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.

    • utpitt75
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell ...
    13 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    day 15 starting loosing hair in small clumps. Day 19 larger clumps began falling, shaved head at day 23

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    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    17 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Last time during chemo my hair thinned some... not so lucky this time! My scalp hurts! my pride hurts...

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    • Bandmom804
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cel...
    22 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    When it starts I kept pulling it out to get it over sooner. I had already cut my hair very short. Wore hats; no wig for me. Bald ...

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    • DebbieF
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    27 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I am currently receiving weekly carbotaxol chemo ,My hair was thick healthy and almost to my butt .Pennsylvania University..said i w...

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    • globug6691
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    2 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I have always had thick coarse hair. With the chemo and the chemo induced menopause my hair thinned some and became fine.

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    • ssko
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    hair loss, fatigue, infection (pneumonia)

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    • AliciaS
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Losing my hair was difficult but provided me a new perspective on the world.

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    • akwendi
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    3 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain, fatigue, hair loss, soreness (for a few days after each treatment)

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    • rjericks
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    4 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    donated long hair to Pantene; all hair out by second chemo tx

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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I lost all of my hair after my first round of chemo. It is currently growing back while on Taxol but now my eyebrows and eyelashes ...

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    • Manne
    • Experience with Granulosa Cell Tumor
    6 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss started in the 3rd week following the first treatment

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    7 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Simply thinning hair for now but my entire scalp is extremely sore to touch, wash, brush etc

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