On reflection, I’ve been pretty lucky with my wig shopping so far. As I mentioned, I have managed to acquire five wigs from various sources. Here’s a round-up of the different wigs, where they are from and anything else that struck me as useful.
Tucked away in Notting Hill, I’ve actually been to Trendco twice now, and bought wigs on both visits. They have a huge selection of different wigs, both real and synthetic. The shop is quiet and relaxed, with big comfy chairs and mirrors for trying on wigs. All of the assistants I’ve met in there have been friendly, helpful and discreet. They are good at suggesting options without forcing their opinions on you. I believe they also offer haircutting services, as well as semi-permanent make-up, and you can buy hats, scarves and accessories too. Be sure to call and book an appointment in advance.
Trendco London – 64 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH | 0207 221 2646
Trendco have branches in Hove, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham. You can also buy online at www.trendco.co.uk.
NHS subsidised wigs
As soon as I was told I was having chemotherapy, my brilliant Clinical Nurse Specialist referred me to the wig department at the Royal Marsden. It took a week or so to get an appointment there, so by the time I went I had actually already bought my first Trendco number. I wasn’t expecting much but thought I’d go anyway. Happily, I was pleasantly surprised. The lady was great and I tried on various styles I wouldn’t have thought of. She ordered four in for me to try in the correct style/colour, with no pressure to buy anything. Again, this took quite a long time, and my hair started falling out well before the wigs came in. However, in spite of going with the intentions not to, I did end up buying one of them because I really liked the style and colour. You are entitled to NHS support with the cost of buying a wig (in some cases, it may even be free). For me, the reduced cost was £67.75 – pretty good for a full wig. Just make sure you get referred asap to get the ball rolling!
See more NHS information on cancer and hair loss here.
You can see my full review of Heads High wigs here. The wigs are made on soft cotton caps, to be worn under hats and headscarves. A real winner in my opinion! Louise started making these for her daughter who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. She wanted something that would be cooler and more comfortable in summer than a wig, while still looking stylish. Her wigs come in sizes for both adults/teens and children. She even makes caps and headbands with hair attached which are suitable for sports.
WARNING! I journeyed all the way to Selfridges in early June 2015, only to be told that they don’t stock wigs at the moment. They said they might be getting some in in around 5 months. Definitely call and check before you go!
AMENDMENT: Hot Hair have since got in touch to inform me they do indeed have a large wig concession in the basement at Selfridges. So perhaps the Selfridges staff just need to be made aware of that – don’t let yourself be directed to Level 3!!!