Chemotherapy can cause the scalp skin to become sensitive and irritated. It can also cause the hair to become more dry, brittle, and difficult to manage.
Hair care for women having scalp cooling
- Be gentle at all times with your hair
- It is really important that you regularly brush your hair to avoid excessive tangling
- Don’t be afraid to brush your hair. Use a good-quality brush; poor-quality brushes will snag and tear your hair
- Avoid permanents and coloring or dying your hair while receiving chemotherapy treatment
- Avoid using excessive heat on the hair; dry gently and do not use hair straighteners
- Brush your dry hair before washing and shampoo using a mild product and lukewarm water. The scalp can become sensitive to the perfumes and preservatives in cosmetic shampoos. When washing your hair, keep it out straight. Never pile your hair on top of your head when shampooing or conditioning
- After washing, use plenty of conditioner each time
- To manage tangles, use a lot of hair conditioner, then brush with your Tangle Teezer The Original detangling hairbrush (included in your Paxman Personal Cap Kit) or a wide-tooth comb while you’re in the shower. It also helps to hold the hair above the tangles so that it does not stress hair roots
To ensure the least amount of stress on your hair, do not go to your hair stylist or hairdresser while you are having scalp cooling. However, if you feel you have to go to the hairdresser to feel better, please download this information (see below) so your hairdresser can learn about scalp cooling and the need to minimize stress to the hair.
Following completion of chemotherapy and scalp cooling, you should be cautious and continue to be gentle in caring for your hair. The main reason to avoid hair coloring during treatment is that scalp skin sensitivity is often heightened by chemotherapy drugs. This increased sensitivity can last for a while after treatment completion. We recommend the guidance of an experienced hair stylist or hairdresser, who can do a skin patch test for scalp skin sensitivity prior to coloring your hair.