Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Coping With Hair Loss During Chemotherapy Treatments

breast cancer awareness, hair loss advice, Fox Hair Design salons, Barwell and HinckleyBreast Cancer Awareness Month is organised by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection, and to raise money for research and treatment.

There are a lot of common misconceptions surrounding breast cancer and at a difficult time it is important that you have as many facts as possible.

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fox Hair Design wants to provide you with information about what happens to your hair during cancer treatment, and tips on how to care for your hair during this time.

Overcoming your illness is the most important thing, but we would like to offer some tips on how to regain some normalcy during a period that is anything but normal.


Hair Loss During Cancer Treatments

For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the most distressing side effects of cancer treatment is hair loss. Everybody adapts to hair loss is their own way, but for some women it can be a truly devastating experience. Hair loss is a very visible side effect of cancer treatment, it can affect our self-esteem and sense of identity.

Following chemotherapy, hair loss commonly begins within two to three weeks. The hair loss affects body and facial hair including eyebrows and eyelashes. However, hair loss is in most cases a temporary side effect of the treatment, so hair will start to grow back after chemotherapy is over or even towards the end of your cancer treatment.

Hair that grows back after chemotherapy may feel different from your hair before treatment however, there may be a change in the texture and shape of your hair.

How to Treat Your Hair Before Chemotherapy Treatment

• Get into the habit now of being kind to your hair. Do not use harsh chemical treatments on your hair including perms or hair colour — this can weaken it. Stay away heated styling tools such as straighteners or rollers and try to air-dry your hair wherever possible. Strengthening and nourishing your hair and scalp now might make it more likely to stay in your head a little longer during treatment.

• Short hair can be styled in such a way that it can look thicker than longer hair, as your hair starts to fall out it will be less noticeable with a shorter hairstyle. A shorter hairstyle may also make the transition to hair loss less upsetting for you, it is important to keep stress to a minimum as much as possible during this time. Speak to your Fox Hair Design stylist about a shorter hairstyle before your treatment starts.

• Many women choose to wear their heads bare, but if that is not something you wish to do, you may want to think about head coverings to conceal your hair loss. You can choose from many head coverings, wigs and scarves are the most popular head coverings. There are some fantastic high-quality synthetic wigs and real human hair wigs on the market, that are practically indetectable.

How to Care For Your Hair During Chemotherapy

• Continue to be gentle with your hair throughout your chemotherapy treatment. Use a soft brush, such as a baby brush. Use a gentle shampoo free from parabens and chemicals. Wash your hair only when very necessary.

• Some women report that their scalps sensitive, itchy and can become irritated during their chemotherapy treatment and whilst their hair is falling out. It is possible to reduce the irritation by shaving your head. Many women shave their heads because it can save the embarrassment of shedding and can look better than patchy hair loss.

•Your scalp can become very sensitive throughout treatment and so you must protect it with a sunscreen, or even a head covering such as a wig or headscarf. Extreme cold can also make your head feel sensitive, so ensuring that it is covered will help you to feel less uncomfortable.

Will My Hair Grow Back After Chemotherapy?

• Your new hair growth will be especially fragile and vulnerable to damage, so you should continue with your gentle treatment. Do not colour your hair until it becomes stronger, this may damage your new hair and irritate your scalp. Avoid heated styling such as rollers or curling tongs and air dry your hair as often as possible. 

•New, healthy hair growth takes time. Your new hair may grow in slowly and could grow back in a different texture or colour to before, sometimes previously straight hair can grow back curly. You will need to be patient as it could be up to 6 months until you can expect a healthy head of hair.

Book a Hair Consultation at Fox Hair Design in Barwell or Hinckley

If you are due to commence cancer treatment and are concerned about hair loss, book in for a hair loss consultation please call the team at Fox Hair Design.  We offer a friendly and relaxed welcome and aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible during this time.

***Join the Fox Hair Design Stylists at our Wear It Pink event on October 18th.  Read all about this fund-raising event for Breast Cancer Now here.***

Book Now For Christmas

Book Your Christmas Hair Appointment at the Best Hair Salons in Barwell and Hinckley – Call Fox Hair Design Today 

Book Now For Christmas hair appointments at Fox Hair Design salons, Barwell and Hinckley, Leicestershire

We’re sorry to mention Christmas so early but it really isn’t early at all when it comes to your hair.  There are just two hair cuts until Christmas so please book in now to secure your appointment during this busy period.

The last thing you want to be worrying about as you head into the party season is whether your hair is looking its best!  We can still fit you in for a cut and/or hair colour or hair upstyle for that special party, but please hurry as our November and December appointments do get booked up very quickly.

Thank you!  

Hair-Raising Halloween Hairstyles!

Spooktacular Halloween Hair at Fox Hair Design Salons in Barwell & Hinckley!

halloween hairstyles, fox hair design salons, barwell and hinckley, leicestershireIf you’re heading off to a Halloween party and really want to turn heads, make sure you book in to your local Fox Hair Salon where we can create a hair-raising hairstyle just for you!

We are specialists when it comes to creating intricate hairstyles and love creating spooktacular hair for the scariest night of the year!

Whether you’re a wicked witch, sexy siren or frightful Frankenstein, we can give you a hairstyle that perfectly complements your costume and the occasion. 

Not doing fancy dress but still attending a party?  Don’t forget that we create beautiful hairstyles for parties and special occasions too!

Join Us At Wear It Pink Day!

Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research with Wear It Pink Day at Fox Hair Design Salons in Leicestershire

breast cancer event fox hair design salons barwell and hinckley 1Fox Hair Design salons in Barwell and Hinckley will take on a bubblegum pink shade on October 18th when our staff and clients will embrace Wear It Pink Day!

As well as turning our salons pink, we’ll be wearing pink and encouraging visiting clients to put on their best pink outfits!  The aim is to raise money for Breast Cancer Now to make life-saving research happen.

This is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK when thousands of amazing people will wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.

And since the first event in 2002, Breast Cancer Now has raised over £31.5 million for life-saving research. Research that’s working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.

Check out some of these photos from last year’s Wear It Pink Day and come along to enjoy our cake sale, making a donation to help this worthy cause, and support our stylists.  Thank you!

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