Should I shave my head when going through Chemo?

Should I shave my head when going through Chemo?

At Bow Belles we come across a lot of people that ask the question should i shave my head? If so when? Where do I go? and, Why is it falling out? If you are unsure  here are some facts and also expectations that should help and try to guide you.

Some of my clients are not even sure if shaving their head is right for them, some want it gone ASAP, there is no right or wrong, you purely have to do what is wright for you. However, you have to bear in mind that it is eventually going to fall out, many describe this as the distressing side effect of treatment. Each time you catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror, your changed appearance is a reminder of your illness and everything you’ve experienced since your diagnosis. But I remind my ladies all the time this is not a permanent fixture in your life – your hair is going to grow back healthy and strong!

I hear people ask why is my hair even falling out? The best way to describe it is Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body — including those in your hair roots and not just on your scalp but all over. Unfortunately ladies we spend our lives trying to rid our body of hair and then the choice is taken away from us.

When is the right time to consider shaving my head? If it is the right choice for me? Most commonly you experience hair loss around 2-4 weeks after your first chemo session. However, this all depends on what chemo you are undergoing and how intense your treatment is. I do however suggest that if shaving your hair off right away is not right for you, cutting it short may help. Some ladies like to do this just before or just after their first treatment. The reason for this is the hair becomes quite dry and tangled mostly because some of ladies are scared to wash their hair and brush their hair as this is when you see the most amount of hair in one place, in the plug hole or on the brush, I always suggest a wet brush  – as you will need one when you have your wig anyway, that’s if you have chosen to wear one. another thing to use is a gentle shampoo as the head may become dry and tender.

Most people that are losing there hair are worried on where to go to have there hair shaved, some choose to do it at home with family members or have there personal hairdresser to do it for them – its purely were you are comfortable. I think the most daunting aspect of this is being in a public place, there are salons that are out there like ourselves., we offer a free one to one service in a private and desecrate location where its calm and a member of the team will guide you through the process.