For many people the prospect of losing their hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment for cancer can be emotionally challenging. For women in particular hair loss is at extreme odds with a cultural expectation that she have long, soft, healthy hair. Often, this expectation becomes part of how a woman forms her identity. When she loses it all during treatment for cancer, she is challenged both emotionally and psychologically.
Coping strategies for chemotherapy hair loss
Lauren Erdman was 19 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and while she admits to having struggled at first to accept her hair loss, she took inspiration from another woman who continued to take great pride in her appearance, using make-up, fashion and stylish head coverings to develop an updated identity for herself.
Coping tools – how the 3D printer has helped
Wigs and head coverings are among the tools that people have been turning to for years in order to maintain an appearance they can feel confident and attractive in, but sometimes, no matter how cute the head scarf or how authentic the wig, it just doesn’t feel right. It’s too hot, or it slips, or it imposes limits on what the wearer can do.
Enter the 3D printer, which has revolutionised wig-making for the future.
Produced in Bologna by Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories, the CNC is printed using detailed markers of the client’s scalp to create a perfect fit. It is made from medical grade anti-microbial, anti-fungal material that is also highly breathable for an extremely comfortable fit.
Once fitted, the client wears it continually – even when showering, swimming, and sleeping – and only returns to the clinic where it is fitted, to have it checked and disinfected, every four to six weeks.