Coping With Hair Loss From Chemotherapy
Caring for Your Scalp and Hair
- Use a mild shampoo.
- Use a soft hairbrush.
- Use low heat when drying your hair.
- Have your hair cut short. A shorter style may make your hair look thicker and fuller. It also will make hair loss easier to manage if it occurs.
- Use a sunscreen, sun block, hat, or scarf to protect your scalp from the sun if you lose hair on your head.
- If you usually curl your hair, avoid using brush rollers.
- Avoid dying, perming, or relaxing your hair.
- Get your wig or hairpiece before you lose a lot of hair. That way, you can match your current hairstyle and color. You may be able to buy a wig or hairpiece at a specialty shop just for cancer patients. Someone may even come to your home to help you. You can also buy a wig or hairpiece through a catalog.
- You may also consider borrowing a wig or hairpiece, rather than buying one. Check with the nurse or social work department at your hospital about resources for free wigs in your community.
- Take your wig to your hairdresser or the shop where it was purchased for styling and cutting to frame your face.
- Some health insurance policies cover the cost of a hairpiece needed because of cancer treatment. It is also a tax-deductible expense. Be sure to check your policy and ask your doctor for a "prescription."
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/
BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/default.htm/
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca/
National Cancer Institute. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ .