You may become anxious about the possibility of hair loss and how it might effect you mentally. But there are things you can try that may help boost your confidence and make you feel more comfortable.
Before treatment begins, ask your doctor to describe the likely course of hair loss. That means not only your scalp, but also your eyelashes, eyebrows and the hair on your arms, armpits, chest, legs and pubic area. Knowing what to expect can help lower anxiety and reduce stress.
Always remember hair loss is different for everyone. You might lose all your hair or only sections of it. It might come out slowly over time or fall out fairly quickly in clumps. You may also notice your hair is dryer, thinner and duller. If your hair is going to fall out, it usually begins within 1 to 3 weeks after treatment starts.
To prepare yourself for hair loss, try cutting your hair shorter. In this process, you will gain a greater sense of control, which can reduce stress, but also less impact on you when the hair does fall out. Family and coworkers will get used to seeing you with this different style, so when your hair starts to disappear, the change won’t be as dramatic.
As the hair loss begins, you may want to shave your head. This will eliminate the trauma of watching your hair fall out. This is my top tip! I wished I had shaved my head earlier, as it was hard to wake up each morning seeing a pile of hair left on the pillow. When you do shave, make sure it is an electric razor. This will help reduce the risk of being cut and developing an infection.
Adapting to this new look may become difficult, so you may want to experiment with different styles of hats and wigs, to see what you feel comfortable in. You can also try a hairpiece that can be attached to a hat and gives the illusion of a full head of hair.
Eyebrows may fall out. You can try using an eyebrow pencil and fill in missing hairs with short strokes. Or choose a stylish pair of glasses (with or without a prescription) with frames big enough to hide the eyebrow area.
After treatment ends, it can take a few weeks for your hair to start growing again. The timeline varies from person to person. Always remember to be patient. Your hair may not look or feel the same as it was prior to treatment, until up to a year and a half after treatment ends.