*Just about everyone I know who has taken chemotherapy has lost their hair. It’s one of the most common side effects when being treated for cancer. Alopecia is the medical term used when your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles — which negatively affect hair growth. But now, the invention of a new cap promises to change that by helping cancer patients keep more of their hair.
It’s called the DigniCap, according to Allure, it was first introduced in Sweden, and is currently in the final stages of FDA testing.
Here’s how it works:
A patient should wet their hair before starting a round of chemo. Then, pull the cap over the head. Reportedly, channels of coolant then start work to keep scalp temperatures low, and hair follicle cell turnover is slowed down and the concentration of chemotherapy “being delivered to the scalp area” is reduced.
“It’s like sticking your head in Lake Tahoe until it goes numb,” according to writer Heather Millar, who described the process after using it in 2015 for four months of chemo.
And it worked!
According to Professor Hope S. Rugo of UCSF Medical School, “It’s a big deal. I’ve had women who are trying to decide whether to do chemo or not because it’s going to adversely affect them at work when they lose their hair,” says Millar, who worked as the lead investigator on a study into DigniCap. “
Read what happened with members of a clinical trial after they used the cap.