Preparing yourself to undergo chemotherapy treatments can be overwhelming. While the process can be physically and mentally demanding, there are a few things you can get ready before hand. Stock up on the following before you start treatment so you don’t have to worry when you’re feeling under the weather and can’t run out to the shop.
Mild shampoo and conditioner – During and after chemotherapy the condition and texture of your hair will change, even before you start to lose it. Pick up fragrance free shampoos and conditioners with sensitive formulations to help care for delicate strands, and combat uncomfortable side effects without causing extra irritation.
Good quality sunscreen – Though you should already be applying sunscreen daily, it’s very important to always use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, especially to your scalp, when undergoing chemotherapy.
Accessories – A soft-bristle hair brush will be gentle on delicate strands both before and after chemotherapy treatment. Also consider a stain pillow case, which causes less friction and is less damaging to dry, brittle hair.
If you can’t avoid being in direct sunlight, you should wear wide-brimmed hats, scarves or turbans. There are many cute, stylish and practical solutions to covering up.
A Wig – If you are concerned about hair loss from chemotherapy treatments, the best time to purchase your wig is before treatments start, as it will be easier to match your natural hair colour and style before you start to experience thinning or hair loss. The professional stylists at Blossom Wigs will help guide you through the process of purchasing the right wig for you – from cut and color to fit, we strive to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us today to book your free confidential consultation.
Chemotherapy treatments affect every patient differently, but planning ahead will take some of the guess work out of this stressful time, and anything you can do in advance to make the experience more comfortable is worth the extra effort.