• Hair loss

    Asked by SouthernMom on Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Hair loss

    As I go through chemo, I find that my hair is falling out in patches. It's funny looking. I don't know if it's because I am wearing hats and it falls out where the hat rubs on my skull, but I was wondering if this was 'normal.' And my scalp hurts. Not so much since I shaved my head though.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I'm not sure I understand your question. You shaved your head but your hair is still falling out in patches? That is usually the case shortly after starting chemo but not after shaving your head. Do you mean you are getting hair regrowth in patches between chemo treatments? I had that to but then it would fall out again after the next treatment. It had nothing to do with wearing a hat, I found that using a scalp oil made my scalp feel less dry and tight and itchy.

      over 3 years ago
    • SouthernMom's Avatar

      Yes, sorry, I should be more specific. It did regrow in patches, but now is falling out. I didn't know if that was normal. Thanks.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear SouthernMom,

      I'm not the expert on hair loss because haven't/won't be going through chemo, but I'm a trained Medical Librarian and there's a book I'll recommend to you that might help a bit called "I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" by Geralyn Lucas. It also was a Lifetime movie. Geralyn Lucas was a producer at ABC who got breast cancer at 27 or 28 (very young). She went through the whole chemotherapy process.

      I think that everyone is different and yes, from what I've read re people going through chemo, hair falls out in patches. If your scalp still hurts, maybe your treating hospital has a dermatologist that you can see. I hope this helps.

      Warm Wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      My hair was falling out in patches as well so I shaved it. It never all fully fell out but got really thin and patchy, that's why I shaved it. It was much easier.

      over 3 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Mine came out in patches, did not depned on hat wearing. Regrew in patches but not consistent until a few months post chemo. Ugh to sensitive scalp. I skipped that but I did find myself being a connosiuer of hat softness.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Yes, it's normal, I started wearing head scarves when my hair started thinning out. I noticed in the back where the knot rubbed up against my head that the hair became matted and came out in clumps. At some point all it takes is a little rubbing or slight pull and the hair just comes off. Eventually it all comes off on it's own. I tried to keep my hair for as long as possible. It just got too messy so shaving it off was the best option. :) Doesn't it feel better to not have to deal with hair anymore? :)

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      it's normal. I gave myself a buzz cut, and it feel out in patches. Some of it grew back in, and then feel out. I never had a problem with hats. Make sure you wear one that are not to tight and made of comfortable materials. I know this is harder to do in the winter. I had to stop wearing most of my straw hats last summer because they irritated-fortunately I love and collect hats so I have plenty to choose from.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I never went fully bald, so I guess it did fall out in patches, it would regrow in between treatments. As far as your scalp hurting, I used baby shampoo. Someone told me to treat my scalp like you would a baby's scalp, so that helped a lot.

      over 3 years ago

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