You are not alone in your struggle. A cancer diagnosis is devastating. Many men and women dread chemotherapy-induced hair loss more than the painful treatment itself. According to Medscape, 47% of female patients consider hair loss to be the most traumatic aspect of chemotherapy. 8% have stated they would decline treatment because of extreme apprehension associated with hair loss. Many others battle with you in such a trying time in your life. There are ways to combat feelings of sadness associated with medically induced hair loss. You’re already fighting so much, why not fight for you happiness, confidence, and esteem as well. You are still a beautiful ball of living, breathing energy! Taking the time to understand chemotherapy and hair loss makes it less foreign and terrifying. There are wonderful, stylish, custom wig solutions for you. We’re here for you during this difficult period. This too shall pass.
The Science Behind Chemotherapy And Hair Loss
Hair loss will negatively affect your self-perception if you let it. You might start to question your appearance, body image, sexuality, and self-confidence. A loss of self is far worse than alopecia, and unfortunately, alopecia is sometimes the motivator behind self-deprecating thoughts. It doesn’t help that, to the public, treatment-related side effects, such as hair loss, are associated with having cancer. Chemotherapy and hair loss can be a violation of privacy. So why does cancer treatment cause hair loss? The drug is used to stop, or slow the growth of cancerous cells. As an added consequence, the drugs affect the rapidly dividing cells of your hair follicles. Depending on the combination of drugs administered for your individualized treatment plan, your hair may fall out in clumps or gradually over an extended period of time. Hair loss usually occurs 1-3 weeks after the first administration of chemotherapy. The scalp is the most affected area, but the loss of hair also occurs in the eyebrows, eyelashes, under the arms and in pubic regions. Chemotherapy and hair loss is reversible! Hair will begin to grow again, once treatment has stopped, within 3 to 6 months. During the regrowth period, hair may change color, texture, and thickness.
Choosing Your New Wig Before Treatment
Wearing a custom cut wig will make you feel yourself again! Staring at your bare scalp every day is a constant reminder of your ailment. Looking in the mirror to see a thick, curly, head of cascading hair falling from your shoulders really helps your self-esteem during a period of fragility. It’s important to prepare for hair loss to cope with its emotional side effects before they start. Cutting the hair short before chemo will make it less devastating when you start to lose entire sections. This will make the wig easier to properly fit your head, as well. Look through beauty magazines, consult the internet for the latest styling trends, and flip through salon books to find an exciting new style. Feeling good about your new look makes you less apprehensive about going through the hair loss period. Seeing your wig-topped reflection will have you feeling like the beautiful, confident women you are. Consult a wig stylist today!
PRESERVE YOUR SELF ESTEEM WITH WIGS AND HAIR SOLUTIONS
Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.
At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.
To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can visit us online or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.