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Posted on: Jul 27, 2020 02:58PM

Seilien wrote:

Has anyone tried to lose their hair faster? Its not my first time being completely bald and I would like to get it out faster actually. Its distresssful for clumps of hair to fall out and its leaving a mess around the house. Also it's been itchy and the shower doesn't get it out faster. I keep trying to pull it out but not enough comes out. Has anyone any luck of it coming out at once? Its hard to go to a salon during pandemic as well. If anyone has any advice, I would really appreciate it.

I have tried the lint roller but it's not strong enough sadly.

Dx 7/30/2018, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 6/1/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Brain Surgery 11/22/2019 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/28/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine) Surgery 8/28/2020 Reconstruction (left)
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Jul 27, 2020 03:30PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Do you have hair clippers? When my long hair started to fall off in clumps, I put the smallest comb on the clippers and gave myself a buzz cut. It helped with the itchy scalp as well. I know some shaved their heads, but I didn't want to risk cutting my scalp.

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC Left IIIC 10/11 nodes ER+PR+HER2-, 12/2015 Left Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Jul 27, 2020 04:44PM - edited Jul 27, 2020 04:46PM by buttonsmachine

I used scissors and just gave myself an uneven, very short haircut. I think someone in my family helped with the parts I couldn't see. I wore a hat or wig so I didn't really care that it was uneven for a week. Once hair starts to fall, it falls quickly in my experience. Best wishes to you.

Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences in the skin, and now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 27, 2020 09:37PM MinusTwo wrote:

I agree - a buzz cut but not shaved clean. Being that short I found lint rollers did work. l also wore a cotton cap to bed, and around the house (it was winter & cold). That picked up most of the hair and I cleaned that several times a day with lint rollers.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 28, 2020 12:50AM Cowgirl13 wrote:

I had a buzz cut as soon as hair started falling out. I couldn't deal with seeing clumps of hair on my pillow. So my hair dresser gave me the buzz cut and she was just wonderful and so supportive.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 28, 2020 01:23AM mtspacekace wrote:

When it started falling out, I shaved it using a #2 guard. I didn’t want to risk ingrown hairs by totally shaving it bald. I use the sticky lint roller, it gets the flaky stuff, and then hairs...I have to use a new piece of sticky quite often, and I lint roller about once a day...in the evening. I probably use 10 pieces of lint roller. Showering in the morning gets quite a bit of hair as well. Masking tape or packing tape would probably works as well...

Diagnosed at 38. Dog mom. Wife. Rancher turned warrior, currently busy kicking cancers ass. Dx 6/3/2020, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/3/2020, IDC, Left, 2cm, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 7/7/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/7/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 7/7/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jul 28, 2020 01:46PM sbelizabeth wrote:

I had my hubs use his clippers at the shortest setting to buzz it all off. Then we had fun with duct tape, pulling out the leftover fuzz.

It was more distressing anticipating losing my hair than when I actually lost it. But I still used shampoo in the shower because I liked the scent.

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Jul 28, 2020 01:53PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

sbelizabeth, you said it perfectly for me. Yes, the thought of losing my hair was much worse than when I lost.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 2, 2020 08:56PM - edited Oct 2, 2020 08:57PM by PNW

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Dx 3/2020, Stage IV Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)

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