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Hair preparation for scalp cooling

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:

01.

Smoothing down your hair across your scalp to reduce the volume, getting rid of any air pockets

02.

Using water to help increase conductivity, ensures that it is as easy as possible for heat to transfer away from your scalp

03.

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. 
Identify your hair type here

Find out more in our how-to video

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Hair types 1 & 2

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.

When it comes to protecting your forehead, you will see in the videos that a headband is used, but you can also use a Paxman forehead protector.
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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.

When it comes to protecting your forehead, you will see in the videos that a headband is used, but you can also use a Paxman forehead protector.
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Instructions for using Paxman forehead protectors

Please ensure that your forehead is ALWAYS protected during treatment by creating a barrier between the cap and your skin. This will reduce the discomfort.

Instructions for using Paxman forehead protectors

01.
Prepare your hair. Watch the How-to video for your hair type above.
02.
Remove the outer packaging from the forehead protector, but not the backing sheet which will reveal the adhesive.
03.
Shape the forehead protector for your hairline.
  • Align the edge of the forehead protector with your hairline with the back sheet side facing inwards against your forehead.
  • If necessary mark any areas that overlap with your hair that will need to be cut away, so that you are left with a shape that matches your hairline.
  • You may also wish to mark areas to remove if the forehead protector sits below your eyebrows.
  • You may not need to adapt both sides of the forehead protector.
NOTE: You may wish to use this adapted forehead protector as a template, so you don't need to repeat this process for future treatments.
04.
If you have had to mark any areas that overlap your hairline, use scissors to cut the forehead protector to the shape you have identified for your hairline.
If you are using the first forehead protector as a template, remove another protector from the outer packaging draw around the template onto the forehead protector and cut out the required shape.
05.
Remove the backing sheet from the forehead protector to reveal the adhesive.
06.
Line the shaped forehead protector up with your hairlineand stick it in place.
IMPORTANT: It may be necessary to use more than one forehead protector or an additional alternative form of forehead protection to prevent direct contact between your skin and the inner cap. If you have a widow's peak, or a receding hairline, you can use cotton rounds to aid with forehead protection, as shown above.
07.
To remove the forehead protector after treatment, gently peel away from the skin and dispose of appropriately.
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