• Don’t use chemicals such as relaxers, permanent hair color or harsh shampoos.
• Consider shaving your head. Shaving your head gives you back some power to determine an outcome in this process, you to take control of at least this aspect of your life. Some people report that their scalp feels itchy, sensitive and irritated during treatment and while their hair is falling out. Shaving your head can reduce the irritation and save the embarrassment and the feeling of emotional helplessness and loss that occurs during shedding. A shaved head might be easier for securing a wig or hairpiece.
• Protect you scalp. If your head is going to be exposed to the sun or to cold air, protect it with sunscreen or a head covering. Your scalp may be sensitive as you go through treatment, so extreme cold or sunshine can easily irritate it even more. Having no hair or having less hair can make you feel cold, so a head covering may make you more comfortable.
• Be patient. It’s likely that your hair will come back slowly and that it might not look normal right away. Growth takes time, and it also takes time to repair the damage caused by your cancer treatment. Only when the cells begin to repair and rejuvenate can the hair begin to re-grow.
• Pamper your hair and skin. Indulge in a healthy hair diet rich in proteins, iron, zinc and foods rich in vitamin C. Be sure to include all the B family especially biotin. This combination will promote health and carry oxygen and nutrients to all body cells, including the follicles that help promote healthy hair growth.
Options & Resources
Seek out qualified beauty professionals to assist you before and during your hair loss and re-growth experience. Quality, natural looking wigs are available should you choose that path. Once your treatment is complete allow 6 – 8 weeks before hair will begin to re-grow.
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Jacqueline Tarrant is a beauty expert, consultant, columnist, founder & CEO of Style Infinity Products & The Hair Trauma Center in downtown Chicago. Jacqueline Tarrant has pioneered effective methods to help men & women re-grow hair with her multi-layered approach to hair loss, known as Quadra-Follicle Stimulation. Jacqueline’s expertise on hair care and hair health is expressed monthly in national columns that reach millions through various publications. With numerous Style & Beauty appearances nationwide on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, & the Fox Network; Jacqueline’s credits also extend throughout print in such publications as Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Essence & the Wall Street Journal.
Her reputation as a renowned Educator, Trainer and Platform Artist has taken her throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.