Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that can make the biggest difference.
For example, we recognise that afro hair and its many variants have unique textures and styling requirements that can hugely benefit from our specialist guidance. This can help to ensure that each patient of colour can retain their dignity at a time that is often full of huge emotional uncertainty.
Chemotherapy treatments that cause hair loss as a side effect to cancer treatment will affect Afro hair, causing it to fall out, in much the same way that it does any other hair type.
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of inaccurate information about whether Afro hair is suitable for Scalp Cooling, also known as cold cap treatment.
Scalp Cooling is the only known way to reduce hair loss due to chemotherapy and is suitable for ALL hair types, including Afro hair. Women and men can try scalp cooling if they are suitable for it (there are several requirements) and their hospital or home care provider offers it. If you are wearing a weave, or any type of hair extensions or braids, you will need to remove these in order to have scalp cooling.
Last year, we also created the first ‘Afro Hair Velcro Fringe’. An accessory for people with Afro hair variants, the fake fringes are easily attached to headwear with velcro and offer a little bit of hair to give you a huge confidence boost.
Read the Afro Hair Chemotherapy Guide: