Nov 18, 2015 12:48AM - edited Nov 19, 2015 05:03AM by Wildflower2015
I'm 12 weeks pfc, and I have been washing my hair every other day or so for several weeks now. My dermatologist said it was ok to do so. She said that it is a myth that washing your hair in itself causes it to fall out, and that what we see in the sink is just loose hairs that had already come out, but had been caught in the rest of our hair and didn't fall out on our clothes or whatever. According to her, the washing just removes those loose hairs that were already trapped in the rest of our hair. Of course, we need to be as gentle as possible during the washing and the combing out.
During chemo, I stuck with the Penguin protocol for the most part, because it totally made sense to lay off the usual routines, given that the hair was under extreme stress during that period. A few times, I washed more often than recommended if I was going out or whatever. But I've come to believe that no matter what we do post-chemo, a certain amount of hair is just "doomed" to go, whether it's through post-chemo shedding, additional surgery, etc. How much hair depends on the individual. The luckiest people are the ones who had thick hair to begin with. As long as we take our time combing out and detangling, I think more frequent washing than every four days is actually better for overall scalp health. I just can't see how greasy, oily hair that coats the hair and attracts bacteria can be good in any way for the follicles. Even Penguin recommends washing more often than 4 days post chemo.
Regarding the long, thin hair - I'm thinking that once I get a few inches of regrowth and the hair thickens up over the scalp, I'm going for a shoulder length bob to just make those long thin ends go away. Before my diagnosis, I had briefly wondered how a bob would look. Maybe I'll be finding out in two or three more months