Chemotherapy Hair Loss
Why Does Chemo Cause Hair Loss?
According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the side-effects that both men and women fear when choosing to undergo chemotherapy is hair loss. Due to the fast-growing nature of the hair cells produced in the hair root, chemotherapy incidentally targets and stops hair growth on the entire body. Not all chemotherapy drugs will cause complete hair loss and some have reported only thinning or hair loss on other parts of the body.
Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline
Hair-loss in Chemotherapy can occur within two to four weeks after treatment starts depending on the strength and dosage of the treatment. Fortunately, hair loss from chemo is usually temporary, with regrowth expected to start three to six months after treatment ends. As chemotherapy starts to cause hair loss, we recommend cutting the hair very short or to even shave it off completely. Mentally, this allows you to take control of your treatment and makes managing hair loss easier.
How to Cope with Hair Loss During Chemo
It is important to find good cancer hair loss wigs well before the hair has completely fallen out because a great wig will ease you through cancer with confidence. Our Recover with Confidence program uses talented, licensed cosmetologists to help you find the perfect, natural looking wig to help you with your hair loss. Chemotherapy can leave your scalp feeling tender and sensitive, so STRUT Hair Solutions uses wigs created from soft, silky, natural-looking, and lightweight materials. These wigs for chemo are carefully constructed and feature comfortable caps that result in a natural look and feel. In addition, we recommend using our recommended cleansers and moisturizers to help care for your scalp. Our Recover with Confidence Program starts with a discreet, private, and compassionate consultation with one of our certified professionals.
Hair Regrowth After Chemo
How soon after chemo does hair grow back? Unfortunately, hair regrowth after cancer may be slow, thin, short (obviously) and of a different color or texture than the hair that grew before chemotherapy. As the cells in your scalp regrow, their control over pigment and texture will return to their natural look and feel. Topical products or hair products for chemo patients have proven to be effective. High proteins and vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E also help promote capillary growth. There are tons of great resources online for treatment for hair loss after chemotherapy.
For more information about our Recover with Confidence Program and where to find the best wigs for cancer patients, contact us and we can schedule a free confidential consultation to discuss in further detail.