If you are in need of a wig or hair topper for medical reasons (Cancer related or Alopecia) you may be eligible for a reimbursement from your current health insurance provider?
The trick is knowing what insurance companies look for. A claim submitted with the term "wig" will more than likely be rejected by insurance companies because it is seen as a cosmetic expense, while referring to the same product as a "Cranial Hair Prosthesis" necessary for medically related hair loss will just as often result in a paid claim as a medical necessity. Along with submitting a written prescription from a medical professional, it is important to send a personal note detailing the psychological effect the hair loss has had on you.
How to File Your Initial Claim:
Appealing a Denied Claim:
Due to the differences in every individual's insurance policy, this may not work for everyone. This guideline is just for you to reference and to show you how to research if your insurance company covers "Cranial Hair Prosthesis" or something similar. Make sure you review and understand the procedures outlined by your insurance policy as they may differ between carriers. Keep copies of all documentation including the receipt/invoice for your Cranial Hair Prosthesis (may even be a tax deductible medical expense).
County Department of Social Services
National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF)
To style, blow dry the hair using the cool setting. Keep in mind, the more blow drying and heat styling tools being used, the faster the wig will become dry and/or damaged. Cool blow drying will cause the least possible harm to the hair. Air drying is also an option for a more natural look.
When it comes to Human Hair wigs and hair topper maintenance, proper care is key. Please follow our wig care instructions to keep your piece in the best condition possible.
You should wash your wig or hair topper only as needed. First, secure it to a mannequin head to prevent any slipping during the washing process. Attaching the piece to a mannequin head before washing is the most important step to avoid inversion of the hair through the cap. We recommend using a rubberized, plastic block head as opposed to a styrofoam head. Simply secure the wig to the mannequin head using several small sewing pins strategically placed at the nape and temple areas.
We do not recommend the following:
-Swimming in your wig or hair topper
-Applying conditioner to the roots
-Applying hair spray
-Sleeping in your wig or hair topper
You will need:
Wetting The Hair...
Once the hairpiece is secured to the mannequin head, wet the hair by allowing water to run down in the natural direction of the hair from the crown to the ends. Be careful to always rinse using this simple method.
Place a quarter size amount of shampoo into your hands. Working gently with your fingertips, squeeze the hair to lather the shampoo. Avoid using circular motions while lathering the hair. In addition, be sure to shampoo the inside of the cap. Rinse thoroughly and repeat a second time to ensure your hair piece is free of residue buildup.
Rinse the hair thoroughly a second time to ensure all shampoo is removed. As before, accomplish this by running water down from the crown to the ends. Rinse until the water runs clear. This process will take a few minutes.
Apply a generous amount of conditioner starting at the nape and working up toward the roots, stopping just short of the roots by a half of an inch. Move your hands through the hair gently to evenly distribute the conditioner. Allow the conditioner to absorb into the hair for 3 to 4 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the hair. If you find that a very deep conditioning is necessary, we can provide this service for a slight fee.
Remove Excess Moisture...
Remove the wig from the mannequin. Wrap the hairpiece carefully in a towel, then gently remove excess water by squeezing from root to tip. Comb through the hair using a wide-tooth comb and allow the cap of the wig to air dry.
You Will Need...
* Your wig or topper.
* Synthetic shampoo.
* Synthetic leave-in conditioner.
* HD detangler spray.
* Wide tooth comb.
* Sink w/ cool water.
* Plastic wig stand.
Before You Begin...
* Spray 2-3 pumps of HD detangler spray on the ends of your wig or topper, and then comb out all tangles.
* Make sure you are running cold water for washing.
*. Hold the piece by placing the palm on the inside of the cap.
Washing The Hair...
* Use only a small amount of shampoo and lather it in your hands prior to applying to hair.
* Run the shampoo through the hair with your hand with strokes going downward (NO SCRUBBING).
* Rinse the wig ensuring that all soap is removed.
* Towel dry the hair by placing your towel inside the cap and wrap the rest around the outside of the piece.
* Spray 2-4 pumps of leave-in conditioner and comb the hair with a wide tooth comb
* Set your hair on the wig stand to air dry for about 5-6 hours.
And just like that...she's ready to go!!!
First….Congratulations on your New Hair!!!!! Since you both are just getting to know each other there are a few very important things that you need to know about your new girl! So please read carefully and of course if you have any questions I am always here to help!
One more thing...have fun with her!!