I had my first chemo 11/30 and my hair started falling out Tuesday. There was just enough falling out that I knew it had started. What surprised me was how much came out Wednesday when I took a shower. Handfuls were coming out. I had already decided to shave it off once it started to go. I've heard that it feels empowering to decide to shave rather than watch with distress as it comes out. I didn't like seeing the handfuls that were coming out and it felt much better when I cut it short and wore a wig. I was going to shave it but didn't have enough time before work.
People who know I'm going through chemo say the wig looks great and it just looks like I got a new haircut. People who don't know just tell me they like my new hairstyle.
A friend suggested putting some of my hair out in the woods for the birds to use for nests, which I did.
I'm glad I cut it off. I haven't shaved my head yet because I like the cushion of my hair between me and the wig. I need to get one of those wig caps.
Are you planning on wearing a wig or scarves & hats? I thought I would just go with scarves and hats but the medical center has free wigs and so did a local medical supply store, which is where I got the wig I ended up using. I'm going to take another wig in for styleing.
Good luck with your decision. let me know how it goes for you.