Chemotherapy Hair Loss – The American Hair Loss Council

Many who are undergoing or have immediate family members or friends involved in the process of chemotherapy or recovery from it, have questions about the hair loss associated with it. This article gives pointers, tips and timelines with some basic information specifically tailored to the hair loss aspect of chemotherapy treatments. The first section points to the medical reasons on a cellular level of what happens when the chemicals of chemotherapy are introduced into the body. It describes how hair loss is an inevitable but common side effect of chemotherapy in cancer patients. There is a caveat of hope, in that most hair grows back after time. This section has bullet points with what to expect time lines for re-growth of hair. The second paragraph is tips for maintaining new hair growth after chemotherapy. The third section (paragraph) is cautions regarding coloring, curling and hair treatments with cautions regarding such. Lastly, there is a section on helping children understand the stigma attached to hair loss when undergoing chemo.

Key Points:

  • 1How Chemotheraphy effects hair loss and regrowth afterwards
  • 2Caring for your new hair (washing, hair products, permanent waves and coloring)
  • 3Positively reinforcing self worth in children during hair loss due to chemotherapy

No hair growth stimulants, shampoos, conditioners or other cosmetic treatments can prevent or retard Chemotherapy related hair loss. The good news, however, is that once chemo ­therapy is completed, the hair usually grows back.

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