Chemotherapy Hair Loss: 5 Ways To Cope with It

Chemotherapy comes with its own set of side effects and repercussions, out of which hair loss is one of the most visible effects. For decades, scientists have been trying to find ways of preventing this, trying to avoid the occurrence of hair loss during chemotherapy. There are some drugs that help evade hair loss, but they are too expensive for the average patient to afford, and hence a majority of cancer patients have to deal with hair loss. There are some precautionary steps that one can take that can help you cope with it or in some cases, even avoid it.

How to Prepare for Hair Loss during Chemotherapy?

Once you have been prescribed for chemotherapy, it is obvious that there will be hair loss over the treatment period. But to make sure that this occurs at its minimum, you can consider the following tips

  • Ask your doctor, about when and how the hair loss will occur, since each individual’s body reacts differently to chemotherapy hair loss may occur in the early or late phase.
  • Use a cooling cap. It may help reduce the risk of complete hair loss.
  • Cut it very short so that the immediate loss of hair doesn’t spring up on you suddenly.
  • Try taking care of you scalp, as an unhealthy scalp will be easily vulnerable to the medications.

Head Scarfs and Caps

Wearing a headscarf or a cap will not only conceal the gradual hair loss but will also add to your level of confidence. A number of elegant and beautiful headscarves are available on the market, and they fit like magic. They also protect the scalp from further damage from dust and pathogens in some cases, thus reducing the chances of complete hair loss. You can ask the doctor, and start wearing the scarf/cap as soon as you feel it is necessary. There is no harm in choosing a designer scarf or cap, as long as you have consulted your doctor about the material and the fit.

Wigs

In earlier times, wigs were a fashion, they later went on to become something that people were embarrassed to wear since they showed that the person suffered from hair loss. But slowly the taboo has diminished since people around the world have encouraged the use of wigs to combat hair loss. There are instances of people going bald before the treatment and then donning wigs. This is a beautiful way to combat hair loss during chemotherapy. It is elegant and safe and also protects the person from the mental impact of hair loss during the procedure or treatment.

Preparing Your Family

Your family plays a huge role in supporting you during the entire phase of cancer treatment. Hair loss also can be coped with, with the help of family. Talking to them about it will not only ease the impact of it on your mind but will also give you a sense of confidence and security.

How to stay confident and positive after Chemotherapy?

A number of items and techniques can help you cope with hair loss, but the onus ultimately falls on you. Buy a new pair of earrings or a dress from your favorite store. Wear your favorite shoes, and walk with the confidence of a diva. Combating hair loss is partially physical and partially psychological. If the psychological self is ready to face it, the physical will make it’s way too.

One can never underestimate the difficulty of coping with hair loss, but the courage and confidence one requires is what makes you the fighter that you are. So, go out there, and play to your strengths. Don’t let meager hair loss determine your happiness. This is your battle and in many ways, you have already won!

 


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