Cancer-Related Hair Loss Requires Experienced Pros

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CANCER-RELATED HAIR LOSS CAN BE AS DEVASTATING AS THE CANCER TREATMENT ITSELF.

Some people say the prospect of hair loss from chemotherapy devastates them as much as the cancer itself. And because it is a process — chemo hair loss generally begins with large patches of hair on the pillow, followed by an uneven fuzziness — it may feel like a downward spiral. The psychology of cancer hair loss can impact the body’s ability to fight the disease and tolerate medications.

There are many hair loss salons and specialists who understand and are skilled with the challenge of hair loss from chemotherapy. Several have themselves experienced chemo hair loss and speak about approaching it in stages: This could include cutting hair shorter in preparation for when chemotherapy will cause the hair to fall out (usually, about three weeks after treatment begins).

As a patient you have options — determine if a wig, hair replacement system, scarves or a professional shave will best suit your style. Many individuals choose a combination, conveying a saucy attitude that treats this as an opportunity to try different looks.

Working with the right salon is key. When making an appointment to visit a salon in order to address your chemo-related hair loss, try to determine in advance if personnel are familiar with your type of condition. Ask outright, “Do you have experience with chemo hair loss?” Are they aware that the scalp may be more sensitive during this time period? Do they have an area that affords you private discussions with your stylist? And can you approach your hair loss from chemotherapy in phases, beginning even before you start treatment for your cancer?

Hair loss remedies might positively affect your medical condition. Study those here as much as you might pharmaceutical, dietary and exercise paths to recovery.