How To Help Your Clients Dealing With Medical Hair Loss
Rebecca Morgan, director of Morgan’s Hair, Beauty and Wig Specialists, gained her knowledge and experience from working with different clients who have medical hair loss conditions. She shared 7 essential tips with HJ on how to provide a compassionate service to clients looking for professional help…
- With breast cancer if a client has been advised they will lose their hair, it’s normally 15 to 17 days after their first chemotherapy treatment. Your client may experience a sore scalp or tingling sensation.
- At night, advise your client to wear a soft cap or a turban to collect loose hair. If your client’s hair is 7in or longer they could donate it to The Little Princess Trust to help towards making a wig for a child.
- Discuss whether your client would like to have their hair cut shorter before it starts to fall out. This will help them to get used to how it may look when it starts to grow back.
- Once hair has fallen out it’s important for clients to still shampoo their scalp and moisturise their scalp with non-perfume products. Suggest sulphate-free products as a client’s skin will become more sensitive when they are going through chemotherapy treatment.
- Your client’s hair will start to grow back as soon as their chemotherapy finishes. It may grow back a different colour and texture to what it was before. Some straight haired women will find their grows back curly, however in time the curls will relax.
- Your client should only consider colouring their hair six months after their final treatment. You should always advise your clients to have a skin test before their first colour.
- If a client is having the cold cap treatment do not colour their hair whilst giving them the treatment. Suggest a sulphate free shampoo and advise them to wash their hair no more than twice a week. It’s important for cancer patient clients to comb their hair daily with a wide tooth comb to prevent matting. They should avoid using dryers, straighteners and styling products whilst having the cold cap treatment. Finally, suggest root touch up sprays to disguise hair loss areas.