During recovery from cancer and throughout chemotherapy, you want to optimize your healing potential by reducing stress. Having knowledge and strategies for dealing with hair loss reduces fear and encourages healing by reducing stress.
For some people, the fear of losing their hair is the most difficult stress that comes with their cancer diagnosis. Our hair is very much connected with our sense of self, and our personal identity. Our culture celebrates hair and associates hair with health.
How Does Chemotherapy Cause Hair Loss?
Chemotherapy cures cancer by killing the rapidly growing cancer cells; however; it also kills many other healthy cells, including cells on your head and scalp. It is this loss of cells near the scalp and the hair follicles that causes hair loss during chemotherapy treatment.
What Can You Do to Prevent Hair Loss from Chemotherapy?
An ice cap or a cooling cap is a cap made of ice that is worn over the head during chemotherapy. It works by reducing circulation and blood flow to the scalp.
Be vigilant regarding scalp health and scalp hygiene. Use a moisturizer for scalp dryness and use a very mild cleanser, perhaps a baby shampoo.
When Does Hair Thinning Happen?
Hair loss from chemotherapy happens within 2-4 weeks after starting chemotherapy.
On average, it takes between 3 and 6 months for the hair to regrow. Your hair may change color or texture, especially during the first growth.
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Strategies for Coping
Watching your own hair fall out, or finding it on your pillow, can cause extreme anxiety. Be sure to discuss any severe anxiety with your doctor. A hair net is a simple but effective way to secure your hair.
Many people opt for a short haircut to reduce shedding. Many choose to shave their head completely bald. Shaving your head eliminates the stress of waiting for hair loss to happen.
Wigs, Scarves, and Hats for Comfort and Fashion
Wigs today offer a vast array of choices of colors, styles, and materials. Scarves, hats, and body jewelry for the head can also help you to feel confident and comfortable while your hair regrows.
Looking good really can go a long way towards helping you feel better, by improving your mood. Be bold and try a style, color, or head covering that you’ve never tried before.
Talk to a Hair Loss Specialist Near You
If you are concerned about hair loss during your upcoming chemotherapy treatments, Transitions member hair replacement studios can help. Whether you suffering from hair loss in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or live in New York City or Long Island (or anywhere else worldwide), we invite you to consider scheduling a private, one-on-one consultation with a hair loss specialist who can answer all your questions at a Transitions member hair replacement and hair loss treatment center near you.