• how do you.....

    Asked by little_fut on Monday, April 29, 2013

    how do you.....

    My head is shaved now, how do you keep it from being prickly? It kind of hurts.

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • cris' Avatar

      I used baby shampoo when I washed my hair & that worked for me. hope this helps..

      over 3 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      Try a conditioner after washing. You could also apply a little olive oil, a little goes a long way, on the hair and scalp then cover with one of those sleep caps.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I have found that keeping it shaved close is the best way to minimize the prickly or scratchy point tghat occurs when what hair there is is really short. I use and electric shaver and do it a couple fo times a day to keep it off. Either that or let it grow out a bit to the softer fuzz point.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      i don't remember my head being prickly or hurting....I used my regular shampoo to wash.....

      over 3 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      I bought a silk pillowcase. I think that helps for laying down.

      over 3 years ago
    • kjd's Avatar

      buy a cotton hat...it will keep away this feeling

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Mine did not stay "prickly" very long as it all came out and I was shiny bald. However, I do agree that it did hurt while it was there and as it was coming out. At night, a soft turban and/or silk pillow case were very soothing. Massaging your head with a softening agent gives great relief. When I was completely bald, my caring husband would place hot cloths on my head -- and then massage it - it was heaven. I wish you the best!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Declan's Avatar

      The only time it bothered me was when I was sleeping so I wore a sleep cap. My head was always cold so that helped with that too!

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Hi little fut.. I remember that feeling , mine was almost exactly 1 year ago. A friend told me to use head and shoulders for senstive scalp (all in one) so it sort of helped condition the scalp as well. It was soothing. That feeling that someone is pulling your hair will eventually go away, but it is very annoying. I also found that as much as I could I'd just go bald around the house...this was tough since I'm one of the most vain people! But, comfort overtakes us, I guess in time of need! LOL Then, I limited my use of wigs to just nicer occasions, and used a scarf. If you're working, I know that is difficult, I was laid off at the time--maybe it was good timing. Just be gentle on yourself.. you're getting through this!

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      I learned from women in discussion groups at breastcancer.org (a great resource, by the way) to use a lint roller on my head. You know, the kind with the sticky tape that is so helpful in removing pet hair from your coat. I rolled it over my head morning and evening and it removed hairs that were already loose, which (at least for me) made my head much more comfortable. Weird but effective!

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I know exactly what you mean. It does hurt! Especially laying down in bed or laying back on the sofa... basically anytime my head is resting up against something.

      I have a few spots on my head where hair still grows. I shave it off every week or so with my boyfriends electric razor (without any attachments, just the blade) to keep it close without those spots growing in, looking strange and being uncomfortable. That has helped me so much.

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Hi little_fut, my head hurt too when my hair first came out. I used baby shampoo. It felt prickly all over like sleeping on a porcupine! I bought a soft cotton cap to sleep in at night and that helped. Once you're bald, it will stop hurting. Also, be careful wearing a wig. It can rub your bald head and hurt. I got a cotton wig liner that helped. Since it was summer, I found hats more comfortable than the wig. You can buy some hats with fake bangs and sideburns. I just wore the hats though. Also, when your hair starts coming back in, it might hurt again until you get some all over your head. Mine was so soft, like baby hair. Good luck with everything. This too shall pass. Hugs to you:)

      over 3 years ago
    • maggiebarnett's Avatar

      Once the process began, I went down to my hair salon. I had been planning on donating my hair to locks of love anyways so they cut it off, and gave me a cute pixie cut. A few weeks after that I noticed hair on my pillow so I went back to the salon and got the shave. The prickly hair does hurt so I used a nightcap so every time I moved at night I didn't get woken up. After about the third session the rest should fallout and you will have a pretty bald head, so show it off! Another reason to wear the chemo night hat, so the stuble doesn't get all over your pillow case and sheets. Buy yourself a really nice healthy shampoo, use it daily but just a tiny bit. It is important to keep your scalp healthy. Always wear a head covering when you are outside. Last year on the Fourth of July, I woke a big floppy pink hat and a hummingbird took a rest on my hat for a bit. Find your silver linings where ever you can.

      over 3 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      That weird 'hair letting go' feeling does lessen. I never shaved my head exactly because i do not like the stubble feeling (legs, neck, etc) so I can't speak to that part. But I did find that a light wt sleep cap helped. My scalp was very sensitive. I felt I had to do the wig thing so as not to freak out the little children I worked with. Found that cost of wig does NOT equal comfort! The cheapest one I bought from one of those Korean run massive beauty supplies was by far the most comfortable....and looked the most natural. They had a spot to try them on and a clerk that was very understanding and helpful. She suggested the cotton wig cap that goes under the wig...worked great! I have sent many people back to her. btw..TLC.com has a ton of supplies reasonably priced and they ship fast (no need to pay extra for fast ship), and they handle returns gracefully.

      over 3 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Ooopss on the post just before I put the wrong web address...it is now TLCdirect.org

      over 3 years ago

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