Top 3 Considerations for New Hair Growth
It's so exciting to see the first baby sprouts of hair return after chemo! Many patients are left to do their own research on when to get their first haircut or return to coloring their hair if they choose. Many stylists do not have the answer and they should. As an oncology-trained hair stylist, I offer specialty services in the salon to help clients and patients on their road to recovery involving their self-image.
The top 3 questions:
When should I get my first haircut or color?
Offering a specialty service to a client is ideal. A hydrating scalp treatment with organic oils or nourishing serums applied to the scalp to hydrate the scalp and new growing hair. I recommend adding this to a trim to keep hair growing at an even rate. Many patients are very hesitant to have their new hair trimmed, so being mindful is key. It is recommended to visit the salon between 3-6 months depending on rate of growth. For chemical services, such as color, 6 months is recommended.
Use shampoo and conditioners that are non-toxic.
Knowing what is true you hydrating and nourishing is key. The hair that begins to grow has been compromised due to treatment, and is very delicate, so it is imperative to source non-toxic, hydrating products for scalp and hair health.
Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.
It's true for curly hair and it’s true for chemo hair. Chemo hair is dry and delicate. Cotton or microfiber take moisture out of hair and can cause it to freak or become frizzy. Many patients sleep with a light hat on at night during treatment. I recommend they continue when hair starts to return and add their favorite oil such as Argan or Jojoba for an overnight moisturizing treatment.