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Hair Replacement For Chemotherapy Patients

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Chemotherapy treatments can cause hair loss all over the body, not just your head. Sometimes eyelashes, eyebrows, and other body hair also falls out during chemo treatments. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness.

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Dealing With Hair Loss

If a screening detects cancer, a patient is likely to endure poking, prodding, sterile hospital settings, and possibly radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery. Even for those who handle cancer treatment well, one of the most difficult stages of the process can be the loss of hair.

Sarah Deutsch, owner of Suisse Natural Hair Salon in Newton, has seen it over and over. "For the cancer patient, it's one of the most painful parts," she says.

Sometimes patients meet with Deutsch before they lose their hair, so she will know what it should look like when she restores it. By using her own hair integration technique and sometimes extensions, she takes what's left of a patient's hair to create a full, natural-looking head. Deutsch does make wigs, but says most people don't need them. "Very few people lose all their hair," she says.

Deutsch is a perfectionist; she isn't satisfied until her clients walk out with a natural-looking, gorgeous mane. "They get up in the morning and wash their hair. It's part of them," she says. "It's absolutely part of them."

Clients come to Suisse Natural Hair Salon from all over the Boston area, but also from as far as Hawaii, California, Nova Scotia, and Switzerland. Some have been coming regularly for more than two decades. The shop looks like a regular salon and offers regular salon services, so there's no anxiety associated with entering a wig shop. That puts the client at ease, which is especially important for a cancer patient who already has enough to handle.

One Suisse client shared her experience: "I first met Sarah over ten years ago when I was battling cancer, and she did an amazing job of helping me maintain a sense of beauty and dignity throughout the grueling treatment. Afterwards, my mane never fully retained its original glory, and Sarah has kindly and patiently worked with me since that time to help me maintain my self-confidence and sense of self."

chemotherapy patient during a consultation

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Reflecting A Positive Image

For many women, beautiful hair is their crowning glory. That’s especially so for those coping with illness, when self-image can play a major role in the recovery process.

Hair replacement specialist Sarah Deutsch, owner of Suisse Natural Hair Salon, has witnessed proof of this countless time over the last 25 years. “I can actually see clients’ outlooks changing as they look in the mirror, and that comes from the inside,” says Deutsch.

Sarah’s natural hair integration technique works well for all types of hair loss, whether it’s caused by chemotherapy treatment, thyroid disorder, alopecia areata, trichotillomania, or hormonal imbalance. In fact, a visit to Suisse before you begin losing hair will assure that when you do, Sarah will be able to restore it before anyone even notices that it’s thinning. “With everything you have to go through to conquer an illness, the last thing you want is surgery to restore your hair,” Deutsch says. Suisse Natural Hair Salon provides safe, non-surgical treatments for hair loss.


Since opening in 1987, Sarah has helped thousands of people from New England and beyond get back what they’ve lost, and her results show both inside and out.

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