Preserving your hair (whatever system you use) has its fair share of complications, one of which is hair gaps that may make your hair look a bit like a road map or you may have frustratingly lost hair in ‘clumps’ leaving sections completely bare – not fair!
I certainly had a few gaps around my hair line after six months of chemotherapy back in early 2014, preserving my hair with the Penguin Cold Cap system. With some quick thinking I dusted off my professional makeup kit (retrieved from the depths of the storage cupboard) and mixed together two eye shadow colours that matched my hair – it worked a treat! Every morning I painted on my lady-like sideburns and slight widow’s peak – I had everyone fooled! Granted, not everyone will have suitable eyeshadows on hand and some may lack the confidence to do this (but you should give it a try!), so it’s reassuring to know that there are some other fabulous options available to help disguise those annoying gaps. Thank goodness, my second time preserving my hair with the Paxman Scalp Cooling system I’ve had no gaps to fuss over (I’m touching wood as I write this!), however I’ve spoken with many patient friends who have shared that they have a gap or two on their scalp hair where the hair has fallen out during chemotherapy. No two people are the same and hair preserving results will vary from patient to patient.
Let me share with you my personal favourites as well as some recommendations from my fellow hair-preserving friends for reducing the impact of hair gaps!
- TOPPIK Hair Building Fibres. Made from organic keratin proteins in nine different colours. Simply sprinkle on the product. The fibres are charged with static electricity, forming a magnetic attraction that draws and merges the Toppik fibres to your thinning hairs, eliminating the signs of hair loss and thinning. May last until shampooed out!
- Blending eye shadow to match your hair is a fabulous trick! Use a medium or small eyeshadow brush to colour the scalp where hair loss is visible. This works especially well in and around the hair line.
- Aveda Thickening Tonic – my friend swears by this but I’m yet to try!
- Organic/low chemical, clear formula shampoos. Clear formula shampoos do not normally have any conditioning properties added and are lightweight which may mean that are easier to massage through the hair. Try Grown Alchemist Shampoo with damask rose, black pepper and sage or Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Shampoo.
- Organic/low chemical conditioner. Try Grown Alchemist Conditioner with damask rose, chamomile and lavender stem – divine! Also try Giovanni Root 66 Mac Volume Conditioner. Both of these products have strong conditioning properties which will aid in detangling and brushing the hair with the WetBrush.
Things to remember:
- Do not pull on the hair
- Brush from the ends up
- Hold hair whilst brushing
- Use low-chemical/organic shampoo and conditioner
- There are many products available to help disguise sparse hair
- Try not to lose heart! Persevere if you can!