Everyone assumes you lose your hair when you have chemotherapy.
With certain chemotherapy drugs you can use a cold cap. The principle behind this is that it freezes the hair follicles on your head, so that the chemotherapy drugs can not get to them and make the hair fall out. It only works on your scalp hair, not your eyelashes or eyebrows (as you can see from my previous post)
I was advised to wet my hair before putting on the cold cap. Some people spritz their hair, but I dunked my whole head in the sink. I wanted to make sure that every hair follicle was soaked.
When they say cold cap, they mean cold! It is absolutely freezing. It hurts for the first 10 minutes, but do not take it off. Just grit your teeth, it does get better. After about 10 minutes your whole head goes numb and it stops hurting.
The cold cap saved about 3/4 of my hair! The hours of being hooked up to the cold cap were certainly worth it.
Having sheets of ice on my hair did not do the condition any good so I had to change my normal hair care regime. I found that the following was the best shampoo to use
AMARGAN NOURISHING PROTEIN CLEANSER
(pictures from Amazon – Global Cosmetics)
with Keratin & Argon Oil
This gentle cleanser is free from sulphates and parabens to make it kind to your hair and scalp. Argan Oil nourishes the hair, locking in moisture. Frequent use will improve the strength and elasticity of you hair and reveal its natural beauty. Who doesn’t want a little luxury and beautiful glossy locks every day?
Available in 300ml & 1 Litre sizes
It is a protein rich very gentle shampoo. It does not contain Sulfates or parabens so does not bubble up much, but does very gently cleanse your hair. I used this once a week with tepid water. I did not need to use a conditioner after using this protein cleanser. My hair was lovely and soft .
I did not use a brush on my hair, just used my fingers to gently tease out any knots. It did not get very knotty, as I cut it to shoulder length just before I commenced chemotherapy. I cut it as I assumed that I would just wake up one day and find all my very long hair on my pillow, so I wanted to soften the blow.
This was before the possibility of keeping my hair by using the cold cap was explained to me.
It is worth giving the cold cap and a gentle hair care regime a go
It worked for me
The cheapest place I have found it is on Amazon (Global Cosmetics)
300ml £7.49 (free shipping)
I have no affliation with this product or company. I wanted to share what worked for me