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How You Can Be a Supportive Friend


The support you give to a friend experiencing hair loss is priceless.

We have to stick together through it all. Through the ups and downs, it’s important to be able to call our girlfriends for a long chat or an emergency coffee date.  In the face of a life-threatening illness and severe treatments, having our friends, as a support is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. You may not be the one going through cancer, but there are things you can do to support your loved one, and make this hardship as easy as it’s ever going to be.

Practice Empathy

For many cancer patients, losing their hair during treatment is the one thing they dread the most. The typical caregiver is much more worried about the patient’s wellness than the lack of their hair. Often times, friends and caregivers can disregard how important the hair loss actually is, during these life-threatening circumstances. It may seem superficial to you, but that’s not the point. When we practice empathy, we are not just saying “wow, that must be terrible.” We’re putting ourselves in another’s shoes. We’re delving deep into another person’s feelings and experiencing their emotions. When we empathize with our sick friend, we’re feeling the hairs leave our head and we understand just how tangible their disease really is.

Cheery Isn’t Always Helpful

It’s in our nature to look for the silver lining. Watching our loved one experience sadness breaks our heart, and we may want to make them feel better with a positive outlook. However, notice what you’re saying. Realize that your positive outlook may be doing more harm than good. “It’ll grow back soon,” may seem positive, but you’re reinforcing the fact that your friend needs her natural hair to be beautiful.

Connect Your Friend With Others

Sometimes your loved one needs to speak to someone that she can relate. It doesn’t matter how many late nights you stay up chatting with her; she needs to speak with someone who has gone through what she is currently going through. Cancer survivors share a bond like no other. You may have done your best to empathize with your loved one, but the connection formed by a shared experience is even more powerful.


Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.

At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.

To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can visit us online or send us an email at with any questions or concerns.

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