Wig Information

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CT. Statute 38A542 stipulates that a commercial health insurance policy originating in Connecticut must provide one synthetic wig in a lifetime for a woman suffering from chemotherapy induced hair loss. An oncologist must write the prescription for a “cranial prosthesis” (HCPC code is S8095), which must accompany the bill, in order for insurance to cover the item. Maximum amount of coverage is $350.

Although most working people have wig coverage, this mandate does not mean there is universal coverage; Medicare does not provide any wig coverage.
  • Healthnet Smartchoice (the Medicare HMO) does not provide wig coverage.
  • “Self-funded” employers may or may not include coverage for wigs. If you disagree with their decision, you may appeal through your plan administrator (CC: to your employer). If all appeals are exhausted, you have the right to seek legal counsel and can file suit in federal court. The US Dept. of Labor (617-565-9600) can inform you of your rights.
  • If the person’s insurance originates in any state other than CT, the patient may or may not have wig coverage. The coverage is based on individual policy, not on the CT law. Decisions disagreed with may be appealed.
  • Deductibles and co-pays may apply.
Some stores will bill the insurance company directly.

The American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345, (203) 379-4700 and Cancer Care (1-800-813-HOPE, (203 854-9911) have wigs that can be obtained FREE OF CHARGE.

Ask your social worker about the next “Look Good…Feel Better” Program, a public service program, partnered by the American Cancer Society; the Cosmetic, Fragrance and Toiletry Association; the National Cosmetology Association; and co-sponsored by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, where wigs and other head coverings as well as skin care and make-up are discussed.

For most women, selecting a wig is a mystery. To make the right choice, get to know what’s available:

HAIR Types: Synthetic or “Real”
Synthetic and human hair wigs are equally durable and can both be matched to your own hair color and desired cut. Many women favor synthetic wigs, since they are easier to maintain, hold their set longer, dry faster after washing, and are far less expensive than “real hair” wigs. Hair varies from tough (low-end) to almost silky (high-end). At the same time, human hair win fans for natural feel and versatility; in fact, you can reset as often as real hair and touch-up using heat appliances (i.e., curling irons, blow dryers, etc.) that would melt a synthetic wig. Grade A human hair wigs (not Grade B, which are less resilient) can even be re-dyed or permed.  However, since the added work required for human hair can become tiresome and pricey, many women prefer to go “low maintenance” with synthetic. It’s a highly personal decision.

Construction: Machine-, Hand, or Custom-Made
Quality construction is a key factor in choosing any wig. A well-crafted, machine-made synthetic wig looks like your own hair and offers comfort-minded details, like a vented cap, at a reasonable price. Such mass-produced synthetic wigs perform better than some low quality human hair wigs, so it’s important to know what you are getting. High-quality, handmade wigs look even more natural, since strands of hair are individually tied, allowing the wig to be parted and styled with hair accessories. Top-of-the-line, custom-made wigs, fit to your precise specifications, are the closest to your own hair, but cost a great deal and take several months to produce. To find reputable wig retailers and makers, contact the American Cancer Society or your hair stylist.

Options: Wigs or Hairpieces
In addition to wigs, there are bangs, falls, ponytails, and side pieces to wear with hats and head wraps. Such hairpieces are an option if you prefer not to wear a wig, or just don’t want to wear one every day. Attached to the inside of a hat or head wrap (usually with Velcro), the hairpiece falls naturally from beneath, providing the illusion of a full head of hair.

More Shopping Tips
  • When you shop for your wig, take a friend or family member for back-up. Try on multiple styles and types to be sure you select what’s best for you. Experts suggest choosing a lighter shade than your natural color for a face-brightening effect.
  • When you purchase your wig, you may also want to pick up these supplies: wig caps, wig stand, wig shampoo, wig spray, wig conditioner, hair nets, hair pins, rollers, and a wire wig brush.

Shops

New Haven
The Boutique
Smilow Cancer Hospital
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saturday by appointment only
(203) 200-2273

Beauty Plus
827 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06511       
Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;  Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
(203) 776-9898

Pio of Italy Hair Studio
1118 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT           
by appointment only
(203) 397-0200

Cheshire
Lucinda’s Hair
650 Highland Avenue
Cheshire, CT           
Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
(203) 272-1585

Curchief Volunteer Center
286 Maple Avenue
Cheshire, CT           
Non-profit organization
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after 3 p.m. 
(203) 699-1488

East Haven
Hair to Eternity
204 Kimberly Avenue
East Haven, CT           
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
(203) 469-3173 (phone for appointment with fitter)

East Lyme
Pearl’s Wig Boutique
313 Flanders Road
East Lyme, CT  06333       
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
(860) 442-5555

Fairfield
Total Look
2193 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 367-4247

Greenwich
Angelo & Anita Wig & Hair Replacement Center
23 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830       
Thursday, Friday, Saturday for wigs
(203) 869-1234 by appointment only

Hamden
Richard Penna Salon
2456 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT           
Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday open until 7:30 p.m. 
(203) 281-4345

Hartford
FABI of Rome Hair Replacement Center
173 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 571-0057

Milford
Carolyn’s Infinity Hair
544 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 874-6300

North Haven
Wig Towne
117 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473       
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
(203) 239-2480

Hair Replacement Concepts
266 Quinnipiac Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473       
Call for appointment
(203) 915-1271

Old Saybrook
Just Wigs
341 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT  06470   
Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
(860) 395-1051

Orange
Saxon Kent
185 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT 06477           
Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
(203) 795-3682     

Paula’s Wig Boutique
501 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT  06477       
Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
(203) 799-8510           

Southport
Total Look
3482 Boston Post Road
Southport, CT 06890
(203) 255-9510

Stamford
Gloria’s Beauty Supply Boutique
27 Main Street
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 359-9719

Trumbull
Anthony’s Wigs & Hairpieces
Hawley Lane Mall
Trumbull, CT 06611       
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
(203) 377-2084  by appointment only

Waterbury
Tonkins Wigs
384 Stillson Road
Waterbury, CT 06705       
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
(203) 753-1355 (appointments made after hours)

West Hartford
FABI of Rome Hair Replacement Center
173 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119       
By appointment only
(860) 571-0057

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