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What options are there for cancer patients seeking hair?

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have been focusing on providing information about chemotherapy and hair loss. Today, we are going to look at the different hair options available for cancer patients.

As we have previously discussed, many cancer-treating drugs cause hair loss in most cases. Hair loss varies from patient to patient and can be as insignificant as hair thinning to as serious as complete body hair loss.

 

No matter how much or how little, hair loss can be extremely distressing to cancer patients. To someone who is already going through so much, the loss of hair be startling and emotionally draining. However, there are several hair options available for cancer and chemo patients.

 

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Wigs

Many chemo patients who experience hair loss opt for using a wig. Wigs help several patients maintain a sense of normality during their treatment. Wigs also come with a variety of options, with a wide selection of wig bases, hair types. styles and colors. Wgs also come in a variety of prices, and some insurance companies will cover the cost. If you want a wig that looks like your hair, wig shops and salons can help you find a wig to match your hair color and texture, or they can help you pick out a whole new style. If you want to style, color, cut, perm, or blow-dry your wig, a human hair wig may be the best fit for you. If you want a low maintenance wig, synthetic will be better. If you are interested in using a wig while undergoing treatment, here are some things for you to consider:

  • What type of wig base would you prefer: comfort cap, capless, lace wig, or monofilament base?
  • What type of wig hair would you like: synthetic or human?
  • How much are you willing to pay for your wig? Will your insurance cover the cost?

 

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Scarves, Turbans, and Caps

Some patients find wigs to be hot, itchy, or irritating, but still wish to cover their head. Scarves, turbans, and caps are a common method used to cover the head, but still keep a fashionable style. These methods are usually the easiest, most affordable, and most comfortable option. Scarves, turbans, and caps can be homemade or found at most stores for reasonable prices. You can find them in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics.

 

Hair Loss Prevention Options

While no hair treatment exists that can guarantee no hair loss during or after chemo, there are a couple of treatment options that have the possibility of preventing hair loss. Neither method has be absolutely effective, but some patients have seen successful results. We do advise that you talk to your doctor before considering these methods.

  • Scalp Hypothermia (Cryotherapy)- Cryotherapy is a method of hair loss prevention that takes place with your chemotherapy. With cryotherapy, ice packs or similar devices, like Cold Caps, are placed on your head during your chemotherapy to slow blood flow to your scalp. With this method, the chemotherapy drugs are less likely to have an effect on your scalp and the hair cells located in your hair follicles. Studies have shown this method works somewhat in the majority of patients who have tried it. However, the treatment comes with possible side effects of headaches.
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine)- While applying minoxidil- a drug approved for pattern hair loss in men and women- to your scalp before and during chemo hasn’t proven likely to prevent hair loss, some research shows it may speed up hair regrowth.

 

If you are undergoing chemo, you may be worrying about losing your hair and what your options are. Don’t worry. Several options exist to help you maintain a sense of normalcy and style during this difficult time. Talk to your doctor or support team about what options will work best for you.

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Chemotherapy and Hair

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show our support, we want to provide some more information on how cancer and its treatment can affect your hair, as well as hair options during chemotherapy. Today,we are going to look at why and how chemotherapy causes hair loss.

 

While not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss, hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common side effect of many cancer-treating drugs. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete alopecia, some cause hair thinning, and some have no effect on hair at all.The amount of hair loss depends on the drug used, the dosages and how it was administered. Hair loss may vary person to person, even if two patients are taking the same medicine for the same cancer.

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Hair loss caused by chemotherapy may be gradual or sudden. You may notice clumps or handfuls coming out at a time. The loss of hair could occur as early as the second or third week after the first cycle of treatment, or it may not occur until the second cycle. Some chemotherapy treatments only affect the hair on your head, while others may cause the loss of other body hair- leg/arm/underarm hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, or pubic hair.

The reason chemotherapy causes hair loss has to do with the way hair grows and how chemotherapy works. Hair growth occurs in three phases- anagen, catagen, and telogen. The growth cycle of hair is random, with every hair at a different stage of growth and at any give time, hair will be at one of three growth stages. The first stage of hair regeneration, the anagen phase, is most affected by chemotherapy. This phase is considered the growth phase, lasting between two to eight years. During the anagen phase, the growth cells in hair follicle beneath the scalp rapidly divide every 23 to 72 hours, dividing at some of the fastest rates in the body. These cells produce the hair strand, or shaft, which then pushes up and out through the scalp. Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growth phase at one time. Because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells- healthy cells along with cancer cells, the fast-growing hair cells are often destroyed by chemotherapy. When the chemotherapy begins to destroy these cells, the hair growth cycle is unable to continue. The hair detaches from the follicle and falls out.

 

While the loss of hair may seem startling or distressing, it is important to know that your hair loss is temporary. Once treatment has stopped, the hair cells will begin to repair themselves and divide again. Hair regrowth will start to occur about one to three months after chemotherapy ends, and complete hair regrowth takes about six months to a year. Due to the new development of cells, your new hair growth may come in a different color or texture. This is usually temporary, and your hair will return to its normal texture after six to twelve months.


“Not All Hair is Created Equal” – The Science of Hair Blog Series

Has anyone ever told you that you have good hair? Ever wondered what good hair is? Well here it is, a comparison of all things hair. Let talk about how straight, curly, wavy, fine, thin, coarse and damaged hair differ from each other.


Hair is different for many reasons. The three that are the most predominant factors in deciding what kind of hair you will have naturally are the follicle, chemical bonds made in the hair, and genetics. Each of these has a slightly different effect and contributes to the overall hair. The chemical bonds in hair can be changed to temporarily achieve a different look or type of hair, but any new growth will be in the original form, due to genetics and the follicle.


Straight hair has a straight follicle. The growth of the stem or hair strands is unimpeded and the follicle is thickest in this form. The follicle creates a circle which causes the oil glands in your scalp to release evenly distributed and natural oils throughout the hair. This is what gives straight hair its silky and shiny texture. It is also the reason why people with straight hair have to shampoo more often. The oil can build up resulting in a naturally greasy look and clumped together hair that is more sticky than silky.


Curly hair has a curved follicle which causes the natural curliness. The shape of the pore also affects this as it can be an oval or crescent shape which determines how curly your hair is. Loosely curly hair with an oval shape is the cause to curly hair that merges together to form bigger curls usually found in white people. The more wiry hair that doesn’t group together usually found in black people is caused by the thinner crescent shape, which results in more randomized patterns. Curly hair is usually found to be less silky and shiny due to the oil gland in the scalp not being able to distribute oil evenly through the hair, which is cause by the curve of the follicle, the less open glands and the hair itself getting in the way of spread. You will notice that people with loosely curled hair and tightly curled hair have widely different textures.


Wavy hair is produced by a mixture of the two. It is the result of a curved follicle with a circle shaped opening allowing the same curve and more oil to get to the hair, which helps in detangling and allowing the hair to grow longer than in the oval or crescent form. Those with tightly curled hair can achieve a wavy form by straightening the hair using various methods. This can result in styles like 360 waves for men or a finger wave in women.


Fine hair is a product of the number of follicles found in your head. At the age of about 22 weeks still in the womb, you will have developed all the follicles you will ever have in your life time. The more follicles you have in close succession to each other will determine if you have fine or thin hair. Hair is one of the only renewing sources on the human body that can grow cyclically, but there are only so many predetermined cycles for any one person. Once a follicle has reached the end of its cycle life, this is when hair begins to thin or people start to go bald. Coarse hair is produced when the hair isn’t getting enough moisture from your oil glands. It can be remedied with some consumer products found at your local store or salon. Damaged hair that is out of its natural state due to an occurrence. When silky hair becomes coarse it is damaged or when hair is dried too much in that case. This is most common when applying chemicals and heat to hair to change its natural state without proper care and precautions.

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Benote Salon is the right place for you

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Benote Salon offers a wide range of services for hair of any type and texture. With their knowledge and experience, Benote stylists are dedicated to providing quality service and care. We use only the finest products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

Benote offers a large variety of services to suit the needs of any customer. Whether you are looking for just a simple bang cut or needing full-head extensions, Benote offers stylists with the experience to do it all. Benote is a multi-level salon, with the price of the services varying based off the experience and availability of the stylists. We offer a full range of coloring services including color demi-glaze, one process color, color retouches and full and partial foils. Standard procedures include guest consult, basic wash and style, men’s and women’s haircut and haircut/style services. Benote also offers extension services (full, partial and full head) as well as braids ranging from individual to large. Flat/Scalp Twists are offered along with small and standard twists. Partial and retouch relaxer services are offered at Benote. Benote also offers a number of hair and scalp treatments including dermabrasion, scalp serum, and basic moisture treatments. Our stylists provide a number of popular conditioning treatments such as Fiberceutic, Keratriplex and L’Oreal Powerdoses. Benote Salon uses high-quality products to ensure your hair is healthy and beautiful. These products include Chromatics hair color, New Precious Oil and Awapahi Wild Ginger.

The stylists at Benote are excellently trained and sure to provide you with the best quality service. Yolanda Gates is the owner and master stylist at Benote, opening the renowned salon in 2009. She has become one of the top names in Louisiana in natural hair and is well-known for her hair coloring techniques. She spends hours researching innovative, new products that will best serve her guests. Clients appreciate her knowledge and attention to detail, as well as her detail-oriented approach to hair care. Bernish Dupree is a level 1 stylist at Benote Salon. A graduate of Regency Beauty Institute, Bernisha possess a passion for hair as well as a fantastic talent in makeup and eyelash application. Not only does she specialize in braiding, she also has unique skill in styling natural hair, formulating color, placing foils and cutting. The newest member of the Benote Salon is Victoria Tillis. She works alongside Yolanda, using her modern style and techniques to keep hair healthy, luxurious and stylish. Victoria’s focuses include sophisticated hair, bonded and sewn hair extension, facial waxing and makeup and eyelash application.

Benote Salon provides a welcoming atmosphere with talented stylists who provide a variety of services for all types of hair. We are centrally located in Shreveport, Louisiana on Youree Drive. We are open Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

 


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