• Chemo and hair

    Asked by Leung on Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Chemo and hair

    This is the second round of chemo for me...... My hair hurts, I mean it really hurts! It's like you have a ponytail and take it out but all over your head! I know my hair is going to fall out within the next week. I almost want want to shave it now to save the pain. My hair came in curly this time. It was poker straight before so I'm enjoying it! Oh well. I'm breathing on my own, That's good! Hair is just cute to have! Has anyone else's hurt, or is this just a odd thing?

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • Kathy's Avatar

      YES I do remember my head/hair hurting. Felt like a thousand pins sticking in my head. I think I took some Tylenol and that helped. Take care and good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Dreama31's Avatar

      Omg... I was telling everyone that my hair hurt really bad ...felt like my head was bruised! Its all good now it went away about a week after I finished chemo. Hang in there!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Yes, My head & hair did hurt. After most of my hair fell out, my hubby finished it with his clippers. Then it didn't hurt anymore, until it started growing back in after chemo. However, growing in was not as painful as just prior to falling out. Even now, my hair is about 6 inches long and my scalp is still a little sensitive on top. I finished chemo in April 2012 & radiation in July 2012.

      over 3 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      I too can relate...to much of your story. My head hurt just before my hair fell out and for about a week afterwards. No itching...just felt sore. I too went from stick straight hair to curlly....INCREDIBLY curly!! My sister was my bone marrow donor and so I think I got my Mom's recessive curly genes (my brother has very tight curls)...I consider it a tribute and reminder as my Mom passed from lung cancer 2 years ago. : ( At first my hair grew in straight...but after about a year it started getting curlier and curlier and now it's like WOW!! What do you do with it after 44 years of straighness and then totally unmanageable?? I'm learning...but it's slow going. My hair also hasn't grown alot in the 4 year's since chemo. Odd.....

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs. Congrats on being able to breath on your own. I say go for the shave I got a buzz cut as a transitional phase to being bald and was very glad i did.

      over 3 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar

      After chemo, I could feel my hair follicles dying. I could not put my head on the pillow. It was itchy but when I rubbed my scalp it burned. My oncologist ordered a compound of lidocaine cream and Aquaphor cream and it really helped.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I cut all my hair off to one inch and then it all fell out. I had a heck of a time washing my head. If I just put shampoo on it I had a lot of oil build up so I had to scrub my bald head with a soft brush. But I loved my wig..i used a cap liner and it made all the difference in comfort. I also wore nice scarves from time to time. Summer weight type.

      My Hair now is so thick and curly. I use curls unleashed and twisted sista products which are out of this world for conditioners and curl enhancers. Found in the women of color section.

      I am sorry you have to go through this again.. But hey, we are alive.

      over 3 years ago
    • NanHope's Avatar

      My hair hurt too! I don't remember it bothering once I shaved my head though...

      over 3 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Leung:
      Yes, my hair hurt. Not my head - my scalp itched, but my hair felt exactly as you describe. I did opt to shave my head after my second round of A/C. It was just too much - it wasn't my hair anyway - it was dry, dull, stiff, when it used to be thick, shiny, bouncy, straight and auburn (with the help of Ms. Clairol). But it was falling out in clumps all by itself - like Pigpen, clouds of hair just followed me around. I was so glad I shave it off. It was going to come off anyway, what was a few more days or even weeks, when it was inevitable? I opted for great scarves which I wound around my head and fastened with exotic, vintage pins. It was a great look and I enjoyed it. BTW, a year after my last chemotherapy treatment, my hair is now salt and pepper, thinner, and curly. I guess I have to learn to enjoy this, too. But I do miss my old hair.....
      Fight On,

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      Absolutely!! I was getting horrible headaches and my oncologist wanted to do an MRI but deep down I knew it was just from the hair falling out. Excedrin was the only pain reliever that helped me with it. My trusty Aleve was no match for the pain! I would assume shaving your head would alleviate the pain but I was stubborn and never did it! I just let it all fall out but it was a few weeks of these headaches.

      over 3 years ago
    • junebug0121's Avatar

      I've had one round of chemo and was told I would lose my hair. Tonight my hair/scalp is just hurting! I'm so glad to read that this might be the precursor to the "big fall out"! Thanks everyone.

      over 2 years ago

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