Medical wig building differs greatly from that of an entertainment wig for film, television or stage. Students in the medical wig class participate in the delicate process of working with clients who will lose or have already lost their hair due to chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
This class is offered during the spring semester each year through a partnership with the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. It is taught by faculty member Christal Schanes.
The process begins with shaving the head and fitting the client with a temporary stock wig. If timed well, the client’s real hair can go through a preparation process and be incorporated into the build of the wig. As the build comes to a close, the client will be educated in how to care for their new hair prosthesis, including tip sheets and a head block to store the wig on when not in use.
Materials for each handcrafted wig through the classroom cost $600 and each class completes between 12-14 wigs. If you would like to donate hair or a wig, or are interested in becoming a client, please contact Christal Schanes. If you would like to make a financial gift to the program, please use our online form. Select “Other,” and write in “Medical Wig.”