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Radiation Therapy: How does it Cause Hair Loss?

Radiation-TherapyAt Wigs and Hair Solutions, we meet women quite often that are faced with hair loss due to a medical problem, whether it is medication, a genetic issue, or a treatment they are undergoing. One of the more commonly found treatments that cause hair loss for our clients is radiation therapy.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Before you can begin to understand how radiation therapy affects hair loss, you must first understand what radiation therapy is. This type of therapy against cancer uses high energy x-rays to attack cancer cells while sparing the healthy cells. On the day of treatment, your radiation therapist will bring you to a treatment room, where you will be properly positioned for treatment.

Radiation Therapy and Hair Loss

Those undergoing radiation therapy tend to notice their hair loss after the first three weeks of treatment. This is because hair follicles are sensitive to radiation. Hair loss may become permanent depending on the extent of your treatment. If your hair does grow back, there is a chance it could be a different thickness or texture. If your hair does grow back, regrowth should begin three to six months after the completion of treatment.

Your scalp will then become sensitive after the radiation exposure. This means that your scalp could become tender to touch and dry. Medication is available to help with serious itching and irritation of the scalp. If you want to help protect your scalp while undergoing radiation therapy, consider the following steps:

  • Cut down on shampooing and only use mild shampoos
  • Avoid harsh brushing and combing while you still have hair
  • Avoid using heat sources
  • Pat hair and scalp dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing to avoid scratching

Custom Wigs for Hair Loss

At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. If you find yourself experiencing hair loss, call us to discuss options. We specialize in custom synthetic and 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, our stylists will be able to create the look you want with a high quality wig, topper, or partial piece.

To schedule an initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can also visit us in the Medical Pavilion at Howard County.

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