Worried about Hair Loss?

Losing your hair after chemotherapy treatment is quite common. The hair folicles weaken, therefore the hair falls out faster than usual.

Losing your hair after chemotherapy treatment is quite common. The hair folicles weaken, therefore the hair falls out faster than usual. Depending on the exact type of chemotherapy you have, hair loss starts anywhere between one to three weeks once your chemotherapy starts. Once the treatment is complete, you will notice your hair growing back. Sometimes it may not grow back just like it was before, people with curly hair have been known to have it grow back straight. Sometimes dark hair will grow back lighter. These changes are usually just temporary.

Radiation to the head or scalp, however, can cause permanent hair loss.

If you know you are going to have chemotherapy, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or nurse about hair loss. They can answer your questions.

Consider getting a wig. Often it is better to get one before your hair falls out, so that you can match the color. Being prepared takes some of the shock away. However, it is still ok to be upset when you do lose hair. This is a common feeling.

Preparing for hair loss at advance. It can enhance the quality of your life during and after radiation or chemotherapy. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor, seek emotional support, or think about getting a wig.