Hair Loss & Wig FAQs
Wig & Hair Loss FAQs At Bellissimo Galway & Limerick Hair Salons
We know that you will have lots of questions ahead of your appointment with us. Click the links below to see the answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked. If you need more information or would like to book an appointment, please call us on 091 568 555 (Galway) or 061 317 541 (Limerick) and we will be happy to help.
Complimentary wig consultations are available to book online at Bellissimo Limerick - BOOK ONLINE here. Galway wig-fitting consultations must be made via telephone (091) 568555. Thank you!
How can I make a hair loss appointment?«
Simply call Bellissimo on 091 568 555 (Galway) or 061 317 541 (Limerick) and we will book you in at our next available appointment. This will normally be within a few days, but it may be longer during busy periods.
Your initial consultation takes one full hour with your stylist. Please note, however, that it is important that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time to fill out some simple paperwork.
What documents do I need to bring to my appointment?«
If you are applying for the HSE Wig Grant, you will need to bring:
- A referral letter from your doctor (available from your G.P. or local Oncology Dept)
- Your medical card
- Your credit/debit card
Who should I bring with me to my wig fitting appointment?«
Some women choose to come in alone, which is perfectly ok. It’s a very personal decision.
The majority of clients however will bring someone along with them. We suggest only bringing one person along with you; someone whose opinion you value, and who you consider supportive and calm. (We can accommodate two people if needed).
We will not allow a group of people into the fitting room. While a show of support is always appreciated, it can get crowded in the room, and too many opinions on the choice of wig can be confusing and ultimately overwhelming for the client. You are more than welcome to bring along an entourage but they will have to wait downstairs during your consultation! Don’t worry, they can sit and people watch and sip on a latte as they wait.
Where will my wig consultation take place?«
We have a private wig fitting rooms at both our Limerick and Galway salons. These are spacious rooms, complete with mirrored hairdressing sections and a reclining basin.
Please note that in Limerick this area is not wheelchair accessible so please inform reception if you need wheelchair access. In this case the consultation will take place in a discreet section in the downstairs salon, separate to the main salon floor. This is not visible from the salon floor so your privacy is assured.
How do I choose the right wig?«
We have a wide selection of wigs for you to try on. For hygiene purposes you will first be fitted with a wig cap. We also have a large selection of catalogues for your perusal.
Most clients will have an idea of what style they are comfortable with. We recommend you listen to your stylist’s advice on what piece to choose, your stylist’s main concern will be your comfort after you leave the salon. We want you to look and feel your best with your hairpiece but we also recognise that it is not a time to take on anything on that requires much maintenance. For example, real hair wigs require styling after each shampoo while synthetic will retain the style after every wash, which may be easier at a difficult time.
As a comfortable alternative to the wig, we also offer a wide selection of turbans and headscarves which are designed specifically for hair loss wearers.
How soon will my wig arrive once I order it?«
This depends on whether the style you ultimately decide on is in stock or not. We stock higher numbers of the more popular styles. If you decide on a hairpiece that is not in stock then it will normally take up to 7 days for delivery (longer for custom made pieces).
When your hairpiece arrives we will immediately contact you and make the appointment for your fitting. This will be with the same stylist and takes 30-45 minutes. You will be brought again to the private fitting area to try on your hairpiece (or pieces if more than one is ordered). If at this point you are sure you are happy with your choice, your stylist can cut your wig into a more familiar style if you wish.
If you are unsure you can take it home and return it within the week in its original condition and we will return it and order you a different wig.
Can I change my wig if I don't like it?«
When your hairpiece arrives we will immediately contact you and make the appointment for your fitting. This will be with the same stylist and takes 30-45 minutes. The fitting will take place in our private fitting area, where you will try on your hairpiece (or pieces if more than one is ordered).
If at this point you are sure you are happy with your choice, your stylist can cut your wig into a more familiar style if you wish.
If you are unsure you can take it home and return it within the week in its original condition and we will return it and order you a different wig of your choice.
How do I pay for my wig?«
There are several ways in which you can settle the cost of your wig:
1 – You can pay the full cost of the wig and take it home there and then if you wish. If you have private health insurance you can apply for some or all of this figure to be refunded. We will give you receipts and a letter detailing items purchases which you can send to your health care provider.
2 – Medical Card holders can present their card, and can take their hairpiece home there and then. We will also require a photocopy of your credit card along with a doctor’s referral letter (available from the Oncology Dept in the Regional)
3 – You can wait for your health centre to confirm with Bellissimo that you have been approved for a grant. This may take a few weeks. Once we get this confirmation we can release the wig.
Do you offer Nioxin hair loss treatments at your salons?«
Yes we offer a full range of Nioxin treatments to promote thicker, fuller hair. Book a consultation and we can assess your hair and recommend the most appropriate treatments for your particular concerns. Find out more about the services we offer at our Galway & Limerick Hair Thinning Centres here.
Are your team at Bellissimo wig experts?«
Yes, we have several highly trained wig experts on the team at our Hair Loss Centres.
They have had training in Galway, LImerick and London and have even been mentored by none other than Trevor Sorbie. They will give you solid practical advice on your choice of hairpiece. This means that when your wig arrives it will be styled and personalised to really suit you.
Our mantra is every woman has the right to remain stylish. Trust us, you are in good hands.
Can you help me with HSE funding for my wig?«
Yes. Bellissimo works in conjunction with the Mid Western Health Board to provide support (both financial and cosmetic) where it is a necessity for you to wear a wig or hair piece.
Please call us on 091 568 555 (Galway) or 061 317 541 (Limerick) to enquire about Mid Western Health Board funding.
If you are applying for an HSE Wig Grant, please bring a referral letter from your GP (or oncology unit) to your appointment as well as an in-date medical card. We will handle the administration to make this process stress free.