Can You Put Away Your Chemotherapy Headwear a Little Sooner?

Chemotherapy HeadwearWhen faced with the reality of chemotherapy, many cancer patients are drained and weary.  Activities need to be cut back considerably, and a comfortable bed is more welcome than ever at the end of each day.  Chemotherapy hair loss, fatigue and a general feeling of malaise replace a waning vitality, which can make many cancer patients wonder if life will ever return to normal.

As a patient dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy, it is now clear why so many cancer survivors recommend buying a cancer wig or cancer headscarf before treatment begins.  This is not a time to be taking on any new challenges but rest assured, it will end, and when it does, there are some steps one can take to promote hair growth.

After a few months of wearing a cancer wig or other type of chemotherapy headwear, growing real hair again is a something that female patients dream about.

Hair Growth Products for Cancer Patients

  • Minoxidil is a product approved by the FDA for patterned baldness, and is more commonly known as Rogaine.  While it is a helpful tool for preventing baldness, more research is needed to prove its effectiveness for cancer related hair loss.
  • Gentle products, such as sulfite-free shampoo and baby shampoo can reduce inflammation on the scalp and promote hair regrowth.  Moisturizers and oils are also effective in preventing dry scalp, a common problem in cancer patients.
  • Fatty acids found in foods and nutritional supplements are another way to promote hair growth.  Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids are a good place to start, and can be found in most health food stores.  Flax seed oil is an alternative to fish oil, and can be consumed by grinding fresh flax seeds or taking a flax seed oil gel cap.
  • Herbal products, while not tested by the FDA, are often used to promote hair growth. These products are promoted as being safe to use, but always approach herbal products with caution since they can have side effects.

By taking all of these steps, it is possible that cancer wigs and chemotherapy headwear can be “retired” sooner than expected.  But remember, every woman is different and there is no way to know exactly how long it will take to grow hair back completely after chemotherapy.

Add comment

Security code

Product Categories

My Shopping Cart

Show Cart
Your Cart is currently empty.

Advanced Search


"I love your catalog and website! You are a great resource for women on chemo. Thanks very much for being there for us."

- Suzanne H.