Questions and Answers for Before, During and After Cancer Treatments:
These are common questions and concerns for most people starting chemotherapy treatments, Miyohara Trichology clinic will try to dispel some of the Do's & Don'ts for Cancer Patients by answering some of the day to day protocol's one should follow after all chemotherapy treatment is finished.
Our goal is to give clear concise answers without fear and confusion. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email. We are here to assist you in anyway possible.
NOTE: IF SCALP HAS CRADLE CAP, SECTION HAIR AND REMOVE THIS WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB (IF SCALP IS NOT SORE OR TENDER). PRE-CLEAN USING SOME ORGANIC WITCH HAZEL THEN SHAMPOO AFTERWARDS.
This will vary from person to person, those that have fine thin oily hair (daily ),if not feeling weak or too frail, medium texture slightly wavy (2 to 3) times a week if scalp is sweaty or hair sticky,thick course hair (once )a week if dry and brittle.
This will vary from person to person,not everyone loses a lot of hair in the beginning,so see how the hair changes after chemotherapy before cutting the hair,it normally takes 2 to 3 months before hair takes it's decent and start falling out, if the hair is too uneven and has short and long strands it will be better to give the hair and even blunt geometric cut to make the hair look fuller, your hairdresser will know what this is,if the hair is okay and your not losing too much trimming the ends will just give a cleaner more healthier polished look.
No. Coloring your hair due to the scalp sensitivity and the fragility to the hair is not recommended. We normally have clients to wait up until six months after your last chemo treatment before doing any chemical services. Clients before
having any chemical services administered your hairdresser should perform a skin test behind the ear or forearm for allergic reactions this is (24 hours with product on) covered with a band-aid and a hair elasticity test to make sure the hair is strong enough to handle the chemical service being performed,ie color, bleaching, hight-lights,perming,straightner
if everything is cleared and you can receive services keep your look as close to natural as possible,this will prevent having to use to strong of chemicals on you.
Depends on the healthiness of the hair, if the hair quality is restored and the hair is no longer weak and fragile I think lukewarm dryer is okay and wet setting the hair and allowing it to dry naturally is better if one has the time, if above appliances are used my advice would be no more than twice a week on restored hair, if hair is weak allow the hair to dry naturally and style afterwards (DO NOT USE APPLIANCES).
These may be used as long as your not pulling at the hair or hair line,try and stay away from any form of pulling when necessary and allow hair to fall in it's normal hair pattern.
If your hair is very oily a 7.0 which is more balanced as to remove greasy build up without too much stripping and leave the hair with body, and if your hair is normal a 5.5 p.h. is perfect for your hair type, if your hair and scalp is dryer you want a 4.5-5.0 p.h. which is more acidic based to help restore the acid mantle to your scalp and the dry lack luster to your hair,all shampoo's should be void of (sulfates,PEG's,synthetic polymers,and harsh chemicals) these coat the hair and can lead to excessive shedding.
First and foremost always shampoo hair under a shower with head slightly tilted back and apply shampoo to the scalp and run it through the hair, never twirl the hair around this is how the hair becomes matted.Apply a detangler conditioning treatment to the hair and starting from the nape comb hair section by section using a wide tooth comb going up towards
the hair line this will prevent breakage and pulling to detangle the hair.
(NEVER TAKE A COMB STARTING AT THE FRONT OF THE HAIR LINE AND GO THROUGH TANGLED HAIR COMBING IT BACKWARDS THIS IS A BIG NO NO)
Definitely not when the hair is wet or very fragile this will cause the hair to split more, when the hair is stronger and healthier using a very soft natural bristle brush you may perform this type of brushing to help silken the hair by stimulating the oil glands to release sebum giving it luster and sheen.
If you can go without using any fixatives on the hair this would be best because these type of hair products will have even more chemicals than the shampoo's and conditioners, so I would recommend that you do not use these aids. But some people fill like they just have to have them so I would say put a little in your hands and only apply from the middle of the hair strand to the ends (DO NOT LET TOUCH THE SCALP).
A.Yes. A scarf should be made of silk to be soft on the hair as well as the scalp, a hat only when outdoors and it is very hot as to not get sunburn or heat stroke, and a wig preferably hand made where the fibers are not rubbing and cutting the new hairs trying to grow in, if one cannot afford this type of wig then put a silk scarf on the head before putting a synthetic hair piece on your head( use only for outings where appearance is a must,but take off as soon as you get home).
Yes/NO. Yes if you have received a clean bill of health from your oncologist, start very slow with walking,water exercising, yoga...No if you are still too weak and your skin too thin and frail, lactic acid from your sweat will cause your skin to burn and feel very dry and effect the quality of your hair if you start sweating too much, so see where you are before starting back on any routine exercise program.
If your oncologist gives you the okay to do so my advice would be to only swim in a Salt Water Pool not a pool filled with Chlorine due to the harshness on your overall body skin,also always wear a white silk scarf on head then put on your swim cap over the scarf as to not be too tight on the scalp
Miyohara International Trichology Clinic Proudly welcomes Mr. Frank Fronda as one of our referring specialists. Mr. Fronda is the great inventor behind the penguin cold caps, this is a special made cap for cancer patients that he created over several years ago. While visiting a friend in the hospital, he was passing by a room, when he noticed a little girl who was completely bald from receiving chemotherapy. It really broke his heart to know that the only option the little girl had was to wear a wig.
Frank Fronda Referring Cancer Specialist
Well, shortly after seeing that he begin to study all about the different type of toxic drugs that went into cancer treatments,after realizing that these drugs were one big reason that patients lost their hair he sat down and pondered what could I make to prevent patients from losing their hair and not interfere with them getting their needed chemotherapy?
He set out on a mission to confer with many oncologists all over the world. He realized that he needed to understand the levels of toxins that each type of cancer would have to have in order to kill them and stop them from spreading throughout the bodies of cancer patients.
He also had to study each type of drug being used so that he could better understand how fast it would travel through the bloodstream to kill off the cancerous cells and how quick the liver could cleanse the toxins out of the body before the next treatment,the type of cancer it's location and the stage which one is in were all the variables that he had to take into consideration to factor out when did the drugs enter into the papilla cell which is where the life of hair begins.
He knew from being an engineer that he had to make something that had to be fitted on top of the head since anything going into the body to stop hair loss was out of the question due to patients being on intravenous drugs he could not afford risking making them more sick than the chemo itself, since he realized that the drugs caused the patients body to heat up and this intern caused accelerated hair loss he thought if he could cool the scalp down maybe this would lesson the loss of hair.
He thought if he could put take the scalp temperature down to almost freezing level to prevent as much toxins getting into the papilla bulbs and keep the scalp in this state until the liver fully cleansed out the toxins in the body then just maybe he could help in keeping people's hair on their heads. With this idea, he began making the cold caps and using a specially designed freezer to keep them at the temperature he needed for them to be in order for them to work. Due to this, wonderful invention hospitals in other countries have been using the cold caps for the past 17 years and now hospitals all over America are now beginning to offer these caps to their cancer patients due to it's great success on preventing hair loss, this invention along with it's inventor are now in the process of being accepted by the FDA.
With the caring and compassion this wonderful inventor has made, we pray that hair loss on all cancer patients will be totally eradicated and become a thing of the past. Please, welcome on board Mr. Frank Fronda.
PENGUIN COLD CAPS