Yet, it is important to realize that your child is not alone. What he or she is experiencing is also happening to countless other children around the world.
About 1 in 1000 children suffer from a condition known as alopecia areata, which can lead to patches of hair falling out. What’s more, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, many of which will undergo cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, which can lead to hair loss.
Wearing kids’ wigs can help your child feel more normal at an age where fitting in is so critical to a child’s self-esteem and well-being. Whether your child is four or fourteen, or any age in between, a realistic wig can restore what hair loss or thinning has taken away, giving your child the best chances in life despite his or her condition.
When introducing your child to wearing a wig, it helps to make the prospect seem exciting. You can do that by remembering the following, which is a guide to making wearing wigs less daunting and more fun for children of all ages.
Consider Counseling for Your Child’s Hair Loss
While hair thinning and loss among adults are usually caused by age and illness, the most common causes of hair loss in kids tend to be from disorders of the scalp and infections where the scalp makes it difficult for the hair to be held in place and supported.
The most common causes of thinning hair and hair loss in kids include:
Fungal Bacteria: A bacteria called tinea capitis is an infection of the scalp. A type of ringworm, the bacteria attacks the hair and causes scaly and ring-like lesions to form. Tinea capitis can be contagious and is commonly spread around school-aged children.
Autoimmune Disease: A condition known as Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your child’s immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. This damage is usually not permanent. The condition is usually characterized by patchy hair loss and is sometimes accompanied by nail problems.
Excessive Hair Pulling: Your child may be experiencing a hair-pulling disorder known as Trichotillomania. In addition to pulling, twisting and plucking hairs on the head, children with this condition may also pull on their eyebrows and eyelashes.
Telogen Effluvium: This temporary scalp disorder is characterized by the thinning or shedding hair resulting from problems during one of the phases of normal hair growth. This condition usually occurs after an extreme event like surgery, a severe injury, intense emotional trauma, and very high fever.
Nutritional Deficiency: Your child may be lacking enough amino acids, iron, niacin, biotin, protein or zinc. Alternatively, excessive vitamin A can also cause hair loss. Your child’s pediatrician can suggest a healthy eating plan or prescribe a dietary supplement to make up for any nutritional gaps.
Many of these reasons for your child’s hair loss are temporary. A child’s wig will help to cover the hair loss in the meantime. Still, until that time comes, and for parents of kids experiencing more permanent hair loss, you may want to consider counseling.
Children experiencing hair loss can be subject to potentially severe psychological trauma. They feel different and self-conscious, and that can result in low self-esteem and the risk of being picked on by their peers. Counseling and a wig can do wonders for helping your child cope with the hair loss they are experiencing.
How to Prepare Your Child for Hair Loss
Losing one’s hair can be traumatic for anyone, of any age. But it can be especially traumatic for a kid. Explain to your child why the hair loss is happening, and how you plan to fix the issue. You are, of course, building up to the prospect of wearing a wig.
How to Help Your Child Cope with a Hair Loss Wig
Your child may scoff when first presented with wearing a wig. Children can be very sensitive about the way they look, especially when headed off to school. You can be more successful in introducing a wig if you can find one that is made of quality materials and that looks as natural as possible. Finding a wig that looks like your child’s natural hair might be the best-case scenario.
Will a Kid’s Wig Withstand Your Child’s Active Lifestyle?
A common concern among parents is whether a wig may fall off when your child runs and plays, as children are known to do. The good news is that some brands and styles of kids’ wigs today come with technology that keeps them in place, no matter how active the child wants to be.
This is particularly comforting if your child plays sports or swims.
Improving Your Child’s Quality of Life with a Custom Wig
You can help your child become more accustomed to the idea of wearing a wig if you can get one custom-fitted according to your child’s head size and shape. You will first schedule an appointment with a custom wig manufacturer. These consultations are usually private and conducted in a comfortable atmosphere that helps your child feel more at ease.
The wig technician will measure your child’s head and discuss styles and colors so that your child can get excited about the prospect of replacing the hair loss with a realistic alternative.
A custom wig is usually made of 100% human hair. These human hair wigs can be styled and colored just like regular hair, which can help your child feel better about wearing one.
Custom human hair wigs are indistinguishable from natural hair. With many wig caps being made of lace and other fine materials, the hairs look like they are originating from the scalp, further hiding the fact that your child is wearing a wig at all.
As the parent, you can further hype up the experience by helping your child imagine wearing the wig. Let your child know that with a realistic wig suited just for him or her, no one else will know they’re wearing a wig, unless they let the secret slip.
Custom Wigs Can Be Exciting
Instead of your child feeling different because they have to wear a wig, help your child feel “special” because of the fact. Many parents have had success with getting their child to wear a wig by telling them they were “chosen” to wear one. If you have a young child, telling them they have superpowers of confidence while wearing the wig may help them feel more self-assured in social situations.
Get Your Child a Haircut
If your child has patchy hair amid otherwise normal length or long hair, consider getting a shorter hair cut before introducing the custom wig. Cutting the hair short may also feel more comfortable, especially when wearing the wig for longer stretches of time.
Get the Wig Styled
Even with a custom wig, you may have to have the wig styled before it suits your little one perfectly. Human hair front lace wigs may need to have some of the lace cut away. These are done by the wig manufacturer or at a salon that specializes in human hair wigs.
The best quality wigs can be parted anywhere and styled just like your child prefers. This helps your child feel not only more self-assured, but also stylish in any situation.
Learn how to Care for and Store the Wig
High quality wigs need to be cared for properly if you hope for them to retain their comfort and realism. This is an opportunity to develop a cleaning and care routine with your child that can also be fun. This includes the shampooing and conditioning of the human hair wig, as well as storage. Make the activities something you both look forward to. The tasks will bring you and your child closer together and will ensure the wig is adequately maintained to retain its appearance and value.
Try to find a support group nearby comprised of other kids faced with wearing wigs. Your child will feel far more comfortable wearing a human hair wig when he or she is able to interact with other children in the same situation. Your child can ask questions and hear stories of other wig wearers, making them feel part of a special club, and further reinforcing that they’re not alone, that there are others wearing wigs just like them.
Schedule a Private Fitting with a Custom Wig Manufacturer
If your child is in the process of experiencing hair thinning or loss, or the hair is gone entirely, you can start the process of obtaining a human hair wig by scheduling an appointment with a local wig maker.
Newport Hair Loss Center with three locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Newport Beach, California offers private consultations that include human hair wig fittings. These fittings are designed for adults and children and include measurements and color and style choices.
This consultation is another opportunity to get your child excited about wearing a human hair wig. As your child is being measured, let them know that they are in charge of what their wig looks like. They can help to pick out the color and hairstyle, and any other features your child prefers. These steps make the wig unique, meaning only your child has one like it anywhere in the world.
Worried About the Cost of a Custom Wig? Get a Wig “Prescription”
Custom human hair wigs are designed to look real while feeling comfortable when worn all day long. As such, you can expect to pay more than you would if you were buying a synthetic wig off the rack. Some human hair wigs can cost thousands of dollars.
To help offset the cost, ask your child’s pediatrician or oncologist to write you a script for a “cranial prosthesis.” This is insurance-speak for wig and some insurance policies will cover some or all of the cost of a wig if used for medical purposes. If your child is undergoing chemotherapy treatment or has been diagnosed with Alopecia or Trichotillomania, a cranial prosthetic or human hair wig is being used to cover it up, making it worthy of insurance coverage.
Get a Quality Wig That Brings Out the Best in Your Child
For toddlers, teens, and every age in between, a custom human hair wig can help to restore confidence and help your child fit in while hiding their hair loss. Your child deserves the best wig money can buy, which in our opinion is an Amani human hair wig hand-made by experts right here in California.
Contact Newport Hair Loss Center in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Newport Beach for a private wig-fitting consultation for your child. Founder Nazy Curtis is a breast cancer survivor and understands how devastating it is to experience hair loss. Nazy and the team at NHLC are compassionate and skilled at helping your child find the ideal wig for any situation. We can help your child find the highest quality wig in any color and style, making it one-of-a-kind for added appeal.