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Hair Loss? We Can Help.
Have you begun to lose your hair due to chemotherapy
treatments or simply experiencing hair loss and are uncomfortable going into your regular salon to have it
cut? We offer this cutting service in a very private environment.
Just call us and set up an appointment.
Styling Fine Hair
The key to a great hair style for fine hair is a good cut with the right
and proper styling aids that promote volume, shine and movement.
Fine, straight hair will
show scissor marks, so look for a good stylist with talent in
precision cutting. Explore hair styles with heavier layers and short,
heavy bangs, they work well on straight, fine hair and give the overall illusion
of thicker hair.
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attitude when dealing with hair loss….
What to do about
Losing your hair can be unpleasant and difficult to cope with. Your best
counsel on how to deal with these side effects which are causing your hair
loss is your medical health team..
It may also be difficult to cope with your personal reaction to hair
loss. After all, you’ve lived with your hair for a long time. It is a part
of your personality and who you are. Now, your hair loss will be a visible
sign that something is happening.
How do you explain it? Is it necessary to explain it at all? And how will
you react to the change in your self -image with hair loss?
Dealing with these questions is a challenge to most people. It’s a
challenge you can now face, and face confidently. For one thing, you know in
advance that the hair loss is likely to happen. And you know why. You won’t
have to explain your hair loss when you plan in advance to do something
Take care of this as soon as possible, before the hair loss occurs.
Finding a hair prostheses or wig now will allow you to “adjust” to it on
your own terms, not when you do not have the choice. It will make the
Hair loss (alopecia)
is a common side effect of chemotherapy, but not all drugs cause hair
loss. Your doctor can tell you if hair loss might occur with the drug or
drugs you are taking. When hair loss does occur, the hair may become
thinner or fall out entirely. Hair loss can occur on all parts of the
body, including the head, face, arms and legs, underarms, and pubic
area. The hair usually grows back after the treatments are over. Some
people even start to get their hair back while they are still having
treatments. Sometimes, hair may grow back a different color or texture.
Hair loss does not always happen right away. It may begin several
weeks after the first treatment or after a few treatments. Many people
say their head becomes sensitive before losing hair. Hair may fall out
gradually or in clumps. Any hair that is still growing may become dull
How can I care for my scalp and hair during chemotherapy?
Use a mild shampoo.
Use a soft hair brush.
Use low heat when drying your hair.
Have your hair cut short. A shorter style will make your hair look
thicker and fuller. It also will make hair loss easier to manage if it
Use a sun screen, sun block, hat, or scarf to protect your scalp
from the sun if you lose hair on your head.
Avoid brush rollers to set your hair.
Avoid dying, perming, or relaxing your hair.
Some people who lose all or most of their hair choose to wear
turbans, scarves, caps, wigs, or hair pieces. Others leave their head
uncovered. Still others switch back and forth, depending on whether they
are in public or at home with friends and family members. There are no
"right" or "wrong" choices; do whatever feels comfortable for you.
If you choose to cover your head:
Get your hair
prostheses or wig before you lose a lot of hair. That way,
you can match your current hair style and color. You will want to
buy your hair prostheses or wig at a licensed specialty salon just for cancer patients
www.studiosf.com We have a
location in San Francisco that offers our prosthetic lines. If you are unable or do not have a licensed salon
in your area that
specializes in this, you also can buy a hair prostheses or wig through a
on-line salon such such as
or by phone.
Take your wig to your hairdresser or the shop where it was
purchased for styling and cutting to frame your face. Human hair
needs to be cut but synthetic hair should not. Synthetic hair
can be fine tuned in areas such as the fringe or bangs using
texturizing sheers. Cutting synthetic hair will give it a choppy
look. With synthetic hair you are simply picking out the
Some health insurance policies cover the cost of a
hair prostheses or wig when
needed because of cancer treatments. It is also a tax-deductible
expense. Be sure to check your policy and ask your doctor for a
Losing hair from your head, face, or body can be hard to accept.
Feeling angry or depressed is common and perfectly all right. At the
same time, keep in mind that it is a temporary side effect. Talking
about your feelings can help. If possible, share your thoughts with
someone who has had a similar experience.
It is always suggested that you
work with a licensed Salon & stylist for best results.
Diem Brown Films Her Hair Loss After Cancer Treatment
Chemo hair loss video (what happens over 5 days)
Diem Brown: What Cancer Taught Me About Beauty
In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge
diagnosed with ovarian cancer
for the second time, opens up about her
desire for a child and the
ups and downs of
cancer and fertility procedures.
This week I wanted to do something a lil different. One, because
I've been really quite ill and haven't been able to think straight
through the medication haze to write a coherent blog. And two,
because making a chemo hair loss video is something I have always
wanted to do – video of the hair loss process was something I had
searched for the first time I had cancer.
When I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I made the common
mistake all patients do: I Googled! Yep, that dreaded Google search,
where no matter what symptoms or disease you type in, it triggers
the "Oh My Word, You're Dying" results.
I also Googled for images of people undergoing chemotherapy. I
wanted to see what people looked liked going through chemo ...
Scratch that – I wanted to see what girls my age looked like going
through chemo. We have peer groups for a reason, and sometimes
seeing someone who has gone through what you are about to go through
is a massive aid when it comes to peace of mind.
So I Googled, and up popped
head shave pictures and
for Vendetta head shave pictures. As lovely as these
ladies are, they never went through chemo, so a head shave picture
wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted to find a mid-treatment
picture of a early 20-something girl going through chemo ... I
wanted to see the bald pics.
Melissa Etheridge an
I couldn't find any
pictures that fit that criteria, but one picture did pop out at me.
It was a picture of
Melissa Etheridge at the 2005 Grammys. Yes, she was
older, but she looked so strong, vibrant and beautiful.
Looking at her pictures triggered an old memory. I vaguely remember
watching Melissa walk down that 2005 Grammy red carpet with a bald
head. At first glance I remember thinking Melissa had just shaved
her head with a Bic razor as some sort of rock 'n' roll statement. I
was quickly informed that wasn't the case, and Melissa Etheridge was
going through chemo for cancer.
I remember studying her picture on the Internet, amazed and proud
she didn't throw on a wig ... she was bald, beautiful and strong!
She had no fear, and her picture made me want to give early
20-somethings another image they could Google if facing cancer.
I was also curious
about the hair-loss process. I wanted to see how the hair falling
out actually happened. Like, how fast did it happen? What does it
feel like when it comes out? What does it look like while it's
So, because there were no videos or picture tutorials to gander at
my first time around with cancer, I decided to make a video this
time around. At my two-and-a-half week mark after my carbo/taxol
chemo infusion treatment, I started recording my bi-nightly brushing
of my hair ritual in order to show others what really goes on behind
It's a funny roller coaster, and at the end of the video something
happened that really shocked me. I wasn't prepared for it, but my
inner Melissa Etheridge spirit kicked in, and I feel proud of how I
I hope this video helps in understanding and also helps give you a
fascination fix on what goes on behind closed doors. It's raw, real,
no makeup or care at all about what I look like. I just wanted to
make my Google search contribution, so that future patients Googling
hair loss during chemo can see exactly what happens when you don't
shave it off. :)
Check back for updates every Thursday: Diem will be chronicling her
journey through fertility treatments, chemotherapy and her quest to
educate others about ovarian health exclusively for PEOPLE.com. You
follow her on Twitter @DiemBrown.
More Diem Brown Blog Posts
Diem: Why I'm Sharing My Cancer Fight
Diem on Her Wig Obsession
See All Posts by Diem Brown
Cold Caps & Hair Loss
Cold caps — tightly fitting, strap-on hats filled with gel that’s
chilled to between
-15 to -40
degrees Fahrenheit — may help some women keep some of their hair
during chemotherapy. Because the caps are so cold, they narrow the
blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, reducing the amount of
chemotherapy medicine that reaches the hair follicles. With less
chemotherapy medicine in the follicles, the hair may be less likely
to fall out.
During each chemotherapy session, you wear the caps for:
20 to 50 minutes before
after each chemotherapy session (the amount of time you wear the
cap after the chemotherapy session depends on the type of
chemotherapy you’re getting)
You may will have to change the caps several times during the
chemotherapy treatment. Each cap is usually worn for about 30
minutes; then it warms up and is replaced with a new cap.
Because the caps are so cold, some women get a headache while
wearing the cap. Most women get very cold, so it makes sense to
dress warmly and bring warm blankets with you if you decide to try
the cold caps.
Women who use cold caps during chemotherapy are advised to baby
their hair during treatment:
no blow drying, hot rollers, or straightening irons
shampoo only every third day with cool water and a gentle
no coloring until 3 months after chemotherapy is done
gentle combing and brushing
The cost of using the caps varies depending on the manufacturer, the
number of chemotherapy sessions you’ll be having, and the number of
months you’ll be using the caps. Some users have said the cost of
the caps is comparable to the cost of a having a wig made. Your
insurance carrier will not cover the cost of renting the caps.
It’s important to know that some doctors are concerned that the caps
may prevent the chemotherapy medicine from reaching cancer cells
that may be in the scalp. Several U.S. studies are underway to look
at the safety and effectiveness of the caps. At this time, none of
the caps have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
It’s also important to know that cold caps don’t work for everyone,
so best prepare yourself in advance..
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata (al-oh-PEE-shah air-ee-AH-tah) is a highly
unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair
on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This common but very
challenging and capricious disease affects approximately 1.7 percent
of the population overall, including more than 4.7 million people in
the United States alone. Due to the fact that much of the public is
still not familiar with alopecia areata, the disease can have a
profound impact on one's life and functional status, both at work and
Synonyms of Alopecia Areata
In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly
attacked by a person's own immune system (white blood cells),
resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage. Alopecia areata
usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on
the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis)
or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).
Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races;
however, onset most often begins in childhood and can be
psychologically devastating. Although not life-threatening, alopecia
areata is most certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset,
recurrent episodes, and unpredictable course have a profound
psychological impact on the lives of those disrupted by this disease.
- Alopecia Celsi
- Alopecia Cicatrisata
- Alopecia Circumscripta
- Cazenave's Vitiligo
- Celsus' Vitiligo
- Jonston's Alopecia
- Porrigo Decalvans
- Vitiligo Capitis
- Alopecia Seminuniversalis
- Alopecia Totalis
- Alopecia Universalis
- Disorder Subdivisions
- Alopecia Seminuniversalis
- Alopecia Totalis
- Alopecia Universalis
It is officially classified as an impulse control disorder, along the
lines of pyromania, kleptomania, and pathologic gambling.
What is Trichotillomania?
What are the Symptoms of Trichotillomania?
- Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair
- An increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the
hair or when resisting the behavior.
- Pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling out the hair.
- The disturbance is not accounted for by another mental disorder
and is not due to a general medical condition (i.e., dermatological
- The disturbance causes significant distress or impairment in
social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
How and When Does it Start?
People often start compulsive hair-pulling around the ages of 12-13;
although it is not uncommon for it to start at a much younger or older
age. Frequently, a stressful event can be associated with the onset,
such as: change of schools, abuse, family conflict, or the death of a
parent. The symptoms also may be triggered by pubertal hormonal changes.
Does Trichotillomania Lead To Other Problems?
During adolescence, which is an especially crucial time for developing
self-esteem, body image, comfort with sexuality, and relationships with
peers of both sexes, teens may endure ridicule from family, friends, or
classmates, in addition to feeling shame over their inability to control
the habit. Therefore, even a small bald patch can cause devastating
problems with development that can last life-long. Although many people
with trichotillomania get married and carry on with their lives in a
normal fashion; there are those who have avoided intimate relationships
for fear of having their shameful secret exposed.
What Is the Cause?
There is no certain cause of trichotillomania, but the current way of
looking at trichotillomania is as a medical illness. One theory on a
biological level is that there is some disruption in the system
involving one of the chemical messengers between the nerve cells in
parts of the brain. There may be also a combination of factors such as a
genetic predisposition and an aggravating stress or circumstance; as
with many other illnesses. Further, trichotillomania could be a symptom
caused by different factors in different individuals just as a cough can
be produced by a multitude of different medical problems. Finding the cause (s) will take more research.
What Is The Relation To Other Illnesses?
For many people with trichotillomania, there are symptoms of
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) such as compulsive counting,
checking, or washing as well. There are so many similarities between
hair pulling and other compulsive symptoms that some consider it a
subtype or variant of OCD. This idea is supported by the tendency for
the two problems to run in the same families and the fact that OCD
medications can be helpful in treating trichotillomania.
Depression also frequently occurs in individuals with this illness.
There may be a direct neuro-biochemical relationship and/or be secondary
to the chronic demoralization and low self esteem hair-pulling can
Other associated behaviors may include nail biting, thumb sucking,
head banging, or compulsive scratching. Frequently, hair pullers also
find they compulsively pick at their skin, which may also cause physical
and emotional scarring.
What Treatments Are Available?
The two methods of treatment that have been scientifically researched
and found to be effective are behavioral therapy and medications.
In behavioral therapy, people learn a structured method of keeping
track of the symptoms and associated behaviors, increasing awareness
of pulling, substituting incompatible behaviors and several other
techniques aimed at reversing the “habit” of pulling.
Although medications clearly help some people temporarily, symptoms
are likely to return when the medication is stopped unless behavioral
therapy is incorporated into treatment. Medications may help to reduce
the depression and any obsessive-compulsive symptoms the person may be
Commonly used medications are:
- fluoxetine (Prozac)
- fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
- paroxetine (Paxil)
- clomipramine (Anafranil)
- valproate (Depakote)
- lithium carbonate (Lithobid, Eskalith)
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Human Hair Wigs vs. SyntheticConsider fiber type: Synthetic vs. Human Hair
Many women think that human hair wigs will be more natural looking.
They fear that "synthetic" wigs will in fact look synthetic. This
is not true! Each type of wig has it's own unique benefits.
Certain styles work best in synthetic hair and certain styles work
best in human hair.
Naturally Looking Your Best
Whether you choose human hair or synthetic hair, the most
important thing to look for are wigs that are
100% hand tied with monofilament tops.
These are made to replicate natural hair growth, light weight,
prosthetic quality and most importantly, look and feel quite natural.
Machine made wigs (fashion wigs) are not recommended, are wefted, heavy
and will look wiggy.
Hand tied (Recommended)
(Not Recommended) Whenever you see strips
or wefting as shown in photo below, these are machine
machine made wigs are sometimes made with a mono top but the cap is machine made and wefted.
These are not recommended.
always suggested that you work with a licensed Salon & stylist that
specializes in hair prosthetics for best
Synthetic Wigs are the most popular because they require the
least amount of care. Today's synthetic wigs offer more styling
choices, colors and unique comfort features. Shorter synthetic wigs
are considered "shake-n-go," meaning that all you do is shake them
out, finger style, and they look great. Longer styles simply need to
be brushed through or finger styled. Synthetic wigs are easy to pack
and take with you, and the fiber is resistant to humidity, so your
style holds in any weather. One thing that's important to remember
is that you never use heat on a synthetic wig! Any heat
source, such as a blow dryer - even an open oven - can damage the
fiber and ruin the wig.
Human hair needs to be cut but synthetic hair should
not. Synthetic hair can be fine tuned in areas such as the fringe or
bangs using texturizing sheers. Cutting synthetic hair will give it
a choppy look. With synthetic hair you are simply picking out the
Human hair wigs are extremely
versatile. You can curl and style them as you would you own hair.
Because they do not come pre styled or pr cut, you would need to have
your stylist give it your desired haircut. Human hair wigs work great in
longer styles as well as one length styles such as bobbs, very easy to
There are many
different qualities of human hair, some places even use animal hair such
as yak. We only use the highest grade of human hair which is called Remy
Hair, sometimes called cuticle hair. It is hand cut and hand processed.
Many times you will hear about country of
for human hair. This has absolutely nothing to do with the
quality of hair, it is simply a descriptive term. The quality of the hair
depends solely on the way it's been processed. We use only" Remy Hair"
in our all of our prosthetics.
Wigs Will I Need?
A wig is, simply put, an article of
clothing and wears out whether it be human hair or synthetic hair.
If an individual needs to wear a wig full time everyday, they will
need more than one. Look at it this way, if you have "only" one
outfit only in your closet and you wear that one outfit everyday,
full time, it will put a great deal of wear and tear on it just from
wearing it, washing it, perspiring, etc... After a few months you
will begin to notice this. If you compare that same out fit to a new
one after 3 months, you will see the difference between them. Human
hair and synthetic hair is a very fine material which can be
compared to silk or lace. On average, based on full time wear, a
person will go through 3-4 synthetic wigs or 1-2 human hair wigs per
year. They will begin to fade, loose the elasticity and look
frazzled and dry. You should plan according to the amount of time
that you will be wearing a wig. For example, let's say that you are
going through chemotherapy treatments for 4 months. Once the
chemotherapy is finished, it takes approx 2 months for the hair to
begin growing back normally then it grows approx 1/2" per month. So
in 10 months, you will have approx 2" of hair and will be thrilled
with having your own hair back even if it's shorter than you'd like.
So between the chemotherapy and the growing out period, you are
looking at 10 months of wearing a wig. This would mean approx 3
synthetic wigs or 1 human hair wig. The reason that it is so
important to plan this way is as follows. A wig should be worn for a
week to a week and a half then shampooed and conditioned and the
second wig worn for the same amount of time then shampooed and
conditioned, then the third, etc. The reason for rotating your wigs
is that this way they will wear out evenly and un noticeable. If you
were to wear one wig every day for 3 months and hold it up to a new
one, you will see the difference and most importantly, others will
clearly notice. If you are dealing with permanent hair loss, you
should always be rotating between 4 synthetic wigs and at least 2
human hair wigs. When one begins to look worn, simply add another
into rotation and eliminate the worn one, etc...
Best advice, plan
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