Hair Loss with Chemo
Paclitaxel (i.e. Taxol) is the first-line chemotherapy drug generally given for ovarian cancer that causes sudden hair loss. Other chemotherapy drug agents may also cause hair loss or thinning. Many women choose to shave their heads before chemo begins. Others choose to cut their hair very short. And others want to hold on to what they have for as long as they can. There is no right answer. Only you know what is right for you. Based on your treatment protocol, your doctor can give you an idea of when hair loss is expected to happen. When that time arrives, wear a shower cap or tight fitting cap to bed so you don’t end up with hair all over your pillow in the morning. Take a brush or comb into the shower each day and gently comb or brush your hair as you rinse it. Also take a plastic bag into the shower with you for holding the hair that does fall out. Celebrate when treatment is over and your fuzzy hair appears! Remember – you will likely lose your eyebrows and eyelashes as well.
Wigs, Hats, Caps, Scarves
Wigs at The American Cancer Society (ACS)
See ACS wig program locations here, or call 303.758.2030 for more information.
ACS produces the “TLC - Tender Loving Care” catalog that features many wigs, hats and caps at reasonable prices.
In addition, ACS sponsors “Look Good, Feel Better” programs at local hospitals and clinics where you can get free makeup and wig assistance. http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/
“We are here to empower cancer patients and individuals with hair loss by providing quality products that allow individuals to feel like themselves again.”
Knots for Hope
“It’s our wish that our resources on how to tie a head scarf will help women who have experienced hair loss feel confident and beautiful.”
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229 West Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO, 80120
Hana’s specialty with wigs grew out of her work with the oncology departments of numerous Denver area hospitals, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Boulder Community Hospital, and Rose Medical Center.
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Wigs, turbans, hats, hair secrets, bangs and hair accessories of all kinds. Call for appointment.
Tender Loving Care Catalog
by American Cancer Society
The “TLC” catalog offers a wide variety of hats, wigs, scarves, sleeping caps and accessories that help make hair loss more manageable. A full-color catalog can be ordered by phone or from their website.
“Look Good, Feel Better” - program by American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society offers their Look Good, Feel Better: Helping Women with Cancer program at hospitals and clinics across Colorado. Each session provides beauty techniques and tips for wigs and makeup to help during chemo. A bag of free products is provided. Take in a “Look Good, Feel Better” class sponsored by the American Cancer Society to learn tips for making the most of what you’ve got. You’ll be surprised at how GREAT you can look!
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Cold Cap Therapy to Reduce Hair Loss
It may be possible to reduce the loss of your hair by using a “cold cap” during chemotherapy treatment. Ask your doctor if it is okay to use one while undergoing your chemotherapy drug.
http://www.rapunzelproject.org/ColdCaps.aspxpenguincoldcaps.com or https://penguincoldcaps.com/
Have a Pantene “Beautiful Lengths” Head-Shaving Party
Have a “head-shaving” party with friends at your local salon or spa to help ease into the adjustment of hair loss during Taxol chemo treatment. If you or your friends have hair 8” or longer, you can donate it to a cancer survivor through the American Cancer Society’s partnership with Pantene’s “Beautiful Lengths” program.