So today is the day the hair started to go. I’ve expected it for 17 days now. My hair hung on longer than most! Stubborn just like me! Let me tell you it is a weird feeling when you reach up, take a small tuft of hair between your fingers, give a gentle tug and it all comes out! WOW, talk about a new and different experience!! And your scalp starts hurting a few days before it falls. I guess it doesn’t want to give the hair up either!
Please cut your hair really, really, really short before it starts to fall out. I already posted about that experience. That’s the day I cried. That’s the day I lost my identity. But, after you get over all of that trauma, this part then becomes relatively easy. First of all, while I have my hair short, short, short, I can see gray roots. Now that is DEFINITELY not my hair! I’m not sure whose hair it is, but it isn’t mine!
Taking a shower after the hair starts falling is stressful. I wasn’t sure what would happen. Is the hair going to just wash off my head? Gingerly, I step under the water adjusting the shower head to the gentlest spray. I put the smallest dab of shampoo on my fingers and hold it there afraid to put it on my hair. I never even rubbed my hair. Put a little shampoo on it and rinsed it right off. It didn’t just fall out in big globs yet, but alot of it showed up on the drain. Luckily, a friend who had been through chemo and hair loss told me to make sure to get a hair catcher in my shower or I would be calling a Plumber!
I’ve talked about my niece, the hair stylist. Already, she wants me to shave my head. I’m not ready yet. I need a little more fallout! So we joked about her toddler’s birthday party where the kids will play “Pin the Tale on the Donkey”. I told her I could sit there and let the kids pull some hair out of my head to be the donkey’s tale. Now, those kids would never forget that, and it would probably teach them a lesson not to pull Jessica’s or Jack’s hair!!
One thing I can honestly say, is from the day I got the cancer diagnosis I’ve worried and fretted over this day. Trust me, it isn’t as bad as you think it will be because you’ve had time to prepare. I’ve had my turbans, wigs, and scaves for a long time now. Preparation for hair loss really helps deal with the reality of it all. So, if you are facing hair loss, cry when you have to, and then move on. The hair will come back. It is a renewable resource! That gives me hope!
In order to help women with hair loss during cancer and the lessons I’ve learned, I am now selling adorable chemo caps to bring beauty and hope at affordable prices. I search high and low for lovely caps. Please check them out – click on pictures!
One last thing, your scalp might really hurt while the hair is falling out. My head would just ache. I would have to rub my head. Don’t be concerned. I guess this is normal. It goes away!
I just pray that unknown person’s gray hair doesn’t show up back on my head! Update: My hair started growing rather quickly after I ended all Chemo. I had A/C and Taxol. At 3.5 months after chemo, it is approximately 1 inch long and has thickened up considerably. My hair came in first in the back, then the sides, and the top was last! But it really all did fill in. It is thicker than my previous hair, the texture is different, and my poker straight hair now has a wave. ONE YEAR LATER: My hair was back almost like before only my new hair is better than my old hair! More body, thicker, and a little wavy! Don’t despair!