In early December, after one round of intensive chemotherapy for cancer, Christine Adley started to lose her hair. And it came out bad, she said.
When the 23-year-old Chicagoan went to the American Cancer Society wig bank at the University of Illinois-Chicago hospital, she thought she would be getting another synthetic wig, like the two she already had, one black, one purple. But she was surprised when she was offered a different option: wigs made out of real human hair.
After trying on about six wigs, she chose a brown, just-above-the-shoulders wig, which she said she picked because it was made from real hair, and because it was a departure from her usual look of long, black hair—“I stepped on the wild side,” she said.
“When I tried it on, I was like, 'I could do this,' and after about 10 minutes of having it on, I didn’t want to take it off,” she said. “I was addicted to it.”
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