Hair loss is one of the aesthetic side effects of chemotherapy that most worries women with cancer. In Beltrán Centers, as experts in hair solutions and oncological aesthetics, we want to explain how the fall occurs and give you advice so that it affects you as little as possible.
When does hair start to fall out? How is it produced?
Before explaining when the hair starts we would like to clarify that Not all types of chemotherapy cause hair loss. For this reason, before alarming, you should ask your oncologist if you are going to lose your hair or not with the treatment.
If your oncologist says yes, you have to know that the fall occurs progressively from day 17 after the first dropper is placed. And this fall occurs unpredictably from that day.
You should also know that the hair will stop generating fat, for this reason, itching may appear and it is also normal for you to notice that it hurts when you move it.
Our recommendation is that for the day the fall begins have your hair solution ready. If for some reason it is delayed, you can keep it a few more days if you follow the Tips from our guide on how to wash your hair from the first dropper of chemo.
Hair solutions for cancer patients
Before choosing your hair solution we recommend that You go to a center where you have all the options. In this way you will know the characteristics of each and choose according to your needs. Our advice is not to cut your hair before knowing all the options first hand. Why change your image if you don't want to do it?
These are the hair solutions for hair loss of cancer patients that you can find in the market:
Before opting for one or the other you should ask yourself:
- Do I want to see myself without hair?
- Do I want to change the image?
- Do I want people to notice that my hair has fallen out?
If you have answered “NO” to all three questions, we recommend that you opt for custom hair prostheses since with them you can make a totally normal life. You can even sleep with her if you wish and you just have to take it off for maintenance. It is also the most comfortable solution since it fits perfectly to your head and is made with hypoallergenic materials so your scalp will not suffer.
In Beltrán Centers we are the only center in Spain with our own workshop that performs customized hair prostheses and to perform them we take 36 head measurements. We also take into account births and swirls, different shades of color and hair densities so that your image does not change the day of placement. This is how we do them:
On the other hand, If you have answered “YES” to the previous three questions, our recommendation is that you opt for a wig and cancer scarves. If you choose these options you will have to combine both solutions since you can only wear the wig for 2 to 4 hours in a row. Why does this happen? Because the wigs are fastened with rubber bands and they end up oppressing the scalp.
"I don't want to see myself without hair"
This is a very common phrase among our clients. In fact, 43% of women who come to Beltrán Centers with hair loss caused by chemo have not been seen at any time without hair. How do we get it?
- Having the hair prosthesis ready for the scheduled day of hair loss. That same day we removed the hair before it begins to fall and made the placement of the piece. This way there is no aesthetic change and your self-esteem is not altered.
- As we have explained, with hair prostheses you can make a totally normal life. For this reason You can wear them for up to 7 days in a row (in the case of cancer patients) and you just have to take it off for maintenance.
- Both in our center of Valencia and in the rest of the associated centers we serve in individual cabins with mirrors with doors. In this way we can close them while the client does not have the prosthesis on. In addition, thanks to these cabins, we managed to preserve your privacy.
You have to keep in mind that in Beltrán Centers it takes about 20 days to manufacture the hair prosthesis so it is very important that as soon as your oncologist informs you of the fall you get in touch with us. We will inform you of everything without obligation!
When will I get my hair back?
It is from day 17 after the last dropper of chemo when the hair comes out again. It takes 15 to 30 days to remove the drug and recover the bulb. From that moment the hair grows and you have to wait for one to two months until the pore is filled.
From that moment, it comes to the surface and grows normally (1 cm per month). Six months after this growth (8 months after the last dropper) we advise you to make a cut to see if you prefer to wear it short or keep the hair prosthesis until you get a longer length in your hair. To apply the dye you must wait about 3 months and this should always be without ammonia.
Remember that in Beltrán Centers we are experts in oncological aesthetics since we have carried out these treatments since 1990 and we were pioneers in establishing in 2003 an Aesthetic Protocol for the Oncological Patient, so if you have any questions about the hair loss of people with cancer, do not Feel free to ask us.