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    How did you deal with hair loss?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Friday, August 5, 2011

    How did you deal with hair loss?

    Many cancer patients and survivors deal with hair loss from chemo along the way. There are different ways that people deal with this experience and it is helpful to hear the various points of view. Did you shave your head, let the hair fall out or have the hair pulled out? How did you deal with the psychological and sometimes physical discomforts? Have any stories to share? We would love to hear from you.

    82 Answers from the Community

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    • ThinkPink's Avatar

      domesticdiva - your friend is so very lucky to have you with her on this journey. You are so right that there is so much information to take in and decisions to make and know that is does seem so overwhelming sometimes. I haven't fully populated my profile yet, but if there is anything I can help you or your friend with, please let me know.

      about 5 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      I never lost my hair. I have stage IV colon cancer and it seems that they chemo they give for that makes the hair thin but it never all went away. At first I was ready for it to go and had doo-rags picked out!

      about 5 years ago
    • RE16's Avatar

      I have extremely thick hair so it was a bit of a shock. I choose to buy a good wig and wear scarfs. I lost my hair in the winter time so I always wore a night cap to keep my head warm while asleep.

      One thing to be aware of is that some people find that they experience a very sore scalp during the hair loss process. For me my scalp became super sore, however once all my hair had fallen out the soreness totally went away.

      There are perks though, such as how much faster one can get ready to go somewhere because you do not have to fuss with your hair. I must say when it grew back it was amazing how much I missed having the wind blow through my hair! It is rare now that I complain about a bad hair day!

      about 5 years ago
    • Rathgirl's Avatar

      Well I took it pretty well. I took it better then I thought I would. it was weird because the day it started my doctor came in and said that my hair is probably going to start falling out soon and a couple hours later I was playing with it and I pulled a huge clump out. the nurses set up an appointment with the salon that they have at the hospital to get my hair shaved off because that is what I thought was the best thing to do instead of getting hair everywhere. the salon did it free of charge thankfully. my dad had bought a Remington hat for me to wear earlier that week i wore that back up to my room. i felt so much better after it was gone. i did feel a little bit like people where staring when they weren't but i guess that is normal. before i started treatment i had hair so long that it went to the middle of my back then my aunt cut it really short then within a matter of days after she cut it for me i had to get it shaved off. I have to admit I did kinda get emotional when the person at the salon was shaving it but not like i thought. now I don't worry about how my hair looks as much and what others think about how I look.

      about 5 years ago
    • Brooklynchele's Avatar

      I knew I would lose my hair. I purchased a wig before I started chemo. I also purchased several scarves. When my hair started coming out in clumps in the shower, I just shaved it off. I ended up only using my scarves because they were quick, easy, and comfortable. I plan on donating my wig since I never wore it. Losing my hair didn't bother me. It certainly made it much easier to get ready for work in the mornings!

      about 5 years ago
    • Jess' Avatar

      During my wifes chemo she lost her hair, she wore knitted caps, scarfs, and hats. But at home she went natural. It didnt bother her until it started to come back in and was itchy. She felt a bit bad about having others see her without hair but I told her it was more than hair that made me love her. From surgery all the way thru her treatments i was by her side. And that is where I stay.

      about 5 years ago
    • MamaHugs' Avatar

      I had very long hair when I was diagnosed, so knowing I was going to lose it, I cut it off and donated it to Locks of Love. I sported a short "do" for a few days and then it started falling out. It was easier for me to have short hairs fall out than my long hair. In a few days, I decided to have a party and shave it! It gave me control....and since I was diagnosed with mets, I have lost my hair a couple times. I have decided hair is over-rated! I was never able to wear a wig as they were hot and itchy on me. I decided to make it fun and buy tons of scarves and wear a different one every day when I'm in a bald phase :) Hugs!

      about 5 years ago
    • mamoladyc's Avatar

      I shaved my head when the hair started falling out in clumps. I wore mostly bandanas and beanies. It fell right in with the hippie look I like anyway...... Mostly the cold was tough especially at night. Now, with the hot flashes, it would be easier! It was funny how little hair it took to keep my head too warm for a bandana.

      about 5 years ago
    • Clementine_P's Avatar

      I found hair loss to be really tough. I have had a head of vibrant red hair my whole life and so, it was the very first thing people noticed and the first thing that they asked about. My hair loss seemed to be the topic of most conversations. Since, there really wasn't a choice, I just did what I had to do. When my hair started falling out I had my head shaved and fitted for a wig. I bought the wig which I rarely wore because I found it to be uncomfortable. Instead I wore a baseball cap that had fake hair coming out of the sides. It was easy and comfortable. I also wore head scarves from 4women.com which were pre tied and knotted. They were very comfortable and were washable. They were even quite stylish. Lastly, at home I would usually just wear a washable cotton cap. The minute I had enough hair to go out in public (1/8th of an inch), I ditched everything and just went for it. It felt SO good to not have to think about it. Sure, I raised some eyebrows, but for the most part people didn't take notice. Now, a year out of treatment, I have thick red hair again which is much curlier than it used to be. I could do without some of the curls (old Little Orphan Annie, anyone?), but I am very grateful to have hair back and so really, no complaints.

      about 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      When I knew my hair was going to fall out, I had it cut short. When the clumps started coming, I went to my hairdresser and she shaved my head so lovingly that there was a spiritual element to the experience.

      I went on-line to learn how to wrap scarves the Muslim way and the Jewish way which really do not differ. Friends, bless their hearts, gifted me with beautiful scarves, some made out of old saries, some from Africa. Other friends gave me hats. Even though my chemo began in May, my head got cold at night and the softest hand knit hat from a friend helped to keep me comfortable. I loved going in the wig room at the cancer center to try on different wigs, but I never felt comfortable in them.

      One bonus of not having hair was not having to shave! Even 3 years after the end of treatment, my lower legs remain hairless (and my cancer side armpit.)

      Receiving beautiful hats and scarves from friends was a way that we could connect over the cancer which scared us all.

      about 5 years ago
    • JPatten's Avatar

      I think this is typically easier on men than on women. That isn't intended as a sexist comment, it is just more accepted for a man to have a shaved head. So....instead of waiting for my hair to fall out, I called my good friend, George, who had cut my hair in the past. He came by the house with sheers and we just proactively shaved it off. I just kept shaving my head routinely under after my chemotherapy and I started to see my hair return to the rest of my body. I honestly feel if this is the worst to suffer, one would be most fortunate. In beating cancer, this for me, was the easiest thing to accept and deal with.

      about 5 years ago
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      I cried, then I tied on my Santa Claus scarf...it was 12/22 after all and tried to make the best of it. Tried hats at work but the pity of strangers and the difficulty talking on the phone in a hat with a brim got me over my wig intimidation. Since I "flipped my wig" 3 weeks ago I have had lots of compliments on my haircut...my coworkers and I just laugh. I always end this story by saying my son-in-law is one of the few men who can say he shaved his mother-in-laws head and lived. (he was the only one not crying)

      about 5 years ago
    • hummingbird's Avatar

      The weirdest thing that happened with my hair loss was that my scalp hurt and then the hair began to come out in groups( I can't say it was in clumps). I found it difficult to continue to cook with the hair all over (or at least that's how I felt) so I had my friend shave my head. I just felt "cleaner". I was and still am much more at ease about the "hair thing" than I thought I'd be. I didn't loose it all and what is still on my head is still growing, but, it's not enough to go without a hat. I don't wear anything on my head while I'm home. I'm having hot flashes so I'm happy being "hair free" and hat free. I'm not a wig type so that was never in the picture...hair is over-rated!

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Mine fell out from chemo first, I just had it cut off. Then it grew back after chemo and fell out in the back of my head only, this was where the radiation hit my head. This was a little strange looking, people sometimes asked why I had my hair cut that way, and I got a lot of strange looks. My nephew who was staying with us at the time was only 10, and it bothered him that people would stare. I let him draw a smiley face on the back of my head to look back at people. He got a kick out of it. Loss of hair never bothered me, but men handle it different than most women.

      about 5 years ago
    • Janice's Avatar

      I've had my hair fall out 3 times. My scalp also hurt right before and during the hair falling out. As soon as it started coming out I had my husband shave my head. It felt so much better. I did buy a wig for dinners out and had 5 weddings, showers! Wore mostly scarves.They are more comfortable, washable and you can get them in all colors to go with your clothes. I was getting on a plane (airport security is a trip when you wear a scarf!) and a cancer survivor told me about the ACS website with TLC wigs, scarfs and hats. Great. You can buy a "halo", which is fringe with the top open so you can wear it under hats or a scarf. Everyone is wearing hats now, so it is easy. The halo covers the edges, which is where everyone can tell you have no hair. Not having to shave my legs was great. Having no eyelashes was the worst - I didn't care about my hair (to my surprise).

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol55's Avatar

      My hair started falling out after about 3 weeks of chemo. I went and purchased a wig way in advance of that fearful of not being prepared. I began with gradual hair loss. Every morning I brush my hair to release all of the loose ones. I shampoo, style, (I have short permed hair) and hair spray to keep strays from falling all over the house. In spite of everyone coaching me to shave my head, it has maintained a very gradual loss so I still go through the routine every day. It's looking pretty thin (12 week out) but I can still run to the store for a quick errand and no one really notices. The physical pain of losing hair was shocking to me. Most only talk about the emotional pain which is there, too. I am continuing with my plan until it just becomes fruitless. Then I will probably get a very short cut and wear scarves, hats and maybe that wig once in a while. Occasionally I have a small cry about it but am grateful to not explain to everyone I see so far. It does bother me and I don't think its vain to be upset about it if you are. I've grown kind of attached to my hair for the 55 years I've had it. I will never complain about a bad hair day again, though, once it grows back!

      almost 5 years ago
    • steelernutt's Avatar

      i was informed yesterday that the type of chemo they will be using on me my hair will all be gone :( im 42 thought about cutting it to maybe lessen the shock but it took me so long to get my hair this long think im just going to enjoy it while i have it but im not looking forward to it falling out but i would rather be alive and bald then have my long thick hair and be dead i dont like all these decisions

      almost 5 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      hair loss = let the healing begin,,,,,,
      people think hair loss means they r sick and the world knows it now. no it means you are getting better i loved being bald felt snow on my head wind sunshine never had a bad hair day saved on shampoo. i shaved my head before treatment.. treatment got postponed due to ice storm hair started to grow back i was getting attached to it when it started to fall out.. i even cried some then i knew i was beginning the healing process.... but they do not tell you that A:LL hair falls out keep eye drops on hand for when u lose ur eye lashes and wipe with a wet wipe cus you find out u have hair in places u did not know u had hair!
      so embrace your baldness do not hid from it fell the wind on ur head make sure u keep spf50 on ur head but enjoy it show the world u r winning a war!

      almost 5 years ago
    • ashlead's Avatar

      i am due to start treatment soon, not sure if i will be getting a wig once hair falls out. im thinking beanies, and stretchy headbands with bows/flowers like bald baby girls wear :P

      almost 5 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      I experienced hair loss/thinning when I was in radiation therapy following my first craniotomy. I guess I had what would be considered an atypical reaction: I laughed my head off. I woke up one morning and looked down on my pillow to find a bunch of hair. I then scratched my head and started painlessly pulling out hair. All I could think was, "I didn't believe them when they said this might happen." Of course I was already missing half my hair from having it shaved off before surgery. I did laugh really hard because it was such a weird sensation being able to pull out my hair with no pain. This must have been the beginning of my incredibly twisted sense of humor about this whole thing.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      I also wore cute floppy hats when I did return to work. One of the residents in the retirement community where I worked thought I was being a "free spirit" by wearing hats. She then wrote me a card apologizing because, as she said, "I didn't realize they were covering up such a nuisance."

      almost 5 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      The first thing I did when I heard I was going through chemo was to have a "wig party". My family helped pick out the wig I would wear. I always had long hair and I cut it short. I was one of the lucky ones - I only lost a little in the back - I did not have to experience the hair loss.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Elizabeth's Avatar

      Years ago I was talking to my friend and I said that the worst thing in the world that could happen to me is for me to loose my hair. A few months later my hair started to fall out a little due to malnutriton. I cried for hours and my family tried comforting me but I wouldn't listen. Later on that day I got over it. I guess I just needed to let it pass. I have thick hair so it just looked like it was thinning. Now I am going to loose all of my hair because of the Chemo I started on Nov 4. My family think I will be upset once again but I got over this fear years ago. I just don't want to see it happen again so I plan on wig shopping tommarow after my consultation with the oncologist. Once I find a hat, a wig, and some scarves I will be shaving it. I think watching it fall out is the worst of it. If you do it your selves its because you want to.

      almost 5 years ago
    • glomoy's Avatar

      When i had chemo in 1996, my first run with lymphoma, i knew my hair was gonna fall out. Once the hair started to fall out, i shaved my head and wore a hat.

      almost 5 years ago
    • leesabee's Avatar

      My hair hasnt fallen out yet but I know it will once chemo starts. I had my hairstylist give me a very short but sassy looking haircut so when it finally does fall out, I won't have a lot of hair to clean up. I also ordered some very cool looking scarves and hats from the tlc catalog. The best thing to do is to accent your other beautiful features. Buy some fantastic hoop earrings or sparkly stud earrings. Don't be afraid to wear make up to brighten up your face. Remember you are very special and important to those around you. Hair loss is temporary honey but YOU are INFINITE

      almost 5 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar

      I was know as big red so my hair was an important part of my life. I had a love/hate relationship with it ...naturally curly, frizzy, wild but big hair was my thing. I thought I would die. Surprisingly it wasn't so bad. I have great wigs and no bad hair days. I never let anyone see me without something on my head. I wear terrycloth turbans in the evening and to bed. No more rollers, straightening, coloring, etc. But when it got to the Betty Boop stage, cute little curls I wore pretty headbands and big earrings...I am the type that can totally carry that off. People loved it short, said you could see my beautiful face and eyes, that my hair always covered my face. I also have a great shaped head! Never knew that. lol

      almost 5 years ago
    • babylady317's Avatar

      Emotionally the hair loss was the worst for me. I did not have it cut off until the last moment. My husband said I looked like Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice. It did not all fall out but became difficult to deal with. My hairdresser cut it with scissors trying to spare what she could. Now it is growing back and I hate it but I know it is temporary. I was blonde all my life and now I am salt and pepper. Hats wigs, scarves are what I am using. I even have hat hair to wear under a hat, only half a wig. Synthetic is best, less expensive.

      almost 5 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Have been in and out of chemo and radiation now for almost 2yrs I have yet to lose all of my hair when I started it was mid back got it cut shorter. Then was thinning so I got a summer cut last summer well this time around with chemo I was getting like thinning /balding areas so I just went last night and got it cut with the clippers kept the top a little long buzzed the rest of it my hair was also brown before all this and now it is salt and pepper but I'm so happy I did that now I don't know its falling out everyone likes it and you cant tell Its mostly grey. Have no wigs only 1 do rag and 2 hats bring on whatever I'm still here that is all that matters. Even put on some make-up today that the kind people left us for christmas at the cancer center :) Lost 125lbs due to cancer have a short hair cut haven't had in 30yrs few more wrinkles but might as well take advantage of still feeling and looking good. We are all beautiful inside and out no matter what. So never forget.
      Hugs Susie

      almost 5 years ago
    • calypsois' Avatar

      To Diva:
      Wow! You are a REAL friend. I saw above, that you and your friends will shave your heads to support a friend who will be having chemo. Some more thoughts:
      1: Does your friend know your plans? If so, how does she feel?
      2: Some chemo protocols aren't supposed to involve hair loss or involve loss to various degrees. Do you know what is likely to be expected?
      3. Maybe it's me, but I'd have felt bad if friends supported me to that degree. I don't know - I'd prefer support in other ways: honestly keeping me informed how I really looked (should I really be looking for a wig?); helping me shop for a wig; buying me a hat with me.
      4: Your friend is lucky to have you for a friend!

      over 4 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Well it finally came to the point of my hair falling out. So on Friday 13th I was on my way to see my chemo buddy who had been bald for a long time and when I called she had just passed so I drove home and shaved my head for her. It was coming out by the handful and now I'm the bald one she is free of pain with long beautiful hair.
      I didn't cry and my 2 kids and hubby were with me and we laughed and cut and shaved. Like I have said I don't think it looks too bad and it feels kinda neat. So don't be nervous if the time comes cut or shave when YOU are ready not anyone else. Good Luck. Susie

      over 4 years ago
    • sweetcfo's Avatar

      At first, the thought of losing my long thick hair was difficult. The nurse told me I would lose it after 18 days from my first treatment. My hairdresser offered to cut it short prior to losing it but I told her I wanted to give it to locks of love. I shaved my head 16 days after treatment. By then, I was ready to shave it because it had an odor to it. Others told me it was only in my mind. I got 8 long braids to give to locks of love. It was uncomfortable, painful from the hair loss. One of the nurses at the hospital recommended getting a baby brush to use on my scalp and that helped. I also used some balmex to help minimize the raw feeling. I have wigs to wear at work and out in public. When I have on the wigs, people tell me all the time that they can't tell I have cancer. When I wear baseball caps or do rags, people have a different demeanor towards me, interesting considering I'm still the same person. I also use leave in conditioner to help with the hair loss. I like having different hair for my different moods. LOL Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ljones' Avatar

      My long blond hair was kind of my "thing" and believe me, I was all kinds of vain about it. But you know how it is when you get diagnosed. Your "things" tend to change. Since cancer was going to be taking enough from me already, I decided I'd be the one to take my hair. Since I had a couple of weeks before I was due to start chemo, I had a friend shave my head (all hair was donated to Locks of Love). It felt very empowering to face myself and realize that I didn't need to feel pretty in order to feel powerful. With that new found warrior spirit, I decided that I'd eschew wigs, hats, and scarves and instead, I had a dragon tattooed on my head, starting from my right temple and ending at the back of my neck. I've gotten a great deal of positive feedback from other cancer patients...and that is a really nice feeling.

      The point of the entire exercise was to march into this battle with as much armor as I could muster, both symbolically and psychologically. So far, it really has helped keep my spirits up.

      over 4 years ago
    • pakb56's Avatar

      Great reading ladies! Thanks for sharing.

      I am post-chemo day 3 from my first round of taxol/carbo for endometrial cancer. My onc told me expect the loss day 17. The sisters are saying more like 13/14.

      In the whole scheme of things it doesn't matter but on post treatment day 14 I am supposed to attend a mandatory meeting for work (I work remotely so I rarely go into the office). I envision myself sitting there and hair falling out right then and there! There aren't many people that know of my diagnosis so I am a little shaken by this.

      I love the tattoo "L"! That was suggested to me but more along the lines of a certain finger! Weren't you concerned about possible infection when you had that done?

      Take care, be well...

      over 4 years ago
    • LauraL's Avatar

      I've had the joy of losing my hair to chemo twice. The first time, when I was 12, I was in such denial about my diagnosis that I refused to cut my hair shorter and instead, I prolonged the "falling out" process a few extra weeks. It was emotionally devastating as an adolescent by did cement the idea that I had to confront my diagnosis and deal with it head-on. My mother arranged for a woman to come to our home and she fitted me for a wig. I was so conceded about looking normal that I wore it everywhere outside of the hospital and my house. Like your average preteen, I was just concerned about fitting in.
      This time around I felt slightly more prepared for the emotions involved with losing my hair. I had it cut short soon after my diagnosis and had a few emotional breakdowns in the shower as it slowly began to fall out. I hated looking at myself in the mirror and losing my hair the second time was equalling as devastating as the first. Even knowing that my hair would grow back didn't ease my pain. I guess when it all boils down, I'm just a 27 year old girl who still wants to be considered as normal.
      My younger brother volunteered to shave my head and on Thanksgiving morning, as we watched the Macy's parade, he buzzed off whatever was left.
      I was initially on the fence about getting a wig, but I ordered two from the TLC and I love them. I get compliments on them all the time. I wear scarves to Dr. appointments but because I work with children, the wigs do come in handy.

      over 4 years ago
    • Donnaakins' Avatar

      Deciding to go bald was very empowering for me. It was the one decision I could make about how the cancer would effect my body. Besides, I had naturally curly hair which i tried to iron into submission for years.

      After my diagnosis I had my shoulder length hair cut shorter in stages. I began weekly treatments of abraxane and my hair held tight for the first three treatments, then began to thin. It was at that point I made the decision it was time to show the world my nice round noggin.

      I called my ex husband (he owns a dog grooming business) and had him shave it off. It was mid summer and I proudly sported my bald. It was my alternative to everything pink.

      over 4 years ago
    • ozzie95973's Avatar

      I didn't mind it because I knew it was coming . I grabbed some clippers and my buzzer and just took it off. I didn't feel any different, what did bother me was the body hair shedding, it was kinda funny. I tried to make my journey fun and try not to let it bring me down.

      over 4 years ago
    • TwoYoungPeople's Avatar

      My husband and I used a comical approach. We acknowledged that no hair is WAY better than no life.. We just take it in and he has finally grown his hair back. It was quite upsetting for him to be bald, because I love his hair :( I am glad its back :)

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      This answer is going to be long, because hair loss has been extremely complicated for me. I post all the details because they may help someone else, although from reading everyone else's postings, my case seems to be rather unique.

      I was warned by 2 different oncologists to expect all my hair to fall out at 2-3 weeks after the first taxol-carboplatin chemotherapy. They all say it like it's no big thing, but it actually is to many people, especially for women who have always thought of their hair as one of their best features.

      Before chemotherapy, I had dark blonde hair--about the color of linen, that was extremely thick, quite straight, and shoulder length. To lesson the shock of being hairless, first I had it cut to chin length. About 10 days after chemotherapy began, I had it cut in a buzz--about 1/4 inch long. Then right on schedule it all dropped off one day in the shower. Even with such short hair, cleaning up hair from the shower was a task.

      To prepare for all this, I had purchased several nice hats and several scarves in advance. My head is on the large size, so none of the OneSizeFitsAll stuff that is mostly available would do. I also got one rather cheap wig and one really nice one. I was able to wear the scarves and wigs until about 1 week after the 2nd chemotherapy infusion.

      Then my head broke out in red, itchy, painful welts all over my scalp. The oncologist wasn't much help, so I went to see my dermatologist. I had a really bad case of folliculitis, which is an inflammation of the hair follicles. This occurred only on my scalp--not anywhere else. The dermatologist prescribed topical lotions: clindamycin, which is a topical antibiotic, and triamcinolone, which is a topical steroid. I had to use these for about 2 weeks before a return to the dermatologist.

      During the extreme period of folliculitis, which web searches say are most likely to occur after treatment with taxol-carboplatin, my scalp either hurt too much or was too covered with medicine to even consider wearing a wig. Scarves, although fitting looser, were also uncomfortable--what felt best was wearing nothing so that nothing would touch my head. If I had to leave my house, I would wear a loose-fitting hat because that would touch my scalp the least. I also wore such a hat if someone was coming over to my house. But most of the time I wore nothing at all on my head a home. Fortunately this is in the summer so having a head get too cold is not a problem.

      After 2 weeks of using the lotions, I had to go off them for a full week. Then I could resume using them for another 2 weeks if needed. The pattern for me has been that every time I have had to use them again. My scalp starts to itch, feel hot to the touch, get uncomfortable and miserable, but using the lotions before it gets worse has prevented full-blown folliculitis to return. The dermatologist says that each time I have chemotherapy, some hair (of my 1/8 inch fuzz) drops out and other hair is trying to grow again, so I'm in a constant state of flux with the hair problems. This may be unique to me as I have very easily-irritated skin (always have, even from childhood) with very thick, straight, and rather coarse hair trying to punch through from underneath. The dermatologist says this problem will not go away until all chemotherapy is finished and all the scalp hair has started to grow in and has punched through the scalp.

      So still no wig or scarf use now for over 2 months.

      Another problem that is seldom mentioned is the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes. I had very thick eyebrows that were rather distinctive. Now if you look hard, you can see a very, very thin line of eyebrow. If I'm not wearing eye makeup, they mostly disappear. When you wear a hat, you can still look feminine without hair, but without brows and lashes, you mostly look plucked! (Think of chicken pieces at the grocery store!) So my advice is to keep your dermatologist handy and get skilled with basic eye makeup.

      I have my last chemotherapy on August 24. Wish I could predict how soon after that I will stop having folliculitis-related scalp problems and be past this condition. In general, my body has handled chemotherapy well, but continuous scalp problems do wear you down. If my cancer doesn't come back, it will all have been worth it! Good luck to anyone else who may have these symptoms, and perhaps my saga will help you handle your situation with less distress than I had.

      about 4 years ago
    • highwaygirl's Avatar

      My hair was so long if I didn't move it I would accidentally sit on it. I cut it in a bob right after my first round of chemo. Once it started to fall out, I shaved it. Before shaving it all, I made sure to style it in a "lowhawk" and take pictures to post on facebook. Then I shaved the rest. It empowered me to do this. It was as if losing it was on my terms, not cancer's. In public I would wear bandanas, but at home I just walked around bald. I will never forget the day my daughter (2 1/2 at the time) came up to me and rubbed my head and said, "Mommy, you are so beautiful!" I almost cried!

      about 4 years ago
    • coopcrew's Avatar

      Hair is definitely over rated. I finished chemo one year ago. During my bald stage, while home on long term disability, I preferred hats and scarves and even my swim cap to cover my bald head so that I wouldn't draw attention to myself. I didn't like that people would stare or feel sorry for me if they saw my bald head. But at home I went bald and loved it. When I returned to teaching last fall, I started wearing wigs to look more normal to others, but I had about 5 different wigs in different colors. That would go for a good laugh with adults but sometimes confused my primary grade students. I was happy to be done with the wigs by Thanksgiving, but my new hair came back in so gray that I dyed it blond. As it grew out, it was so naturally curly (it had previously been so long and straight!) that by mid-July, I had it cut down short again. I wish our society could accept bald women as normal and not stare.

      about 4 years ago
    • NewFlower's Avatar

      Hi Karen,
      I have not been here for almost 3 months. Today I was trying to update my info and add my experiences. Unfortunately I have lost everything wrote previosly. I am not sure I have enoug energy to start over, unless you help mr to restore my info. Thank you in advance

      about 4 years ago
    • Monse23's Avatar

      I had very chick hair. So i was terrified to know that it was going to fall out, but i decided it was best for me to cit it short then shave it off before i started leaving pieces of hair every where. I never really wanted a wing. They made me uncomfortable. So i always weared bandanas or sometimes nothing. What people thought about me and how they looked at me was the least of my worries.

      about 4 years ago
    • Dollbaby58's Avatar

      My sister is a barber and after my first chemo treatment it started to shed just a little, but my doctor told me that I wouild lose my hair during the first treatment and by the second treatment I just let my sister cut it all off and use the clippers to make it so low that when the hair came out of the next treatment I couldn't tell if I was losing my hair or not. I did not even know when I lost my eyebrows or my underarm hairs.

      about 4 years ago
    • EricaRod528's Avatar

      When my hair started to fall out, before it was even severe I took a pair of scissors and gave myself my own hair cut! lol It felt cool to know that I decided myself to chop my hair off and not that the Chemo took it away from me. Eventually I started to get bald spots and I took my brothers shaver and shaved all my hair off. I think for me it felt better that I was the only that made the decisions on how my hair went, and Not because of the Chemo. I hated every minute of being bald though... For some reason It felt so uncomfortable and it made my scalp hurt :-\ .. Especially when my hair started to grow back but on the upside at least now I know I look good with short hair.. :D lol.. I couldn't wear wigs, they were to uncomfortable to me! So when I built up enough confidences I went outside with either a bandana or just bare! People were shocked but every one was proud of the strength I had to go outside that way. I earned a lot of respect around my neighborhood...

      about 4 years ago
    • Mamorgan1052's Avatar

      Shave and embrace! But we all react different.

      about 4 years ago
    • nancibee's Avatar

      I have a nice wig that I wear for professional use, but it makes me fee self-conscious anyway. The American Cancer Society gave me a conductor's cap which I love. Strangers compliment me and no one can tell it is a chemo cap. I bought another at tlcdirect.org. I also have a baseball cap that is UV protectant and has a pull string so I don't have to worry about it flying off. American Cancer Society will also give you a free wig.

      about 4 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar

      When my hair started to thin out I purchased wigs. I never found them to be very comfortable, but it helped me to feel more "normal" when things just weren't. Once it was really thin I had my daughter give me a buzz cut to take it all off. I wore a knit cap to bed at night because this was during the winter and my head would be cold. Also, because I was using chap stick, the loose hair that had come out on the pillow would stick to my face. I didn't wear any head gear @ home, just when I went out. If anyone came over, they just had to take me as I was. Once the weather was warmer and I had a very short hairdo, I wore hats for awhile then I went au natural everywhere. I never had a great head of hair (fine & thin) so hair loss was not that traumatic for me. I just joke that some people have a bad hair day but I seem to have a bad hair year!

      about 4 years ago
    • Debra's Avatar

      I told my self "its' just hair it will grow back" and had the nurse cut it off:)

      about 4 years ago
    • Debra's Avatar

      I brought my hair home and put it in the tree and the birds used it all for thier nests:)

      about 4 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      After my second chemo treatment, it started coming out in droves. I had my husband shave it off - it was enpowering to take control over it. I bought a wig before my chemo treatments began (it is covered by insurance if you buy a wig at a professional wig store). I would go around the house bald - my husband and 9 year old son at the time, were 100% fine with it. I would wear the wig whenever I went out, and to work. I never was good with scarves.

      about 4 years ago
    • erie94's Avatar

      The first week after my 1st chemo treatment my hair was falling out everywhere.
      I asked my daughter to pull it out, until it stopped. Guess what, it didn't. So she ran to the room in tears. I think family takes it harder than we do, because the look at us everyday. So I skyped with my sister in CAlifornia, and she played 'Livin on a prayer' so I would get pumped, and I took the clippers, and my daughter video-recorded while I shaved my head.
      I continued to shave it since it would grow in patches. I didn't like it. Then, two weeks after my last chemo I shaved it for the last time. and now 6 months later, my hair is growing fast. What used to grow straight is now curly, and instead of having coarse thick, "horse hair" is now a little thinner and softer. So hey, something good came out of this whole mess!!

      about 4 years ago
    • Maxine's Avatar

      Out of all of the difficult situations of the past 9 months-- two cancer operations, a month in rehab (I was in a wheel chair), chemo, currently radiation, NOTHING made me cry like my hair loss. When I went for a wig, the woman cut down the hair that was left. I think iut is important to gety a wig that you rerally luike-- ber good to yourself! I bought turbans and scarves, but only wear them in the house. I weart my wig at all times when I go out-- that is ME. I see plenty of people in scarves and hats. I was happy when shat was left of my hair was cut off-- I was finding hair all over the house, and it was clogging up the drain in my tub.
      Ny hair is beginning to grow back. I guess the most important thing to remember is it is a temporary situation. I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes, also. You have to deal-- but it is so difficult!

      about 4 years ago
    • marshala1's Avatar

      I saw a movie with Meg Ryan. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she shaved her head when her hair started falling out. I did the same thing. I was going to a banquet at church and decided to go ahead and shave it so hair wouldn't fall in the food. So, I wore a wig or scarf from then on.

      Here is a funny story to go along with this. The day I shaved my head, my husband walked in the bedroom with my dog. He was fine with it, but she stopped in her tracks and did a double-take. Haha, it was the funniest thing we ever saw. It took her a minute to realize who I was!!

      about 4 years ago
    • SMeridith's Avatar

      Losing my hair was the most difficult thing I have dealt with during my cancer treatments. When it started falling out, I just shaved it off and was glad I did so. I found two really cute wigs and wear them all the time when I am out. I have people compliment me all the time....even hairdressers...on my hair. When I tell them it is a wig, they can't believe it!! The wigs have served me well and I am so grateful to have them. My hair is coming back very slowly...and it is absolutely silver gray. Don't know what color I will end up being in the end., but am not sure I am ready for gray!

      about 4 years ago
    • diovino's Avatar

      I was surprised on how quickly my hair started falling out. I didn't think it would be after the first treatement. I was upset when I realized the hair in the shower was mind. I immediately found a company, PK Walsh in Needham that specialized in wigs and hair replacements. After I went to them and saw the quality of the wigs that they offered I was so impressed and amazed. My mother had a wig when she was fight Breast cancer (40+ yrs ago) I remember it, my biggest fair was you would be able to tell it was a wig. BUT I was wrong the quality that is out there now is unbelievable, I tried on different colors, styles, and lengths. I had my best friend and sister there with me for support. I left that salon with a wig that fit me AND looked better than my own hair. Once I had the wig, the next step was to shave my head, which I did that following week with no regrets and even felt liberated because I had taken control of the situation not cancer taking control over me!

      I have had many people at work comment on my hair, not knowing it was wig. Had to actually tell one woman as she always commented on how great my hair was and she loved the style. I was a afraid she might ask me were I got it done! My hair has not fallen out since the first treatment and is growing in very slowly. Don't know if I will color it as it is growing in gray, I do like not having to spend 15 minutes each morning doing my hair, I've been told I have a great round head so the short hairs looks good. I have shaved my head a couple of times, but have decided that I might be almost there to go wigless, which at times I do but I'm not ready to do that at work.

      about 4 years ago
    • LucyB's Avatar

      My hair started falling out on my birthday. Talk about devastating. But I had my wig ready. My hairdresser came to my house to shave my head,and I found out that wearing a wig is one of the few advantages of having cancer. ( the oher is not having to shave your legs ) You only have to shampoo it once every 2 wks, and shake it out to restore the style. It takes me much less time to get ready now and I don't have to worry about frizz anymore.

      about 4 years ago
    • LittleRed's Avatar

      Ok. I think this is one of the most difficult things. Partly vanity. Partly privacy. When you lose your hair it becomes visible. I hated losing my hair because it was such a big part of me that everyone knew. But I also couldn't get away from it. People would see I was 'sick' and I hated that. I wanted to be 'normal.'. So that bothered me. But a good wig made it easier. And I have to say that going to the beach and never shaving was great! Lemonade frOm lemons! My hair did grow back just fine. Love it. But I understand the sadness of losing a part of your identity when it's gone! Worse than hair I couldnt hide my loss of fingernails very easily! I had band aids all over the place. But now my nails are so long I have to ask my manicurist to cut them back - everyone thinks they're fake! Wish I could say I wasn't so tied to it. But it grows back. Patience. Hugs. I had the 'haircut' and made it thru -

      about 4 years ago
    • Anita's Avatar

      My doctor had told me up front I would lose my hair , and into treatment just as I was told I did, 3weeks after my treatment.it started coming out. At first is was small amounts, but one morning as I was showing it just started falling out in hand fulls.I had had it cut short thinking it would not be so bad..At the time I found it to be pretty hard to take, my sweet husband shaved off what was left , it was really strange looking having a little hair here and there, so I went for instant bald.At the time tho it was hard we both cried, I had purchased a wig ahead of time so I just learned to live it.and that is the key word... LIVE with it..my hair is back now, its darker and curly, before I had reddish brown and it wasnt curly. It was kinda like having a new "do" every week as it grew back in...So to anyone who has not had this happen yet, its ok to cry about it, and have share those feelings. I encourge you in that you are still a beautiful person inside and out..

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I got a buzz cut right after my infusion treatment started. I am embarrassing the "bald". Statement earnings and clothing late highlight my best features (check bones and eyes and skin) is all I need to feel good.

      about 4 years ago
    • invokethestars' Avatar

      I lost my hair completely. When it first started coming out, I buzzed it down very short, and for about a week, it remained "thicker" but still continuously falling out. One day, I showered and the majority of it just dropped away, and my scalp was so tender and I looked like a plucked chick-a-dee. So, my mom razor shaved it that night... The tenderness completely subsided. I wore the bald head like a champ though--I used a really light lotion on it after showering to keep it from getting dry, and often put a little bronzer on it when I did my make-up (because it was so pale).

      about 4 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      Hats. i got lots of hats. and i used to have over two feet of hair so when that was gone i feld realy self conchous so i got a lot of fun funky hats to make people focuse not on thet girl has no hair and more on whats up with that girls hat ;)

      about 4 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar

      When the Dr. told me I would lose my hair, I immediately went out and bought a wig. No one knew I had a wig on. Scalp hurt as hair was falling out. After being on treatment for 3 months hair started growing back in. Went off of that treatment, went back on this August and hair fell out again. Bought a real hair wig this time and my daughter said she liked it better than my real hair. No one knows I have a wig, not even my mother. And I'm not going to tell.

      about 4 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      It was strange, when my oncologist and I talked about chemo, my very first question was about losing my hair. But then I started treatment and soon my hair was the least of my worries.

      During treatment my scalp started to hurt and my hair started to fall out. I thought about shaving but I really didn't feel up to it. So I mixed it up. Once in a while I would break out a wig but more often a big silk scarf. I got some really nice ones and the silk twill worked best for me because it did not irritate my scalp. Sometimes I just wore a bandana, pirate style. Friends gave me cute ones. When I was outside in the sun I would do the Jackie O look with big hat, scarf and sunglasses. I spent a couple of weeks at a beach resort and the hat/scarf arrangement worked best there. I could not stand having a hot wig on my head so I only wore a wig occasionally and only in cool weather.

      Eventually my hair grew back. That was nice. I lost it again, it grew back again. I got used to it. Its only hair. I'm alive. That's what I was fighting for.

      about 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      I bought wigs, was loaned the "traveling scarves" by my dear cousin, bought eyebrow makeup. When my hair fell out I found I hated the wigs, scarves slipped off at inappropriate moments, who cares about eyebrows?? My youngest daughter found me some wonderful knit jersey head tubes on the web, they were great designs, fit without pressure, did not slip off. They got me through the whole hairless thing. Funny, when I was bald strangers would rush up to me to tell me I had cancer, when my hair became the short bristle I proudly displayed I guess people thought I was gay...lots of negative looks. And I thought cancer was the enemy :-)

      about 4 years ago
    • LMUmom's Avatar

      about 10 days following my first chemo, my scalp got tingly then SORE!!!! hair was coming out in clumps (I had fairly long hair) so I shaved it down to about a #4 blade that was on Sunday... had my second chemo yesterday and I am shedding 3/4 inch hairs everywhere!!!! LOL I'm waiting for it to warm up a bit outside and I will go and shave it down to #2 blade!!!!
      I bought a few wigs, silk scarves, cotton ones and some pretty hats. I have also gone earing (big, bold, bright ones) shopping and really enjoyed trying on fun and flirty lipstick shades that I would never would have worn previously.
      I was given a tip about replacing pillow cases with silk or satin ones if your scalp is very painful. I tried and it does help a lot. Head seems to just slide easier without pulling on the little stubs of hair!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • sszafar29's Avatar

      Back in Feb.this year,When I knew I was losing my hair,I went and got a wig that looked just like me. Then it started coming back in July I was brave enough not to use the wig. Well I had to get profallactic brain radiation and lost it all again. So I got a second short wig, which I have gottten lots of compliments wearing! Just waiting for it to grow back again. The brain radiation was very painful to my scalp with the hair loss. Once it feel out, it didn't hurt. And I thank God that I am still here. Getting my next scan in a couple of weeks and Dr. at Dana-Farber in Boston said the previous scans look good!

      about 4 years ago
    • blackcamaros' Avatar

      I had a crainotomy before radiation and hemo, so one side of my head was alread shaved. I decided to shave the rest of my head, and bought an electric razor and shaved my head on a regular basis. I also had patches where there was pretty much no hair, once I started going through the radiation treatments. The nurse for my oncologist said I had a pretty head and that I looked good with the shaved head, so that halped me with the anxiety of not having hair. The shaved head also made it easier to put moisturier on my head. I ended up with really dry skin, that itched horribly. Being able to apply moisturizer without the hair in the way was a big plus. I just considered the hair loss as part of my treatment toward getting over this disease.

      about 4 years ago
    • Maur's Avatar

      To be honest I had a harder time when I lost my hair then when I lost my breasts. My hair was long, think, beautiful, it defined me, when I started loosing it and the time came to shave it off my oldest son did it for me, we both cried! I don't know if it was harder on me or him, I ordered a wig but I never wore it, it looked funny on me, I ended up wearing bandanas. One day I woke up and deceided that I should be proud of my bald head (not that I ever let anyone see it) but I was a survivor, I was a strong person, and my bald head was my battle scar, proof that I kicked cancer's butt! I was proud!, now my hair has grown back and nobody would know I ever was bald, although I still don't have breasts, I have life!

      about 4 years ago
    • cancer1205's Avatar

      My hair did not fall out till I had 4 chemo treatments. They told me (Drs.) it would be a lot sooner then that. It never did fall out in clumps just a few at a time. Went and had it shaved and wore sleep caps, hats and wigs, Finished chemo in July my hair is coming back only gray. Of course it would have been gray anyway, but I colored it. Waiting for that time again. Losing my hair did not bother me as much as I thought it w ould.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Like some other posters I was devastated by my hair loss. At first, I wanted to fight the loss by using cooling caps (these are available to cancer patients in the UK, and there are studies comparing incidence of scalp mets in patients that had this vs ones that did not, same incidence).
      However, I found that the penguin cooling system would cost $5k or more for my rounds of chemo (obscene amount, talk about taking advantage). I thought about buying some cheapo cooling caps. But then I came across a UK cancer patient on youtube, she had the proper cooling caps but with dose dense chemo her hair fell out at the crown, making her look like a friar. So that was the death of hope for me, and I thought let it rain.
      My hair fell off 2weeks after my first chemo. I was nauseous as it happened after my second chemo. Plus my scalp hurt. I couldn't wait to get rid of the hair under those conditions. I went to a supercut (didn't want to traumatize my dad, who came to take care of me). I had what was left of my hair (maybe 30%) cut to 1/8th of an inch, then losing those short hairs wasn't as messy. I'd say most of the hair was gone in another week. There were something like 50 follicles hat held on til the end of chemo.
      I considered wigs. I have a big head, so most of those one size fits all wigs look crappy on me. Not to mention they were not cheap. My insurance company did not cover wigs. The ACS has a wig bank and they hooked me up with a wig that fit, it was the cutest one I had
      tried but it still didn't look quite right. I ended up NOT using the wig as Hotlanta is hot in the summer. I bought some nice 100% silk scarves at...Marshall's, for a very good price. This former cancer patient told me she bought Pucci scarves, but at $150 per scarf (reduced price at Loehmanns) I was like, my $15 scarves are just fine. It's worth spending a little money on SILK, as it feels great around a bald head. It's also cool in the summer, which was great.
      I bought a synthetic wig after the end of chemo, as it was cool and I missed hair (I had very short hair at that stage). The wig was relatively cheap (bought it at a Korean store that caters to African Americans..hint hint..you can get wigs at a better price at those stores). I never wore it, wasn't me. I rocked the scarves until I went topless, I'd say 3 months after chemo ended.
      HELPFUL suggestion? I used monoxidil (un branded rogaine), so quite cheap, $18 for 3 months at Walmart or amazon.com (cheaper if you only buy a month). It's quite easy to apply onto a bald head. I'd do it at night, let it dry, then go to bed. Same deal in the morning, just put my scarf on after the stuff sunk in. I tried that 3 weeks after chemo ended, and did it for a month. Before that I didn't even have fuzz, so was freaking out. I never got fuzz, went to hair 2 weeks after starting the monoxidil. By the way, there's a published MD Anderson study, where 24 BC patients got rogaine, and the study concluded that they had hair before the group that did not get rogaine (however the study was too small for statistical significance). My hair grew bak thick and strong. I'm thinking rogaine had something to do with it. You can see what my hair looks like now in my picture, 1yr 3 months post chemo.
      I returned the wig I had not used to the ACS, and also gave them the one I bought. I'm still bummed with my hair as I thought by now it would be 6 inches long, or chin length. I read it takes 2 years to get there. Slowly but surely.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      I am using the penguin cold caps to try and save my hair. They have been endorsed by my Onc and hospital so i am able to rent and use their freezer for convenience. They are expensive - costing $1,000 plus 600 for a helper - which should be covered by insurance! They are not for the faint of heart - the cap treatment is a long process and ordeal - much more difficult than the chemo treatment. Caps are changed out ever 1/2 hour and required to be worn 4 hours post chemo - extending a treatment to 8 or 9 hours. There is also excessive hair shedding and loss. The gorgeous hair you started with has thinned, cannot be colored, blown dry, or frequently washed. Of course the advantage is you won't need to years to grow it back!

      almost 4 years ago
    • laurie2025's Avatar

      My doctor told me my hair would fall out just prior to my 2nd chemo treatment, which is 3 weeks from the first. The week before that I was brushing my hair and when I pulled the brush away from my head it looked like a gerbil. FULL of hair. I got my head shaved the next day, down to about 1/4". I cried the morning I got it shaved, but by the time I got to the wig salon, I was calm and ok with it. I still have 'bristles' which ITCH, so I can't wait till those come out too. I had a wig purchased, and it looks almost exactly like my hair color and style, so I feel comfortable in it. Because of the itching, I am more comfortable wearing a scarf at home, and a sleep cap at night, but for anything outside the home, I am wearing the wig. I must say, just popping my hair on in the morning is saving me 20 minutes of blow-drying and straight ironing, which is really nice!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Malibu's Avatar

      I used Penguin Cold Caps and saved my hair! It is an amazing product, and my oncologist recommends it to all her patients! Check it out www.PenguinColdCaps.com
      The drugs I had were TCH x 6 Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin.

      over 3 years ago
    • Malibu's Avatar

      I prevented my hair loss by using a product called Penguin Cold Caps. My oncologist recommended it to me and said nearly all her patients that use it save most of their hair. It gave me so much hope at a time when I felt so hopeless! And not looking bald made me feel so much better going though the rest of my treatment for breast cancer. I had 6 chemos TCH x 6, double mastectomy, radiation and reconstruction. Please spread the word as it's relatively new here in the USA but cold cap therapy is used routinely in Europe and provided by the hospitals there!

      over 3 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      I was diagnosed in late fall and it was over the cold winter months that my hair fell out. At first...it was just long clumps that fell out....so I got it cut very very short...but not shaved. My stylist at the time had no clue when she was cutting it what I was going through...and when I told her, she didn't charge me at all. I am thankful that I did get that initial haircut because when it did finally ALL come out, it was much easier to deal with physically and psychologically. Over the winter months, I am usually very cold anyway....so hats were for me...and bandanas at night to cover my whole head and keep me warm. By the time spring rolled around I switched to baseball caps and the occassional long scarf for an evening out (many USAF functions at that time)...it actually felt like I had a pony tail again! Eventually I began going bald at home and even ventured out in public that way...but soon it was back to hats to protect my head from sunburns. My hair intially came back straight but for some odd reason, about 1 year into my new hair growth....an amazing head of curls developed and that is how it has been for the past 3 1/2 years. Again, when I went to my new stylist, she took sympathy in my new head of hair and how I was so unaccustomed to dealing with it...free haircut and style once again. Everyone was very supportive...even the K-2 kids I used to teach to would always ask me to take my hat off...of course, I would oblige and then were always complimentary. I guess it helped them understand a bit what cancer patient go through.

      over 3 years ago
    • sjjohnson1's Avatar

      As soon as the first hairs started coming out, I buzzed it! Within a week, my husband lathered and shaved my head. Then, I embraced the baldness. Sometimes I wore a hat or scarf, sometimes I went natural. I was thinking about it the other day...not making light of the situation but I spent no money on hair products, did not have to shave legs...saved time and money.

      over 3 years ago
    • sjjohnson1's Avatar

      I buzzed my head at the sight of the first hairs coming out. Then a week or so later, my husband lathered and shaved my head with a disposable razor. I sometimes wore a hat or scarf and sometimes I went "natural". Husband shaved his head, too! I was told several times this week how much people liked my hair when it was super short and coming in.

      over 3 years ago
    • veedub's Avatar

      i shaved it all off as soon as i was able to pull hair out without pain. i loooooove my beautiful bald skull!!! now it's growing back i intend to keep it really really short and show off my head. too bad it's still patchy in back, but then again i'm not the one who has to look at the back of my head;D

      over 3 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      I picked out a wig that really matched my color and style. Once my hair started coming out in clumps, I called the hairdresser. She shaved the rest off and styled my wig. The people at work thought I just got new highlights. She told me to pick a night and wash the wig once a week. I chose to wash it on Saturday nights. I too wore a cap to sleep in at night, my head got cold without my thick hair. My hair came back in just as thick as it was, but I had a lot more gray. But since I'm a grandma, I don't color it. I figure it's just part of life.

      over 3 years ago
    • strongdeb's Avatar

      I had alopecia (patchy spots of hair loss on my scalp) for a few years before I was diagnosed with cancer. I finished my chemo over two years ago, and my hair has not grown back. I don't have any body hair now. I go natural as often as I can, and I don't miss having to shave. Being bald is not the worse thing in the world, I where wigs in public, but rarely at work or home around people who know me well and are comfortable with my bald head. When I do where a wig it is to make other people feel comfortable around me, as I am comfortable in my own skin. The hardest part in all of this for me is that many people think I am still sick/in treatment and frequently ask how I am doing .. and I have to explain. Not to worry ladies if you did not have alopecia before chemo your hair will grow back, hang in there and live life to the fullest each day.

      over 3 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      When it came time that I was losing my hair, I called my stylist (who owns her own salon) and she invited me to come after closing the shop for the day. We opened a bottle of champagne and she shaved my head. We laughed and cried during the process. When I got home my husband shaved his head in support. He proclaimed "look how much money we're going to save not having to get hair cuts, shampoo, styling and coloring products". I have always been a fanatic about my hair, yet I found being bald no big deal!

      over 3 years ago
    • dennisparris' Avatar

      When dealing with hair loss, whether by natural or unnatural causes it is important for everyone to know they are not abnormal and they have many options to deal with this problem effectively.

      I also had the similar problem going on for some time, before I took serious note of my hair loss. I consulted a medical professional and was treated by Dr. Cole http://www.forhair.com/cit-hair-transplant/ which worked quite well.

      over 3 years ago

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