Radiation Therapy and Hair Loss

Radiotherapy Hair Loss Advice Simone Thomas Hair Loss Clinic Bournemouth

Cancer Treatments and Hair Loss – Advice From Simone Thomas Dorset Trichology Clinic

If you are undergoing radiation therapy for cancer treatment, you will know that an unfortunate side effect can be hair loss.  

Radiation therapy attacks quickly growing cells in your body, but unlike chemotherapy, it affects only the specific area where treatment is concentrated. If you have radiation to your head, you will be likely to lose the hair on your head.

Your hair usually begins growing back after your treatment ends. But whether it grows back to its original thickness and fullness depends on your specific treatment. It may also grow back curly or a different colour initially. Different types of radiation and different doses will have different effects on your hair. Higher doses of radiation can cause permanent hair loss. Talk to your doctor about what dose you’ll be receiving so that you’ll know what to expect. Then you can start planning but more importantly begin to stress less on the possibility of losing your hair if you have a plan in place.

Radiation therapy also affects your skin. The treatment area is likely to be red and may look sunburned or tanned. If your radiation treatment is to your head, it’s a good idea to cover your head with a protective hat or scarf because your skin will be sensitive to cold and sunlight. Synthetic wigs and human hair wigs can also be worn with a protective wig cap to help alleviate any scalp irritation.

If you are unable to come into the salon to look at wigs please take a look at our website – we have a wide variety of real hair wigs and synthetic hair wigs in lots of different styles and colours. We will post them directly to your home all across the UK.

If you are able to visit us at Simone Thomas hair loss clinic in Bournemouth in person, please feel free to book a hair loss consultation on 01202 760003. We are more than happy for you to bring a friend or family member with you – choosing a wig really doesn’t have to be daunting or traumatic. Our salon is a friendly, relaxing yet professional place to come – we have helped thousands of people with our hair loss treatments, let us help you!

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