Coping with hair loss due to cancer can be challenging. Some people don’t realise that cancer isn’t actually what causes hair loss – it’s chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a combination of powerful drugs used to treat cancer. Chemotherapy works by targeting all rapidly dividing cells in the body. Like cancer cells, the cells in your hair follicles also multiply quickly. So while chemo drugs are targeting cancer cells, they are also inadvertently attacking hair follicle cells.
Chemo does not always cause hair loss. Whether your hair falls out, thins, or stays as is depends on a variety of factors, including which types of drugs are included in your chemotherapy, dosages, and timing of treatments. Hair loss during chemo can be sudden or slow. It can occur as early as the second week of the first cycle of chemotherapy, or it may happen two weeks after the second cycle of chemotherapy. You’ll most likely notice hair on your pillow when you wake up in the morning, extra hair shedding in your hairbrush, or more hair than usual in your shower drain.
Physically – Here are some of the many ways to cope with or cover your hair loss. They don’t make the problem disappear, but can make life a bit easier for you during this difficult time. This is a personal choice for you to make. These include:
- Scarves - They are available in a wide variety of colours and materials, and are light and easy to wear.
- Hats - Hats are a popular option for both men and women and come in hundreds of different shapes, styles and colours. They are common fashion accessories and are both practical – keeping your head warm – and attractive.
- Turbans - Turbans are available in a range of materials such as velvet, silk, cotton and towelling. They are popular and comfortable to wear, especially in hot weather.
- Wigs - Many people choose to wear a wig as they want to appear as normal as possible. Wearing a wig allows you to continue with a style you are familiar with.
If your hair loss is patchy, then a good idea could be to cover up the hair loss. A good cosmetic solution to this is our Toppik Hair loss Fibres. Toppik Hair Building Fibers have been designed to make hair look thicker and fuller instantly. These Keratin fibres are safe, natural and blend with your existing hair. Whether you have thin or thinning hair, an uneven hairline, or just want to hide or cover certain areas, Toppik Hair Building Fibers is the perfect hair loss solution