BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR HAIR

If you are going to lose your hair due to chemotherapy it’s important to prepare for it. Sometimes it can take some time to work out what exactly you want, especially when you are not feeling yourself because of the treatment you are undergoing. For most women, losing their hair during cancer treatment is extremely traumatic - it is not vain to want to keep your own hair and you must never feel guilty for worrying about such a change.

 

Find out as soon as possible what strength of treatment you will receive and whether you're expected to lose your hair. Not all treatments cause hair loss. Find out if your treatment allows you to use the cold cap; lots of ladies have excellent results with keeping their hair by using this, some do experience thinning, whilst others do still experience hair loss. It is an uncomfortable process but it's individual as to how difficult you will find it.

 

As a cancer patient you are entitled to prescription wigs. The hospital should give you a list of who can accept your prescription. The offering varies depending on geographical location. Many suppliers are excellent so it's well worth getting the list and visiting them to see what's on offer. You don't have to purchase anything until you are ready. It's better to know what you are going to do rather than the stress of dealing with it whilst you are unwell and feeling rushed to get something in place.

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If you opt to use the cold cap you may not get a prescription for free wigs whilst you have this treatment. You will still get a prescription if your hair does fall or you can't manage the discomfort of the cold cap process. So again, you should look into wigs before you start the cold cap, just in case. You don't need to buy anything but if you know the colour and style you want and who to get it from it will be so much easier should the need arise.

 

If you’re considering wearing a wig it’s a good idea to keep some of your hair as a colour match. And take some photos of your current style – unless you fancy a change once your hair grows back.

 

If you are going to lose your hair it’s often recommended that you cut your hair short prior to treatment. Not only will this help with the transition but also the process of the hair falling out.

Custom made and ready to wear wigs

You will be offered synthetic prescriptions wigs. If you’re looking for something different or would like real hair the range of options now available is phenomenal, suiting all lifestyles and budgets.

 

There’s a huge choice of ready to wear wigs in hundreds of base material combinations as well as hair choices. You can also get petite and large sizes.

 

Custom made wigs are great for ladies who want to get as close to their natural look as possible. You can have your hair made to measure to exactly your specifications. Generally the wigs I design for cancer hair loss contain anti-slip materials on the base which secure the wig and stop it moving. I also use a stretch lace that is breathable and light but will accommodate your regrowth hair.

 

These wigs do take several weeks to have made but it’s well worth it. I can add in lots of little touches to ensure you have the most undetectable wig available.

HeadWear

Headwear is an essential component of any hairloss wardrobe. Whether it’s an alternative to wigs, or to protect them against our beautiful British weather, sports activities or holidays. You simply cannot live without them!

 

That’s why I supply a huge range of hats, scarves and headbands in lots of stunning colours and patterns. It’s very important that your headwear is both comfortable and breathable and doesn’t harm your natural hair.

 

Why not get creative and glamorous by adding hair pieces that look as though you have hair? A simple fringe attachment is very effective, right through to stunning hair pieces that can be integrated into a scarf to create a head turning updo.

Essentially mine

Hats and scarves are an option, but without your own hair it can feel like your identity has been lost. Essentially Mine is a unique service that gives you back your hair, your personality and your confidence.

 

With Essentially Mine, pre-chemotherapy, your hair is cut and carefully packaged using the collection box provided to you. Your hair will then be carefully processed ready for use with your choice of headwear or choose something from the range I have in stock.

 

We will discuss your options from a simple fringe attachment, your hair down loose to pony tails or even updo’s.

Eyebrow kits & Make-up

Losing your facial hair can make a dramatic difference to your appearance. However it can easily be covered with make-up. Boots have Macmillian beauty advisors that can advise you on how to manage any changes. I also strongly recommend the Look Good Feel Better charity for help and lots of make-up freebies.

 

There are a large number of eyebrow kits now available. These usually include a selection of eyeshadows and stencils to use so you get the shape right.


Scalp care

It’s important to look after your scalp during treatment and regrowth. Use very gentle shampoos such as a good quality baby shampoo and make sure you protect your scalp from the sun. Lots of ladies report good results with Nioxin with regards to their regrowth hair.

Regrowth hair typically comes back as baby fluffy hair before your normal hair comes through. Sometimes your new hair can return a different texture or even colour!

Cover-up sprays

Cover-up sprays can be really useful if your hair is thin and/or patchy when it first comes back. There are 3 main types:

  • Scalp cover sprays, like Couvre and Fullmore, colour your scalp to the colour of your hair. They are brilliant for thinning hair and patches as you can’t see your scalp. The sprays remain on until they are washed off.
  • Cover sprays with spray-on fibres are also available. These look like tiny pieces of chopped up hair and offer a very effective cover.
  • Hair thickening sprays are good for concealing thinning hair.

Colouring regrowth hair

It’s best to wait as long as possible before using dyes on your new hair. Most women colour their hair and it's no secret that hair dye is incredibly toxic and damaging. However, organic hair dyes are a much safer option and the results are very good, especially for cancer patients, whose skin is extremely sensitive during treatment.

 

There are some great semi-permanent (6 weeks) option available too. Visit your local salons to see who is offering professional products, or you could also try a DIY option at home. easily.

 

It's important to know that permanent hair dye options that give better colour coverage than semi-permanents do still contain some PDD, which is the real nasty. Only the semi-perm dyes don't contain PDD.

Whether you would like a quick chat to find out the different options available to you or would like a detailed consultation to find your perfect hair loss solution, I’m always happy to help.

 

Please fill in the Consultation Form or call me on 07787 802346.