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Three Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

by Wanda Chambers

If you watch televisions shows in which characters are diagnosed with cancer, you might figure that everyone who undergoes chemotherapy ends up losing their hair. While TV certainly portrays chemo this way, the portrayal is not exactly accurate. Many people do lose their hair, but not everyone does, and there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of losing your own hair when undergoing chemotherapy.

1. Cool Caps

People have long been putting ice packs on their heads to try and stop hair loss from chemotherapy; now there is an actual device that works in a similar manner to cool down the skin. A cool cap is a computerized cooling system; it consists of a cap that goes over your head, along with a device that controls the temperature of the cooling liquid that circulates through the cap. It monitors the temperature of your head and adjusts accordingly. As the theory goes, lowering the temperature of your scalp helps keep the chemotherapy chemicals from traveling there, which prevents damage to the follicles and subsequent hair loss.

Ask your chemotherapy doctor if they have a chemo cold cap available, and if you can use it. If they do not yet have one, they may be willing to order one for you and for other patients.

2. Wash Gently

It is important that you also wash and handle your hair very gently during and after your chemotherapy treatment programs. Use a mild shampoo, and try to cut back on shampooing to once a week if possible; the less you handle your hair, the easier it is on your scalp. Avoid wearing tight hairstyles that pull on the scalp, like ponytails and tight braids. Never bleach or perm your hair during or just before chemo -- wait until a few months afterwards, at least.

3. Eat a Nutritious Diet

Eating a healthy diet can help keep your hair follicles healthy, so you are less likely to experience hair loss. Make sure you are eating a lot of fresh fruits and veggies in the weeks leading up to your chemotherapy. Unless your physician recommends against it, take a multivitamin to ensure all of your nutritional bases are covered. This way, your scalp will be as strong as possible going into treatment, and it may be able to resist some of the damage from the chemo drugs. 

Reach out to your chemotherapy doctor to learn more about hair loss prevention during chemo.

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