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Tips for coping with hair loss from Macmillan

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

Macmillan Cancer Support off the following advice to those having chemotherapy. Bold Beanies are soft cotton stretchy thin breathable cancer sleep caps, perfect for wearing night or day to protect your hair and help with the distressing effects of hair loss.

It is important to look after your hair during and after cancer treatment:

  • Wash your hair at least every two days.
  • Use gentle hair products and non-medicated shampoo.
  • If you are having radiotherapy, ask your radiotherapy team if you can use shampoo and which type is best.
  • Only use conditioner on the middle and ends of your hair.
  • When drying your hair with a towel, don’t rub hard.
  • Use a brush with wide-spaced prongs or a wide-toothed comb.
  • Wear a soft cap at night.

  • Avoid too much heat from hairdryers, heated rollers or hair straighteners.
  • Avoid colouring, perming or relaxing your hair.
  • Try not to tie your hair in a tight band.

It is also important to look after the skin on your head and other places where you have hair:

  • If you are having radiotherapy, ask the radiographers which deodorants, soaps, perfumes and lotions you can use. 
  • Shampoo your scalp every day.
  • Use an unperfumed moisturiser.
  • Use pillows made from natural fibres.
  • Protect your head from the sun and from the cold.

To see more of the article on the Macmillan Cancer Support website please click on the link below:

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