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Oct 8, 2017 02:41PM
I use dry shampoos -- partially because I use them to spray my roots. After the first few weeks, you hair will adjust -- you may even welcome the natural oils a bit, as chemo can be drying. I starting shampooing weekly, now I am close to 10-14 days -- kind of depending.
Basically I wear my hair up anyway and the natural oils help to hold it up better and I comb it less, thus helping me mentally with all the 'strands' that seem to come out.
You asked about hairstyles -- i have done some of the 'twists' that are kind of popular now. I even toyed w/the idea of a headband -- rockin' my 80's style. Something about not wearing a style the second time around has prevented me from doing it :) ...
My best advice is that if you embrace some new styles and don't expect your hair to be the same style throughout the process, you will do better.
As my MO told me, you will notice it thinning and that your hair is different (and those closest to you may) - other people won't - (ie - the elderly lady at the drug store that wants to tell you about the 'chemo' her niece is going through). This is has been true for me.
Now, a super duper professional look, I haven't conquered yet - I have been working from home. That will be my next big personal challenge.
I also use topikk for covering gray, which I may use in general, as I have thin hair and it creates a bit of fullness from not being able to blow it dry or use product. Bonus is that it covers some of my thinning spots. Its been a good find for me, you have much more hair and may not need it.
Trial and error & pinterest ideas -- will be your friend.
2/6/2006, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
2/9/2006 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
8/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
8/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement