Hair loss and cancer treatment

Losing your hair during cancer treatment can be devastating. Find out about wigs and other ways you can cover your head to help you feel more comfortable. 

About hair loss and thinning due to cancer treatment

Hair loss is a common side effect of some cancer treatments. Find out more about it and how you may be able to use scalp cooling to try to reduce hair loss from chemotherapy. 

Coping with hair loss and thinning

Hair loss due to cancer treatment can be very stressful. There are some practical things you can do to help. 


Read about the different types of wigs, whether you can get one through your health service, and tips on how to wear them. 

Hat and scarves

Find out about different ways to cover your head, including hats, scarves, turbans and stretchy tubes.

Where to get wigs, hats and scarves

Find details of helpful organisations and suppliers of wigs and other head wear. 

How to donate your hair to make a wig

Find out how you can donate your hair to make a wig. 

Last reviewed: 
01 Mar 2023
Next review due: 
01 Mar 2026