Hair Loss Due to Chemotherapy

The Effects of Chemotherapy on Hair and How to Handle It

homepage-slide1Most people don’t put too much thought into their hair and it’s health, unless they are facing the possibility of it falling out. Both men and women going through chemotherapy have a greater chance of losing their hair. The amount or speed it falls out at depends on the type and dose of medication you receive, but nonetheless, the chemotherapy will affect hair growth and loss.

 

Why does chemotherapy attack the hair? The medications involved are very powerful and go after the rapidly growing cancer cells. They also go after other growing cells as well, including hair roots. Although hair loss is primarily thought to be on the scalp, it goes after hair on the entire body, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair loss can be temporary and will start to grow back about 3-6 months after chemo has ended. People may find that their hair falls out in clumps all at once, or gradually, finding hair on their pillow, hairbrush or shower. Whether one’s hair is dramatically thinner  or goes bald completely, it is a hard transition to go through. Here are some tips in prepping for hair loss due to chemo and some ideas on dealing with the change.

  1. Be gentle with your hair prior to chemotherapy. Skip the hair color treatments which will only weaken your hair. Allow your hair to air dry and refrain from using hot devices such as hair curlers and straighteners.
  2. Consider cutting your hair if it is long. This will make the hair loss process seem less noticeable and be less of a transition shock to you.
  3. Get headwear to cover your head during or after such as a wig, scarves or hats. Being self-conscious about being bald may be lessened if it is covered up and not as noticeable. Keep your confidence during treatments.
  4. Protect your scalp from the cold and sun with sunscreen and hats. Your scalp may be sensitive from going through treatments or make you extra cold. Stay comfortable and cover up when necessary.
  5. Be patient. Your hair may grow back slowly or look different in color or texture than what it was originally. It will take some time to get it back to what it was like before the damage from chemotherapy. Allowing it to grow back naturally is key.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

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