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Should I Shave My Hair Before Chemo?

I had a choice to make: shave my head or allow the chemo take it.

Many breast cancer survivors/patients share their stories through blogs, Youtube and social media.  Here is a selection:

#1 I waited until it started coming out

"Morgan, My oncologist told me two week after my first treatment of A/C. He was right! I waited until it started coming out before I shaved my head. I wouldn't jump-the-gun until after you get a hank of hair falling out. It is just a lousy traumatic event. BIg hugs, and hang in there, Sharon" (Sharon Danielson) - source: beyondtheshock.com

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#2 I started chemo and we went to my hair stylist

"I got a group of girlfriends together the night before I started chemo and we went to my hair stylist that I have gone to for years and she shaved my head. It was awesome to have everyone there. We laughed and cried together. I didn't want to feel sick from the chemo and have to do that at the sane time." (Lesly Bolton) - source: beyondtheshock.com

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#3 Shaved My Head!!!

"I don’t know if it’s my newly shaved head or how strong I feel but I’m ready to battle for my life in 2019 ??
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer early October and recently got a new diagnosis that it has spread to one lymph node. Originally I was planning to just do radiation but when it starts to travel in the body they recommend chemo. I will get another diagnosis Wednesday & start chemo on Thursday. I just want people to know I’m here to share my information and learn more about this so we can help find a cure and show people we can conquer our biggest fears. Cancer is a scary word and for me Chemo is even worse but I don’t want to be afraid I want to use this new perspective to grow wiser and appreciate every experience I’m given while I get to be alive.
I would like to remind people that your health is everything! Get your breast exams and do them yourself too. I found my tiny little lump the day after my Dr did my breast exam and sent me home with a clean bill of health. You know your body the best just listen to it be in tune and make time to care for and nourish yourself! I’ll be sharing all my health tips and exercises along the way please feel free to ask me anything, share your stories, and most of all show your support it’s the best part of all of this! ?
A special thank you to my friends & hair team @ikonsalon the place I can always be myself and look and feel amazing! #BreastCancerAwareness #StandUpToBreastCancer #YoungBreastCancer #BaldAndBeautiful #RETHINKBreastCancer" - source: Brittany Churchill / Youtube

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#4 Taking charge of my hair

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#5 It’s quite fun to take a plunge

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#6 Felt so much better then

"I had my hair cut fairly short when diagnosed. I did try the cold cap but my hair fell out just before chemo 3. The few days before was distressing as I was head sore and fed up of loose hairs stuck to my face, in my food, etc. Went to my hairdresser the next day who shaved it all off. Felt so much better then.
9 weeks post final chemo and it is growing back! Much darker and frizzy. But welcome back hair :-)" (catzooo) - source: breastcancercare.org.uk

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#7 I didn’t want to see clumps of hair everywhere

"I guess it is a personal choice. My hair was shoulder length and I had it cut several times before chemo so I could gradually get used to it. After my second round of chemo, the oncologist said my hair would start falling out within 24 hours. On the way home from the infusion, I ran my fingers through my hair and small clumps came out. I was shocked it happened that fast.
I didn't want to see clumps of hair everywhere, so I decided to buzz it. My husband wanted to be the one to do it. I was for sure I would start crying. It wasn't as bad as I anticipated and I didn't cry. I am glad I buzzed it. Even with the buzz, there was a lot of hair after I showered. It would have been harder to see long clumps of hair.
I have finished four of eight treatments. I still have a little "fuzz' all over my head.
I have a wig which I have wore three times. I prefer wearing scarves and hats. The first week I went out in public I was nervous and self conscious. Now I forget I even have the scarf on. I was worried my two children would be embarrassed. My ten year old seemed fine with it. My eight year old hadn't told some of his friends about the cancer so he was worried what they would say.
Losing your hair is not fun. It is a personal journey and each individual deals with the situation differently. I just think of it as part of the healing process. I do what I have to do to be cancer free.
Good luck with your journey." (Cinkal) - source: cancer.org

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#8 The Wigging: Breast cancer patient shaves head

"Allison Bender was literally born with a full head of dark curls -- so when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided to take control of hair loss as a result of chemotherapy. Before her second round of treatment in July 2014, Allison visited Eivind and Hans of Georgetown Salon and Spa in Washington, D.C.. Here, she donated 24 inches of hair to the non-profit Wigs for Kids and was fitted for two wigs of her own. #AmazonWithin #FightLikeAGirl

For more on Allison's journey from breast cancer diagnosis to wellness, follow along at: http://amazonwithin.blogspot.com/

Video by Julie Percha" - source: Julie Percha / Youtube

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#9 It was a tough choice

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#10 It’s ok to hurt, and it’s ok to cry

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#11 I had a head shave party

"I had a head shave party and 20 guys I worked with shaved theirs too... Both times. It was a hoot and they are very fun, positive memories from challenging times. The second time my kids shaved my hair into a Mohawk first and I used that as my Facebook picture for a while, which my kids thought was a hoot. I liked never having to stress about hair falling out or the mess. For Halloween, first time around, I let my kids paint my head as a jack-o-lantern. Second time around was spring, so they painted my head like an Easter egg." (KBeee) - source: breastcancer.org

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#12 Host a haircut party

"One option for cutting your hair before it falls out is to host a haircut party with your closest friends or family. Make it an event where loved ones can offer support through your chemotherapy. Enlist the help of your favorite stylist and experiment with different haircuts, getting shorter and shorter with each style. Finally give yourself the chance to see what you look like with a bob, a shag, and a pixie cut. Before the final buzz, get crazy with a daring mohawk, which will remind you of your courage and fighting spirit in the face of adversity. Have fun snapping some pictures along the way to document the experience. Let your friends vote on the best looks. You may even find a new favorite style that you can look forward to sporting once your hair grows back." (Christine Binney) - source: lotsahelpinghands.com

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#13 Shaving My Head Before Starting Chemotherapy

"I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer (Triple Negative Breast Cancer) in January 2014. I will be starting my first round of Chemotherapy, on February 7th. I decided to have my hair shaved before starting treatment. We celebrated, love and life.....with a little champagne! The fight has just begun!!

My sister will keep you updated on my journey here:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nat...

Thank you to the love of my life, and husband, Michael. My precious, beautiful daughter, Stephanie, Her sweet husband, and my second son, Tim. Taylor, my granddaughter, who makes my heart happy... every minute. My little sister, Belinda.... I got this sis. My brother-in-law Tom, you always leave us laughing. Last, but certainly not least, Perry Joy....my niece, with her heart of gold. Not here for this video, but with me in spirit, Shane.....my buddy, my stepson...I love you. PS I love you, Paul

There are no words to express, just how much I love my family. I am the luckiest girl ever, to have them by my side. When you say your prayers, please remember them.

I thank you ALL for your kindness, your prayers, your laughter, and your friendship. I am reading every single one of your encouraging words..... every one. You give me strength, through your love, and support. A special thank you, to my crazy, strong, amazing friend Tammy, aka uppiesbeads59. You are the true definition of "friend". I may not be doing hair tutorials anytime soon.....but I WILL be back!

Thank you, dear sweet Heather.... for being such an important part of this journey. We all love you!

Always remember to love deeply, each and every day....and don't forget to check your boobies......it could save your life!

Special thanks to themusicbed.com, LICENSE TYPE: Photography & Videography Streaming, Internal & External Uses // Single Use | Perpetual // Any Size, for use of the beautiful song "Hold onto Hope Love", by Amy Stroup Any money made from this video donated to breast cancer research. We need a cure!" - source: natalie075 / Youtube

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#14 Want to be in control

"“People typically tell me two reasons [for shaving their heads before they fully lose their hair],” Panella explains. “One is that they know they’re going to lose their hair, so they want to be in control.” The other is that, when hair starts to fall out, it can get on everything and become extremely inconvenient, Panella says. “It clogs up the shower, it gets all over your pillow, and it’s a mess. Some women cut it off so it’s a controlled mess and they can get it all [at once].”" - source: self.com

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#15 It’s okay to cry about it

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#16 “shave the head” party

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#17 When it came off I felt liberated

"I tried the cold cap treatment, here in the UK...the problem is it’s a known fact it doesn’t work with Afro hair, so I ended up losing my hair two weeks after my first chemo treatment. I couldn’t stop crying as the hair fell out and left huge patches. So I decided to shave it all off. There were a lot of tears, but I must admit that when it came off I felt liberated. And very proud of myself for taking that stand!" (Leanne Pero) - source: bustle.com

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#18 Once I did that I felt liberated, I felt free

"Once my hair started to fall out, it was a kind of one of those things where I could either sit back and watch it happen and feel like I didn't have any sense of control at all, or I could take control of the situation and do something about it myself. My hair probably started falling out after my second round of chemotherapy and I made a decision that I was going to shave my head myself. It was more traumatic for me to sit and watch my hair fall out. Once I did that I felt liberated, I felt free." (Tiffany Edmondson) - source: bustle.com

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#19 Pre-Chemo Head Shave: My Battle with Breast Cancer Begins

"Hi, my name is Meghan and I was diagnosed with Breast cancer at age 26 in October 2015. Instead of allowing cancer to take my hair away, myself and my family decided to take things into own hands! I had an official Britney Spears moment*

Thank you @shofilms for this AMAZING video!

Today, I wanted to share with all of you HOW TO take control of Cancer while you still can and JUST DO IT! Shave that head!

Why did you shave your head?
I get this question over and over again, and looking back on it... I would chose to do it again in an instant. When you go through chemotherapy especially the regimen I was about to endure, there was a 100% chance that I would lose my hair. My sisters were HIGHLY concerned about me still feeling "pretty" and found a company: LaVant Garde Hair who actually took my long golden ponies and turned them into a gorgeous wig that I wore all through treatment!

So what causes you to start growing curly hair following chemo?

*When chemotherapy enters the body, its intention is to attack the "cancer cells". However, it also attacks the "good cells" and more specifically those responsible for hair growth. Since chemo damages the hair shaft, most chemo patients lose hair quickly aka a condition known as alopecia. Due to the amount of chemo that remains in the body when one finishes treatment, it takes a while for hair to grow back and get back to the old "normal". For me, I started out with a buzz cut, however after about 3 treatments, my hair became very tender and painful due to a condition known as folliculitis or: inflammation of the hair root. I then decided to straight razor my head and rocked the Mr. Clean bald head until my hair grew back following treatments._

If you are new, welcome to my channel!

I am a 27 years old, 2B invasive ductal carcinoma/ metastatic breast cancer Survivor, diagnosed on October 12, 2015 at age 26. I underwent IVF for egg retrieval, Adriamycin, Taxol, and Abraxane Chemotherapies, a double mastectomy with lymph node dissection and removal, 30 rounds of radiation, and most recently breast reconstruction.

I am new to vlogging however I have shared my cancer journey through my blog at www.shesparkleson.com where I give support and insight on what the day in the life of ME really is:)

My slogan is to "sparkle on", meaning that no matter on your darkest, sickest days... remember that you are still shining from the inside out. You are still "you" with or without your hair!

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For my tips, tricks, and MANY pics, follow me:
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#20 I was keeping the control

"During my first and second chemotherapy treatments, I did have a go at the cold cap which is used to try and prevent hair loss. It worked for the first cycle but by the second one, a lot was coming out on top so I decided to bite the bullet and get my head shaved.

It felt good to do and made me feel like I was keeping the control – I was losing my hair on my own terms rather than waiting for the day the final strand fell.

I’ll be honest though, it’s still taking some getting used to! I don’t feel upset about it though and it’s lovely to spend less time getting ready in the morning!" - source: lovefrommim.com

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#21 I shaved mine off as soon as it started to fall out

"Hi Christine,I shaved mine off as soon as it started to fall out which was Abbott two Weeks after treatment started. Like you I wanted to take control and mine was falling every time I ran my fingers thru it. I am nearly at the end of chemo ( one more to go! ) and I still Havre some eyebrows and a few eyelashes. All the way thru Chemo I have kept a very patchy short stubble on my head which is pure white??? I think it just goes to show just how individual we all are. I have to say that being someone who was always hair obsessed,I haven't found it as traumatic as I thought I would, just very cold if I don't wear my wig or knitted hat. Lisa xx" (lisarm5) - source: healthunlocked.com

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#22 Most liberating thing I have ever did

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#23 I decided to shave off all my hair

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#24 We made it a party with family, friends, and pizza

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#25 Shaving your head takes a lot of courage

"Shaving your head takes a lot of courage. I shaved mine October 29th 2012 two weeks after my first chemo. I did not feel that I would be brave enough to watch it fall out. So I took it before it could take me. On August 22 2012 I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma triple negative breast cancer. On March 27th I will be two years cancer free. One day at a time, it gets rougher then before you know it, its all over, and you will be on the road to recovery." (Gina) - source: krystacouture.com

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#26 When I Shaved my Head a 2nd time… Breast Cancer Recurrence

"Shaving your head a 2nd time is a different experience. The first time I had to shave my head in 2013 after being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer... I cried so much. The 2nd time due to my recurrence and having to start chemotherapy again... it simply felt liberating.

Read my blog at http://www.nalie.ca/blog" - source: Nalie / Youtube

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#27 Wanted it gone on my terms, not on cancer’s terms

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#28 I finally had to guts to shave it off

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#29 2 more days until my hair shaving appointment

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#30 I started to have bald spots

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#31 It was a relief to buzz it all off

"My entire scalp felt like a bruise, sore to the touch, as delicate as a mouldy peach. It was a relief to buzz it all off. The weak contaminated chemo infused hair was gone and my shaved head felt clean. I felt empowered. No longer frustrated by my shedding hair. My newfound strength was dented slightly when the hairdresser told me to put on my wig “for my dad” who was coming to pick me up. My sister cried when she saw my vulnerable naked head but, on the whole, it was an improvement and my baldness felt safe when I was with my loved ones." (Siobhan Shield) - source: dangerouswomenproject.org

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#33 Just do it

"I thought this was going to be really tough and upsetting, but I barely shed a tear. The worst moment was after the plait had been chopped off and before the shaving commenced; Simon switched the shaver on and the noise of this next to my ear freaked me out a little. He switched the shaver back off and I just needed to take a few seconds to take a deep breath and a sip of wine. After this I was good to go, and if anything, I was kind of mad at my hair – I remember saying “just do it”." (Samantha) - source: mysamanthajane.com

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#34 Head shave 7/1/17 due to chemotherapy

"After having my 2nd chemotherapy session for secondary breast cancer my hair began to fall out again fast so I choose to shave it off with some friends supporting me on 7th Jan 2017.

to find more about my journey head to https://baldbooblessandbeautiful.word..." - source: Laura Hughes / Youtube

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#35 We’re gonna have a shave party

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#36 Pull yourself together Bianca, you’ve got this

"After shaving my head, straight after I had a shower and just thought, "Pull yourself together Bianca, you’ve got this". So I did just that. I pulled myself together, put on a full face of makeup looked in the mirror and gave myself a reminder that I am still beautiful with or without hair. I decided that it wasn’t my hair that defined my personality or femininity, it was the deeper things I had within me, (some I didn’t even know I had). Over the following weeks, I kept reminding myself that hair is just hair and I am so much stronger than something that’ll take me a couple of months to grow back once all of this is over." (BIANCA INNES) - source: mamamia.com.au

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#37 I felt so sure

"I woke up and bounded for the drugstore to purchase a razor like a kid buying a new toy. Could it really be that I was excited to shave my head? It was true! As the cold metal blade grazed my head, I felt so sure. I had spent months dreading this. I logged hours in front of the mirror pulling my hair back, feeling my skull for unsightly bumps, covering my eyebrows to envision the aftermath. I shed tears and threw tantrums. But here I was doing it and I felt oddly confident. I was choosing this, and fewer things make a woman feel more powerful than choices." (KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ) - source: cosmopolitan.com

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