Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow - How to Prevent Chemotherapy Hair Loss My Hair is Falling Out! Chemotherapy Hair Loss Chemotherapy affects everyone differently, and chemotherapy drugs have different effects on the body; however chemotherapy hair loss is a common side effect. Chemotherapy hair loss may occur on the scalp, face, underarms, pubic areas, and other places on the body. The chemotherapy hair loss may be slight thinning or complete loss, and it may happen over several days or weeks. There is a light at the end of the tunnel however, since re-growth usually resumes in about 6 to 8 weeks after the completion of your chemotherapy treatment. Until then, how can you cope with chemotherapy hair loss? Since the most obvious chemotherapy hair loss is on the scalp, coping with the loss can be overwhelming. Many chose to wear head coverings, such as bandanas or wigs, while others leave their head uncovered. Whichever you choose, there are things that you can do to help reduce chemotherapy hair loss. Here are a few tips that you can use during your chemotherapy treatment. What Does My Hairstyle have to do with it? Chemotherapy Hair Loss Hairstyle can play a huge part in reducing chemotherapy hair loss. If you have a short, easy-to-manage hairstyle, you will have less tangling and less hair brushing to do to care for your hair. Hair brushing pulls on the hair follicles, causing more hair loss. Find a soft-bristled brush and/or a wide toothed comb. If you encounter tangles, don't pull. Instead, hold the hair above the tangle and carefully work the tangle apart with the brush or comb. The Drain is Clogged - With My Hair! Chemotherapy Hair Loss Frequent hair washing can dry the scalp and cause itching. Decrease your hair washing frequency to about 3 times per week. Use a mild protein shampoo and gently massage your entire scalp. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, and apply a protein-enriched conditioner into the scalp. (A good conditioner will add body to fine or limp hair.) Massage the scalp and rinse thoroughly again. Hot Rollers Are a Girls Best Friend Chemotherapy Hair Loss Hot rollers may be your best-friend, but you better store them away until your hair grows back. Heat weakens hair and your scalp will be especially tender and highly sensitive to heat during chemotherapy. This also means no curling, crimping, or straightening irons. You can use your blow-dryer as long as it has a cool setting you can switch it to. If your blow-dryer does not have a cool setting, you may want to buy one, or borrow, or even switch with a friend that has one until your hair grows back. Just a Little Hairspray Ought to Do it Chemotherapy Hair Loss Hair-care products contain harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, peroxide, lacquer, or alcohol; therefore they should be avoided during chemotherapy treatment. Hair-care products are unhealthy for your hair, build-up on the hair shafts, and are very difficult to shampoo out. If you insist on using hair-care products, use light or medium holding power sprays, mousses, and gels. Use small amounts to allow for easy removal during shampooing. I Thought Hairnets Were for Food Preparers Chemotherapy Hair Loss Hair loss doesn't stop once you go to sleep. All that moving around you do at night is causing tangles and pulling your hair out. "So what do I do, sleep sitting up? Wear a helmet?" you ask. No, you don't need to go to those extremes. Try using satin pillowcases. The satin is smooth and will cause less tangling than a cotton pillowcase. Wearing a hair net is also a good trick. A hair net will contain your hair and reduce tangling. They will also cause the shedding to occur more evenly since all the hair is contained. My Roots Are Showing! Chemotherapy Hair Loss Whether your roots are showing or your curl is loosening, you will want to avoid coloring or perming your hair during chemotherapy. The chemicals used in these, and other processes, such as highlighting and straightening, damages hair and causes it to fall out. Avoid doing anything to your hair that will cause undue stress. Once your hair grows back, healthy and full, then you can make that hair appointment you've been looking forward to all these weeks. Apply Sunblock to My Head? Chemotherapy Hair Loss Before heading out in the warm sun, apply a sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to your skin. No, you don't need to apply sunblock your head. A wide- brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses will suffice. If you are heading out in the cold chill, be aware that heat escapes through the top of the head. Find a hat or scarf that you can wrap around your head. This will keep your scalp from drying out and itching. I'm Shedding Like A Dog! Chemotherapy Hair Loss If you're shedding a lot of hair, you will find it everywhere - in your mouth, in your food, all over your pillow, and on your clothes. If you are finding that you are constantly picking hair out of your food, off of your clothes and out of your mouth, you may want to consider shaving your head. "No!", you scream. Let's face it, not everyone loses their hair gradually. During chemotherapy treatment, some people's hair sheds quickly over just a few days. When this occurs, there's no saving it. If you are one of these people, shaving your head may be the best way of dealing with the loss. Just Give Me A Wig! Chemotherapy Hair Loss If you decide to wear a wig, hairpiece, turban, scarf, or hat, find one or many that suit your taste and wardrobe best. Shop around before your chemotherapy begins. Why? Here are a couple of reasons: • You may not feel up to shopping during chemotherapy • You will want to try a couple of different head coverings to find which you like best • If you are not used to wearing a wig or other head covering, it will take some time getting used to If you choose to wear a wig, begin wearing it while you still have a full head of hair. Some people have found that others don't even know they've lost their hair! If you decide that you will wear a wig throughout your treatment until your hair has re-grown, you may want to shave your head. This will help the wig fit better and will allow the adhesive to keep your wig in place. For more information about chemotherapy hair loss, go to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
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