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Coping With Hair Loss As A Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

There are several cancer treatments that can result in hair loss. Although it may not seem like the worst side effect of treatment, it can still be difficult to cope with. However, there are many ways you can make it easier to deal with. First is to prepare for losing your hair. This can help to give you more control and confidence when your hair does start to fall out and it will come as less of a shock. Discuss your options with family and friends, talk to them about your worries and ask them for help and support. By being vocal about your thoughts and fears, you are allowing your loved ones to support you as best they can. They may be able to help you research your options, such as which wigs, hats or scarves you can use, or even help to give you the confidence to go without. Hair loss support groups are also a great service you can use. This will put you in touch with individuals who are going through the same issues and you will be able to openly talk about what you are going through with people who understand. When you do start to experience hair loss, it is important to still care for your hair properly. Washing your hair may be scary, however leaving it unwashed can cause it to clump and tangle, which can cause further discomfort. When brushing, using a soft brush or wide tooth comb is best as it will tug less on your hair which will be less damaging. As your hair is very fragile, excessive styling may cause it to break or fall out faster. Many people choose to cut or shave their hair once it starts falling out as a way to manage hair loss better. This can prevent it from coming out in long clumps and also makes it easier to wash and care for.

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