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Nov 30, 2015 04:08PM
Nov 30, 2015 04:11PM
Hi Sara208. It is not unusual to have cap-fitting issues around the nape of the neck, at the sideburns, and over the ears and therefore those spots are not protected the way the rest of your scalp is by the Penguin caps. I also shed early in those spots and in a typical chemo (as opposed to protected) way--just hair falling out around the edges. If the rest of your hair is sticking around and you're at week three, you should be fine. You will find before too much more time passes that the older follicles will begin to shed. This shedding pattern is very different. When the hairs come out they are sort of evenly spaced. This is the expected shedding that occurs since only the middle-aged and younger follicles are protected.
You might try a) washing your hair more often so the shedding hair doesn't get tangled up with your other hair as badly. I think that's a more common problem with women who have thicker, coarser hair. And b) I used a brush called the Tangle Teezer (you can order it online). First massage conditioner through your hair (avoiding the scalp the best you can) and then very gently brush it through from the bottom up to avoid stressing the roots. The brush is made to detangle wet (i.e., swimmers') hair. It's great, much better than a wide-tooth comb. If you wash more often you'll keep your scalp in better shape and lessen the shedding per wash, which should help out in your situation.
I think I also heard way back in the threads at some point that others used---I want to say corn starch or something to get really bad mats out. Perhaps some veterans will chime in here. I started back in January and heard about it then, so cruise way back in the thread and search mats, corn starch, etc. to see if you come up with something.
Anyway, good luck!
Hha! Here it is. It was good old Hortense:
Use dry cornstarch on your mats when your hair is dry to help detangle them. It is very powdery and silky and will not harm your hair. It can be found in the baking aisle of every market for about two dollars. I used it to get out my mats when I was shedding.
Sprinkle it on the mats generously and work it through them gently with your fingers. You will be amazed by how slippery a dry substance can be and you will feel the hairs begin to slide over each other. Comb the mats out painlessly by starting at the bottom of any size tangle, working at it patiently, a bit at a time. Use a comb, the leading edge of a dry wet-brush or your fingers to pull the lowest hairs apart, whatever works best for you - always working from the bottom of every mat. As you free the bottom parts, you keep working higher.
If you have long hair, try to hold the hair above the tangle with one hand while you work on it from the bottom with the other to minimize pulling on the roots of your hair. You will end up losing any hairs that have already come out of the follicles, but you will not lose any extra hairs as long as you do not pull on the roots of them.
I learned this cornstarch grooming trick from, of all people, a top dog handler when I was showing a long haired dog that easily got major tangles. Corn starch works miracles. Just this spring I used it to get a gigantic, thick mat out of a friend's hair after she had been in the hospital for five days with no one combing out her hair. Everyone thought her hair was going to have to be cut off, but it wasn't necessary. Corn starch got the 3" thick mat out.