Embracing Hair Loss on Halloween
Hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment, but it’s not an easy one. Our hair is part of our identity and letting it go is hard. Both men and women report hair loss as one of the side effects they fear most after being diagnosed with cancer.
Fortunately, hair loss from chemotherapy is usually temporary. You can expect regrowth three to six months after your treatment ends.
So for now, let Halloween be your excuse to embrace your beautiful bald head. Make the most of your situation with one of these fun and easy Halloween costumes.
Show cancer you’re prepared to fight. Wear camouflage pants, combat boots and a brown t-shirt. Add some military tags around your neck and carry a squirt gun. No one messes with G.I. Jane.
Hold a pinky up to the corner of your mouth, and you're instantly Dr. Evil. Take it one step further with a gray pantsuit and a stuffed kitten.
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Show off your headscarf skills! Wrap a blue scarf around your head and drape a gold tablecloth over your shoulders. Throw on some pearl earrings and hold a picture frame around your face.
Draw on white eyebrows with white face paint and sport a white t-shirt and jeans. Add a small gold hoop to your left ear and carry a bottle of cleaning solution. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Great option for Harry Potter fans! A black top, black pants and a black robe is really all you need. Add some white makeup to your face and hands to simulate Voldemort’s pale skin. Carry a stick or wand and drape a rubber snake around your shoulders.
A brown hat, a cane and thick, oversized glasses will make this classic character come to life!
Actress Natalie Portman rocked her bald head after the head-shaving scene in the film V for Vendetta. Just add an orange shirt or a scrub top and a conflicted expression!
If you need help coping with hair loss or any other social and emotional impact of cancer, please call 716-845-8022 to schedule an appointment with the Psychosocial Oncology Department. Consultations are free and confidential.