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Starting Treatment

At PHC, we strive to be the answer to all your hair loss needs and to go far beyond supplying and fitting the best wigs. We are here to hold your hand through all stages of your treatment, including when Starting Treatment. Here are some concerns, questions and queries our patients frequently ask:

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  • How do I look after and protect my scalp during chemotherapy and radiotherapy?

    You will probably find that your scalp will be extra-sensitive due to chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments and being exposed to the elements. We recommend that you gently cleanse your scalp with a shampoo that has no sulphates, parabens or sodium lauryl sulphate, as well as being suitable for most skin types. It is also vital that you use a high factor sunscreen, or sunblock, or wear a scarf or hat; even if it is cloudy, or a cold day, UV rays can still penetrate the skin.

  • Is there anything I can do to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy?

    Currently, there is no medication to stop hair loss during chemotherapy. There is, however, a process called scalp cooling, but it only works with certain chemotherapy drugs. The idea is, when the scalp is cooled, it is sometimes possible to reduce the amount of chemotherapy drugs that reach the hair follicles on the head. This can sometimes reduce, or prevent, the hair falling out.

  • Will my hair grow back after chemotherapy?

    Yes! The good news is your hair will grow back after chemo. It might even start to grow back during treatment, but it usually grows back about six to eight weeks after treatment finishes.

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  • What do I need to do to look after my hair and skin properly?

    Sometimes, cancer treatments do not cause hair loss. But it is still a good idea to look after your hair properly and keep it in the best condition possible.

  • Will wearing a wig be uncomfortable?

    It will certainly feel different from what you are used to feeling, but once you have worn it a few times it will become more comfortable and you will get used to it. Remember, doing your make-up as usual will also help you feel better and more confident about how you look.

  • Will my scalp feel really hot when I wear a wig?

    You might feel warmer than usual with your wig on but the more you wear it the more you will get used to it. You can always take it off as soon as you get home and perhaps wear a scarf or a hat.

  • Can I wear my wig in bed?

    Yes, you can if you wish, but we don’t normally recommend it.

  • How do I care for my wig?

    The best way to store a wig is on a wig stand. This will prevent your wig becoming tangled or misshapen. The wig stand will also help maintain the original style and shape of your wig. Wigs need to be stored in a cool dry place; free of dust, mildew and high temperatures. Normal summer temperatures are OK for your wig, but anything over 80°C will be too hot and can cause permanent damage. Remember to take extra care when opening your oven door, cooking over a gas flame, or when standing close to an outdoor heater.

  • What should I do if my wig gets wet?

    You simply hang your wig up to dry – do not leave it on, or close to, a heat source. Remember your umbrella on wet days!

  • What do I need to do to look after my hair and skin properly?

    Sometimes, cancer treatments do not cause hair loss. But it is still a good idea to look after your hair properly and keep it in the best condition possible.

  • Is there anything I can do to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy?

    Currently, there is no medication to stop hair loss during chemotherapy. There is, however, a process called scalp cooling, but it only works with certain chemotherapy drugs. The idea is, when the scalp is cooled, it is sometimes possible to reduce the amount of chemotherapy drugs that reach the hair follicles on the head. This can sometimes reduce, or prevent, the hair falling out.

  • Will my hair grow back after chemotherapy?

    Yes! The good news is your hair will grow back after chemo. It might even start to grow back during treatment, but it usually grows back about six to eight weeks after treatment finishes.

  • What types of wigs are available?

    Fortunately, there are thousands of different wigs available in a wide range of styles and colours. They are usually made out of synthetic or human hair and it’s easy to find one that will suit you.

  • What is the difference between synthetic wigs and human wigs?

    Synthetic hair: this type tends to hold one style well, making it very easy to maintain. Synthetic wigs tend to cost less than human hair wigs. However, you can’t use heated appliances or colour them because this will damage the fibres. Human hair: this type is obviously very similar to natural hair and can be washed and styled like your own hair – this can look the most realistic, but is more time consuming than the synthetic option. At PHC, we offer a huge range of wigs so you can be confident you’ll find the best one for you.

  • How well do your wigs stay in place?

    Our specialist wig fitters will ensure that the wig you choose is very secure. But, like many things, practice makes perfect and the more you wear your wig, out and about, the more comfortable and confident you will feel in it.

  • Do all hairdressers know how to fit a wig properly?

    No. Although most hairdressers should be able to guide you on what types of wigs are available, proper wig fitting takes specialist training. This training, which we have at PHC, means that you can be certain that you get a wig that fits correctly. It also means that you will get essential aftercare information and additional support – which we pride ourselves on at PHC.

  • How do people cope emotionally when they lose some - or all - of their hair while having cancer treatment?

    Hair often reflects our individuality and is a form of self-expression. So, losing it can be very upsetting. Hair loss is also a constant reminder that you are living with cancer, every time you look in the mirror.

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