Hair loss is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment, so anyone diagnosed with cancer usually be prepared to face this condition. However, some people don’t put hair loss as top priority when they get diagnosed, and as a result, they experience the effect later without enough mental preparation. Cancer can cause severe mental problem such as destroyed self image, so hair loss will make a cancer patient even more suffer.
Hair Loss Coping Steps in Cancer Treatment
When you or your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, treatment and care become the biggest concerns. It is best to put hair loss as an important priority, since cancer and hair loss are closely related, especially if chemotherapy is involved. Once the diagnosis is made, hair loss coping method should also be planned. Here are some steps to cope with hair loss after cancer treatment:
Shop for wigs.
Finding the right artificial hair can be a bit difficult, especially if you never wear one before, or if your scalp tends to be sensitive. Also, you will have more time to find wig that actually matches your face, skin, and complexion. It is best to have at least two, so you can wear one while washing the other. Ask your insurance provider if it covers wig for cancer treatment (or best, ask before you actually buy one).
Shop for hats.
Wigs are not the only things that you need to have at home, if you experience hair loss after chemotherapy. Hats or some sort of head coverings are great too, especially during winter. Also, wearing hat can protect your scalp and actual wig under the scorching sun. When you feel your scalp feels itchy, you can just wear hat, cap, beanie or scarf.
Shop for sunscreen.
There may be times when you have to go out and expose your scalp under the sun. Having sunscreen is great to protect your scalp from UV ray exposure. Buy product that suits your skin, to avoid allergic reaction or sensitivity that can cause redness and itchiness.
Cut your hair short before any treatment.
When you are diagnosed with cancer and advised to undergo chemotherapy, it is best to cut your hair short before therapy. This way, you will find it easier and less shocking when you finally experience hair loss. People with long hair usually feel very shocked and down when strands of hair start to fall in clumps.
Consult with cosmetologist/dermatologist.
When chemotherapy is started, the hair that will fall out is not just on your head, but also your face, such as eyebrows and eyelashes. They are very important parts of your face, and they define your feature, so losing those parts too will make it even more shocking. Consulting with dermatologist or cosmetologist will give you ideas of how to draw eyebrows and reduce the “unusual” look.
Finally, don’t be afraid to confide about your problem to others, particularly people who have undergone chemo and knew how it felt, so you can get support system during cancer treatment that causes hair loss.