Shampoo/Conditioner recommendation during and post chemo please

FormerMember
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Hi all,

Can anyone please recommend a good quality shampoo and conditioner to use during and after chemo? I’ve read that sulphate free ones are the best but it would be good to hear your opinions of tried and tested ones too.

Thanks a lot!

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember

    Hi

    I was fortunate that I didn’t loose my hair while having Chemo but it seemed to stop growing, became very dry, and certainly thinned a lot. I had two lots of Chemo in a year. I just used a gentle shampoo and lots of conditioner. I also kept it quite short.

    I now use Charles Worthington Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner which has really helped. It’s also important to be very gentle when washing and just blot it dry.

    My hairdresser has been impressed too with how quickly it has thickened up and its condition. 

     Hope this helps 

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember in reply to FormerMember

    Hi Christine, thanks for this tip. Can I just ask, did you opt for the cooling cap? I keep getting told that by opting for it , it will significantly increase my chances for not losing any hair..

    THanks! 

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember

    I was recommended to use an organic shampoo and conditioner called Jasen, I think it is available online or can be bought on Amazon. When my hair was growing back after chemotherapy I used Johnsons baby shampoo.

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember in reply to FormerMember

    Morning

    No I didn’t but I watched someone getting it fitted when I was having Chemo and I’m not sure I could have put up with it anyway, bit of a faff...we are all different. In what I observed even using the Cold Cap hair definitely thinnned and all the patients kept their hair very short.

    I bought a wig and headscarves in preparation but have never used them.

    Having seen a lot of patients having Chemo in the past year, I think you can be lucky and keep your hair, depending on the type of Chemo. 

    Good luck in whatever you decide, there is no right or wrong, just do what you feel is right for you. You can always try it and if it’s too uncomfortable then stop....

    Best wishes

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember in reply to FormerMember

    Thanks Mitzie10. Wishing you all the best too.

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember in reply to FormerMember

    Thanks Carol_D for your tip. I will have a look into this.

    Best wishes to you. 

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember

    Hi Rexsi78, 

    i used Johnson’s baby shampoo and Simple conditioner when going through chemo and that all worked for me.

    i did try the cold cap for the first 3 treatments and it was obvious I wasn’t going to keep anything but fluff on my head and I also found it uncomfortable after a couple of sessions. The cold made me feel a bit sickly and I didn’t like the sensation so I stopped. 

    8 years in I still feel the cold in my head as soon as the weather turns but I also appreciate that night be psychological. Everyone is different though and I’ve read stories from people who have had good success with it. 

    Good luck and keep us posted xx

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember

    Once her hair grew back and after trying various products, my wife settled on 'Faith in Nature' shampoo.They're a very responsible company as best I can tell.

    She gets the same bottle refilled at a local health food shop to keep the carbon footprint down, so I don't know what high-street coverage is like, but they have a website you can buy their products from.

    She uses the coconut shampoo but no conditioner - not sure her hair warrants it just yet as it's only a couple inches long but the shampoo is good quality - I've used it a couple of times and it lathers well and smells nice.

    I'm not affiliated in any way.

    Hope this helps.

  • FormerMember
    FormerMember in reply to FormerMember

    Paxmans advise to not to use baby shampoo if cold capping. I am afraid chemo brain prevents me.from remembering the word /ingredient as to why. But may be worth joining their paxmans closed group on Facebook for useful tips.

    I just used simple shampoo.  

    Good luck

  • Hi all, I used grow gorgeous products...started with a pack of serums, shampoo and conditioner bought online and now I just use shampoo. Expensive (though I don’t need much!) lovely smell and my regrowth is strong and soft....

    You can buy it in Boots...

    GGx