How to protect against hair loss during chemotherapy.
There are resources providing options to protect your hair during chemo.
How to protect against hair loss during chemotherapy
There are resources providing options to protect your hair during chemo. We all know someone who is either battling or has battled cancer. Cancer is one of those diseases that no one likes to talk about. The more we can talk about it, get involved, stay informed, the better chance we have to make a difference.
As hair stylists, we develop personal relationships with our clients. Chances are during our career we will know one or more clients battling cancer. I know I have helped quite a few clients deal with this battle. I have shaved heads, given new hair styles in preparation for hair loss, trimmed and shaped hair through the re-growth process. We have the ability to give advice and comfort during a trying time
What is Cancer?
Cancer can grow in nearly any part of the body. We are made of cells and where there are cells, there is risk for cancer. Cancer develops when cells decide to go crazy, grow out of control and take over the space where good cells belong.
Picture being at a party with just the right amount of people all cohesively conversing. A group of rebels come in and start flipping tables, crowding the calm cohesive group right out of the room. Or a peaceful protest for the common good of humanity that gets inundated with a non-peaceful crowd, destroying peace and humanity.
Picture cancer cells as the ‘rebels’ and the ‘non-peaceful’ crowd in your body. It takes a team and a well thought out plan to manage these situations and regain control, doing as little damage as possible to the peace-keepers (good cells).
Flood of emotions
When cancer is diagnosed, there are a flood of emotions to deal with and many questions to be asked. “What are my chances of beating this?” “Why me?” “What are my treatment options?” “What is the typical survival rate?” “What about my family?” “What will this cost?” “Will I lose my hair?”
The latter of these questions may sound semi superficial, however, it is a real concern. Our hair is the accessory we wear every day; as women we change our style, color and even texture on a regular basis. I personally know, if I am having a bad hair day, it can change my mood. So, if there is an option to potentially prevent hair loss during treatment, this could be one less worry during a very difficult time.
How to protect against hair loss during treatment
A couple of months ago we were doing research on a company that wrote an article about Sojourn; I was particularly interested in this article because it mentioned some research that had been done on a few of our products and we were ranked in the top three hair care products for purity and balanced pH for skin and hair.
This article connected me to an organization called The Rapunzel Project . The Rapuzel Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to help chemotherapy patients keep their hair during treatment. Founded by two women, Shirley and Nancy, both breast cancer survivors.
This is an organization that introduces patients to the breakthrough technology of “Cold Cap Therapy.” Cold Cap Therapy, also known as modern day scalp cooling, is a special cap, cooled to very cold temperatures. These caps are worn before during and a few hours after each chemotherapy treatment.
The theory is that the cold temperatures constricts the blood vessels leading to the hair follicles, reducing the amount of chemo drugs that reach the follicles while the caps are worn, thus minimizing the potential for hair loss.
This process has been in use in Europe for over 20 years. And thousands of patients in the United States have learned of and successfully used Cold Cap Therapy, which was first introduced to the US in 2005. There are two types of cold caps to choose from and many locations providing therapy options.
Why The Rapunzel Project is important to Sojourn
As a professional hair care company, it makes sense, the importance of spreading the word and backing such an incredible option for chemo patients and the Rapunzel Project organization is the perfect organization to support.
We think about hair every day! We are also proud of the fact that we can recommend products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be beneficial to cancer patients. Sojourn’s ingredients and stabilized pH to skin and hair are the perfect combination to assist in the gentle care necessary to prevent hair loss.
Request the talking points cards
Shirley and Nancy, founders of The Rapunzel Project have provided Sojourn with talking points cards, filled with information about Cold Cap Therapy.
As stylists and salon owners we are providing advise daily to our clients. These cards are a tool for you to help give clients battling cancer the information they deserve as they are deciding treatment options. It makes sense the introduction for the possibility to prevent hair loss during chemo would come from their trusted stylist.
We are sending packs of 100 cards to our salons and I want to get these cards in the hands of as many stylists as possible. September is national ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month; please reach out to Sojourn so we can send you these informative cards.
“keep your hair connected” – this phrase has never been more literal
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