4 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss During Chemo

More often than not, cancer treatments like chemotherapy cause hair loss. Some women lose all their hair during chemotherapy, while others may experience thinning. Hair loss isn’t exclusively along the scalp; it can also occur on the face, including the loss of eyebrows or eyelashes.

While hair loss is temporary and your hair should grow back after cancer treatment, finding ways to deal with hair loss during treatment is important to many women.

Fortunately, there are many creative and chic ways to deal with hair loss!

  1. All about wigs.

For women who lose all their hair or women who want to cover up thin spots on their scalps, a wig is an excellent option. Wigs are either synthetic or made from human hair, and these days, a well-made wig hardly looks like a wig. You can purchase wigs that are custom-made to match the hair you already have. Or, you can embrace the opportunity to try something new and buy an entirely fresh look! Costs of wigs vary, and some can be rather pricey, so be sure to try on several kinds before committing. And be sure to check if your health insurance covers wigs — some do!

  1. Try a scarf or turban.

Scarves or turbans are inexpensive, chic ways to deal with hair loss. They come in many different colors and patterns, some for fancy occasions, others for everyday use. Wrapping a turban atop your head can create the full look of hair, as well as be a bold fashion statement. Many women who opt to wear scarves or turbans add additional accessories like flowers, pins, and buttons. Some even include bangs or hairpieces that give the illusion of hair.

  1. Hats can do the trick.

Hats are a fun fashion accessory that look great on top of a wig, attached to a hairpiece like bangs or a ponytail, or on their own. You can choose the hat that fits your style. Maybe you’re sporty and prefer baseball caps. Maybe you want to wear a stylish beret. Hats are inexpensive and easy to don. Plus, they’re an excellent protection against sunburn — an important consideration when undergoing chemotherapy.

  1. Take care of your skin.

Finally, as you undergo chemotherapy and begin to lose your hair, your scalp may become tender, itchy, or tingly. Taking care of your scalp, as well as the rest of your skin, while undergoing cancer treatment will prevent skin irritation and damage. Invest in a gentle shampoo and conditioner for your thinning hair or lotion for your scalp. Also, consider a super-hydrating moisturizer for your face and a super-hydrating lotion to massage onto the rest of your body.

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