Be Bald and Beautiful (Still)
We have heard about it so many times and yet, hair loss (technically called alopecia) continues to be a drastic adjustment that people, especially those battling cancer, can’t seem to totally prepare themselves for.
Doctors say the best way to deal with hair loss is to plan ahead; losing hair during chemo therapy is bound to happen to most people, so even before you start getting treatment, you should start thinking about how you would want to deal with the impending change in your appearance.
Do I want a wig, scarf or turban? Will I be comfortable wearing it? Should I get hair regrowth treatments after I have completed my chemotherapy sessions?
These are the questions you should ask yourself before deciding which one of these options suits your needs best.
Hair loss is a personal issue so it is very important that you think through how you plan to deal with it.
There are many options available ...
1. Save what’s left
Cancer patients usually start shedding hair about one to three weeks after chemotherapy. The hair loss is gradual -some see a few strands falling off, some find clumps of hair. During this stage, you might want to preserve whatever hair is left on your head by using a mild shampoo then patting -not aggressive rubbing -your hair dry after you shower.
Also, avoid using hair products -clips, gels and the like -that could damage your hair further. Should you wish to use one, make sure to consult your doctor first.
2. Chop it off
There are cancer patients who choose to cut their hair even before they start getting treatment. But remember, this option may not be for everyone. Consider doing this only when you have decided that you’d rather deal with the hair loss this way than seeing your hair gradually fall off everywhere.
3. Get it covered
How would you want to cover your head?
By the time you have started to shed hair or have gone totally bald, you should already have a plan in mind of how you want to cover your head.
Cap or hat
The thing with caps or hats is that they may not be appropriate to wear at all times.
But when you find the perfect occasion to wear one, be sure to put on the best one you have got. After all, this is your new crowning glory, or at least until you grow your tresses back.
Now that you have gone bald but don’t want to go around with your head uncovered, how about getting yourself a scarf? They come in several colors and are made of different materials. For everyday use, make sure to get scarves that are made of light and thin fabric like linen, jersey, rayon or cotton.
For dressier occasions, put on a silk or satin scarf. Unlike those that are made of lighter materials, scarves made of silk or satin may be more difficult to tie but are guaranteed to make you look more chic and elegant.
So you’re getting yourself a wig. If you have decided that this is how you’d want to cover your head – Go For It! You’ll be amazed at the many ways by which you could experiment with your look by trying on different wigs.
But if you choose to wear wigs and want to keep your original look before your hair loss, always remember to choose one that’s about the same color and texture as your hair. That way, the change won’t be as noticeable.
When you have decided to wear a wig, which isn’t as simple as choosing the style and color, keep in mind the following:
· Before buying a wig, check with your doctor first to check to see if the purchase could be covered by your insurance provider.
· Buy more than one wig - one for everyday use and one for special occasions before starting treatment, and make sure to get wigs that can be adjusted.
Also consider the type of wig you want to use. More people are drawn to using synthetic wigs as these need less care and styling than those made of human hair. But if you are particular about wearing one that’s closest to your hair type, consider getting wigs made of human hair.
One beautiful thing about wearing wigs made of human hair is that they can be styled and colored as often as you want. You can also choose to make it short or long, brown or blonde, depending on your mood and/or on what your hairstylist suggests for your signature look.
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Hair loss due to cancer should not be as bad as it sounds. As long as you’re prepared for it, there are many options available for you so you’d still be confident and beautiful, even when you have gone bald.