There are over 200 thousand new cases of breast cancer diagnoses every year. Their hair and skin are dramatically affected by chemotherapy.
Depend mostly on the type and dosage of chemo patients receive, the side effects of chemotherapy range from thinning to total baldness. Hair loss is temporary for most people. However, hair loss is one of the side effects that women fear most.
How Chemotherapy Affects Hair
Chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells and cancer cells. Hair follicles are the structures in the skin filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, and they are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. Generally, our cells divide every 23 to 72 hours. However, as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it destroys hair cells.
Your clients may lose some or all of their hair within a few weeks of starting chemo. It is one of the most emotionally devastating side effects of chemotherapy, especially for female. Women’s individual identity and personality is reflected in hair. Hair is a physical representation of your confidence and sense of self.
During chemotherapy or after treatment has ended, hair may start to grow. However, it takes a long time to grow back varies from person to person.
Many people may see hair growth 4 to 6 weeks after the end of their treatments. However, it may be a different texture or possibly a different color than it was before treatment when hair does grow back. For instance, people who had had straight have curly pattern now.
A few key rules you need to share with your clients:
- Use a gentle & mild shampoo or conditioner that is free of harsh sulfates while hair begins to regrow.
- Your client will want to hold off on chemical processes like perms or hair color for the first six months’ post chemotherapy, for their hair is still fragile and their scalp will be very sensitive.
- Avoid using a hairdryer or thermal styling tools such as straightening irons.
Hair Extensions After Chemo & Radiation Therapy
Clients who have undergone chemotherapy, suffer from thinning hair or have alopecia have to carefully treat their hair because the hair and scalp is more delicate and fragile. Besides, they need great empathy as they know that hair loss is intensely personal. It is recommended to consider doing the consultation and application in privacy in a separate room from the main salon or in off-hours because how sensitive the issue is. The consultation will determine the options you CAN present to the client that can change as natural hair returns.
1. Human Hair Wigs
If you have had 80% to 100% loss of hair, most likely during the initial phases of chemotherapy, wigs are a good option. You can choose Full Lace Wigs as they are fully adjustable to offer the maximum in comfort. Full lace wigs are made with 100% human Indian Remy hair, the quality of the hair is excellent, hand-knotted on a comfortable lace cap. You can part them in any direction and style in any way.
2. Fusion Hair Extensions
You can install keratin I-tip extensions using a cold fusion method using micro rings if you have at least 2 inches of healthy, strong hair. There are no waxes, glues or harsh resins in the bond. Conversely, they will protect the integrity of their own hair. Therefore, it won’t damage the client’s fragile hair when it is applied or when it is taken care.
3. Tape-In Hair Extensions
You can switch to tape-in extensions to restore both fullness and density to hair if you have at a minimum at least 3 inches of healthy, strong hair.
Cut application, blend and style the extensions can help to give the client the most natural look and give them the length they want.
4. Clip-In Hair Extensions
The use of clip-in hair extensions is a quick way to extend your hair and/or to provide volume. Clip-in hair extensions are applied quickly and easily without damaging your own hair. With in minutes you will have the gorgeous hair you’ve always wanted!