In this blog we introduce you to some every day tips in one easy to read place. You can then browse the additional links and videos that will connect you to further information. Please do get in touch with any questions you may have. My team of hair loss specialists and I are here to support you throughout your hair loss journey.
Jasmin Julia Gupta – Cancer Hair Care Founder/ Director of Information & NHS Clinical Services
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Coconut Oil & Tea Tree make a lovely combination to keep your scalp lightly moisturised without leaving an oily residue on headwear or wig. To make, simply take a clean container, melt down a tablespoon of Coconut oil and add 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil. Allow to set then you are ready to use. Just use a tiny bit! Spread between the palms and gently massage onto your scalp.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Add essential tea tree oil if scalp feels sore or irritable (always tell your nurse if there is a rash, red bumps or skin irritations that don’t ease).
- Add a few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil into very warm water. Soak a flannel and after twisting the water out, lay the flannel on your head and allow the warm steam to soothe and cleanse your scalp. If wearing a wig, use the flannel to wipe out the wig interior to keep your wig fresh and clean.
- Aloe Vera gel provides a super lightweight option for moisturizing your scalp.
For further information, product ideas and scalp issues read our in-depth section ‘Scalp care guidance’
Look out for HEAD & SCALP sun protection sprays. These tend to have a less shiny finish and won’t cause an oily layer on headwear.
Here are a few that my panel and I recommend:
ASDA Protect Refreshing Clear Sun Spray SPF 30
Soltan Clear & Cool Head And Scalp SPF30 75ml Suncare Spray
Talking to children about hair loss
If you need to explain hair loss to young children we have some helpful FREE resources such as Hair Loss Dollies and play packs. To find out more and order your FREE items click here.
Below is a link to one of our most viewed videos. It’s a simple way to tie a square scarf into a secure style when you are hair free.
Directory of headwear
At the time of writing this blog we have created a a special Directory with current operational hair loss support and suppliers to ensure that the companies you are using are operational and tested through our independent panel. Take a look at the Hair Loss Scarves & Headwear section that also includes suppliers of velcro fringes and caps with hair.
Lashes & Brows
If you would like to try wearing fake lashes the following page contains a Step by Step video of how to put on false lashes with lots of tips and suggestions for choosing a lash that is right for you.
Our friends over at charity Look Good Feel Better have created a fantastic video about recreating eyebrows
Further in-depth information about brows and lashes can be found here in our section Eybrows and lashes
Products recommended by our panel:
Eylure Natural lengths:
ELF brow products (vegan) low cost
Brow kit:(Approx £5.00)
Brow stencils (Approx £3.00)
Our extensive wig guide and video play list covers everything you need to know about wigs.
Here are some every day quick links:
NHS Wig Supply – Video about current COVID-19 restrictions and wig supply
Take a look at our extensive guide and video play list to discover everything you need to know about scalp cooling.
Wide head bands can be ideal for covering areas of patchy hair loss and hair thinning. You can also speak with our Cancer Hair Care Clinical Specialist to discover more about hair thinning and what to expect and how to deal with thinning hair.
Here are some wide headband suppliers on Amazon that are recommended by our panel:
When searching online look for ‘Wide head bands’.
Note: Wire bands can be good for tying into hair pieces and to blend areas of hair thinning or to customise headwear.
New Hair Growth
The video below explains about the new hair growth process post chemotherapy treatment and some of the reasons why Rosemary may be a beneficial ingredient.
Product recommendations: Ideal to create a platform for new hair growth.
Rosemary shampoo & conditioner – Faith in Nature- For normal/oily hair
Irritated scalp shampoo & conditioner – Green People – Oily/itchy
Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner – Avalon Organics
Colouring new hair
Post treatment it is possible to consider a more permanent colour choice as long as you follow our check list:
- You have at least 1 inch of hair growth
- Your hair growth is stable, meaning that you are not still shedding hair
- Your scalp is in a healthy condition
- You perform the manufacturers sensitivity test
The following brands have colour products with a higher level of natural or organic ingredients. However you should still carry out a sensitivity test.
All three companies can provide consultations to help you make your colour selection.
For more colour ideas take a look at our in-depth website:Colouring new hair growth
Many people like to take a supplement alongside a balanced and healthy food intake to give an extra boost to their system and help to internally encourage new hair growth. There are many supplements available aimed at better growing hair (nails and skin). You may find that a consultation in a health food shop or venue with a nutritional advisor can offer you ideas on a supplement that best meets your needs.
Many people have shared with us that they liked to take a supplement as it was an additional way they could actively encourage an ideal platform for new hair growth. Here is one supplement that our panel has recommended.
Holland & Barrett Skin Hair and Nails Formula 60 Caplets
Take a look at our extensive website for more in-depth information about New Hair Growth.
As well as our FREE services here at charity Cancer Hair Care where you can speak with a Hair Loss Specialist, take a look in our directory for organisations such as charity Look Good Feel Better who can help you to build confidence with how you look and feel during hair loss.
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NOTE: As with all of our recommendations and suggestions you should always consult with your doctor or nurse for any medical concerns.