Minimizing hair loss due to chemotherapy
Hair loss is generally experienced within two weeks of starting chemotherapy. Often when patients comb their hair they find tufts of hair coming off. A fact to remember is that hair loss due to chemotherapy is temporary and the hair is likely to grow back with time.
Some of the ways by which you can minimize hair loss are
- Use a mild shampoo while washing your hair.
- Use a wide tooth comb for combing your hair.
- Avoid brushing your hair regularly. Try to brush or comb your hair once or twice a day.
- Do not use or curtail the use of hair dryers or hair curling equipment which involves applying heat to the hair as that damages the hair and speeds the hair loss process.
- Avoid using hairstyles that stretch your hair like tying a ponytail or braiding your hair.
Other treatments to tackle chemotherapy-related hair loss
During scalp hypothermia sessions, ice packs or similar cooling material are placed on the scalp which prevents or limits the hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments. Scalp hypothermia sessions are conducted before, during, and after chemotherapy infusions. One significant drawback of scalp hypothermia can be that it makes the patient feel cold and can also cause headaches.
Some of the patients switch to hairstyles that require short hair when they start chemotherapy and gradually end up shaving their head. Women are increasingly shaving their heads to support certain styles, therefore, a woman which shaved head does not attract that much attention as in the years gone by. Patients also use scarfs and bandanas over the shaved heads to look more stylish.
Use wigs and hair extensions
With the variety of hair extensions available, at the start of the chemotherapy treatment patients can start using hair extensions. With hair extensions available in many colors and styles, it gives the opportunity to the patient to add some spunk in their otherwise trying period of life.
As the hair loss becomes more dramatic patients can go in for wigs. Frontal or closure wigs can be used to cover particular areas of hair loss whereas Full Lace Wigs can be used to cover the whole scalp for hair loss.
These days there are many solutions available to help reduction of hair loss due to chemotherapy and hair loss trauma can be easily avoided with hair aids like hair extensions and wigs.
Loss of hair due to chemotherapy treatment does not mean that the patient has to suffer mentally because of the loss of the way their hair looked. Hair extensions and hair wigs can be used to get their style and look back. In fact, such a situation can be turned around as an opportunity to look glamorous or to achieve a hairstyle that you have always dreamed of.