Although losing hair may not seem serious compared to coping with breast cancer, many women find it upsetting. Hair loss may affect how a woman feels about herself and her sexuality.
Hair loss from chemotherapy can range from mild thinning of the hair to total hair loss, including body hair. When the hair grows back it may be more curly, thicker or finer than it was before treatment. It may grow back a slightly different colour.
Coping with hair loss
Some women find it helpful to cut their hair short if they’re having chemotherapy so that it’s less upsetting if their hair does fall out. Some women choose to wear a wig while their hair is growing back. Others choose to wear a scarf or hat, while some women prefer to keep their head uncovered
Depending on where you live you might be able to go to a Look Good Feel Better workshop. These are free of charge and provide tips and advice about dealing with changes to the way you look while having chemotherapy. Workshops are available in capital cities and other major centres.