Chemo hair loss messy, awkward; advan...

Chemo hair loss messy, awkward; advance preparations can make i...

There are 117 comments on the The Canadian Press story from Mar 12, 2007, titled Chemo hair loss messy, awkward; advance preparations can make i.... In it, The Canadian Press reports that:

Their work involves lots of entertaining and myriad social commitments for which chic black is pretty much the diplomatic dress code.But black wasn't an option when the chemotherapy drugs battling Smith's ...

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Anderson, IN

#23 Jul 3, 2007
shave it now. mine started falling out the day after my 2nd treatment. don't torture yourself. shave it now.
i know it's hard but believe me it's better to do it now.

“Live Life to the full”

Since: Jun 07


#24 Jul 3, 2007
deedee wrote:
shave it now. mine started falling out the day after my 2nd treatment. don't torture yourself. shave it now.
i know it's hard but believe me it's better to do it now.
I agree although traumatic doing it once it was done, that was it no more hair shedding everywhere. sending you best wishes.

Ridgewood, NY

#25 Jul 6, 2007
I did it! Had my head shaved last Saturday. It was awful. I had my home helper/companion hold my hand, but as I heard the electric shaver, I sobbed. That was not quite as bad as the next day, when I showered and touched my bald head for the first time. Then I screamed and sobbed. It has gotten better since then. At first I couldn't look in mirror. Now I can, and I can touch my head without screaming. To all of you who have to go through this, it DOES get better. I wear my wig, or a hat outside, and a cotton cloth or even nothing at home, when I am alone. Summer time is good. Bald is COOL!
Maximise wrote:
Hey MJRin NY can totally relate to the feeling terrified, not a nice place to be in. i think once the hair is out whether shaved off or coming out itself there is more of an acceptance, that this has happened and now I just have to deal with it. I remember the first time I wore my wig outside, such a massive deal to me and not one person gave me a second glance !!!!!!! take care


#26 Jul 9, 2007
Dear Deb, I lasted about three days with it falling out. I just had it buzzed. Got so iritated with hair everywhere. Good luck

Anderson, IN

#27 Jul 10, 2007
you are all on your way to recovery. good luck to you all!!

United States

#28 Jul 11, 2007
I am a three year cancer survivor from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It took longer for my hair to fall out I believe it was a month but my husband shaved my head because it was coming out in handfuls.
I spoke to several people over the past few years and they told me that if you cut your hair short, you might not have to shave your head but I can honestly say shaving was the way to go. I felt miserable from the chemo and it was nice to get up and not worry about bed head!
I hate to scare anyone but it is not the head hair loss that is difficult - it is ALL the hair loss. No armpit/leg hair was OK, but my nose hairs, my eyebrows and eyelashes fell out too. You'll be happy to know that everything starts coming back a couple months after your last chemo.
Breast Cancer Survivor

Brisbane, CA

#29 Sep 8, 2007
I didn't have a problem with shedding. My hair came out all at one time. It was really strange, though. On day I washed my hair and when I dried it, it felt wierd...course and rough. The next day when I washed it, it matted together like somebody had put glue in my hair. I couldn't even pull it apart. I got a comb and combed from the roots and big clumps came out. I just combed and combed until I was bald. It came out really easy, with no tugging. I went into the shower with a head full of hair and go bald just minutes after. I just tied a scarf on my head and went on to do my pre-Thanksgiving housecleaning. Luckily for me, I was on vacation from work during the the Thanksgiving Holiday. Left with hair...went back to work in a wig.

Here is a site with hints and tips for those going through chemo:


#30 Oct 15, 2007
i am just starting to lose my hair but I am finding it physically painful. I was out in the wind today and when the wind blew my hair it hurt. Also at night, as I move my head on the pillow, it hurts. Not a lot, but whose heard of hair hurting at all? Have any others had this? Will it stop hurting when its all gone?
Breast Cancer Survivor

United States

#31 Oct 15, 2007
That's normal, Jane. Where your hair/head starts feeling prickly and painful, that is your clue that the hair is getting ready to fall. In a couple of days you will be able to comb it all out in less than 5 minutes. But look at it this way...when it starts to come back in, you will be able to try all different kinds of hair styles you may have been afraid to try before cancer.

Where is the cure???

Redmond, WA

#32 Oct 15, 2007
about 17 days after chemo

Redmond, WA

#33 Oct 15, 2007
my hair was down to my butt i was a stage three right breast gone nodes gone very very strong chemo 17 days my daughter was brushing my hair it just started come out it went from my butt to my shoulders in 3 min. but hell i look good with no hair besides it s not the hair that makes the person its the strenght

New York, NY

#34 Oct 16, 2007
Due to recent brain surgery I am 43 and I have half (back half) a head of hair. I live in Bayside NY. Does anyone know where there is a wig store near here? Ideally I would like some place in Queens or Nassau county. Any help appreciated as i am using just headbands now.Bandanas are insufficient. My email is vkobel @
Eve Sings

Seymour, IN

#35 Nov 2, 2007
I had that prickly pain all over my scalp a couple days ago. WIthin 36 hours the hair started to come out (17 days after first chemo)
So - better to get it shaved right away or should I just brush it out on my own?
Just not sure how long it will be before I have bald spots. And don't want to clog the shower ;-)
Breast Cancer Survivor

United States

#36 Nov 5, 2007
Eve, it all depends on what you are comfortable with. Myself...I didn't mind brushing it all out. That may cause some women hysterics or depression. It just depends on how you are able to deal with it. Brushing was better for me. You won't have bald spots. It will all come out on the same day. You will go to comb it and you will have a comb full of hair. You'll probably lose it all in just a couple of days. Once you get that first combful, just keep combing and it will come out really easy.

Where is the cure???

Le Roy, NY

#37 Nov 5, 2007
Taw wrote:
How soon does hair fall out after first chemo treatment
Mine started three weeks after my first treatment. I just had my husband buzz it. I never got use to the wig so I walked around bald. So many woman would approach me and tell me how proud they were I had the guts to walk around like that.

Decatur, GA

#38 Nov 23, 2007
About 17 days ago I had a kickoff to chemo party where my friends buzzed my hair to 1/4 inch of my head.(My friend Sharon got her hair cut, too. See slide show.)

I just woke up with the the crown of my head hurting. I guess the little tiny bit that I have left is getting ready to fall out.

Should I just get the clippers out again and get rid of what's left?

Boulder, CO

#39 Nov 28, 2007
I've just read the several month's worth of postings on "buzz it or let it fall out', and I really want to thank all of you brave fellow breast cancer patients for your candor and advice. I am a week out from my first AC treatment and have been agonizing over whether to keep my appointment for a "buzz" tomorrow night. I've never liked my hair so much as I do at this moment, and I'm having such a hard time facing this process! Thanks to your comments and advice, I think I can take the step I need to and take control over this one small bit of my cancer treatment and recovery. Thanks a lot!

Colorado Springs, CO

#40 Jan 8, 2008
I do not have cancer, I have MRSA. My hair is falling out and making a mess. I don't want to shave it hoping it will not all come out. Did any of you hope that it would not all come out? How do you do it? I am so sad. Please help. Rebecca

Queens Village, NY

#41 Jan 8, 2008
Vivien wrote:
Due to recent brain surgery I am 43 and I have half (back half) a head of hair. I live in Bayside NY. Does anyone know where there is a wig store near here? Ideally I would like some place in Queens or Nassau county. Any help appreciated as i am using just headbands now.Bandanas are insufficient. My email is vkobel @
Yes. I found a wig store in Great Neck. NIB Hair Center; 9 Northern Blvd. Great Neck, NY 11021 However, I bought my wig at the NYU Cancer Center. By the way, it's now more than 3 months since chemo was over, and the hair on my head is growing back, but very slowly and natural color - gray, of course. Ich!. Other hair, like chin/facial hair has come back more quickly. Who needs THAT?

Cincinnati, OH

#42 Jan 9, 2008
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