There are several practical ways to cope with hair loss or if your hair becomes thin, dry, brittle and more difficult to manage. They don’t make the problem disappear, but can make life a bit easier for you during this difficult time. Some hospitals have staff who can show you how to wear different types of headwear and give you ideas and tips. You can ask your nurses whether there is anyone who can do this for you. Some hospitals run hair and beauty programmes for women. Your nurses should be able to tell you if your hospital has such a programme, or if not, whether there is a programme at another nearby hospital. Most of these programmes are for women, but Look Good...Feel Better USA has a website for men affected by cancer, which includes practical tips on coping with hair loss. Visit lookgoodfeelbetterformen.org
Preparing for hair loss due to cancer treatment
You could think about having your hair cut short before your treatment starts. If your hair is shorter, it will feel like you are losing less hair when it does fall out. If you’re used to having long hair, you may find it easier to have it cut in stages to give you time to get used to a new length. Some people prefer to shave their heads completely before they start losing their hair. This can give a sense of control over what is going to happen and you may prefer to do this, rather than wait for your hair to fall out.
Some people may not want to cut their hair for cultural or religious reasons, and may find alternative headwear helpful.