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10 Things You Can Do To Prepare For Cancer Related Hair Loss

Did you know that when someone receives a cancer diagnosis, one of their first questions is, “Will I lose my hair?” It might seem like a strange concern in light of the seriousness of finding out you have cancer.

But, for some people, the anticipation of losing their hair can feel like the worst part of their looming cancer battle.

If you learn your cancer treatments will result in hair loss, remember their goal is to make you better.

Hair loss from chemo and radiation is almost always temporary. It usually grows back after you complete treatment. Give yourself time to adjust to changes that are coming, and don’t forget that one day you will look and feel like yourself again.

In addition to giving yourself time, there are some other steps you can take to prepare for hair loss from cancer treatments. Here are ten suggestions that might help you ease some of the anxiety many people associate with hair loss from chemo and radiation.

#1 Get The Facts – Now that you know your hair will come out, you might want to ask your doctor what to expect as far as when and how that might happen. Will it all happen at once? Slowly over the course of weeks? When will it start? Some people don’t like surprises. Knowing the facts might help relieve stress-inducing anticipation.

#2 Consider Your Options – Think about what you want to look and feel like during the next few weeks or months. Are you a scarf or hat woman? A wig person? Au natural?. What is most comfortable for you? What fits in with your lifestyle? Do you want to “look like yourself” or use this time to try new hair colors and styles? What do you want others to see when they look at you?

The answers to these questions can help you decide what options might help you cope with hair loss. You can stock up in advance, so you are prepared if and when you decide to opt for head coverage.

#3 Cut Your Hair Before Starting Treatment – Consider this suggestion, especially if your hair is currently long. Some people say that shorter hair falling out can be less “traumatic” than longer hair. It helps ease the transition to total hair loss for some people. Others feel that cutting their hair short is a way to take control of the situation, with some opting to shave their heads o before or just after their hair loss begins.

#4 Avoid Irritating Your Hair With Chemicals Or Heat – Heat and chemicals can encourage hair to fall out, so at this time, you might be wise to skip the coloring, perms, or hot irons. Avoiding products with alcohol and astringents is a good idea too.

#5 Treat Your Hair Gently – In addition to avoiding harsh products and high heat, use gentle, mild shampoo and conditioners. Use a soft hairbrush or wide tooth comb that won’t tug or break hair. Try not to use too many clips or bands on your hair.

#6 Use Protection – You can try sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase or wearing a hairnet which can prevent hair from falling out in large clumps.
Wear sunscreen on your scalp when you are out. Wear a hat or scarf to keep your head warm.

#7 Treat Yourself Kindly – If you find the prospect of losing your hair daunting, try to engage in relaxing activities that can refresh your outlook and take your mind off of cancer. Take a walk outside, watch your favorite movie, practice yoga, get a pedicure or a massage, or listen to your favorite album. Taking time to pamper your body and mind can relieve some of the stress caused by cancer treatments.

#8 Live a Healthy Lifestyle – Exercise and a healthy diet can help you feel better physically and emotionally. Making good choices to maximize your well-being can make a tremendous difference in your outlook as well as the outcome.

#9 Don’t Ignore Your “Beauty Routine” – Do the things that have always made you feel good and confident. Do you love wearing makeup? Get some new lip colors to brighten your smile or eye shadows to highlight your gorgeous eyes. Keep your nails neat and short, or try some crazy new manicure trend. If your eyelashes or eyebrows fall out, experiment with eyebrow pencils and eyeliners to find what you like best. A few new outfits can also make you feel great! Try to maintain your style and beauty routine so you can feel like yourself.

#10 Establish Support – Before you embark on treatment for cancer, consider your support system and who can help you cope with pending hair loss (and everything else you are dealing with). You will probably rely on your friends and family for many things. You might also want to find a cancer support group or therapist or reach out to people who have been on a similar journey. Their perspective can be valuable and help prepare you for challenges that might lie ahead.

Call Riviera Hair Replacement If You Are Expecting Hair Loss From Cancer Treatments

Let our professionals at Riviera Hair Replacement design and create the hair replacement you want when you are experiencing cancer-related hair loss. Whether you want a wig that closely matches your current color and style or to try something completely new, we can help.

Call us today at 516-364-0110 to schedule your free consultation with our hair replacement professionals. You will be glad you did.