One of the main side effects experienced by those undergoing chemotherapy treatments is hair loss. While it is a common side effect, it can be a very difficult one to face and is often noted as the side effect feared most when beginning chemotherapy.
We understand that chemotherapy is a difficult process and that hair loss can cause additional stress and worry. We recommend sharing your worries and concerns with your health care team to prepare yourself for the possibility of hair loss and other symptoms.
Chemotherapy drugs attack fast growing cancer cells and while they are effective in attacking these cells, they also tend to attack other fast growing cells in the body. This means that cells that grow quickly and consistently, like hair cells, end up also being attacked by the chemotherapy drugs.
Unfortunately, at this time, chemotherapy drugs are not sophisticated enough to be able to differentiate the healthy fast growing cells from the unhealthy ones and so all the cells that grow rapidly within the body are affected by this drug. This is why hair loss is experienced during chemotherapy treatments.
Chemotherapy is often associated with hair loss on the head, however hair loss may be experienced all over the body. Some people do report they lose their eyebrows, armpit hair, and more. This can depend on the type of chemotherapy drug being used as well as the dosage.
It is important to speak to your medical team about the type of chemotherapy drug you will be taking so that you can best gauge what to expect for overall symptoms and hair loss.
The important thing to remember is that most often hair loss due to chemotherapy is temporary and you will likely find your hair growth resumes 3-6 months after your treatment plan is completed.
Typically, those undergoing chemotherapy treatments will find their hair loss begins after 3-4 weeks. The hair loss may be gradual or may come in clumps depending on the type of chemotherapy drug and dosage a person is on.
You may notice hair loss specifically on your pillow after sleeping, in the shower when washing your hair, and on your brush when brushing or combing your hair.
You may experience hair loss through your entire treatment and it may continue for a few weeks after your treatment plan is completed.
Hair will begin to grow back several weeks after the treatment is completed. Initially you may find that your hair texture is slightly different but this typically is just temporary.
One of the changes that is often found initially is that the new hair growth is grey however this is often temporary and hair color typically returns to normal as the cell that control pigmentation recovers.
Occasionally, the new growth may have a new texture or color permanently though. You may find your once curly hair is now straighter, or vice versa.
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Unfortunately, there is no set preventable treatment option for hair loss caused by chemotherapy. However, there are care methods you can implement to encourage hair growth and prevent some hair loss, these methods include:
Avoid using heat tools or styling your hair in tight hairstyles such as braids, ponytails, and buns. These hair treatments can tug on the hair root and cause hair loss.
Cooling caps have been shown to have some success with preventing some hair loss as they cool the scalp and slow blood flow to the area. This means that the chemotherapy drugs will not flow to the scalp as easily and therefore should not have as strong of an affect on the scalp.
Once you have completed your chemotherapy treatment plan, you can begin to implement other lifestyle changes to help grow your hair back. Here are a few lifestyle changes you could incorporate:
Once you're done with your chemotherapy treatments, continue being gentle and careful with your hair. Continue avoiding heat tools, damaging hair treatments, and hairstyles that tug on the root of your hair. The kinds of treatments and hairstyles can pull or damage the hair which can cause hair loss or hair breakage.
Stress can impact the hair growth cycle. For this reason, it's important to reduce stress sources in your life and incorporate techniques and strategies that help you relax. For example, we recommend doing meditation or yoga to help manage stress. In addition, it's important to allow your body to have enough sleep and rest so it may function at its best.
We recommend using the ST.TROPICA Beach Goddess Hot Oil Hair Treatment once a week or once every two weeks to help nourish the scalp, encourage hair growth, and strengthen your hair.
To enhance your treatment, you can gently massage the hot oil treatment onto the scalp. This will stimulate blood flow to the scalp which encourages new hair growth.
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