Does chemotherapy affect hair health?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Chemotherapy can have an effect on your hair health. Most notably, many people who are going through chemotherapy lose their hair. This is because chemotherapy kills cells that multiply rapidly.

In some cases, when the hair grows back after chemotherapy, it may even be different than before—curlier, grayer, etc. Often, your hair will go back to normal after some time.

Chemotherapy treatments may make your hair fall out. For many people on chemotheraphy, their hair starts to fall out after the first or second session. Side effects usually stop soon after you finish chemotherapy, which means it won’t be long before your hair starts to grow back. If you want to, you can try out all kinds of hats and scarves, or even a wig to cover your head.

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