Chemotherapy and Hair Loss
Cancer patients often find that chemotherapy results in partial or full hair loss. Such effects are usually temporary and full re-growth generally occurs after treatment has finished.
We understand that the hair loss experienced from chemotherapy is one of the many stressful factors that the patient has to endure whilst undergoing treatment.
Different types of chemo drugs have varying effects. Using a cold cap during treatment can reduce hair loss. On the flipside, some drugs produce more hair loss than others. It appears that the effect on the hair varies greatly from patient to patient.
Managing the Effects
Many clients who experience hair loss during chemotherapy visit Lucinda Ellery to help manage their hair loss until treatment ends and their hair grows back.
More and more ladies are choosing to use our services during their Chemotherapy treatment so that any hair loss is disguised through the use of the Intralace System™.
The Intralace System™ is a highly effective way of managing both the later stages of hair loss and the short hair re-growth when treatment has finished.
If a client comes to see us before their treatment starts or during their treatment then The Intralace System™ can be integrated into a full head of hair. Hair loss during Chemotherapy can vary from person to person. Our clients who have used the Cold Cap during their treatment have managed to retain some of their own hair making it possible for them to have the Intralace System integrated with their own hair throughout their entire treatment.
It is important to note that we need as little as 10% of the clients own hair to be remaining in order to succesfully integrate the system. This means that the client can enjoy a full head of hair that they can wash, brush, style, sleep in and swim in!
If a client experiences total hair loss during their Chemotherapy then their Intralace System can be adapted to an Intralace Freewear system. You will have the same hairstyle but we would be securing it to the scalp in a different way. We would need to use 4-6 taped contact points on the scalp. You would still be able to wash and care for your hair like it was your own as the tape is waterproof. You can also sleep in it. The system would need to be removed once or twice a week for approx 15 minutes to remove the old tape and replace with new tape. Once regrowth starts we can begin to integrate the system again (hair only needs to be one inch long) and remove all tape contact points.
The Intralace System™ is durable for two years, with maintenance of the re-growing hair normally required every six weeks. When your hair has re-grown to approximately 4-5 inches the Medi Connections™ service (ultra-fine and safe hair extensions) is more suitable. Each application lasts for around three months. Then, when the re-grown hair reaches its desired length, the Medi Connections™ are removed.
Using the Intralace System during or after your treatment will not inhibit any regrowth. It will not add to the hair loss during this period as the hair will have lost its stability and will fall out regardless of the Intralace System. When regrowth starts then your hair can grow naturally whilst using the system.
For more information on managing hair loss during chemotherapy treatment please see our Chemotherapy Fact Sheet.
Anyone who goes through chemotherapy may find their hair grows back a different colour and texture than it was prior to treatment. It may also grow back quite quickly, so you may find you do not require the Intralace System™ for its full life cycle.
The Intralace System™ is durable for two years, with maintenance of the re-growing hair normally required every six weeks. A guide price for the initial application of the system would be between £1500 and £2000. Maintenance appointments are normally required every 6 weeks with an average appointment costing approx £135 to £180. When your hair has re-grown to approximately 4-5 inches the Medi Connections™ service (ultra-fine and safe hair extensions) is more suitable. Each application lasts for around three months. Then, when the re-grown hair reaches its desired length, the Medi Connections™ are removed.
About to undergo Chemotherapy and concerned about your hair?
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