Cancer treatments can leave its recipients with a host of side effects. One of them which is feared most is hair loss during chemotherapy. Chemotherapy, a cancer treatment, can leave you with hair loss (alopecia, the medical term for hair loss). This occurs when the radiation emitted during chemotherapy gets absorbed into the skin and weakens the hair cells and follicles.
I know for my own experience, that hair loss can make you feel depressed. If you feel this way, I must tell you that you are not alone. Women fear this condition when we are diagnosed with cancer. We sought for other ways to obtain a cancer treatment other than chemotherapy. Hairs for women are a vital element to enhance our beauty. You need to think that this condition is only temporal and after the treatment your hair will be even more beautiful than before. But also, there are some temporal remedies to this temporal hair deformation.
Here are the ways with which you can deal with hair loss during chemotherapy:
Do Not Induce Stress to the Hair
During the period of chemotherapy, stress shouldn’t be introduced to the skin scalp. This is in a bid to slow down further hair loss and mitigating the chances of your lost hair growing back. You should stay away from shampoos that contain alcohol, salicylic acid, and fragrances. These chemicals aren’t friendly to the scalp. You can use a baby shampoo which isn’t harsh to the scalp. During hair making do not straighten your hair using strengthening irons or curl your hair using rollers. These will only maximize the propensity of your hair falling off.
Dress Up Your Scalp
Wearing a hat or a scarf will protect your scalp against losing body heat in colder regions or the rays of the sun. There are moments when you would want to go out natural in order to flaunt your scalp, if you find yourself in this situation, apply sunscreen to your scalp to shield it against the harsh touches of the sun.
Thicken Your Thinning Hair
Adding a little volume to your hair can make it richer and fuller of its thinning as a result of chemotherapy. You should make updos, a short style with light layering. You can gather your hairs on one side to leave viewers with the impression that your hair is still thick and full.
Avoid Frequent Brushing Of Your Hair
If you regularly brush your hair, it’s high time you cut how you use those brushes on your hair. These are not in any way reducing chances of you having a hair loss. Frequently brushing your hair induces stress into your hair follicles thereby causing hair loss during chemotherapy. Brush your hair only when necessary.
Do Not Use Hard Brush on Your Hair
Avoid at all cost using a hard brush on your hair after chemotherapy. You are only assisting the already absorbed radiations during chemotherapy to eliminate your hair follicles. Rather, you should opt for a soft brush. This will go very well with your present medical status as it will prevent hair loss during chemotherapy.
Pat Your Hair Dry
Ferociously rubbing a towel against your hair to get rid of the water after bath won’t help this particular side effect of chemotherapy. These forms of hair drying can damage your hair. After stepping out of the bathroom you should pat your hair softly with a towel to hinder breakage and promote re-growth.
Adjust Temperature to Mild When Using Hair Dryer
Doctors advise to totally abstain from using a hairdryer after chemotherapy. Try to let your hair dry naturally. But, just in case you decide to undergo mutiny and dry your hair using it, you should adjust the heat of the hair drying equipment to mild. This will not generate hair loss during chemotherapy.
Wash Your Hair Gently
After chemotherapy treatment, it won’t be to scrub your thinned hair vigorously during bathing. You can wash your hair only when the need arises or rinse your hair and scalp with warm water to run it without scrubbing at all.
Hair loss is not completely a catastrophe after chemotherapy. This could be a sign that those are engaged in the proportionate warfare to eradicate them. You can use these tips to effectively deal with hair loss during chemotherapy.