- The Science of Chemo Curls

Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes me back to six years ago when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, I’m grateful that she remains cancer-free today. It was quite a journey. I recall, among many other things, how distressing it was to watch her lose her hair, and then how grateful I felt watching it slowly return. My mother has always had very thick, straight hair. So to see the waves come through was delightful for both of us. She’s not alone. Many women experience a temporary change in texture from straight to curly — known as chemo curls — and even color in their post-chemotherapy hair growth. But why?

Why Chemo Curls Happen

One theory is that the chemotherapy drugs cannot distinguish between cancerous and healthy cells, like those that are responsible for hair regrowth, so it destroys them all. Most chemotherapy drugs attack rapidly growing cancer cells, but because the cells in our hair roots also grow quickly, they, too, are affected by chemotherapy drugs. As the drugs slowly leave the body and regrowth begins, changes in hair texture and color can occur. Generally, these changes are not permanent — as in the case of my mother whose hair returned to its very straight texture, much to her disappointment.

A Hair Therapist’s Opinion

Shanna Moll is an experienced hair integration specialist and master stylist at Shanna Moll Studio in Austin. Her popular studio provides services, including Trichological — the medical and cosmetic study of the hair and scalp — testing and treatment, to women who are experiencing hair loss.

In Moll’s experience with clients who have gone through chemotherapy, chemo curls can last between 18 to 24 months before the hair returns to its original texture. Like the current scientific understanding around chemo curls, Moll agrees, “There are a lot of unknowns.”

Moll works with her clients, each in their own private room, throughout their hair loss experience, whether from chemotherapy or other causes. She sees clients at various stages, such as when hair loss has occurred and clients would like to be fitted for a wig or during natural hair regrowth. Incidentally, like the texture and color of hair that returns, so too can the hair loss vary from person to person. Moll shows her clients how to care for their scalp and regrowth as well as the number of curly-hair styles available to them.

Embracing the Curls

In my research for this article, I came across online posts on how to “banish” and “rid” oneself of chemo curls. I was struck by the similarity to what some naturally curly-haired women feel before they are ready to embrace their curls.

As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, and during this most important month, I sincerely wish strength and health to all of you who on your own breast cancer journey. I would also like to encourage you to embrace your hair regrowth, especially if it’s chemo curls. May you wear them with pride.

Mindy’s Story: Finding a solution to permanent hair loss from cancer treatment

As part of treatment for cancer, Mindy underwent radiation and was left with some permanent hair loss. After a hair transplant and lots of searching, Mindy came to Shanna Moll Studio for help and healing.

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One Client’s Stressful Journey with the Hair Loss Industry

While there are many quality hair loss solutions available, unfortunately, there are also those in the hair loss industry who take advantage of people’s vulnerability. Many of my clients come to me with stories of how they were convinced to spend thousands of dollars on hair loss solutions that were low quality and ultimately didn’t work for them. At Shanna Moll Studio, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality hair solutions and approaching every conversation with a potential client with openness and honesty. 

It breaks our heart to hear these stories from people, and we are grateful to be able to share with you our client Arianna Smith’s story of her struggle to find a quality salon that offered a hair loss solution that would work for her. We hope her story educates you on the importance of doing your research prior to purchasing a solution and gives you hope knowing that there ARE people in the hair industry that just want to help find what’s best for you. 

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Hair Loss in Men: A Male Client’s Story

By the age of 35, ⅔ of American men have experienced some degree of hair loss. Even though it is more common in men than women, society still thinks men are less emotionally affected by their hair loss. This societal belief is inaccurate and detrimental to men suffering from hair loss who are seeking a hair loss solution.

We hope that by sharing male and female client’s stories and experiences, we can help foster openness while educating and strengthening the hair loss community. At Shanna Moll Studio, we had the opportunity to interview one of our male client’s about his hair loss journey, which we are grateful to be able to share with you today!

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5 Nutrients that Promote Healthy Hair

Ensuring that your body receives the proper nutrients is vital to staying healthy, but did you know that a nutrient deficiency can actually affect your hair and scalp health as well? Most people don’t realize the role certain vitamins and minerals play in follicle health, and how incorporating those nutrients into your diet may help alleviate some of the common hair issues people face. Since March is National Nutrition Month, we thought it was important to share the nutrients that help keep your hair healthy and strong.

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Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories – The CNC® System

In the most recent blog, we discussed Cesare Ragazzi’s Trichology treatments in-depth and today we will be discussing their patented CNC® System. In 1968 in Bologna, Italy, Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (CR Labs) was started as a small research laboratory. Now, CR Labs is an established leader in the field of scientific research into hair and scalp disorders as well as the development of effective hair loss treatments.

Responsible for introducing the innovative non-surgical method of non-invasive full or partial hair replacement, CR Labs offers the most effective hair loss solution to date. At Shanna Moll Studio, we are proud to offer the CR Lab Trichology treatments as well as their advanced CNC® System. This blog further explains the CNC® System, who it helps and how it works!

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Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories – Trichology

Shanna Moll Studio is proud to work with Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (CR Labs), an established leader in the field of scientific research into hair and scalp disorders as well as the development of effective hair loss treatments. CR Labs was started as a small research laboratory in 1968 in Bologna, Italy. At Shanna Moll Studio, we use the CR Lab Trichology treatments as well as their advanced CNC® System. Today, we will explain what each trichology treatment that we offer at our studio does and who it benefits. 

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The Personal Story Behind One Client’s Journey with Hair Loss

While there are many causes of hair loss, the most common causes are genetics, aging, hormones, stress and medications. Shanna Moll Studio had the opportunity to interview one of our client’s, Melitta Berger, about her hair loss journey.

At the age of 44, Melitta was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemotherapy shortly after. After going into remission, Melitta continued to struggle with the permanent hair loss caused by her chemo treatments. In her interview, Melitta shares her hair loss story and how she came to find Shanna Moll Studio.

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Shanna Moll Approaches Hair Loss with Passion and Visible Results

Shanna Moll’s mission is to make every person in her chair feel heard, confident and proud of their hair by the time she is done serving them. A Master Stylist and Hair Integration Specialist, Shanna has been servicing clients in the Austin area and surrounding cities for more than 25 years. Her expertise and passion drives her to constantly grow and evolve with new emerging processes, styles and aspects of hair design with and for her clients.

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August is a special month, because it brings to light an autoimmune disease that is often not recognized; Alopecia. 

A person's immune system is designed to protect you from disease and infection by attacking organisms and other invaders that cause disease. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells. In the case of Alopecia, the immune system actually attacks the hair follicle, causing the hair to fall out. 

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