Women who are faced with hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation treatment often choose the option of wearing a wig and then alternate wearing the wig(s) with hats and scarves. Remember, your hair will grow back, although its thickness, texture, and color may not be the same as it was before treatment.
What should I do to prepare for hair loss?
- Make sure you know if your treatment actually causes hair loss. Not all chemo causes hair loss.
- If your hair is long, consider having it cut short so that switching to a wig or other head covering will be less noticeable.
- Hair generally falls out 2 to 3 weeks after your first chemo treatment.
- Once it starts falling out, consider having your head shaved (use an electric razor to avoid cuts). This can make you feel more in control and keeps you from waking up to find itchy hair all over your pillow.
- If you still need something to catch the hair, you may want to buy a Mesh Cap.
- You may notice that some hair may begin to grow back between treatments, but then fall out again.
Hair usually grows back about six months after chemotherapy ends. Your new hair may be curlier or straighter, thicker or finer—or even a new color. Usually this change is short term; with time your hair will very likely go back to the way it was before treatment. […]