I have cancer and will be undergoing chemotherapy. How fast will my hair fall out once I start treatment?
many women undergoing chemotherapy, losing your hair is a common side effect of treatment. The process discussed below is a typical breast, cervical and other female cancer protocol; not high dose treatment:
Day 1-14 after treatment, no hair loss. You will however have “bad hair days”. Your hair will feel drier, damaged and lifeless. Your scalp might tingle or for some it might feel sore. This is an indication that your treatment has now begun to affect the hair follicles.
Day 14-16 after treatment, your hair will begin to shed. This means that if you run your fingers through your hair, you will see loose strands. These will increase over the next 2-3 days. NOTE: You shouldn’t ever wake up to all your hair on the pillow!!!!!
Day 15-17 should be a good time to think about getting your hair buzzed off. We suggest going to get this service done professionally. At Compassionate Beauty we call it a Loving Head Shave. It is one of the key reasons we decided to open.
Your hair loss will continue throughout your treatment and up to a few weeks afterward.