If your doctor has prescribed a chemotherapy drug that is known to cause hair loss, make the decision to prepare yourself for hair lossbeforetreatment begins. Cancer already does a number on a person's self-image, and hair loss can be a seriously devastating side effect. Early preparation can help you cope when your hair begins to fall out.
1 Opt for a Short Haircut Before Treatment Begins
Many women choose to cut their hair short or shave their heads entirely before hair starts to fall out. It's a lot less shocking to have short clumps of hair fall out in the shower or in your hands, rather than a handful of long strands. Plus, hair tends to come out in uneven patches, and short hair can help to temporarily mask this.
I went straight for a 'buzz cut' but feel with hindsight it would have been a good idea for me to have an in-between cut so it was less shocking.
2 Get aWig
If you plan on wearing a wig after you lose your hair to chemotherapy, try to get onebeforeyour hair begins to fall out. Choosinga wig before hair loss is ideal because it allows you to choose a wig that matches your hair colour bestandyou'll have it on hand when hair loss starts. However you may decide to try a completely new look! Most NHS areas offer at least one wig to cancer patients starting a course of chemotherapy where medical Alopecia (hair loss) is inevitable.
I had a wig, but I have to say it wasn't a pleasant process really and I regret the experience. I wish I could have had longer choosing one and everything happened so fast I didn't have anyone with me to help choose one. As a result I didn't like mine very much and only wore it on 2 occasions at the request of my then 4 year old daughter. I found my wigveryuncomfortable and felt more self conscious wearing that my beanies. BUT that is just me and I would still recommend getting at least one wig.
3 Choose Some Beanies.
Even if you get a wig, you will need some type of head covering for when you are not wearing your wig, especially during chilly weather and during the night. Wigs can also be uncomfortable, so you will want some easy comfy 'hygge' headwear to slip on easily and cover up for your family and loved ones. Your scalp will most likely be sensitive when not covered, not to mention cold. Beanies also provide excellent protect protection against the sun and wind when outdoors.
Why not add a head wrap over your Bold Beanie for an extra touch of luxury.
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Hair Loss is one of the more dreaded side effects of Chemotherapyfor Cancer, but not all chemotherapy drugs have the same effect. Some medications almost always result in hair loss, whereas others cause minimal hair loss. below is a list of the particular drugs most likely to cause hair loss (Alopecia), but there are other factors that can affect hair loss as well, such as the dose of the drug, when its of administered, and the combination of drugs received.
Bold Beanies offers soft comfortable options to help patients (men, ladies and children) with a range of stretchy cotton hats and scarves. Some adults also opt to try and prevent hair loss by using a cold cap. I can't stand the cold, so this was not something I considered.
Side Effects of Chemotherapy Chemotherapy drugs work systemically (throughout the body) by interfering with the division and growth of rapidly growing cells. While these drugs can be effective in eliminating cancer cells, they also damage normal cells in our bodies which divide rapidly. This includes hair follicles (leading to Hair Loss), cells in the digestive tract (leading to nausea and vomiting), and cells in your bone marrow (leading to fewer red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets).
Hair Loss From ChemotherapyHair loss is very common during chemotherapy for breast cancer as well as other cancers, though some drugs and methods of administration are more likely than others to disrupt hair follicles.
Whether or not you develop hair loss and the degree of your hair loss depends on a number of factors including:
Dose of chemotherapy
How often the chemotherapy is given
The route of administration
The drugs or combination of drugs you receive
Your individual makeup: Some people are more likely to lose hair than others, even with the same doses of the same drugs
The good news is that chemotherapy-induced hair loss is almost always reversible (there have been a few rare exceptions reported).
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