Warrior Caps

The 10 Commandments of Hair During Treatment

  1. Do not cut your hair within three weeks of starting treatment. Cutting your hair weakens the follicles.  A slight trim is permissible but plan to do it as soon as possible.

  2. Do not color your hair within three weeks of starting treatment. If you highlight your hair, you might consider darkening it (time permitting) so regrowth is not so dramatic during treatment.

  3. Do not wash your hair three days before or three days after chemo.

  4. Wash your hair twice a week during non-chemo weeks using cool water and a mild shampoo. Your hair will be oily at first but will adapt to this schedule.

  5. Do not scrub your head when you wash your hair - be gentle!

  6. Do not use heating tools on your hair including blow dryer, curling iron and flat iron. If you must occasionally use, please protect your roots and use on your ends.

  7. Do not use a brush, use the wide tooth comb provided in your rental package.

  8. Use only elastic type hair ties to loosely pull back your hair when needed.

  9. Refrain from wearing a hat if possible. Your scalp will heat up under the hat. A cool head is your friend.

  10. Sleep on a satin pillowcase to minimize tangling.


Just nine months after Lisa completed chemotherapy, her hair is thicker and in better condition than before chemo.  She contributes this to the minimum use of hot tools on her hair during this time.  She cuts and highlights her hair just as she did prior to chemo.  These commandments are short term sacrifices for the best results possible.