• hair falling out

    Asked by dekdo on Thursday, May 9, 2013

    hair falling out

    My first chemo was a little over 2 weeks ago. My scalp has gotten really tender and sore. My hair is coming out and I was wondering if I cut my hair really short does the soreness go away.

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      my head didn't get sore. as soon as it started falling out i chopped it off then had my husband buzz cut me.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      The tenderness will usually go away. I don't know that shaving your head will speed that process up. I say shave it. Embrace the Baldness!!

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i think it helps with the soreness because then your remaining hair doesn't move as much. so, i vote YES - cut it really short in hopes that the soreness will lessen. will it for sure work? hard to say, but it definitely improved my soreness....

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My head was really sore when my hair started falling out. At that point I had it buzzed off (clippers at lowest setting - essentially shaved to the bare skin) and it felt much better right away. It was also more pleasant not to have my shoulder-length hair falling out all over the place (on my pillow, in my food, etc., etc.)

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Yes it helps to get a buzz cut, my scalp felt much better after I did that (plus you won't leave as much of a mess as the rest of the hair falls out).

      over 4 years ago
    • PrettyToes' Avatar

      Yes, it is normal for your scalp to be really tender as the hair starts to fall out. It was very unnerving to see it coming out in clumps. After talking to others who had been through it, decided to have my husband shave it that day. I cried, but it was better to take control rather than wait for it to fall out bit by bit. My hair stylist offered to do it, but I preferred my husband to do it. I then massaged my scalp with good skin cream which helped. That was really tough. But it does grow back, but I certainly had my doubts.

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Mine felt fetter after all the hair fell out. You might want to have it shaved instead of just cutting it short. Good luck with everything:)

      over 4 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      There's another reason to cut it short--when hair falls onto the floor, your dinner plate, your pillow, it's short and a lot less icky than great big long hair.

      over 4 years ago
    • Mikilog's Avatar

      I agree shave it off.... It is tough at first but then it is over!! Think positive ! IT WILL GROW BACK!

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      My head did not get sore but on day 15 after chemo my hair did start coming out. I got an army buzz and I never lost 100% of my hair. It just thinned on top and in the back but lost it all on the sides. I was told by a lady with Alopecia not to shave my head because it could become tender.
      Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

      over 4 years ago
    • rmaat4ever's Avatar

      I had long hair when I was diagnosed Jan 30th, 2013. I went and I had my haircut short hoping this would help when it started falling out. After two weeks of chemo, my head too got really tender to the point it was waking me up at night. I decided at that time to shave my head and what a relief it was. The soreness instantly went away. Hope this help :-)

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I don't really know the answer to that one except that chemo is probably what is making your scalp sore and not your hair falling out. Cutting it will probably help where the fallout is concerned, but I doubt it will help with the soreness.

      over 4 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I had my long hair cut short. I was still working as nan itinerant teacher, and one night while sleeping in a remote school I woke choking and gagging. My pillow was covered with lots and lots of short hair! I had a flash or vision of the headlines "Teacher Found Dead in School - Choked On Her Own Hairball". I had my daughter shave it when I got back home. It was really hard for, emotionally, being bald, but, as it was going to happen anyway I was happier just shortening the process. My advice - shave it.

      over 4 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar

      I, too, had my head shaved about a week before it was expected to fall out from chemo. My head was never tender or sore at all.

      I would add one more suggestion to what other members have said. Have a nice wig or two on hand when you have your head shaved. I was so glad I did!

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      It is time to cut it short now, and even shave it off. Then, take care of your scalp, use a very mild for sensitive skin shampoo to keep the scalp clean. It was suggested to me to use all in one head and shoulders for sensitive scalp. Then, it seemed to calm down a bit. I'm just about a year now from when I went through my first chemo, it ended in Aug...today I'm sitting here with the fullest head of hair! It's still short hair, but good healthy thick hair! I just wanted to share that because I know this part is tough especially since our hair is our finishing touch, almost our fashion accessory and it is tough. Just focus on what makes you comfortable for a while and then all of sudden you'll find a freedom and strength in that...then, it will grow back and this will be behind you! Best to you!

      over 4 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      Just like you my head/scalp got really sore after my 1st chemo treatment. I cut it really short, basically chopped it up (with the help of my husband). Once I started cutting I really went to it...lol I opted not to shave (even though I bought a new electric razor) I felt my head was too sensitive. My hair was shoulder length, and whenever it moved my head really hurt. I had much relief after cutting it. Also the tingling sensation got back as the treatments went on. Best of luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      I meant got better as treatments went on, on my previous response. Sorry..

      over 4 years ago

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