Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hair Care Update

Disclaimer: Even though I have given many haircuts, I am no hair care expert. And, the UMBTC is not endorsing the products described below--they are examples of alternatives to your usual daily shampoos and conditioners.

Over the next few weeks, the UMBTC is rolling out its quality of life initiative. We want to work with you, our patients and families, and health care providers and other folks in the community to find answers to questions like, "How do I take care of my hair and scalp during brain tumor treatment?" We hope to chip away at the worries and anxieties that can get you down.

So, about hair and scalp care. We turned to Julie Champion at Sisters Hair Co. 906-226-4090. It turns out there are a number of products to gently cleanse your hair and scalp and stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles. Julie recommends Eufora products as they are organic, US made and cruelty free.

For hair and scalp damaged by surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, try Eufora's Pure Cleanse Shampoo and Urgent Repair Replenishing Treatment.

Julie, and all the stylists at Sisters Hair Co, provide free hair and scalp care consultation for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Please call for an appointment, there may be a wait before they can get you scheduled.

Sisters Hair Co. also provides wiggery services. If you can get in before your treatment starts, they can do wonders matching your normal hair. They recommend synthetic wigs for easy care.

If you have suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment.

You can also check with other area salons to see what other products and services are available.

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