What might you experience ?

Perhaps the most commonly known side effect of cancer treatment, hair loss (full or partial) or hair thinning happens as a result of chemotherapy or other drug treatments. The degree of loss depends on your exact regimen and your own sensitivity to it. You may experience:

  • Hair thinning and loss
  • Eyebrow thinning and loss
  • Irritated skin on your scalp

Why does this happen?

Chemicals in the chemotherapy and anticancer drug treatments get transported in the blood to the scalp, and cause damage to the hair follicles.

What can you do about it?

IF YOUR HAIR IS THINNING OR ALREADY THIN:

IF YOUR HAIR IS THINNING OR ALREADY THIN:

  • Cooling caps: These caps effectively ‘freeze’ your scalp to reduce the amount of chemotherapy drugs that reaches your hair follicles
  • Supplements: Some recommend vitamin B7 tablets to promote hair growth
  • Specialist shampoos and conditioners: Hair care products containing vitamin B7 have helped some people revitalize and thicken their hair. To minimise further hair loss, consider gentle shampoos that are organic and natural (and free from chemicals, perfumes, sulphates and parabens)
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IF YOUR SCALP IS IRRITATED:

IF YOUR SCALP IS IRRITATED:

  • Exfoliating sponge: This helps to gently massage your scalp and remove dead skin
  • Scalp spritzes: An anti-bacterial scalp spray can help treat your scalp skin, which is prone to breakouts when you have lost your hair as a side-effect of treatment for cancer 
  • Gentle shampoos and conditioners: To minimise irritation, consider gentle shampoos that are organic and natural (and free from chemicals, perfumes, sulphates and parabens)
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IF YOU WANT TO COVER YOUR HAIR:

IF YOU WANT TO COVER YOUR HAIR:

  • Scarves: These come in many materials (and colours) – the most popular being soft cotton jersey or silk
  • Turbans: These usually require no tying – they fit on like a hat and often have a slot to allow you to thread in a scarf of your own to personalize the edge of the turban
  • Beanies: These help keep your head warm indoors or outdoors. Bamboo beanies 
  • Bandanas: These are an easy and stylish way to cover your head
  • Sleep caps: These keep your head warm and your scalp protected whilst you sleep. They are usually in soft materials and may be solid or mesh
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IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE EYEBROW DEFINITION:

IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE EYEBROW DEFINITION:

  • Eyebrow stencils:These help to draw eyebrows in a realistic shape
  • Organic eyeliner pencil: This will not irritate the skin when used
  • Eyebrow gel: Advances in gel technology allows you to recreate natural looking brows that last longer
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