• hair loss

    Asked by jojosmom on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    hair loss

    I've had 1 chemo and yesterday my hair started falling out. the top & back of my head is really tender if touched or I lay down. Is this ok?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      A tender scalp during chemo is really common. Although I did not have a tender scalp as I lost my hair, I've heard from others to use baby shampoos, or other very gentle products. Others will be chiming in with their favorites.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      My head was tender when hair started falling out surprisingly it got better when I shaved it off also I wore soft hats to sleep In. Good luck and hope u feel better :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      We are used to having hair covering our scalp and when we lose it, our scalps are sensitive to touch. Mine was that way for a week or so when I first had my head shaved. You might want to use a some cotton jersey or flannel type pillow case or wear a soft knitted cap.

      almost 4 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      I've heard that using a silk pillowcase will help. Silk doesn't break your hear off as easily as a cotton pillowcase, and it's smooth to lay on. Hope you feel better!

      almost 4 years ago
    • janeti's Avatar

      I lost my hair in 2002 when I had stage iiib breast cancer. It came back even more beautiful. I recommend that you have it cut very short and after it is all gone buy some beautiful hats. I still wear mine, all 20 of them.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gogolf's Avatar

      that same thing happened to me but I then had it cut to about 1/4 of an inch and then it did not hurt any more. One of my chemo nurses said not to shave it but leave about 1/4 of an inch so as to not damage the hair. My hair has grown back thick both time I have had chemo. I also used John Freida Root Awaking shampoo and conditioner every day even though I had no hair. I really think it helped. Take Care.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I also had pain. I got a buzz cut the day after my air started falling out (not that there was much of it left) and maybe that helped? Some good advice I got at the Look Good Feel Better class, was to treat my bald noggin as I would my face i.e. to wash it with he same mild wash I used on my face (not shampoo). Obviously, if in the sun, wear good SPF. I also found silk scarves to be gentler/felt better than cotton ones.

      almost 4 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar

      Is it "OK"?, not really, but expected. When my hair started to hurt I decided to go ahead and shave it. Otherwise I was always touching it. It's a new sensation. Buckle up! your in for a ride of your life with lots of new sensations. Some of the new sensations are not so good others are worse, and other still are quite fantastic. I will tell you though you have to look for the look for the fantastic. : )
      Hang in there : )

      almost 4 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      My scalp was tender at the early fallout stage too, and like many others here, after a few days of fallout, I chose to shave the rest.

      Before my hair fell out, I talked a breve game, that it was only hair, etc. I was not prepared for how emotional it would be to see the handfuls of it fall out when i washed it, or simply touched it. Shaving it off was empowering. Almost liberating. It was still warm when I shaved mine, and the first few days I went everywhere bald. Now I always wear a hat. I have friends all over the country who asked what they could do for me, I told them "send me a hat!" Now, not only do I have a wonderful collection of hats that remind me of my friends, but they know they made me smile when I needed it most!

      If your in a cold climate like me, I found some polar fleece caps that work wonders to sleep in! Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • ablomquist's Avatar

      I had may 2nd chemo treatment 10 days ago... I cut my waist length hair 2 weeks ago. The initial loss of the weight was amazing. My head felt lighter and the tenderness eased up. Now, I am getting the tenderness again and it is falling out in a large amount. I think I will get it shaved tomorrow and wear hats for a while. It is cold and snowing here. I think the emotional loss will more with the shaving than the haircut. I think Gypsyjule had a great idea of asking for hats and scarves. Good luck with your treatments and good thoughts your way!

      almost 4 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I don't feel tender, but I don't like to touch it. It's a weird sensation. Another thing is that I always loved very hot water in the shower, but now I think it's too hot to feel in the head.
      I shaved it and I wash with the same soap that I use in the body.

      almost 4 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar

      jojosmom, this is absolutely ok and very common. My scalp hurt so bad before all my hair came out in one day. The blessing is that it came back better than before. It was very very curly like an afro and all I had to do was run my fingers through it with a curl lotion so it wouldn't be frizzy as it grew. It's been 3 years and I still haven't gotten a hair cut and it is still curly but not at the top anymore. I also decided to lighten it since I really liked my wig and it was lighter in color.God Bless kimg09
      p.s. It looks like you were diagnosed at 49 just like me. If you haven't had menopause yet you will now-from the chemo. I'd be very surprised if you don't.

      almost 4 years ago

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