Why does it hurt?
If you do experience this, whilst not pleasant, it is normal and will normally stop once the hair has all fallen out. It can be explained by understanding that your skin may be more sensitive as a result of chemotherapy and that when the hair is moving through the dermis (skin) layer and as it falls out can be that little bit extra sensitive for some. In our experience, people with long thick hair may experience this more, as the weight of the hair is putting extra pressure on the scalp.
What can I do to help reduce the sensitivity?
There are a few things that you can do to help reduce the sensitivity
- Do not tie the hair back into a bun / ponytail
- If you have long hair, consider getting it cut short
- Do not wash your hair in a shower, as the pressure of the water pelting down on the scalp can cause the scalp to become tender
- When washing your hair do not vigorously rub but just gently massage
- Do not dry the hair with the hairdryer on a high heat
- Gently comb the hair
- Use a gentle shampoo without any chemicals or fragrances
It is at this stage, many of our clients will make an appointment to get their hair cut shorter or even a pixie hair style, as they do not wish to see their hair fall out and also helps to reduce sensitivity. As our clients have come into us and picked out their wig before any hair loss, they will at this stage go home with the wig on.
Should I shave my hair?
If you experience sensitivity to the scalp, it is advised not to shave your hair, as it can make the scalp inflamed, very sensitive to the touch and can become very dry and itchy.