• shaving my head...

    Asked by coco48 on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    shaving my head...

    I just had my second round of chemo, and losing my hair pretty quickly. ..the question is there a certain preference should be done when shaving my head....clippers or razor?

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • cris' Avatar

      When I shaved my head I had my hairdresser, who also is a friend do it & she used clippers. At least the clippers leave alittle hair on my head, where as a razor completely would take it all off. Good luck we are all here for you!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      My husband shaved my head and used one of those plastic cutting guards--or whatever you call them--so it also left me a tiny bit of fuzz. Are you sure you don't want to try the Mohawk look for a week or so, before it all falls out? I did--and had some much-needed fun with it! Just a thought...

      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I've been shaving my head with a razor for years. Once I started going through chemo, I didn't have to shave at all. I say for now, use clippers. Especially since you're on chemo. You don't want to risk cutting yourself considering your red blood cells and platelets are probably really low. You would have a hard time getting the bleeding to stop.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Clippers, definitely. You don't want any nicks in your skin while on chemo due to risk of infection. The clippers can be set to cut the hair extremely short (virtually clean-shaven.) Ideally, you should have someone experienced with clippers do it for you, sterilizing the equipment beforehand.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I got a buzz cut after my 2nd infusion treatment - i did not lose all my hair -just most of it - so it really looked very edgy. The person who does my hair, cut off most of it, and then used a a special blade in the razor so that i had a bit of hair left (my pic was taken 2 hours after it was done) - if I had wanted it all off, he would have used a razor, but with a different blade.

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      What ticklingcancer said - you don't want to risk cutting yourself. Plus, your platelets might be low... and scalp wounds bleed like crazy!!!!

      The plastic thing is called a guard and sets the length of hair to remain. I simply used the clippers without a guard. It worked well.

      Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      whatever feels best on your head....my DH used clippers but it was several weeks after most of my hair fell out....it stopped falling out and I left the bit that was left for seveal weeks till it turned to straw!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      My partner used a clippers. It was good to be in control of the hair.

      over 3 years ago
    • jhale17's Avatar

      I shaved with a blade in a razor during chemo. When I started radiation on my throat they requested I change to an electric razor. I Have lost my hair three times. I suggest you do what pleases you. It will not be long and it will be gone on its own. Check around for free hats at your doctor's office. Often there are ladies that sew and donate hats, ask the nurses. My wife wore wings and added makeup for eye brows and looked as good as ever. Good luck with your journey.

      over 3 years ago

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