At Chrysalis Custom Hair, we understand how difficult it can be to go through chemotherapy and radiation related hair loss. Hair loss can be a side effect of a specific treatment plan that is targeting and shrinking cancer cells and chemotherapy hair loss may be rapid and require a wig for cancer to be made quickly. There are many wigs to choose from, but the decision can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help you learn the best options for chemo wigs, and when you’re ready, our team will help you size, style, and fit your new wig. Learn more or schedule your appointment today!
Chemotherapy consists of a strong cocktail of medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. These drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body, including those in the root of your hair. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss. Different doses can cause anything from thinning hair to complete hair loss. Always check with your doctor about side effects and ask if you should expect chemotherapy hair loss.
If hair loss is a side effect of the medications in your cancer treatment plan, your natural hair will begin to thin a few days to a few months after your first treatment. Your doctor or nurse may have more information based on your personalized regimen. Some women may feel a slight tingle or itch at the scalp when their hair is getting ready to release. There is no need to cut your hair shorter prior to treatment, especially when you are having Chrysalis Custom Hair create a wig to match your current look. If the treatment you are on involves chemotherapy hair loss, your hair will fall out at the same rate regardless of its length. It is always best to start the process to get a custom wig as soon as you know you will be undergoing chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy to kill cancer cells. As with chemotherapy, healthy cells may also be affected by the radiation.
Thinning hair from radiation treatment is confined to the area of the body that is receiving radiation. Hair follicles are very sensitive to radiation. Most patients will notice hair loss about three weeks after the start of radiation. The size of the area as well as total dosage determine how much hair may be lost. The skin receiving the radiation may become dry and itchy. Chrysalis carries a line of products to help moisturize and heal fragile skin that has undergone radiation as well as an array of comfortable headwear that is both stylish and warm. Call today for a private appointment with our Elmhurst wig specialists!