I just washed mine in the shower without anything. I did rub Olive oil on it though afterwards just a small amount on the palm of my hand and massaged it - the BP kind not cooking kind! Almond oil or baby oil would do equally well - it does help to stimulate the hair follicles. I found it very cold without hair and wore a hat in the house and sometimes in bed too. I loved my wigs and hated all my scarves - I do think that everyone is different though and copes in their own. It also depends on what time of year you are going through it all too. Once it had been shaved the pain disappeared and it was actually a relief. If you are having FEC and move on to a different drug it does start to grow back whilst you are still having treatment.
K M x
once your hair has stopped falling out,the soreness will go away. When my hair was about half gone, OH shaved the rest off (very carefully) and I washed my head with Aqueous cream, which soothed it. After that I just gave it a quick wipe with a damp clloth. Normal bodywash should be fine in the shower, also use a little E45, or whatever you use normally to keep the skin moisturised. If you are going out bald headed in the sun (when it gets warmer of course) use a high factor sun screen, just as you would on the rest of your body.
Despite trying the cold cap with FEC1 my hair is now (day 19) falling out fast. I bought a nice wig yesterday and await my order from Anabandana, so am prepared, but suddenly realised I don't know what to do with this strange new physical feature of a bald head!
What do you do with it - wash it in the shower? With what - ordinary body wash or a special soap?
Does it stay very sensitive (it is at the moment as the hair comes out)? Do you use a moisturizer on it?
Any advice from those who are already dealing with this would be very welcome.
I went to a Macmillan centre and they buzzed my hair down to a number 2 for me - very short.
They said that they would not take it down any further because of risk of infection. They fitted my wig for me after that, so I went out looking fine.
It shed very quickly for me after FEC1, so there was no hair to bother me after that.
I would be wary about infection, expecially if you have already had a chemo cycle - but I'm sure others will be along to share how they dealt with it at the time.
good luck with everything Mariecay.