The importance of choosing the right hair products after chemotherapy
Whether it is after chemotherapy or as a side effect of medication, the scalp can become incredibly sensitive andsome hair products irritate the delicate skin. However, a head of the right colour of hair is of great importance to many women but, sometimes, the re grown hair is an unacceptable grey in which case a permanent colour is required because, as I am sure you know, semi permanent colours do not cover grey!
There is also the choice of shampoo and conditioner and, in a previous blog post, I advocated the use of organic, chemical free products. There are some expensive brands like A’kin used by Kylie Minogue after her breast cancer and some very reasonably priced ones, such as the Wish range used by me!Wish products areavailable by phoning 020 8563 0577 and
http://www.tedhair.com discussing which of the range is right for your hair, or by visiting Wish, at 150 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7JP.
Recently, I have discovered something called an holistic"Mind Brush". This is a specially designed hairbrush by Valentino Holistics, made from maplewood and, as you use it,the bristleson an anti static rubber pad massage your scalp. The suggestion is that the massaginghelps to "relax the nervous system, activate toxin removal andstimulate the sebaceous glands, thus keeping the nervous system in harmony with your body".
My hair has re grown after chemotherapy but it is grey and I would like to colour it because I think it would make me look and feel better. I am worried about which product my hairdresser should use. Do
http://www.tedhair.com you know of a safe one?
I don’t believe that there is any hair colouring product which can be declared totally safe and it is very important to take advice from your oncologist and the cancer nurses. If they feel you are far enough along the road from the end of your chemotherapy treatment and they agree that you can now think about colouring your hair, there is an organicproduct called Herbatint (or Colour Herbe in the salons). This is the most gentle of hair colouring products with no ammonia and only three per cent peroxide. With it goes an Aloe Vera shampoo and conditioner.
Again, I must stress that every person’s skin reaction to these sort of products is different and it is essential to consult an experienced hairdresser who will conduct a skin test of the product 48 hours before colouring the hair and make sure enough time has passed between the end of chemotherapy and the beginning of a new hair colour.