Hair cuts during chemo

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I've just started chemo and need my hair cut. I don't want to go to a salon where they may not be aware of the needs; no hot water, not pulling the hair, the hair dryer etc etc

I'm wondering if there is a list of home hair dressers who have experience with this? I live in SW London.

Any advice you can give me would be very welcome please.

Thank you.

  • Hello  

    Thank you for getting in touch today. It’s understandable that you would want to access a hairdresser that understands your needs as someone going through cancer treatment.

    I’m afraid we don’t hold a list of specific hairdressers on the Macmillan Support Line, but there’s a couple of things I’d like to suggest to help you get the support you need. I’m really glad you have got in touch:

    Firstly, may I check, have you spoken with your Specialist Nurse or Chemotherapy Team about wanting to access a hair cut service that has experience supporting those going through cancer treatment? If not, I would recommend doing so in case there are local services they can suggest.  In addition, you may wish to check if your local Cancer Information and Support Centre has suggestions- just use our In Your Area tool to find your nearest centre and access their contact details.

    Cancer Hair Care are also a charity who offer advice on hair care to those affected by cancer and so may also be able be able to provide information: you can speak with a Cancer Hair Care Advisor or Specialist on: 01438 311 322 or email

    My New Hair’s website does have a salon finder tool: they are a charity that provide support and advice for medical hair loss, which I appreciate you have not mentioned, however, you perhaps could use their tool to speak with a salon to see if their expertise would be suitable to support you?

    I realise your priority today has been accessing a hairdresser to visit home Feynmanlives, but it feels important to ask, is there any other support you are needing just now? With chemotherapy just starting, have you been managing okay?

    Take care,


    Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days
    a week, 8am-8pm) or by email

  • Thank you Jenna.

    I just saw my Oncologist and she said it's worth asking at local salons to see if there are people already there with experience of chemo cutting. I hadn't thought of it but it makes sense.

    Thank you also for the links, I'll check them out.

    I'm doing ok. Not knowing what to expect and how I would feel was a part of the trauma. It isn't great but it's manageable. I've received such amazing support from my surgeon, the hospital staff, my GP, my Oncologist and Macmillan. I'm truly humbled by the kindness that's been shown to me. It's a world that I never knew existed and now, I can't speak highly enough of everybody. So yes, I think with all the support I'm going to get through this and come out the other end a better person.

    Sending my best regards and massive respect for you all.