If you are journeying through cancer, you have many questions about just feeling and looking like a normal woman again.  Hello Gorgeous! restores the beauty that cancer steals, and we have great hints and tips for staying gorgeous during your treatment.  Let's start with our most frequently asked questions:

Q: Can I cut my cuticles or have my cuticles cut?

A: No.  A woman battling cancer has an immune system that is compromised.  A simple infection from a cut or scrape can become serious, because even the slightest nick could cause an infection and thus pause or halt your treatment until the infection is under control.

Q:  Do I have to shave my head once my hair starts to fall out?

A: No.  There is no right or wrong way to lose your hair while you are going through chemotherapy.  It’s completely up to you if you would rather shave your head or not while you are losing it.  Watch my video on head shaving for some more ideas.

Q: Does every chemotherapy drug make you lose your hair?

A: No.  Many do, but every chemotherapy drug is different and, therefore, so are the side effects.  Just because chemotherapy is being administered does not mean that you will lose her hair.  Your doctor should be able to tell you if the chemo you are taking can cause that side effect.

Q:  Why is hair loss a side effect of chemotherapy?

A: Chemotherapy is designed to kill all fast growing cells because that is what cancer is, a fast growing cell. Consequently, hair, skin and nails are also made up of fast growing cells and the chemotherapy cannot differentiate between the good fast growing cells and the bad, which can result in hair loss.

Q: When is it time to get a haircut as your hair begins to grow back?

A: This is a very common question.  Most of the times you will think that you do not have enough hair to receive a haircut, and you have been so long without it that you want to keep each and every hair you have!  The     best way to approach this is that if you can grasp enough hair between your 2 fingers, while your hand is lying flat on the top of her head, that the ends rest on the top of those fingers, then you have enough hair for a haircut.

Q: Are False Eyelashes a good idea when going through treatment?    

A: We have found many concerns for anyone to wear false eyelashes during their cancer treatment. Again, as with cuticle trimming, there are risks with these products during a time when your immune system is compromised. A few of the potential risks are:

  1. Reaction to the adhesive that is used to adhere the false eyelashes.
  2. Reaction to the solution that is used to remove the adhesive.
  3. If the false eyelashes are removed incorrectly and skin is removed, it could create an open wound.