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IE_Hope's picture
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Hello Ladies,

How did you deal with losing your hair?   Its been a couple of weeks  since I had chemo and barely feeling semi normal.  I was wondering while going through Chemo and losing your hair did you scalp feel funny?  Mine has been feeling like its being pulled.  Like when you put a pony tail and its too tight, and having a hard time dealing with it.



confused123's picture
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I lost my hair in 2009 and I remember it was one of the hardest parts of what I was going through.  I did end up shaving my head and I remember it hurt until all the little tiny hairs all fell out.  I

don't remember an issue after that.  Maybe you could try conditioner or lotion, maybe it is just the skin feeling dry.  I do remember too I really wanted a wig but only wore it once.  I used head

scarves and figured people would just see me and know I lost my hair.  I used a lot of laughter and just told myself that my hair won't get caught in my lip gloss, can't get messed up with the

windows rolled down in the car, I can't have a bad hair day for a while.  I realize laughter is not the way for everyone to deal with it but it worked for me. A great place for pre tied head scarves is

4women.com.  They sell the beau beau and I got one with lots of colors to match all my shirts.  I loved mine! I hope this is helpful in some way to you. 


Clementine_P's picture
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Yes. that is exactly how it felt to me when I was losing my hair as well.  If it makes you feel any better that feeling goes away pretty quickly.  I'm sorry you are having to deal with this.  I found losing my hair to be difficult.  


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About 10 days after my first treatment my hair was coming out by the handfuls. I had 21 inches of hair that I cut down to 2 inches, When it started coming out I shaved it. I finished my red devil on 8-12 and just started taxol and my hair is already trying to come back. My leg hair never left and I am getting fuzzy facial hair, I think the red devil made my facial hair grow.  Losing my hair was hard, but, you can do it. Hang in there.





IE_Hope's picture
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Wanted to say Thank you for the support,  I have been going back and forth about shaving my head.  Every time I brush my hair I get hand full of hair and makes me cry.  It's hard when our father is here saying not to, its not what I want to hear.  My cousin is coming to the house to shave my head and I hope I dont back out.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday


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I got a buzz cut (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch) about a week after my first chemo.  I didn't think I could handle watching it fall out.  I kind of got me used to having no hair and when it actually started falling out it I didn't really notice.  The hairs were so small it wasn't so traumatic.

Head was very itchy.  Wig was scratchy.  I've been wearing a cap and feel comfortable with that.  Everyone is different about how they cover their heads, some even go with no cover.  It's whatever you feel comfortable using.

I understand your discomfort when your family isn't backing you up.  My daughter has a hard time looking at me in my cap.  But this is my disease and I have to deal with it the best way I can.  My grand kids don't mind at all.  Kids are awesome that way.

Just keep reminding yourself that this is temporary, and that the meds are ridding your body of CA.  We are stronger than we think.  Remember we are here when you need to vent, ask questions, need support during treatments, or celebrating finishing a treatment.  We know what it's like and we care.  Please keep us updated.

Hugs and prayers,


New Flower
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Hello De

It is very emotional process to loose your hair. for the first two weeks I hoped and then started loosing. My husband shaved them and I was crying. Well they did grow back and am ok now.

If you are interested in crochet hats, please send me a private message and I will mail them to you. Donna, (BlownAway) another survivor, made them for CSN members and am shipping per people request.

Hugs to you

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Hi De,

        I will never forget the first time I lost my hair. I was Dx first time in 2010 and about ten days after I started chemo I lost my hair. I was in WalMart, looking at hinges Ha, and my hair started falling out by the hand fulls. It was getting stuck on my glasses and everywhere. I was on the phone with my husband and told him what was happening . He said well get out of there quick.. I told him no I came for hinges and I'm getting them. I left a trail of hair all though I did try to catch it and stuff it in my purse.  LOL I did shave my head that time. But the second time I did not shave my head and I never lost all of my hair that time. Actually the second time I was on chemo my hair started growing back about 3 or 4 months into it. My Dr told me sometimes that happens and when it does usually you don't lose it anymore. Try not to worry too much about it. It will grow back. Mine came back really soft like baby hair.

Take care


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Personally, thinking about losing my hair was worse than actually losing it. I was TERRIFIED beforehand. I went to my hairdresser and had him give me a short haircut, and when I started the Taxol and the hair started to fall, I just had hubby buzzcut it really short, And I was really okay with it afterwards, I just told myself that the hair will grow back once I get rid of this stupid cancer, and it's a small price to pay for my life. I've got an awesome collection of scarves going, and everyone around me is just used to it now. I'm lucky to have a supportive husband who reminds me that it wasn't my hair that made me beautiful. 

I didn't lose all my hair during the first chemo (I had a LOT of hair to start with), but now on FEC the rest is starting to come out, and i'm just rolling with the punches at this point. Silver lining : I haven't had to shave my legs or armpits for months! 


So yeah, it sucks, but you're beautiful either way, and once you kick cancers *** it'll come back :)

IE_Hope's picture
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Thank you everyone,  you showed me its ok to lose my hair. Yes it is tramatic but it will grow back.  I am so fortunate to be on this site with such strong ladies.



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I knew my hair was falling out the week I had my second infusion (AC).  That was the end of April 2012.  Since my husband and I were going to go out of state at the end of that week to visit my parents, I decided that I may as well get a buzz cut. I preferred it be bristles of hair coming out rather than clumps PLUS already I was tired of shedding.

I think my head hurt a little, if I patted it while I was losing the bristles. 

I don't recall pain where my hair wasn't.  I do recall hearing it is good to wash the scalp.  I stuck with mild stuff.

My eyebrows, eye lashes, and nose hairs disappeared just after I started on taxol.  I think that my other hair (arms, legs, etc) disappeared when I was on the AC. 

I finished chemo July 16, 2012. 

I knew that I would be fine going hatless/wigless once I had enough hair to cover my head well.  Sure, it would be short, but that was all right.  So, I was to that point by the end of that September.

Step-by-step is how it is done. 

sea60's picture
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It's so emotional losing your hair. I think I had high hopes that I would be one of the lucky few that it didn't affect but no such luck. I had my son at the house and I was losing it by the handfuls. I can still remember trying to be strong for him but it was too much. I just cried. He gave me a hug and I just let out all of that pented up fear and frustration. But, thankfully, one gets through it and the hair grows back.


camul's picture
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for the 4th time... this time tho when it was coming out in handfull, my sons gf and I shaved it to about 1/4 th inch. It got that sore, annoying prickly feeling when thr little hairs were ready to fall out. I picked up a lint brush(one ofthe 3 pack with the disposable paper fron costco) and rolled it over my head and it was full of those peskly little hairs. I used this for about 3-4 days... thought I should share, it worked so well.

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Oh De , I too wish I could give you a big hug. When I lost my hair I felt so sad .I think it was more emotionally painful leading up to the eventual hairloss. I, like many others on this board shaved my head when it started coming out in handfulls. I cried and cried and then I felt OK. I think that the fear of it was much worse than the outcome. Once it was all over it still was awful being bald but I dealt with it by telling myself that it was temporary and my hair would come back. Love Surf

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For me, loosing my hair was extremely difficult, yes I heard all the good stories about how it is a renewable resources, stocked up on scafes, hats and wigs  before the due date, which my cancer team did a better job of predicting the day my hair would start to fall out, then my OBGNY did at setting our children's due dates!  A wonderful friend, even took home the wig stands and glammed them all up for me.  To me, hair loss mean that now you could no longer pretend you weren't dealing with cancer, it became a visible sign of the battle I was engaged in.   I had good looking wigs, but was most comfortable at home wearing a base ball cap from my university.  And, definately had to wear a sleep cap to bed, my head was cold, just plain cold.  And, when it started growing back, I'd set dates by when I'd feel comfortable with the lenght of it, then have to keep pushing that date back.  But finally it did grow back, but as a two year survivor, I see literally can't open the drawer the drawer where all that stuff is stormed.  Blessings to all of you who could deal better with this side effect...

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