What are the most common scalp conditions associated with treatment for cancer?

Dry, sore, sensitive, flaking, itchy scalps which are prone to breakouts are the conditions that people ask us for help with most often. Breakouts are also very common.

My scalp hurts, what can I do?

I suggest you treat your scalp as you would your face and give it a facial. A cleanse, tone and moisturise solves many a problem. Specialist Scalp Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser can be found in our Defiant Scalp Care Collection

The skin on my scalp is flaking – help

Most facial routines include an exfoliation.  It has been a challenge for me to find an exfoliator that I was happy with. Those affected by cancer can have very sensitive skin and exfoliators are, by nature, aggressive and abrasive – not properties that we want to inflict upon our often vulnerable clients. In addition, exfoliators give ‘bugs’ many a place to hide and require higher levels of preservatives than most other types of skincare product. Preservatives are something that our clients have asked us to avoid.

A flaking scalp will benefit from exfoliation, in fact, it is just what it needs. The Defiant Beauty Exfoliating Sponge is perfect. It gently exfoliates when it is used to remove Defiant Beauty Dry Scalp Treatment (a cleansing balm)

I kept my hair, but my scalp is dry and sore

Congratulations on keeping your hair – it is important for those who have been diagnosed recently to know that not everyone loses their hair as a result of treatment.

We can help with a sore scalp even when it has hair. I suggest that a small amount of Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil is applied to the scalp and gently massaged until absorbed.

I caution against dong this before going out – the hair will look oily. I recommend applying the oil before bed, using a towel to protect the bedding and washing out in the morning.

I have breakouts on my scalp, can you help?

I can help. Breakouts are common on the scalp, more people ask me about breakouts on the scalp than on other parts of the body. The Defiant Beauty Scalp Care Collection is naturally anti-bacterial for this reason. The Defiant Beauty Dry Scalp Treatment, Scalp Cleansing Spritz and Scalp Care Oil all include ingredients known for their anti-bacterial properties.  A cleanse, tone and moisturise solves many a problem. Specialist Scalp Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser can be found in our Defiant Scalp Care Collection

I have wet, weeping sores on my scalp

I can’t recommend any of our products for use on open wounds.

If these sore patches are beneath hair, I suggest that a small amount of Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil is applied to the scalp and gently massaged until absorbed.

I caution against dong this before going out – the hair will look oily. I recommend applying the oil before bed, using a towel to protect the bedding and washing out in the morning.

If the sore patches are on a scalp which has lost hair, I recommend using the Defiant Beauty Face Collection. These products are very similar to the Defiant Scalp Care Collection, but they do not contain any essential oils. Essential Oils can be challenging to very sensitive skin.

My treatment finished years ago but my scalp still itches

I suggest that a small amount of Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil is applied to the scalp and gently massaged until absorbed.

I caution against dong this before going out – the hair will look oily. I recommend applying the oil before bed, using a towel to protect the bedding and washing out in the morning

My hair is growing back, how can I look after my scalp?

Be gentle with hair as it returns, you may want to avoid touching the very new hair. As soon as you are happy to look after your scalp, massage a small amount of Scalp Care Oil into the scalp. You will only need a drop or two, use it to massage the entire scalp.

I get so hot under my wig/head covering – help

Defiant Beauty Cool & Refresh was created for this very purpose – there is a lot of heat associated with many treatments for cancer. I remember a lady telling me that this was her fave product, she carried it with her wherever she went and often nipped to the ladies (for privacy) lifted her lid (as my Grandad used to call The Trilby he wore everyday) and used the spray to cool before replacing and returning.

 

All of the Mists and Sprays can be used in this way – when formulating, I wanted to give people as much value for money as possible – multi-functional products were important. If a client can buy only one, I want that one product to solve as many problems as possible – the spritzes and mists can all be used on face, body and scalp. The Scalp Cleansing Spritz is best suited to the scalp as it has anti-bacterial properties.

Will hair grow back after treatment?

Yes

How do I cope with hair loss?

We have two videos from ladies who have lost their hair as a result of treatment for cancer – please have a look – they know what you are going through, have been through it and share their very positive suggestions.

What cancer treatments cause hair loss?

Chemotherapy and some radiation treatments can result in hair loss but every treatment is different and every patient is different – your medical team are the best people to ask.

Will hair grow back after radiation treatment?

I have met a lot of people as they go through treatment for cancer and I have never met anyone with permanent hair loss.

Will I lose hair from radiation treatment?

Possibly. It depends on various factors. Your medical team are the best people to ask.