In case it is any reassurance, i finished chemo in February and now have lots of hair! Very curly, but lots of it - about 3 inches. And i have just started bleaching it with no problems. It's a tough time but you will come through it. Remember chemo also affects your moods and often causes mood swings and depression, which lifts when the chemo ends. Hang in there lovelies. Xxx
Hair loss is upsetting. I don't know why...it just is!
It begins about 3/4 weeks from start of chemo, so about the second cycle.
If you have long hair, it's a good idea to get it cut short because once it starts to shed, it does make a mess.
I think one of the few times that I got upset, was when my hair fell out. I covered it up quickly with a scarf and didn't look at it for 5 months! Burying my head in the sand is my usual coping method!!
Having said that, it did grow back quickly and was able to go without the scarf about 4 months after chemo. Am now keeping it short, as having to deal with very curly hair which is quite weird having had long, straight hair for many years.
Best wishes xx
Hello - are you aware of Look Good Feel Better? It's a charity that runs free make-up classes with lots of freebies (many expensive brands) for BC patients. They usually run them in hospitals, cancer centres etc. You can check their website. It's a nice afternoon of pampering if you are feeling a bit down. Unfortunately the treatments (chemo, surgery etc) do make you feel unattractive. Although a lot of that is temporary it is v hard to get your head around at first. I feel much better now but it's taken me a while to get there. Also be aware that chemo messes with your mind chemically and can make you fragile, tearful, depressed, forgetful, confused etc. This is a purely chemical effect and gets better when you stop chemo, but it might be worth making your family aware of that in case your behaviour seems different. Also telling someone with "chemo brain" to pull themselves together isn't going to help them! Give yourself some nice treats, fresh air and relaxation (yoga is wonderful). Take care xx
Hi Sami Claire , I think the itching will stop once you have your shave, mine did. It's the hair follicles dying, and the hair length pulling that's the problem. My chemo nurse advised coconut oil as an all round remedy, including scalp massage to stimulate re growth . Quite strong smelling,though, and can upset a delicate chemo tummy. Need to keep it moisturised in this weather, though.The hospital gave me Aveeno, which is a wonderful oatmeal based product to be used head to toe. I finished my chemo two weeks ago and have a nice little bristle effect going on now. I hate my baldness, but I love my new look with scarves plus hats - very Grace Kelly - so will keep that going even when this journey is done. Very brave and strong to get husband to shave it . Have you got a little sleep cap for night time? My little chicken head gets quite cold! Love. X