Chemotherapy and hair loss: How to prepare before treatment

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It is almost inevitable that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will experience some sort of hair loss. While not all drugs prescribed to patients are not known to cause hair loss, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the possible side effects. Knowing ahead of time can help you prepare, both physically and emotionally, for what’s to come.

Meet with an experienced stylist

It’s more than simply going to a person with exceptional hair styling skills, but someone who’s had patients in their chair. You’ll want guidance on how to deal with the emotions of losing your hair and someone who can design a hair restoration procedure just for you, male or female. Even simply a free consultation with our HRC staff can provide you with some peace of mind.

Cut your hair short

To better prepare yourself emotionally, you should cut your hair -- and if you really need to ease into it, try cutting it little by little every other day. It’s a very staggering experience to go from long hair to almost no hair at all, so if you can help yourself take small steps, it’ll make the transition a bit easier for you.

Purchase a comfortable and natural looking wig or a hairpiece before you start your treatment.

At HRC, we offer the finest handmade and custom-made full cap wigs made with 100% human hair, European hair or the finest synthetic fiber. Our full cap wigs and hairpieces provide highlights or low-lights, shine, bounce and softness as your own natural hair. They actually mimic nature at its best. We offer private styling rooms for our clients comfort and confidentiality as well. Our talented team of hairstylists can cut and style your wig and help you with your transition to a temporary prosthesis until your hair can grow out after your treatment.

HRC wigs will give you ultimate comfort, softness at their bases where it meets your scalp for maximum comfort. We will provide you education and additional required service visits to make sure your wig will continue to be used with the least amount of maintenance during your treatment period.

Shop for hats, head scarves, etc.

For those days you want to just wake up and run some errands, wearing a hat is a great way to look your best in the shortest amount of time. Plus, it’ll protect your head from the sun if you plan on spending some time outside.

Everyone copes with these emotions differently, and that’s okay. This is just a basic guide to help you navigate this part of your life, and fortunately, the staff here at HRC has had much experience helping others get through this. Talk to our office today to schedule a free hair and scalp consultation.

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