The Mayo Clinic presents a thoughtful picture of hair loss due to chemotherapy while also providing recommendations for protecting your hair as well as treating remaining hair gently. Just as the suggestion for cutting your hair before treatment begins, other alternatives are presented in detail such as planning ahead for covering your head and protecting your scalp.
The article also describes hair loss resulting from radiation. While this hair loss is usually specific to the area being treated the doses will also affect skin which should also be cared for.
Most of all, the article instructs us to use our energy wisely, recognizing the importance of hair to our outward appearance but expressing the need to focus on our health.