When you’re being treated for cancer the changes in your appearance can have a big impact. Look Good Feel Better is the organisation providing workshops for women to offer advice on make-up, skincare, and a little bit of pampering, because sometimes what you really need is a bit of a makeover and a chat over a cup of tea. Here they give a little advice on what to do when your hair starts to grow back after chemotherapy …
When your hair first begins to grow back, its texture may be different from your normal hair and it’s not uncommon for new hair to be curlier than pre-treatment hair. Some women find this quite hard to come to terms with but others are delighted with their new look!
In time, hair usually regains its original texture but new hair is often more dry and fragile than usual, so it needs a bit of TLC. Use a mild shampoo or, if your scalp is very dry, wash your hair with a little aqueous cream (available from pharmacies) which moisturises the scalp at the same time. If your new hair looks a little thin or flat at first, try ruffling a small amount of styling or volumising product through it with your fingers to lift the hair and give it more life and body.
If you have been using hair colourants for a long time you may be surprised to find that your new hair is grey! If you want to colour your new hair, specialists advise the use of semi-permanent dyes or natural products such as henna – but only use these products if your hair and scalp are in good condition. Don’t use colouring products on your hair if your scalp is sore or irritated, or if your hair is very dry or brittle; wait until the hair and scalp return to normal. If you are in any doubt, a pharmacist or nurse at your treatment centre should be able to advise you.
Tip: You may feel that this is a good time to experiment with colour. If so, it’s useful to know that new hair is very absorbent, so colours may be more intense than normal!
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