Hair preparation is a really important part of scalp cooling as it lays the foundations for a close and consistent cap fit, which in turn will give you the best possible outcome and hair retention.
With hair preparation we are aiming to achieve 3 key things:
Smoothing down your hair across your scalp to reduce the volume, getting rid of any air pockets
Using water to help increase conductivity, ensures that it is as easy as possible for heat to transfer away from your scalp
Using conditioner to ensure that the cap is easy to remove
Achieving these three key points changes a little based on your hair type and thickness, and can be done in a number of ways, but it is important to remember that as long as you are achieving these three points, then there is no wrong way of doing hair prep.
If you have straight or wavy hair, type 1 or 2 hair, you can follow any of the below videos.
The processes here are about dampening the hair, slicking it back, and smoothing over conditioner.
Hair types 3 & 4
If you have curly or coily hair, type 3 or 4 hair, you can follow any of the below videos.
The process for type 3 and 4 hair is a little more complicated and we would always advise if at all possible, to practice hair prep on your type 3 or 4 hair before you have your first treatment. This way you can experiment to find the best way to introduce conditioner and water to your hair, as well as ways to part or section your hair to ensure good contact with the cap at your crown.
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