Cancer Treatment or Chemotherapy causes hair on your head and other parts of the body to fall out. This hair loss is called Alopecia. You can talk with your health care team, doctor, or nurse to learn about how the cancer treatment you receive causes hair loss.
Read on to know more about Hair Loss (Alopecia) and Cancer Treatment.
What Causes Hair Loss (Alopecia) in cancer patients?
During Cancer treatment, chemotherapy targets cancer cells that divide rapidly. But some healthy cells like those lining the mouth and stomach and hair follicles in the body also divide quickly. Alopecia may result when cancer treatments, especially certain chemotherapy drugs, damage the fast-growing healthy cells responsible for hair growth.
Hair loss usually starts within two to three weeks after chemotherapy treatment and progresses over one to two months. Hair loss may continue throughout treatment and up to a few months afterward also.
Hair loss or Alopecia can occur not only on the head but elsewhere else on the body, including the hair on the arms, underarms, and legs, face (eyelashes and eyebrows), and pubic hair.
How to prevent hair loss (Alopecia) in cancer patients?
You can apply a drug such as minoxidil (Rogaine) to treat your scalp during chemotherapy but know that it can be harmful as much research needs to be conducted to make a strong claim for the drug.
Although preventing hair loss from occurring is not possible, but people still try to manage it by doing many remedies like:
- Washing hair gently and less often, preferably with lukewarm water and baby shampoo.
- Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase instead of a regular pillow for sleeping.
- Avoid applying heat like curlers, blow dryers, and many more to hair
- Avoid putting hair in braids, cornrows, or ponytails.
- Wear a wig, scarf, or turban to hide bald spots on the head.
- Gradually cut short their hair before the treatment starts
- Completely shave the hair off to avoid the distress of seeing their hair fall out.
- Wear a hair net at night, so the hair isn’t all over the pillow
- Wear a soft hat in bed to keep the hair warm.
- Rub in oil or moisturizer or even products like Hydromel or Double base to the area where hair loss occurs.
- Start using a moisturizing liquid, like aqueous cream, Oilatum, or Diprobase instead of soap.
However, even after all this, there is no guaranteed way to preserve your hair during treatment perfectly. Several different treatments have been investigated in preventing hair loss, but none have been 100 percent effective. But don’t lose hope because Emily Wyant, a world-renowned hair expert, educator, speaker, author, TV & Radio Personality, and the founder of Bond Hair Bar, can help you.
Bond Hair Bar has helped thousands of people find confidence and get their dream hair through the help of hair extensions and hair replacement. They have helped models, stay-at-home mums, transgender women, beauty queens, celebrities, and many more.
However, we pride ourselves in helping women and men struggling with various illnesses and conditions like cancer treatments affecting their hair growth regain their confidence through their hair.
Hair Replacement & Hair Extensions at Bond Hair Bar
Hair loss for anyone can be an extremely stressful experience, and we want to help you ease this stress. therefore, we offer solutions for everyone to acquire the hair they always dreamed of:
Hair replacement is the most common way to fill out your hairline or scalp. The experts at Bond Hair Bar remove the bald scalp and stretch the remaining scalp up to replace it. In short, your hair can be treated and styled just like your own hair and will look and feel the most natural.
Hair extensions easily blend with your hair and last much longer than synthetic hair. Although synthetic hair is cheaper than real hair, it does not look natural, does not last if real hair, and cannot be styled with heating tools. Now you must have gotten real vs. synthetic out of the way!
There are different types of extension applications available for you to choose from:
- Clip-in Hair Extensions
- Tape-In Hair Extensions
- Sew-In Hair Extensions/Weaves
- Fusion & Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions
- Micro link Hair Extensions
Restore Your Hair and Hence Your Confidence at Bond Hair Bar
Hair is often associated with an individual’s identity. Hair has psychological, social, and sometimes spiritual meanings, and its significance reaches beyond the surface. Therefore, hair loss may lead to multidimensional issues that affect a person’s well-being.
Fortunately, individuals who suffer from hair loss can improve the appearance of their hair with the help of Emily Wyant and her team of experts at Bond Hair Bar. So, book an appointment for yourself today!