Medical Hair Loss
There are a number of medical conditions that can cause men, women and children to lose their hair, so the first line of action with any hair loss is to meet with a physician. Just a few conditions that could cause hair loss: polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders, anemia, diseases such as lichen planus and some types of lupus and even pregnancy. Physical trauma and illness, extreme stress and dramatic weight loss can also factor into hair loss.
Chemotherapy and Hair Loss
The already upsetting reality of having cancer and going through chemotherapy can be made even more distressing when one must deal with the loss of hair. As anyone who has faced hair loss knows, that all that they want is to feel “normal” again. There is nothing normal about chemotherapy and the loss of hair associated with chemotherapy may add to the already present anxiety and stress.
Supplemental Hair for Chemotherapy Hair Loss
As hair loss is a likely side effect of chemotherapy, there are ways to go about handling this situation. Prior to or during your treatment, you may choose to change your longer hairstyle to something shorter. You may also want to meet with a cancer care support specialist or a stylist who specializes in working with hair loss clients to document your current hair color and look at options for wigs. There may come a point when your hair is shedding due to your chemotherapy that you might decide to shave your hair completely versus going through a prolonged shedding. Many stylists offer free head shaving for chemotherapy patients. Many patients decide on scarves or hats to get them through the hair loss period, others choose supplemental hair options.
We’ve helped many chemo patients find the right wig to get them through their period of hair loss. Going through cancer and all of its treatments is hard enough; if the idea of losing your hair is too much, we are happy to chat with you about your hair loss solutions. We invite you to bring friends and family with you to your complimentary consultation.
See our blog post documenting our friend Johanna’s journey through hair loss from chemotherapy.
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