Coping With Hair Loss After Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment brings about a lot of side effects and hair loss is one of them. Hair loss can be distressing, especially for people who love their hair and who feel it is a significant part of their appearance.

Before you start your treatment process, ask your cancer team if you are going to lose your hair. You can try to reduce hair loss, so if you opt for chemotherapy, a cold cap can be beneficial for you. You can consider cutting your hair shorter or even shaving it before the treatment, then it will not seem as shocking to you and will give you a sense of control. Some people choose to wear wigs or other headwear and the hospital team can give you tips and information on where to find wigs that will match the texture and color of your natural hair. You can also ask your friends or family for advice.

What can you do when your hair starts to come out?

The first signs of hair loss will be visible when you wash or brush it. During this stage, you need to care for your hair by using baby shampoo and other gentle hair products. Avoid perms, curlers, straighteners or any other hair treatment that may weaken you hair. This way you will draw out the process of hair loss making it less drastic. But hair loss does not mean you cannot look natural and beautiful. Find what will suit you and what will make you feel comfortable after you lose your hair. Take your time. Some people feel comfortable being bold and others prefer wearing a wig, scarf of other headwear to disguise their hair loss.

You can work on your look

Losing your hair may come as a shock to you in terms of your appearance. However, there are many ways to feel more comfortable and enhance your confidence. Women divert attention away from their headwear by putting on make-up, penciling on eyebrows or using false eyelashes. Men can wear bright colors and suitable caps or hats. It will take time to get used to your new look. Many people do not feel confident in social situations at first but try not to hide away, because being around people will help you feel confident.

Dealing with hair loss emotionally

Losing your hair can trigger many negative feelings, and it can make you feel angry or depressed. It can also constantly remind you of cancer. How can you cope with these feelings? Some people find it depressing while others find it not as bad as they thought it would be. What may upset you most is people’s reaction to your hair loss as they might be unsure what to say. If you feel comfortable talking about it, then people will feel free to give you advice.

If you find it difficult to cope with your hair loss, talk to your cancer care team, people at your hospital or attend a support group.


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