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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.


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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