For decades chemotherapy has been one of the main treatments used to fight cancer. Sometimes chemotherapy and certain drug therapies cause hair loss; some may thin the hair while others do not affect it at all. You may lose all body hair including your eyelashes and pubic hair, which can be very distressing. Your doctor or nurse will let you know if the chemotherapy you are receiving causes hair loss.
Your hair loss will continue throughout your treatment and up to a few weeks afterward. Whether your hair thins or you become completely bald will depend on your treatment.Your hair can begin to fall out within a few weeks of your first treatment and will begin to grow back a few weeks after your last treatment.When your hair starts to grow back, it will probably be slightly different from the hair you lost. But the difference is usually temporary. Your new hair might have a different texture or color. It might be curlier than it was before, or it could be gray until the cells that control the pigment in your hair begin functioning again.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
- I have just started my therapy, when should i get a wig?
We recommend that all our clients come in and visit the salon before if possible starting treatment, when you still have your own hair. Understandably this period can pass very quickly, we like to advise our clients to come into visit the salon when they still have their own hair. You will find that we will be able to understand how you style and wear your hair and together can find you right match.
- What about my eyelashes and my eyebrows, do i lose these?
Not everybody will lose their eyebrows and lashes. However if this does happen, we have some great products available in store which we can advise and show you how to apply.
- Can i prevent hair lose?
Not everybody’s hair will fall out when undergoing treatment, your doctor or oncology nurse will inform you if the treatment will effect your hair. If your team of nurses or doctors has advised you that you will lose your hair this is probably the case, however in some cases it has been known that some patients hair may just thin a little. If this is the case we would advise you to cut your hair, as the weight in longer hair can oftentimes pull the hair out a little quicker.
- Is there any substitute to a wig?
There are plenty of substitutes to a wig if you are not comfortable wearing one. We have a wide range of scarfs, hats and other head pieces available in store.
- What should i do when my hair starts to fall out?
When you notice that your hair is beginning to fall out, call the salon and we can arrange an emergency appointment to help you cut your hair and fit the wig. We advise our clients to wear hats in bed at night, this can keep your head warm and make hair loss a little less distressing.