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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Advice on How to Manage Hair Loss from Peewees Hair Salon in Burgess Hill

Breast cancer awareness ribbonBreast Cancer Awareness Month is organised each October by a number of major breast cancer charities.  It aims to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection, as well as raising funds for research and treatment.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the team at Peewees hair salon in Burgess Hill want to share some information about what happens to your hair during cancer treatment, and advice on how to care for your hair during this challenging time.   

If you are suffering from cancer, overcoming your illness is the most important thing, but we would like to offer some tips on how to regain some sense normality during a period that feels anything but.   You can be assured that the experienced team at our Burgess Hill salon have helped people with hair loss before and will always offer you a caring and supportive welcome.

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Hair Loss During Cancer Treatment

For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the most upsetting side effects of their treatment is the loss of their hair.  Everybody adapts to hair loss is their own way, but for some women it can be a devastating experience and compound any feelings of a loss of femininity.  Hair loss is a very apparent side effect of cancer treatment and it can damage our self-esteem and sense of identity.

Following chemotherapy, hair loss frequently begins within two to three weeks.  This loss of hair affects both body and facial hair including eyebrows and eyelashes.  In most cases it is a temporary side effect of the treatment, so you can expect your hair to start growing back when your chemotherapy is finished or even towards the end of your treatment.

The hair that returns after chemotherapy may feel very different from your hair before treatment, with changes in its texture being common.

Hair Loss Advice Burgess Hill hair salon

Look After Your Hair Before Chemotherapy Treatment

In the run up to your cancer therapy, we recommend getting into the habit of being gentle with your hair.  You should avoid using harsh chemical treatments including perms or hair colour as these can weaken it.  We would also recommend avoiding heated styling tools including straighteners or rollers.  Air-dry your hair wherever possible.  By taking steps to strengthen and nourish your hair and scalp now, you give your hair the best chance of withstanding the effects of the treatment for as long as possible.

Consider switching now to a shorter hairstyle.  It’s easier to make short hair look thicker by styling it, plus, as your hair starts to fall out, it will be less noticeable with a shorter style.  Moving to a short hairstyle now can also make the transition to hair loss less daunting  for you and thus go some way to reduce your stress levels during your treatment.   Speak to your  Peewees stylist about a shorter hairstyle before your treatment starts.

During cancer treatment, many women choose not to cover their heads, but if you think you’d prefer to conceal your hair loss, you may want to think now about the options available.  Wigs and scarves are the most popular head coverings and there are some fantastic high-quality synthetic wigs and real human hair wigs on the market.

chemotherapy and hair loss advice Burgess Hill hair salonHow to Care For Your Hair During Chemotherapy

• Continue to be gentle with your hair throughout your treatment.  Use a soft brush, such as a baby brush, and a gentle shampoo without parabens and harsh chemicals.  Avoid washing your hair altogether unless it’s really necessary.

• Some women report that their scalps feel sensitive, itchy and can become irritated during their chemotherapy.   You can reduce the irritation at this stage by being proactive and shaving your head rather than waiting for your hair to fall out.  Many women choose to shave their heads because it can also save any embarrassment from shedding hair and a shaved head can look better than patchy hair loss.

• It’s important to look after your sensitive scalp throughout your treatment so make sure to use a sunscreen if you are not covering your head with a wig or headscarf.  Cold weather can also make your head feel sensitive, so ensuring that it is covered will help you to feel more comfortable.

Will My Hair Grow Back After Chemotherapy?

 Your hair will grow back after your treatment, but you can expect the new growth to be very fragile and vulnerable to damage.   It’s important therefore to continue treating it gently.  Do not colour your hair until it becomes stronger, as hair dyes may damage your new hair and irritate your scalp.  You should also avoid heated stylers such as straighteners or curling tongs and air dry your hair as often as possible. 

•  New, healthy hair growth takes time.  Your new hair may grow through slowly and could grow back in a different texture or colour to before – sometimes previously straight hair can grow back curly for example.  Although your hair may start to return fairly quickly, you will need to be patient as it could take up to 6 months until you can expect to have a full head of healthy hair.

Paul Mitchell Scalp Care Burgess Hill hair salonPaul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Range

If you’re suffering from hair loss caused by cancer, or if you simply find your hair is thinning as your get older, at Peewees we recommend the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care range.  This naturally inspired blend of active ingredients promotes healthy hair and scalp in three steps.  First, clover flower extract helps to slow down the process of hair follicle shrinking.  Next natural extracts including Kakadu plum, pea peptides, turmeric and ginseng moisturise and stimulate the scalp while increasing hair density.  This helps to expand the follicle and strengthens the hair shaft.  Finally an exclusive botanical blend helps to extend the growth and rest phase of the hair cycle, resulting in fuller, thicker hair.

We stock the Scalp Care range at our Burgess Hill salon – speak to your Peewees stylist for more information

Book a Consultation at Peewees Hairdressers in Burgess Hill

If you are about to start cancer treatment and are concerned about hair loss, please call the team at Peewees in Burgess Hill.  We have helped many clients through similar challenges, and pride ourselves on being a friendly and relaxed salon, with a non-intimidating atmosphere.  Our welcoming and compassionate team are here to help you feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult time.

Call us now on 01444 226983 for more information.

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