Hair loss is an overwhelming journey that most people do not expect. It’s even more upsetting when it happens as a side effect of cancer, physically and mentally devastating impacts. Hair is essential for many women’s self-identity, and losing it may be traumatic. According to studies, people who suffer from severe hair loss are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression.

As a result, we at Prestige promise to make a significant and positive influence in the lives of women who have endured chemotherapy. Hair extensions and wigs are minor modifications that can enhance one’s appearance.

What Triggers Hair Loss During Chemo?

Chemotherapy causes hair loss because it targets quickly dividing cells. This comprises both healthy and cancerous cells. Hair follicles are highly fast-growing cells that divide every 23 to 72 hours. They are structures in the skin filled with tiny blood arteries that produce hair. As the Chemo is unable to distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells it will harm or kill both.

Hair loss can be slow or rapid in people undergoing chemotherapy. It can happen in clumps in a hairbrush, handfuls in the bathtub, or on a pillow, and it can be frightening and distressing.

It may take many weeks for the hair to start growing again after therapy. The hair that grows back will most likely be different from the hair that was lost in the first place. It may have a different texture or colour than before, but this is usually only a short-term change. Until the hair cells begin to work correctly, the hair may be curlier than before, or grey. 

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How soon can you get post-chemotherapy hair extensions?

After chemotherapy, the average time frame for applying hair extensions is 6 months. Recovering cells may not generate hair as quickly as they used to before the six-month mark.

Hair extensions are an excellent solution for post-chemotherapy hair loss, but the application must be done after the treatment is finished. While there is no specific schedule (because everyone’s hair grows at a different rate), it is widely advised that hair extensions should be done when it is at least 4/5 inches long. However, depending on how fine the client’s hair is and the technique used, the minimum length will vary. A safe alternative to hair extensions are wigs as they can be worn throughout your journey and are extremely versatile and easy to maintain.

After Chemotherapy, applying and Styling Hair Extensions

It is not common to treat and dye the client’s hair to match the colour of the hair extensions. Heat and chemical-based hair treatments, on the other hand, should be avoided for at least 6 months after chemotherapy. As a result, stylists cannot texturize or prepare the client’s natural hair as they would normally. Rather, look for extensions that match the colour and texture of the client’s hair.

Prestige offers a wide range of colours that make finding the ideal match simple with little modifications.

Hair Extensions’ Benefits for Cancer Survivors

There are now an estimated 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer, with 1 in every 8 women developing the disease during their lifetime. More than half of the women will receive chemotherapy. At Prestige we are uniquely positioned to help people with cancer reclaim their self-identity and return to normality. However, it’s important to remember that this delicate new growth can’t be handled like regular hair and requires extra caution. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from cancer and are experiencing hair loss, speak to one of our consultants about how hair extensions or wigs can help to enhance their look and build confidence. Send us an email at