New help for cancer hair loss

October 19, 2009


A few years ago I met an exceptional young woman who after a career as a leading London hairdresser gave it up to start a charity helping those who lose their hair through cancer treatment. Jasmin Julia Gupta’s work was recognised when she was invited to meet The Prime minister and her philosophy for founding the site makes it clear why:

…“When a 43 year old looks you in the eye and says “I feel terribly guilty because I have cancer and I’m more worried about losing my hair than having treatment”, you suddenly realize that the information you can offer is potentially life changing advice. To share the knowledge that I am so fortunate to have gained, means that I can give something back to the customers and hair industry that I love so much.”

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When you experience illness and treatment, as well as changes to your hair, having to deal with it all can be overwhelming. That’s why Jasmin started the “Cancer Hair Care” to offer guidance on hair care issues I was very happy to be able to help with some editorial/writing input on the website and there is access to great, detailed, information that is free and not available anywhere else in one place like this.

Hair loss, scalp care, wigs and headscarves can all seem a mystery but with some caring advice, ideas for new looks, support with how you feel and practical advice – you will discover that looking good is not something you need to give up on because you have suffered hair loss. As well as expert advice, there are the stories from patients sharing their wisdom and experiences by talking about their cancer and hair loss. These are they are truly amazing, inspirational and often funny and poignant.

As well as the website, Jasmin has set up a “Hair Care Support Unit” at her local hospital and provides free head scarves with her “Twice as Nice project”. An important part of the work is fundraising for a number of hair care projects and providing education to hairdressers and health workers who are in daily contact with cancer patients.

If you know someone who is dealing with hair loss, then as well as the information on the site, you might want to point them towards The Caring Hair for a beautiful range of products including headscarves, for specialised hair care needs. Their slogan is ‘compassion that won’t compromise on style and fashion’ and they are experts in specialist hair care and hair loss and feature organic, fairtrade and natural products. I can personally vouch for their organic shampoo and conditioner range! They also have an award winning green and ethical policy and every penny of their profit goes back into funding the Cancer Hair Care charity.

To find out more you can call Monday to Friday 9-5 or telephone 01438 488082, but for me the first port of call would be the website at


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