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Why Chemotherapy Causes Hair Loss and How To Treat It

Chemotherapy is a treatment that is used to fight cancer. While it is often successful in treating the disease, it can, unfortunately, cause hair loss. This is a common side effect of chemotherapy and can be very distressing for patients. In this blog post, we will discuss why chemotherapy causes hair loss and how Actiiv can help to target it.  


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Why Hair Loss Happens

Chemotherapy works by attacking cancer cells. However, it can also damage healthy cells, including those that are responsible for hair growth. This can lead to hair loss all over the body including on the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Chemo hair loss usually happens about 2-4 weeks after you start your treatment. You may notice it on your pillow, hairbrush, and/or shower drain. It could fall out gradually or in clumps.

How To Take Action

Hair loss from chemotherapy is usually temporary, but it can be permanent in some cases. There are several things that you can do to minimize the effects of chemotherapy on your hair. It is essential to be gentle with your hair prior, avoiding harsh chemicals, heat, and tight hair accessories. One of the best ways to protect your hair is to use a product like Actiiv Recover. If you want to be proactive about it, it is okay to begin using Recover prior to your treatment and continue it throughout.


How Recover Treats Chemo Hair Loss

Recover is a scalp treatment that was developed specifically for those experiencing hair thinning and hair loss. Using Recover can help to minimize hair loss and promote healthy hair growth. It uses a blend of botanical ingredients to help protect hair cells and promote healthy hair growth, without the use of medications or harsh chemicals.

These ingredients naturally widen the hair channel to fully cleanse the follicle from DHT and other hair loss factors. Recover is able to gently penetrate the dermal level of the skin for direct, effective hair growth and restoration.

Some of these ingredients include;

Saw Palmetto- blocks the 5-AR enzyme that is responsible for producing DHT.

Red Clover- targets inflammation to promote a healthy scalp environment for hair growth. It has also been known to encourage the anagen phase of hair growth.

Brahmi- works with Saw Palmetto to block DHT production, helps to make hair roots stronger, and soothes irritation.

Aloe Leaf Juice- promotes healthy scalp and hydration. It also contains essential amino acids that nourish the hair and prevent breakage.

The best way to see the results of Recover is to use it every other day for 5 minutes. Pair it with a good scalp massage every time you shampoo to encourage scalp stimulation and hair growth.


If you are undergoing chemotherapy, talk to your doctor about using Actiiv to prevent hair loss. It is important to start treatment early before hair loss occurs. Actiiv can help you keep your hair during chemotherapy and give you the confidence to face cancer treatment.


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