Dealing with hair loss after chemotherapy can be difficult. In most cases, the loss is temporary and it is possible to accelerate hair growth. As you wait for your new locks to grow here’s some hair tips you can try.
- Talk to Your Family: Cancer is a scary. You need family and friends around. On the scale of things, losing your hair should be trivial but it’s not. Women really struggle with the idea. After all, your hair is part of how your present yourself to the world. Loved ones love you for more than your hairstyle which keeps things in perspective.
- Don’t Go Hard on Your Hair: Don’t pounce on any product that claims to help regrow hair. Go baby gentle and avoid shampoos with alcohol, strong fragrances or salicylic acid. Don’t perm, color or straighten with chemicals or style using heated rollers, tongs or hairdryers. Just wash and rinse, pat down and leave to dry naturally.
- Try a Topical Lotion. Do it when you first notice your hair getting thin. Many lotions are available but find a no-rinse pH neutral leave-in treatment suitable for sensitive scalps. It should be paraben and sulfate free.
- Go for a Shorter Hairstyle: Mostly, hair growth returns starting with a fuzzy down and each shaft needs time to grow and become strong. Even so, a good stylist can work wonders with just three or four inches. Even if you are sporting a buzz cut, cut well, it’ll make your hair look fuller, boost confidence and prove you are on the road to recovery.
- Take Care of Your Skin: Your scalp is likely to get itchy and even feel tender after you lose your hair. A gentle lotion will help but you can also try a moisturizing shampoo designed specifically for people struggling with cancer hair loss. It will deal with itchy regrowth and uncomfortable tingling sensations.
- Wear a Cap: Some kind of head covering is essential especially when going outdoors. Without hair it is harder to keep warm and your scalp and exposed follicles become vulnerable to wind and sun burn.
- Choose a Wig: Wearing a wig is the traditional option for those wanting to cover up hair issues quick. These days, real hair wigs are readily affordable and there is a lively second hand market. Some post charities offer donated wigs free or at reduced prices.
If you are looking to get back to a full head of hair fast, a laser regrowth system will help. For a reasonable price, new hair growth can be encouraged sooner during post-surgery cancer care. Even during treatment, using a laser regrowth system can keep hair, scalp and follicle healthier for longer to minimize hair loss.
There are those who celebrate getting through chemo in style with champagne and wig parties but losing your hair to cancer even for a short while is still a traumatic experience. Using laser technology and using aforementioned tips could give your locks a fighting chance.