Experiences with Hair Loss

Hair loss in cancer patients is most commonly a side effect of chemotherapy. Not all types of chemotherapy causes hair loss. Hair loss is common because chemotherapy damages hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Hair loss can occur all over the body, but it is most likely to affect hair on the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Hair loss will begin within 2 weeks of starting treatment and may get worse in the next 1-2 months. Hair can start to thin or start to come out in full amounts in the shower or on your pillow. When hair grows back, it does not always grow back the same. New hair can have a different color, texture, or consistency. There are many things you can do to maintain your appearance with hair loss including wigs, head scarves, hats, drawing on eyebrows, or cutting your hair short when you begin chemotherapy. Every patient is different, but typically hair will start to really grow back when chemotherapy treatment is over at about 6-10 weeks.

There are many solutions to cope with hair loss, but inevitably it lowers your self-esteem and makes you feel worse when you’re undergoing treatment. You’re really wondering, “How will I feel about losing my hair?”. A lot of WhatNexters have that same fear. Most women that share stories about hair loss agree that, while it is a shock to shave your head, you end up feeling liberated. Unfortunately, it is another part of the journey, and you adjust. If you have any fears about hair loss during treatment, read what others have done to feel okay about their appearance through their journey. Ask questions, share stories, and get firsthand insights here.

    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    7 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Began losing hair at week 3.

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  1. 15 days ago
    Lmcholland's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair started falling out during 2nd A/C treatment. I went that evening to get my head shaved.

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  2. 21 days ago
    grandmaann's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    My hair lasted longer than I thought it would. I cut my shoulder length hair quite short after my first chemo treatment. It starte...

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  3. 24 days ago
    CTRivergal's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Started losing head hair after first infusion. In addition, lost eyebrows and eyelashes.

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    • Carlina
    • Experience with Cancer of Unknown Prim...
    about 1 month ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Loss of hair, eyebrows, starting to lose eyelashes. No need to shave legs anymore, but that's ok!

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  4. about 1 month ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Being 62, I shaved my head once the hair started falling. I'd ordered Paula Young Wigs... three of them... matched my hair color a...

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    • PhylTYJ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Also experience tiredness, sometimes weakness in my legs, red spots on my arms

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  5. 3 months ago
    annetteOR's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Completely lost the hair on my head on the exact day is was expected to happen, based on the two days just before transplant that th...

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  6. 4 months ago
    Pepper860's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair didn't grow back to normal - It is in patches and very short

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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    4 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Complete. Between 1st and 2nd treatments.

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    • kasiasart
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    6 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Lost every hair on my body during chemo. Started growing back after my last dose. Biotin helps it come back. I take it every day. Fa...

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    • Blkgurl954
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    7 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    All of my hair is gone after 2weeks of treatment

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