My mom's hair is really starting to fall out from chemotherapy. She doesn't want to get a wig(this climate's very hot and humid and wigs can be uncomfortable). Do those horse shampoos really make hair look thicker? They're kind of expensive and mom doesn't want to try until she knows. Or does anybody know of another solution? Any help would be appreciated.
Joan from Chesapeake, VA
The mane and tails shampoo does tend to make your hair thicker and softer...and smells good! :)
But losing hair is one side effect of chemo, so the shampoo wont really help.
Good luck to your mom and family. God bless
There are thickening agents - and you can also color the areas beneath the thin spots to disguise the hair loss (makeup? - colored hairspray??) Try to use hats/scarves/headbands, etc to disguise the hairloss, too - Maybe she could wear what they used to call a "Fall" attached to a headband that wouldn't be as hot as a full wig...
i have some friends that have had wigs and they were not as bad as they thought they would be. it is getting cooler now or should be maybe she could try a wig then.
My girlfriend wore an outrageous pink beehive wig when she felt like wearing a wig. The rest of the time she wore a wrap that had a fake pony tail and bangs in it, which she made herself (it was just as easy as poking hair pieces into any old scarf or hat). Every wig place will let you try one on and see how much more comfortable they are nowadays. My local feedstore once in a while has free sample size bottles of the horsey products, but less often than they used to. Do you know any horses around? or a fairgrounds with a horsey event coming up where you could just walk up to someone washing a horse and (from a safe distance) bring a cup and bum a little? Tell them it's for a chemo patient and they will surely be generous!
Hi Joan from another Joan in the desert of southern California. I fully sympathize your mother as I'm just now getting my hair back. By Mar 15 I resembled a cue ball, fight as I would, chemo takes all your hair away. There was no eyebrows, nothing! The first month I was able to stand wigs as it was relatively cool here but by mid-May our temp was around 110 everyday and I have a terrible problem with my head perspiring. I did wear wigs to go out of the house to the Dr, radiation etc. but mostly I wore turbans. If your mom sews go to http://www.headhuggers.org/misc/links.htm
for many links to sew, crochet or knit. I went here:
http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/ec_turban.html and found a very simple pattern, went to WalMart and bought 5/8th yard of different fabrics and voila, turbans. Much cooler than wigs, and at the 99 cent store you can get hair thingys for pony tails etc. put under the front of the turban and there's your bangs, Wish her the best of luck from me. You'd know me anywhere, I'm the one with about an inch of hair all over my head and skinny eyebrows!!
I never found them to work. My son inherited his fine hair from me and has tried all his life for thicker hair. It never worked for him. So he had his daughter try it, and it did not do any better for her. Save your money.
PLEASE, don't try this! I used to use it and it made my hair fall out! My hair is past my knees and thin now thanks to Mane and Tail Conditioner. It does make your hair gorgeous and really soft, but I think it makes is so soft that it actually falls out. My aunt had the same thing happen to her. Several other folks I now that used it said the same thing, I use Ojon products I get from QVC. Their thickening shampoo is great. Hope this helps. Cindy
I think cotton turbans look great. You can make a whole wardrobe of them in different colors and patterns, and they're lightweight and washable. Baseball caps come in lots of pretty colors too. I like the idea of attaching bangs to the front. Your mom can experiment with different looks.
I don't know about that - I tried the drugstore brand once and it left my hair like straw. But I had heard it was wonderful.
My hair started falling out because of hypothyroidism a few years back. It also became thin, sparse, frizzy - like an 80 year old woman. It was awful.
I have always been interested in herbs and read in my herb book that horsetail was good for 'growing' hair. They also mentioned other herbs, but I tried horsetail three times a day.
Really and truly, my hair actually started to grow back. Literally. My hairdresser was amazed and so was I. Another lady at my salon heard what I was talking about and she tried it and it worked for her too. However, another lady tried it and it didn't work for her.
There are herbs other than horsetail that were shown in my book also.
Good luck and God bless you.
I am a stylist and honestly the best thing for thinning hair is Nioxin. You can get it from your stylist or around here, we have stores called Trade Secret that sell it. It is expensive but it really does work! Also taking the vitamin biotin will help as well.
What the horse shampoos do is expand the cuticle of the hair, which in turn leaves the hair shaft open and doesn't reflect light, that makes the hair look dull. What I would recommend is a product called nioxin, which is a 3 part system that stimulates new cell growth to the root of the hair. It is not inexpensive. I have seen it work, in the salon on a client.
I personally have never tried it, but worked with a nurse who did use Horse Shampoo because she had thin hair and
her hair was beautiful thick and soft undeniably so.
I've used Horse Shampoo all through out high school. My hair was absolutely beautiful, soft and shiny with no frizzes. BUT it thinned out! As for the chemo...unfortunately more hair will fall out. My best friend's aunt had lost her hair from chemo. She bought a wig which did not do her justice. So she used hats and scarves to cover her head. That was over 13 yrs ago. When we talked about it recently, she said that the wigs that are sold today are 10x better (beautiful and more realistic and comfortable to wear).
Good luck! May God bless you and your family!
Two websites to look at: www.scalpmed.com and www.thymuskin.com. These products are pricey, but so worth it. Best of wishes to your mother.
Tell your mom not to wash her hair every day. Take a spray bottle with water and let it set for a couple of days and use that on her hair and comb thru. I was taking a medicine that made my hair fall out and I do this and my hair grew back in in a year. Shampoo has chemicals in it that cause hair to dry out and can make it brittle. Washing your hair once a week is all the hair needs to be clean. If your mom lets the natural oils build up in the hair this should help stop the stress on the hair folicule. The medicine she is taking causes stress for your hair and then when you wash it with shampoo makes it worse. I wash my hair once a week and use the water in a spray bottle the rest of the weak use a brush that has wide set bristles as not to pull the hair. Also stay away from putting it in pony tail holders and a short cut will take the weight off the hair folicule and it won't be as noticeable the loss of hair. Also take a vitamin pill daily...To replenish minerals lost from being ill. Hope this helps. I will pray for your mother and hope she will get better. God bless.
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