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Short Hair Styles After Chemo
I would be starting my chemo next week. Do you think it would be best for me to have my hair cut really short?
Maybe: If your chemotherapy regimen definitely causes hair loss, it's a good idea. Once your hair starts falling out, it gets into everything. Think of a long- haired dog that suddenly starts shedding all of its hair. It's also less distressing to have short hair before you lose it all. Some of my patients have tried a mohawk for a few days! Have fun with it! ...Read more
2nd dose of chemo thursday. I have red bumps on my scalp hair falling out and hair cut short. The bumps itch & painful. What can I put on scalp?
I've been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, starting chemotherapy. Can I still press &flat iron my hair, what other styles can I wear?
ITS POSSIBLE: Everyone is different, some shave now, others wait until they notice hair loss and others until they notice bald spots. The timing is a personal matter. About making a wig, its possible but very time consuming, better option is to purchase a wig of your style and color of choice made of natural human hair. ...Read more
When you start taking chemo, how long does it take for your hair to fall out and how does it do it?
1 to 3 weeks: Hair usually falls out 1 to 3 weeks after starting treatment and up to a few weeks afterward. The good news is that it's usually temporary and regrows 3 to 10 months after chemo ends. Hair loss may be all over the body, not just the scalp. It could fall out very quickly in clumps or gradually. ...Read more
Have patience: Many types of chemo disrupt hair growth and cause the hair to fall out. New hair will start to grow when it gets a chance. First you have to be over chemo, and then your bodily metabolism has to restart the hair growth. Generally you will see a start about 4 weeks after chemo is over but it may take up to 6 months to get a decent crop. This may vary a little with chemo type so ask your onc. ...Read more
After 3-4 weeks: Not all chemo drugs cause hair loss. Some will cause partial, others can cause complete hair loss. It is not seen for the first 3-4 weeks. So the first chemo cycle comes free. Then you start thinning your hair with each cycle of chemotherapy and may be bald in 2-3 months. Some patients prefer to trim their hair, so it is easier to manage when they fall all over your dress and bedding. ...Read more
A few months:
Hair can take a few months to fully return after chemo. Two to four months to look like a decent amount of hair, sometimes longer.
It takes longer than if someone not taking chemo just shaved their head.
Less hair means a cooler head in the summertime! Hang in there and good luck. ...Read more
Variable Hair loss:
It depends on which chemo drug she is taking; some cause minor hair loss others can cause total hair loss. Find out the names off her chemo Drugs.
Hair loss does not happen for the first 2-3 weeks, so she has some time to buy a nice wig. But I suspect her Oncology team would prepare her for all expected events. ...Read more
Naturally: The person who had full hair prior to the chemo will most likely get back all of their hair. ...Read more
Vitamins: If your doctor is okay with it, you can take vitamins for hair/skin/nails which contain biotin and silica generally. There are also some topical sprays to stimulate growth. See if there is an "Image Recovery Center" near you - they will probably carry the scalp product or could order it in for you. ...Read more
Hair regrowth: Good question. Not sure but often I see softer, finer and even curly hair return in a patient whose chemo induced total hair loss (alopecia). Perhaps the chemo effect resets the hair follicles and the growth that occurs is from a more juvenile set of hair stem cells. But basically, almost all patients have different hair quality after chemo, and most like it better than the hair they had. ☺ ...Read more
Within few months: After the last course of the chemo, hair buds start growing but may take few months to fully appear. ...Read more
I'm finished with chemo and my hair is growing slowly but its thin on top. Please someone tell me this is normal?
Yes it is Ok: Hair growth after chemo is often quite good. There may be minor variation from before but you should be patient and give it 6 months to see the final form the hair take. You will be pleased! ...Read more
Hair follicles: Many chemotherapy drugs are active because they are more likely to damage cells that are growing and dividing rapidly, such as tumor cells. Other cells that rapidly divide can sometimes be damaged and lead to side effects. Hair loss with certain chemotherapy drugs is due to damage to the hair follicle cells by the chemotherapy. ...Read more
Anlagen Effluvium: The onset of anagen effluvium is very rapid. Some individuals who start taking anti-cancer drugs can literally pull their hair out in clumps within the first two weeks. Because these drugs act so quickly and are so potent, the hair follicles have no time to enter into a telogen resting state, as with telogen effluvium, a response to a more moderate environmental challenge. ...Read more
Cancer and hair coloring: Can I have my hair colored between chemotherapy sessions (I was told that I would probably not loose my hair during chemo)?
Yes, no problem: Hair care can continue as you normal do. Chemo will not come in the way, other than the fact, some chemo drugs will make you lose your hair over 1-2 months. ...Read more
Can you tell me if people go through chemo therapy and know their hair is going to fall off, why don't they just shave their hair off and make a wig out of it?
Interesting idea: Many people do shave their hair and purchase a wig. However, a custom made wig from one's own hair may be quite expensive and it may be difficult to locate someone who could make the wig. ...Read more
Yes if using long te: The chemotherapy doses are low in ipt, however, repeted chemo, in some cases, cause hair loss too. Crtainly the incidence of hair loss in low in ipt because the dose of chemo is low. However, the effacacy of ipt is less documented, so I prefer it be used only for stage 4 patients with careful clinical monitoring. ...Read more