The nurse measured my head and fitted the Paxman cap so it was tight fitting. She then sprayed my hair to dampen it and covered it in conditioner, then fitted the cap tightly and switched the machine on. I’d been advised to take a painkiller about an hour prior to having the cold cap, and to have a warm drink.
I used to do these things religiously each time I had the cap, I’d keep warm, have a warm drink and always take the Cocodamol. The first 15mins was uncomfortable but definitely manageable and I used to keep chatting to keep my mind off it and I was fine.
I only washed my hair once a week during treatment and used a very mild shampoo and conditioner. I didn’t use any heat on my hair at all and combed it minimally.
Post treatment I had lots of hair still, people couldn’t tell that it had thinned slightly, it looked the same to everyone else, which was a massive bonus to me.
During treatment I wore my wig about 4 or 5 times, this was purely as I felt my own hair was so greasy that I wanted a cleaner look, so wore the wig.
I have continued to be gentle with my hair and let it dry naturally. I’m 8 weeks post treatment so still early days. I would like to put a colour on as the grey hairs are showing through!! I’ll wait a few more weeks for that though!
I was more than happy with the scalp cooler experience! I cannot convey how keeping my hair throughout this treatment has made me feel, given me self esteem and confidence.
I am continually recommending the scalp cooler to everyone I discuss it with. When anyone finds out I have had chemo they say to me, ‘but you’ve kept your hair’ then that’s my cue to explain the scalp cooler! I am a member of a Facebook support group for breast cancer and people are always asking for advice, pros and cons etc so I always offer my advice and my experience. It’s amazing and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!!
THANK YOU 😊💗