One of the side effects that many women experience during cancer treatments is an itchy, dry scalp from chemotherapy. Having a dry scalp is common, but it is also annoying and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help relieve this.
One of the main things that will exacerbate a dry scalp is using shampoo. Shampoo is made specifically for hair, and it usually contains sulfates and detergents that remove oils. These detergents can be extremely drying on your scalp, and should not be used. Instead, you should swap out shampoo for the same cleanser that you use on your face. Facial cleansers are gentle on the skin and it won’t irritate a dry scalp. After cleansing you can follow up with a facial moisturizer – this will further help to hydrate your scalp. We carry a balm made especially to soothe a dry scalp that is glycerin based and may be worn under your wig.
Another great way to moisturize your dry scalp from chemo is to use coconut oil. A thin layer of light, organic coconut oil left on overnight will help relieve itching and dryness. Keep in mind, though, that you will have to thoroughly wash off any remaining oil before putting on your wig in the morning. Make sure to not just rinse it but use a cleanser of some sort. If the knots of your wig get slick from the oil, your wig may start to lose hairs.
Finding solutions for a dry scalp from chemotherapy can be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Our Chicago salon is run by women, for women, and our mission is to give you the best possible experience in a relaxed and comfortable environment. If you have any other questions concerning scalp or chemo wig care , or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us.