Caring for your hair and your scalp

If you’re experienced hair loss, wash your hair with a very gentle shampoo the day before your sessions and avoid using shampoo for the following 3 to 5 days. Gently pat your hair dry with a towel. Avoid anything that may be harsh on your scalp and your hair: hair-dryers, flat-irons or curling irons, hot rollers, perms, dyes, braids, and tight buns.

Using a cold cap on wet hair about fifteen minutes before starting chemotherapy can help reduce penetration of toxins in hair cells, which will prevent hair loss. The cap must be changed as soon as it softens, and removed about half an hour after the end of the session.

Ask your medical team for advice.

Caring for your scalp

 

If your hair has fallen out, you may experience itching or feel like your “hair hurts”. Take care of your scalp by using adapted skincare products: massage it daily or ask someone to help you massage it with a nourishing, anti-itching product. You can leave the product on by wrapping a warm towel around your head.

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