• Hair

    Asked by Kathy on Monday, November 5, 2012

    Hair

    My hair is just starting to fall out :-(
    Last time I got my hair buzzed and can't decide if I should do that again. I don't know if it will all fall out or just thin. I have dark thick hair. Any suggestions?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      Well, last time I had cancer, I didn't have chemo & kept my hair...but this time, I took the plunge, shaved it off when it was first falling out. Yes, I cried--but I'm over that now and I'm glad it's behind me. Better that, for me, than to mourn each strand that drops...

      almost 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I got tired of finding hair all over my desk @ work and cleaning out my bathtub. In Aug, I had hair to the middle of my back. Started out by doing a locks of love donation prior to chemo. Would have loved to keep even my short hair, but like Ydnar, I just couldn't face losing it bit by bit.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar
      Modern

      I had dark thick hair before chemo I got it all cut off and donated it. I actually liked my hair short and it saved me the trauma of waking up with a pillow made of my own hair lol but whatever you feel comfortable with

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      My vote is to shave it. Losing your hair can be tramatic but it may be less so if you get it all cut off versus waking up with it all over your pillow as Modern mentioned.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I thought about it, but never made a concious decision what to do Kathy. I bought two wigs... the right color, had them trimmed to my 'hairstyle' and put them aside. First chemo cycle was Day 1 I/V; Day 2 I/P and Day 8 I/P... wait 28 days and start over. On about the forth day I ran my fingers through my hair.. and had a furry hand... It was evening and my husband and I sat next to each other and smiled. My adult son had brought over his electric trimmer... he was going to be gone a week. I remember I took a deep breath... and we did it. Into the bathroom, towel around shoulders... Tom made a small test run, resulting in 6-7 hairs falling... I took the trimmer. I placed it in the middle of my forehead and went as far back as I could reach. Down to the scalp...Then I did it again and again.... Tom took it from me and finished the job. We both had tears falling as he finished. He smiled and said... You look like Dave! (My brother). I looked again... and dang it I did look like Dave. When I told him (Dave) the experience, he took offense and asked what was wrong with that? I told him 'Dave, you with boobs, think about it'.... He agreed not a pretty sight. But my wigs were perfect and always ready when I was to go out.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I thought about it, but never made a concious decision what to do Kathy. I bought two wigs... the right color, had them trimmed to my 'hairstyle' and put them aside. First chemo cycle was Day 1 I/V; Day 2 I/P and Day 8 I/P... wait 28 days and start over. On about the forth day I ran my fingers through my hair.. and had a furry hand... It was evening and my husband and I sat next to each other and smiled. My adult son had brought over his electric trimmer... he was going to be gone a week. I remember I took a deep breath... and we did it. Into the bathroom, towel around shoulders... Tom made a small test run, resulting in 6-7 hairs falling... I took the trimmer. I placed it in the middle of my forehead and went as far back as I could reach. Down to the scalp...Then I did it again and again.... Tom took it from me and finished the job. We both had tears falling as he finished. He smiled and said... You look like Dave! (My brother). I looked again... and dang it I did look like Dave. When I told him (Dave) the experience, he took offense and asked what was wrong with that? I told him 'Dave, you with boobs, think about it'.... He agreed not a pretty sight. But my wigs were perfect and always ready when I was to go out.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I had mine buzzed off. It worked for me... I kept my wig on each day. Put on makeup and dressed up. The mantra I followed was... Wake Up; Get Up, Dress Up!!!! I would look in the mirror and like what I looked like. My Tom and I shed a few tears as in tears fell but we weren't 'crying'. I'm cancer free and now, a GREAT Grandmother. I'm alive... They gave me six months to live after my surgery... That will be 7 years ago in January. My doctor didn't know it when he told me six months, but when he told me he had removed all the cancer he could see.... HE REMOVED IT ALL! i'm still not sure which of us was the more excited when the PET Scan came back... Totally clear of cancer!! Trust in God, he'll lead you through this. Cut or let it fall who cares...Almost all the time it grows back... Oh don't forget to vote too vote tomorrow...

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Do I get extra point if I answer this four times.... I posted twice.. thought I'd deleted one... but both disappeared. So I wrote a more condensed version to post to you.... Well dang it. four is enough... God Bless!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Lol @ carol Charlie, you made me smile. :)

      Kathy, is it just thinning or coming off in clumps? I let mine thin out but once it started falling off in clumps, I shaved the remaining off. It's easier now without hair. Showers are shorter, hot flashes don't last as long, my drains aren't clogged anymore, and I now have my nice Pergo floor to walk on instead of a furry carpet (lol). Let us know what you decide. :) Sending hugs.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar
      Joachima

      Hi Kathy ... I had dark, thick, wavy to curly hair that was a little longer than mid-back. I was hoping that it would only thin out, so I did not get it buzzed right away, but kept brushing and brushing as clumps of hair came out. It never came out on my pillow but somehow got trapped in the curls. It was also quite painful to my scalp during the falling out process. It was only when it became so thin with bald spots that I decided to buzz it the rest of the way off. . My husband did it for me. I was into my chemo enough that I was dealing with side effects, cried a little, and was prepared with a wig that looked very similar to my own hair. My energy went into dealing with side effects rather than crying over the hair. Now that I am out of treatment, I am going through delayed grieving over my hair. It is growing back (6 months out of chemo/ 4 months out of radiation), but I do miss my long locks. This is such a personal journey - I know you will make the right decision for you. Looking back, I do not think I would have done it differently.

      almost 5 years ago
    • darshana's Avatar
      darshana

      My hair fell out over three days after my first chemo. My hairdresser came to my house and "buzzed it" twice but not down to the scalp. I had only a few patches of complete baldness (doen to the scalp). Then is started to grow "duck down" for a few weeks but that all fell out. Now I have real hair, about 1/4" long but much softer than my previous hair; the color is the same, salt and pepper. I also lost my eyebrows which bothered me more than the hair loss: they left quickly and then one morning, several weeks later, there they were, bushy and wild. I can now go without a headcovering if it is warm enough. I found the buzzing helpful to keep my hair looking neat. Good luck with whatever you choose. It does come back!

      almost 5 years ago
    • denisec's Avatar
      denisec

      Mine fell out a few days after my first treatment, I personally was glad I had cut it short-it was easier to handle. It also gave me a chance to have a spiky hair style that I would never have had the nerve to do otherwise!

      almost 5 years ago

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