Handling hair loss in cancer patients

Grooming and appearance plays an important role in one’s confidence. For some, living without hair during cancer treatment is something they embrace whilst others may want to try an alternative solution. Human hair permanent extensions can provide just that.

Significant hair loss is experienced when chemotherapy drugs are taken to combat cancer cells. This is usually the case because the potent drugs not only attack the cancerous cells but also the healthy ones too.

It is hard to predict where the hair loss can occur first on the scalp. If hair loss does take place, it is most likely to appear within 2 weeks after chemo treatment has begun and peaks between one or two months after.

How do patients handle all this?

  • If you are thinking of using a wig as the hair loss develops it would be better off if you buy it at the start of treatment so you can match your hair color and texture.
  • If you have insurance it is possible to obtain a prescription for the wig from your.
  • Making a list of wig shops would be ideal starting point. You need to try to get the best price and quality on offer. You could also ask the nurses or doctor for any company they can recommend that makes or sells wigs specifically for cancer patients.
  • When buying, I would highly suggest that you buy two; one for everyday use and another for special occasions.
  • Of course synthetic will be cheaper and require less care whereas human hair wigs appear more natural, feel more natural and provide the best quality, they can however be more costly and require much more care.
  • For those who would rather wear scarves than wigs pick cotton as the material will be more comfortable than nylon ones.
  • Using sunscreen, sunblock or a hat to protect scalp from the UV rays is needed when you go outdoors without a wig.
  • To prevent from promoting hair loss use only gentle brushing and washing with a wide tooth comb.
  • Reducing hair loss by avoiding ponytails or braids.
  • Wear a hair net before going to bed to keep hair from coming out in clumps.
  • Take care of your lashes and eyebrows which may also be affected by the medications, handle them gently with care.

The most important thing that you need to remember is that keeping a positive attitude will support the medication and help to combat the disease.