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What is the best way to deal with hair loss? I had my first chemo treatment five days ago and I'm dreading it. I'm more nervous and sick about that than the chemotherapy. I know it's silly, it will grow back.

L D  Profile
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anonymous

Survivor since 2004 over 6 years
 
  • Nancy Bailey Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Don't feel silly! I cut my hair close before I started chemotherapy. It did give me a sense of empowerment and I actually like wearing it short. It has been four days since my second treatment and I am beginning to lose what's left. As hard as it may be, I have decided to shave the remainder and try to get past it.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Alyssa Vito Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Hi LD, I just finished my second cycle of chemo and also have had anxiety about my hair loss. I love my hair and it was traumatic to think of losing it. Mine started falling out 13 days after my first cycle and I went in and got a buzz cut. It was easier to get rid of it myself instead of watching my very long hair fall out all around me. Id begun shedding all over the place. I bought myself an awesome wig that looks like my hair did before and I wear that now anytime I'm in public. People can't even tell the difference. When I'm at home I just throw on a scarf.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 4 Paciente
    Hi LD...your feelings are normal. :). It's very difficult to lose your hair. My oncologist told me I'd start losing my hair about 2 weeks after my first chemo. She was right. I spoke with women that had gone through the same thing and most said the decided to have it cut or buzzed before it started to come out or when it first began. When I began noticing mine coming out, I had my boyfriend buzz it for me. It would have been too difficult to watch it come out in clumps. Plus it made me feel empowered. I think the anxiety about losing my hair was worse than it actually being gone. Afterwards I felt I relieved. I had one step over with...then could move on to the next step! I wear scarves a lot. There are some great organizations where you can get beautiful scarves and wigs from. Just let me know if you'd like the links. Wishing you the best!
    over 6 years Flag
    • L D  Profile
      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2004

      Thanks for your response. I want to be "empowered" and take this thing head on. I just don't feel that way yet. I think I'm going to donate to Locks of Love since my hair is long enough. At least, I won't feel it's for nothing. Just feeling...

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      Thanks for your response. I want to be "empowered" and take this thing head on. I just don't feel that way yet. I think I'm going to donate to Locks of Love since my hair is long enough. At least, I won't feel it's for nothing. Just feeling bummed for now.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Could you give me the link for the wigs. I may be facing chemo and want to be prepared.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anónimo
      Stage 4 Paciente

      Hi Lori....sure. :). I received a beautiful free wig from crickettsanswer.startlogic.com. Then click on the "request services" link. Also your local American Cancer Society provides a free wig but the choices are not as good as Crickett's. Both...

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      Hi Lori....sure. :). I received a beautiful free wig from crickettsanswer.startlogic.com. Then click on the "request services" link. Also your local American Cancer Society provides a free wig but the choices are not as good as Crickett's. Both are great. I wear scarves a lot as well. I received a beautiful free scarf from www.goodwishesscarves.org. They even include a card signed from the staff. Very personal. Also heavenlyhats.com will provide you with a free pretty hat. Hope this helps. :)

      Diana

      over 6 years Flag
  • Karrie Cameron Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Thank you! I know it's just hair and it will grow back, so I will probably do the same and have it buzzed before I give the chemo the chance to take that away from me. Your answers have inspired me. L D, I hope they have helped you too. I won't have my first treatment until December as my mastectomy is scheduled for November 3, but I will keep your comments here in mind for sure!! Thank you!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Lori Green Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was told I would lose my hair at day 14 after the first chemotherapy treatment and they were right on. I do remember that my scalp became sore a few days before. I met with my hairdresser and ordered a wig before I started chemotherapy so I was ready to go. Once my hair started falling out I went and got it buzzed and felt so much better. It has now been about a year and have a full head of curly hair!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Kathie Fredette Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 1995
    Don't ever feel silly about your feelings. When I started losing my hair from chemo(17 years ago) I had my son buzz it off. I wanted to decide when I lost it.I had a great wig and actually didn't have a bad hair day for a while. I also felt that this powerful medicine that is making me bald is also killing off the cancer. As it grew in I couldn't wait to color it because I forgot how much gray I had. Vanity wins again. I was back!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Cathy Wadkins Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Dear LD, I lost my hair 2008 of January into my 2nd week, two days before I got hit again. I went to a class look good feel better, and one of the women worked at a hair salon. She set it up for me to come to her shop and she would buzz my hair off and she did a good job.When I left her shop I had put on a wig. I remember not liking the cool feeling all over my head and spent along time not know what I could do different.So my daughter went to sallys and purchased me these short nylon doo rags and different colors. That made my head feel good and I could put me a hat over the doo rags actually they matched my hat. It will definitely make you a stronger person I use to say I'm going to be like Yule Brinner he shaved his hair off for a movie and it never grew back. But to give you a positive note as soon as your chemo is through your hair will start coming out everywhere,just be patient because you are going to have brand new hair,that all your problems you might of had with your hair before is gone.I have always had real fine hair and it grows one inch every 4 months, but even though it is slow and fine and thin,my hair salon is purchasing Bosley shampoo,conditioner and two other bottles to help stimulate the scalp and help your hair grow. My hair due to it being very slow to grow it's always had a problem.but my hair all said and done looked great when it came back.So because you are walking that walk like I did in 2008 you will be through before you know it and you will look back and say I'm a survivor of xxxx amount of years and your hair is going to be wonderful
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Louis Motz Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Find a really cool wig. I keep getting LOTS of compliments about my hair from people I know and like perfect strangers. weird.....now that my hair is growing back...I may keep wearing the wig. Although I don't really like the way it feels...but makes me look a lot younger
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Leanna Clemmons Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 0 Paciente
    I am having the very same feelings... haven't even started treatments yet and I'm stressing over my hair coming out. :(
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    When I first learned I had cancer, I hoped I didn't need chemo only because of the hair loss (well initially). I didn't want to look sick and my hair was really long! Dont feel silly...it's a big deal! It was really hard to go through that loss--hair is how we're recognized, and it makes us feel feminine. Even though it grows back...it's still hard. Mine is barely an half inch and not even fully covering my head, but I was do excited. Also, never thought id be glad to have to shave my kegs and armpits again!!
    about 6 years Comment Flag
  • Hollie Fitzpatrick Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Is it true that it can come back a different color and texture?
    about 6 years Flag
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes I've heard that. Mine is coming in darker right now, but it's hard to tell if texture will be the sane yet bc it just started coming in.

      about 6 years Flag
    • Rhonda Thaut Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Yes, the hair can come back another color and/or curly/straight as well as thinner or thicker. Sometimes the first 1-3 inches of regrowth (called "chemo hair") can be different,but the hair following it can change. You'll want to cut the first 2...

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      Yes, the hair can come back another color and/or curly/straight as well as thinner or thicker. Sometimes the first 1-3 inches of regrowth (called "chemo hair") can be different,but the hair following it can change. You'll want to cut the first 2 inches of chemo hair off eventually because the hair is brittle and mushy preventing you from styling and coloring it.

      over 5 years Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Everyone copes differently my friend just shaved her head she felt really bad but afyer putting pn her eog and maleup she feels amazing amd yes it will grow bacck!!!!
    almost 5 years Comment Flag
  • Donna Montgomery Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Dose your hair start itching before you lose it after chemo
    about 2 years Comment Flag
  • Charlotte Ozanne Profile
    anónimo
    Paciente
    I had my first cycle of chemotherapy five days ago and I'm dreading losing my hair. I've been through this before nearly 18 years ago and I well remember the distress of my hair coming out in clumps at which time my brother buzzed it for me and I felt ok after surprisingly. Have no intention of giving it a pre-emptive shave I'm hanging on as long as I can. Hoping my partner will get back from his travels before it goes
    5 months Comment Flag

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