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Advice on hair loss project extended

9th October 2009

The My New Hair project has been given a grant by the government in order to carry on with training for hairdressers so they can help clients who lose their hair because of chemotherapy.

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NHS staff and patients will be given advice about hair loss and hairdressers will be offered training to help their clients cope with the side effects of cancer treatment.

The charity, which was started by hairdresser Trevor Sorbie in 2006, has trained 180 hairdressers in how to style wigs.

According to a study, patients said that they found losing their hair to be one of the most upsetting consequences of chemotherapy and hair loss stopped people returning to their everyday routine and returning to work.

The £86,500 grant will allow the programme to be extended so it can include nurse-managed training for hairdressers to provide "aftercare" when their clients' hair begins to return.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: "My New Hair is an innovative charity which targets one of the most obvious and distressing side-effects of cancer treatment."

Trevor Sorbie added: "When [patients] are ill and going through chemo it is even more important as a hairdresser to be sensitive and make them feel special."

"Patients suffering from cancer don't want to feel different they want to be able to go out and feel normal with hair that looks real and natural."

 

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Jim French

Wednesday 20th January 2010 @ 13:43

There is no need for cancer patients to lose their hair during chemotherapy. Buy a large bag of frozen peas. Let it thaw and press it onto the scalp to take up the profile of the top of the head and preserve this shape by re-freezing. Prior to a chemotherapy session place on the scalp for 45 minutes before and 30 minutes after receiving the treatment. Hair will not be lost. This procedure prevents the drug reaching the hair roots.


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