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    Chemotherapy related hair loss

    Hair loss may be one of the more difficult aspects of cancer treatment. Our self-image affects our self-esteem, and when we loose our hair it may be emotionally upsetting. Being educated and understanding your options will support you in making accurate choices that feel right for you.

    Each individual’s experience is different and being educated and preparing in advance will support you in dealing with the cosmetic issues of the cancer treatment experience.

    Determine in advance the amount of hair loss, if any, you can expect.

    Chemotherapy related hair loss is usually temporary, depending on the type of treatment you receive. Hair loss may occur during the first few weeks after your first treatment and will begin to grow back a month or so after your final treatment. The growing process will seem slow at first, since few of us have ever experienced near total hair loss before. The color and texture may seem different than you remember, do not worry, it almost always returns to its original condition and color.

    A hair prosthetic (wig) may be the most emotionally supportive investment you make during your treatment. Looking as much like “you” as possible will contribute to your overall comfort and self-esteem. Advance preparation may be the key to your success with your hair needs. Your physician, nurse or oncologist would be a place to start. They may have information regarding hair loss consultants in your area. Should you decide to participate in a support group, speak with others in the group about their experience and request referral information.

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    To avoid the discomfort of shedding hair, many people choose to have their head shaved in the very early stages of hair loss. Many of our clients have expressed a freedom as a result of the shaving process, mentioning they feel more in control and are relieved that they do not have to deal with all their hair falling out. Shaving is most often the choice when excessive hair loss is experienced.

    If you are planning to purchase a hair prosthesis plan ahead, arrange an appointment with a hair replacement professional as soon after you know that you are going to loose your hair as possible. A qualified professional will be able to guide you through the process, insuring the fit and comfort as well as the color, density, length and style. Most often we suggest that the esthetic elements reflect the hairstyle and color of your own hair, prior to the medication, to insure your personal comfort. Make an inquiry with your insurance company, they may cover all or a portion of the expense.

    This information only touches the most common types of hair loss. Many other hair loss conditions exist and there are endless amounts of information available regarding hair loss. For more information about hair loss refer to

    Making an informed, educated choice:

    • Visit a hair loss consultant prior to your hair loss. This will provide the professional with accurate color samples as well as an opportunity to observe your current hairstyle.

    • Request to see hair prosthetic samples. Examine the interior to determine comfort, Comfort and fit are very important.

    • Synthetic hair is often an appropriate choice for anyone needing coverage for the period of approximately one year. If you know you will be without hair longer than one year a human hair prosthetic may be a consideration. Ask to see a human hair prosthetic and compare. A hand tied front and top may be more desirable. Request to see both machine made and hand tied.

    • As with all personal experiences comfort is important. A private, secure environment along with trained hair loss consultants will greatly enhance your visit. Professional advice, both technical and esthetic will provide the most attractive and comfortable results.


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