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Q. What is alopecia?

A. Alopecia is the abnormal loss of scalp and body hair. The cause is a mystery, and there is no known cure. Alopecia strikes at random, at any age, and affects more than two million Americans.

Q. Does chemotherapy and/or radiation always cause hair loss? 

A.  No, depends on the drugs given, the number of treatments, and the type of treatment.

Q. How do I care for my scalp? 

A. A specially formulated shampoo which stimulates the scalp is recommended. Massaging your scalp, especially as you shampoo, also helps stimulate hair growth.

Q. Are there alternatives to a full wig?

A. Yes, there are turbans, wraps, hats, caps and scarves. Bangs and cap less hair extensions can be used with turbans and hats to give the look of a full head of hair.

Q. Does my scalp need to “breathe?” 

A. Yes, your scalp is very sensitive. Wear a wig with a breathable mesh cap and avoid tight turbans.

Q. Will my hair grow back after chemotherapy or radiation?

A. Yes, hair growth usually begins around three months after treatment ends; however, color and texture may be different. Radiation to the head usually causes permanent hair loss.

Q. Can hair be colored or permed after it grows back?

A. Hair will be weak for up to six months to a year, so be careful with coloring, perming, or excessive brushing. Otherwise, manage as usual.