By B. Levi
Many women purchase headcoverings to help them deal with hair loss following chemotherepy treatments.
Why does Chemo cause hair loss?
Chemotherapy is currently the main tool used to battle cancer. Usually it’s a drug which destroys the cancerous cells in the body. Unfortunately it doesn’t discriminate and therefore it can also destroys “good” cells, thereby damaging the hair follicles making hair loss an inevitable side effect of this treatment. There are a great many options available for women in this situation and each women is encouraged to make sure she finds the one that is best for her and makes her feel most comfortable. However if a woman chooses to use head scarves or headwraps during chemo there are some important things to keep in mind.
There are two major problems with scarves, one is “slickness” and the other is itch. Let’s tackle slickness. Scarves made from satin or silk or any material with a slick texture will usually have a difficult time staying in place on one’s head and “slippage” becomes a major problem. Either avoid them completely or use a “wigrip” or cotton undercover – 2 different products that eliminate “slippage”.
The next thing to bear in mind is comfort. Many wool fabrics will itch and unnatural polyesters in in many cases are not “breathable” and will cause excessive uncomfort. In light of these facts, it is usually best for women undergoing chemo to purchase headscarves made from natural fibers such as linen or cotton that are “breathable” meaning they allow the scalp to breathe. If the place you are buying your headscarf from does not list the fabric type, don’t hesitate to call them up and inquire before buying.
In closing, we hope all who purchase headscarves due to hair loss from chemo only have to use them very temporarily and get their hair and healthy bodies back as quick as possible!
(Sources include articlesnatch, american cancer society, and others)