Hair loss during chemotherapy • Men

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that target rapidly growing cancer cells. Additionally, these drugs attack rapidly growing cells in your body, including those in your hair roots. Having the possibility of hair loss may make you feel anxious about how it might affect your mental health, but it's okay to feel upset about it. It is important to remember that hair loss is usually temporary and will re-grow once treatment is finished.

The majority of men do not seek help during cancer treatment. Losing your hair, revealing your cancer diagnosis, can be extremely difficult. In order to combat this, some men have organised sponsored head shavings. As a result, you can refer to that whenever your lack of hair on your head and face is a talking point. Bringing you to terms with your hair loss while raising money for charity. 

Speak To Your Doctor 

In order to boost your confidence and reduce stress, your doctor will let you know whether your particular chemotherapy treatment will cause hair loss. You should ask your doctor to describe the likely course of loss of hair if you are likely to experience it. That means not only your scalp, but also your eyelashes, eyebrows and the hair on your arms, armpits, chest, legs and pubic area. It allows you to plan ahead for head coverings while lowering your anxiety and stress.  levels.

It is important to remember that everyone experiences hair loss differently. Depending on your treatment, you may notice your hair thinning or go bald completely. There is a possibility that it will fall out slowly over time or it may fall out in clumps fairly quickly. You may also notice that your hair is drier, thinner, and duller. Hair loss usually begins one to three weeks after starting treatment if it is going to occur.

 

Cutting You Hair Shorter 

You can prepare yourself for hair loss by cutting your hair or beard short. As a result of this process, you will gain a greater sense of control, which can reduce stress, but will also reduce the impact of hair loss. Your family and coworkers will get used to seeing you with this different style, so when your hair starts to disappear, it won't seem as drastic. You might even consider a buzz cut depending on your hair length.

Shaving Your Head and Face

The time may come when you are ready to shave your head during treatment. It will prevent you from experiencing the trauma of losing your hair. I recommend this tip! Seeing a pile of hair on my pillow every morning was distressing, so I wished I had shaved my head earlier. To relieve scalp irritation or itching, some people shave their heads once hair begins to fall out. Make sure you use an electric razor when shaving. By doing this, you will reduce the risk of being cut and developing an infection. 

Adapting A New Look

 

You may need to experiment with different hats and wigs to find which style feels comfortable for you as you adjust to your new look. The illusion of a full head of hair can be achieved with a hairpiece attached to a hat. Or experiment with ways to enhance your appearance so you can feel good about yourself, like buying new clothes.

In addition, you can embrace the shaved head as a fashion statement, thereby changing your workplace image. To make it easier to match your real hair to your wig, find a specialty shop that matches your natural hair colour and texture, and get it styled ahead of time. 

Eyebrows

 

In addition to your hair, you may lose your eyebrows as well. It can be hard to cope with this, but if you know it is going to happen, you can prepare yourself. To feel comfortable with a new look, men can use a couple of tips.

An eyebrow pencil can be a simple trick to use. Fill in missing hairs with short strokes instead of filling in the entire eyebrow, which may become too obvious. Or choose a stylish pair of glasses (with or without a prescription) with frames big enough to hide the eyebrow area.

For tips on hair loss read - 'Caring for your Hair During and After Cancer Treatment'