What haircare should I use?
Ideally you should use products that are paraben and sulphate free, and without perfume or colour. It doesn’t matter which brand you use as long as they fit in the this category.For more information please go to the hair care section of the website, or our hair care blog
The Paxman shampoo and conditioner is available to purchase through our shop – here for the US and here for the rest of the world.
Can I wash my hair when I get home from treatment?
Of course, you can wash your hair whenever is the right time for you. Please be aware that you don’t need to wash out the conditioner used on treatment day unless you want to, rinsing it out is fine, and ideally within 24 hours of your treatment.
Can I blow dry my hair?
There is no problem at all using a hair dryer on a low cool setting, but we would recommend using fingers to comb through hair rather than a brush, as this can put additional tension on the roots. Alternatively allow hair to dry.
Can I use a curling or flat iron?
We recommend you are very gentle with your hair. Any additional heat or stress to your hair may cause damage and the use of the styling tool can put additional tension at the hair root. Using a hair dryer on a cool setting is fine, but try to dry using your fingers rather than a brush as you are a lot less likely to put tension on the roots of your hair.
Can I color my hair?
Not during scalp cooling. The main reason for advising against colouring of the hair during chemotherapy is due to increased scalp skin sensitivity, due to the chemotherapy drugs. The chemicals in hair dye can also cause damage to the hair, which can contribute to hair being less manageable and much more likely to tangle. Root touch-up wands and powders can be useful.
Can I color or highlight my hair before I start with scalp cooling?
Yes, it is possible to have your hair styled, highlighted, coloured before you start treatment, particularly as it is not recommended during treatment. Please do this at least a week before you begin treatment.
Do I need to cut my hair before I start treatment?
There is no need to cut your hair prior to treatment unless you want to. Manageability throughout scalp cooling is key, so if you have very long or thick hair, having it cut to a shorter length, or thinned may make it less heavy and easier to look after. It is worth noting however that having some length to your hair can be beneficial as it means there are more options when it comes to hiding potential thinning or patchy hair loss. There is no need to crop your hair in to a bob or pixie style unless you want to. It is advisable to have a trim and get rid of any dry or damaged hair as damage can make the hair more likely to tangle and knot.
If you have thick braids, a weave or hair extensions, please remove before using the scalp cooling system, as they can act as a barrier preventing the all important scalp cooling effect.
Are there any restrictions on hair care prior to starting chemo and scalp cooling?
No, there are no restrictions on hair care prior to treatment, only when treatment has started. We do not encourage you to color or chemically treating your hair less than a week or so before starting treatment.
Can I use leave-in conditioner? Is it suitable for treatment days?
Leave-in-Conditioner can be used whenever you like, as it can really help with the condition and manageability of your hair. on treatment days and non-treatment days. Try to use a a color, perfume and sulphate free product – it doesn’t matter what brand you use. Generally leave in conditioner is not appropriate for use when preparing your hair for scalp cooling – normal conditioner is preferable.