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Wigs & Head Wear

Hair loss can occur when chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body to kill cancer cells and some of these drugs damage hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Losing one’s hair is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment. Many patients will not go through this, yet many will lose their hair, eyebrows and even eyelashes. This can be a traumatic experience, especially for women.

CANSA Care Centres have wig-banks that stock synthetic and human hair wigs which may be hired by patients. The availability, styles and colours vary at each CANSA Care Centre. These wigs have been donated to CANSA and are lent out to patients and then returned and ready to be loaned out again to someone else. CANSA asks for a donation of R100 for the wigs, so that we can manage their upkeep and care.

Upon request wigs made from human hair may be ordered from CANSA’s Head Office, as staff there receive wigs from our wig-maker. Wig recipients may give a donation towards the wig. Requests for human hair wigs may be directed to Lucinda Carter, email:

How Can I Donate My Ponytail to CANSA?

Find information about CANSA’s Kindest Cut Campaign…

CompassionHat an Alternate to Wigs

Compassionhat products are next level head wear for people suffering hair loss and products carry the CANSA Smart Choice Seal of Approval. Products will be available at CANSA Care Centres from March 2020 or shop online.

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