After Chemo Hairstyles

Written by dianne christensen-herman
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After Chemo Hairstyles
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Chemotherapy is an aggressive treatment used to attack growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, chemotherapy also can attack healthy hair cells and cause hair loss and temporary reactions in the scalp. After chemotherapy is administered, the hair begins to grow back coarse and feathery. There are various techniques and hairstyles that can get you looking like yourself again after chemotherapy.

Process-Free Hair Styles

The scalp will be tender and itchy after chemotherapy, so it is best to avoid hair processing such as bleaching, colouring, or applying direct heat. These methods can damage the regrowing hair and the scalp. The new hair and scalp may be sensitive to styling products, as well, so these should be used as little as possible. Natural styles that are air dried may be best.

Gentle Hairstyles

Hairstyles that can be achieved with gentle hair grooming is best to limit damage to new hair and scalp. Soft brushes can be used to style the hair. Round brushes can help achieve volume and curl at the roots. Shampoos without strong chemicals should be used.

Wigs and Bandannas

Wigs can help protect your scalp and hair for regrowth. This will help achieve a more natural look. A wig can be worn that looks more like that natural hair, so most people will not notice the hair loss. Bandannas and scarves can be worn over the head to hide hair loss. Ponytail clips can also be worn with the wig for a different style.

Bald or Short hairstyles

Shaving the hair so it is completely bald while it is growing is an option many people opt for after chemotherapy. Since hair often grows back patchy, shaving it until its texture returns is an option and minimises the appearance of hair loss. Wearing hair very short or spiky after chemotherapy provides for little maintenance while recovering. Hair can be cut close to the head and spiked up in the front or centre for a different look. Using a little hair product that does not have strong chemicals will help the style hold.

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