Chemotherapy treatments are always associated
with complete hair loss. This can be avoided or minimized with the
aid of the Hair Fantastique’s Wonder Hair Treatment Range. When
applied at least a week prior
to your Chemotherapy treatment, your hair loss will be minimized or
avoided completely. See reports by Oncology
Specialist Dr Alma Van der Merwe and clinical
oncology specialist nurse, Sister Des Lamely.
The fear of the Quality of the re-growth being
sparse and of poor quality does not apply when using the Hair
Fantastique Wonder Hair Treatment. The quality of
the re-growth is stronger and
has a vibrantly healthy color.
If you know that hair loss is a possibility, start the Hair
Fantastique Wonder Treatment Range before your chemotherapy
treatment, to help minimize hair loss and accelerate the recovery by
up to ten weeks. The re-growth
will start within 2 weeks of using the Wonder Hair
Treatment. If you have already started to lose your hair and are
scheduled for more chemotherapy, start the Wonder Hair Treatment
prior to the next chemotherapy course to prevent further hair cell
damage, and accelerate the recovery of re-growth. See
Why does hair loss occur?
Chemotherapy treatments are prescribed to prevent the growth of
any single dividing cell in cancer patients. As hair is a single
dividing cell this can affect ones hair causing partial or complete
hair loss in patients. Not all patients necessarily lose their hair
but quite a large percentage do if the treatment is from the
The normal scalp has approximately 100,000 hairs. Some people more, others
less. 10% to 15% of ones hair is in the resting phase at any given time. 85%
to 90% is actively growing and susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation.
The degree of hair loss depends on the chemotherapy drug, the dosage of the
chemotherapy or radiation and how it is administered.
Hair loss, or drug induced alopecia, occurs because the anti cancer drugs
can also affect normal cells responsible for hair growth. This affect
however, is not permanent and healthy cells grow back normally once the
chemotherapy is completed. Hair loss from chemotherapy treatments occurs for
a very simple reason. Hair follicles are weakened by the chemotherapy which
causes hair to fall out more quickly than it would normally. Depending on
the type of treatment you receive, hair loss may start anywhere from 7 to 21
days after treatment begins. Your hair will start to grow back when your
chemotherapy has stopped but it may take 6 to 12 months to grow back
completely. It may even have a different texture. For example, curly hair
can grow back straight and dark hair can become lighter. These changes are
usually not permanent.
What are the symptoms of hair loss?
Chemotherapy. Hair loss/alopecia will start approximately 1 - 3 weeks after
your first dose of chemotherapy but won't be total until 1 - 2 months have
elapsed. Hair loss is reversible and will grown back totally about 3 - 4
months after your final chemotherapy dose. The hair may even grow back while
you are on chemotherapy. This does not mean that the chemotherapy is not
working. Unfortunately, some of this re-grown hair may also fall out. Hair
on the head is most commonly affected but hair loss may occur on other parts
of the body. The scalp may become tender and the hair that is still growing
may become dull and dry.
Research carried out by a leading oncologist Dr. Alma, Head of the Oncology
Department of Tygerberg Hospital found that after using the Hair Fantastique
Wonder Treatment prior to chemotherapy treatment only 50% of the patients
lost their hair. The recovery time of the hair growth was accelerated by up
to eight weeks. The patients who used the products before the second dose of
chemotherapy did not lose their hair. Her findings were that the re-growth
of the hair was much stronger and healthier than if the patient did not use the
Wonder Hair Treatment products.
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Further controlled studies were carried out by a Clinical Oncology
Specialist Nurse Des Lumley, who attended a Nurses Oncology seminar in Austria and
she chose the Wonder Hair treatment as her thesis paper. Each specialist
delegate was required to present some new findings to aid in the treatment
for cancer patients.
The trials were carried out under the control of Dr Alma as Sister Lumley
was working at the oncology department that Dr. Alma headed up.
Sister Lumley noted in her findings:
Sister Lumley went on to say that many delegates came to ask her where they
could obtain this product as other hair growth stimulants were mainly taken
per mouth. The lotion is readily available to all patients who are treated
with chemotherapy which induces alopecia. It has been used by Oncology
Departments in South Africa and it is strongly recommended that this product
be used to help cancer patients.
- No systemic medication was required.
- No injections were given
- Natural oils were the basis of the products
- No skin or eye irritations were noted.
- Application was easy
- The product is cost effective
- The product speeds up hair growth by at least 8 weeks
- Patients application of the product made them feel in
control for at least some part of the treatment.
- The odourless lotion did not stimulate their already
sensitive smell causing nausea and vomiting.
- Oncology nurses felt they were doing something positive to
maintain the patients morale by enhancing their self esteem.
If you know that hair loss is a possibility, start the Hair Fantastique
Wonder Treatment Range before your chemotherapy treatment. This will help
minimise hair loss.
The hair might not fall out at all but if it does, it will recover within 2
weeks if you are using the Wonder Hair Treatment. If you have already
started to lose your hair and are scheduled for more chemotherapy, start the
Wonder Hair Treatment prior to the next chemotherapy course to prevent
further hair cell damage. The Wonder Hair Treatment will help to accelerate
the recovery time of the hair that has been lost. The new weakened hair will
be strengthened and will not be dull.
How to treat your hair.
Losing hair from your head, face and body can be hard to accept. It is
common and perfectly alright to feel angry or depressed about this loss.
Talking about your feelings can help. Remember that hair lost during
treatment does grow back. The fact that it can be prevented or minimised by
using the Hair Fantastique Wonder Hair Treatment Range of products. This is
another positive thought to consider.
- Consider getting a shorter haircut. Shorter styles
are easier to manage and shorter hairstyles do not look as sparse when the
new hair is growing.
- Use a mild shampoo. The Wonder Hair Treatment
Shampoo contains no harsh detergents and is of natural origin making it very
gentle as the scalp can tend to become very sensitive.
- A gentle conditioner should be used. Wonder Hair
Intensive Treatment, not only conditions, it re-activates the new root cell
and strengthens existing hair. The Wonder Hair Treatment Cream accelerates
the recovery time by up to 8 weeks and a full healthy head of hair is
achieved in 3 months.
- Use the Wonder Hair Treatment Spray daily to
strengthen existing hair and nourish the new hair matrix.
- You may use a dye rinse on your hair.
- Do not use a permanent dye on your hair or have a
- Use a soft hairbrush
- Do not use brush rollers to set your hair.
- Remember that if a hairpiece is needed due to your
cancer treatment, the expense is tax deductible and may at least be
partially covered by your medical insurance. Be sure to check your policy.
- Wear 'stickies' to keep your wig on. They are very
effective and will give you confidence.
- If you cannot afford a wig, contact your local
Cancer Care Centre. Maybe they will be able to assist.
Cancer can be beaten and it is through positive thoughts and the love and
support of your family, friends and support groups. You can beat this
Getting emotional support
Talking to others who have experienced hair loss or who have professional
experience will help you during this difficult period. Here are some