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The Elasto-Gel Cold Cap For Hair Loss can help reduce hair loss or hair thinning that is caused by chemotherapy. 

The Elasto-Gel Cooling Cap at a glance:

  • Highly effective in 50-65% of women
  • Safe, comfortable, and reusable
  • Remains flexible and stretchable when frozen
  • Easy-adjust chin strap for the perfect fit
  • Size small - medium

Cold Caps in detail:

Cold caps work by chilling and contracting (narrowing) the blood vessels to the scalp. When the blood vessels are narrowed, fewer chemotherapy drugs are carried to the follicles.

This means that your hair follicles are less likely to be affected by the chemotherapy drugs and your hair is more likely to be preserved.

cold caps for cancer patients

There are some scalp cooling systems that work using coolant gel. The cooling cap is attached to a refrigeration machine that circulates this gel over the course of your treatment.

The Elasto-Gel Cold Cap works differently - kind of like an ice pack for your head. The cooling cap is kept in a freezer right up until it is worn. 

cold cap for chemotherapy

Over the course of your chemotherapy session, the cooling cap will thaw. This usually takes 30-45 minutes, so depending on the length of your treatment sessions, you might find that it is necessary to swap out to a second cooling cap in order to keep your scalp cold. 

Two studies recently published by the Journal of American Medicinal Association found that 50-65% of women who used scalp cooling during treatment found it "highly effective".

cold cap for keeping hair

Please note: this product is for personal use only. Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss, but your hair may thin, or you may still lose it completely.

Scalp cooling is not recommended for everyone, depending on your type of cancer and treatments - so it's important that you talk to your doctor about whether scalp cooling is suitable for you before you buy a cooling cap.

Please see Product FAQs tab for some of the conditions in which cooling caps are not recommended. 

How does the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap work?

The Elasto-Gel Cooling Cap works by minimising blood flow to the hair follicles. This helps to reduce chemotherapy-induced hair follicle toxicity, which in turn helps to reduce or even prevent hair from falling out.

The Elasto-Gel Cap is designed to cool the scalp, to help narrow the blood cells and reduce the amount of drugs that reach the hair follicles during chemotherapy. By reducing the quantity of chemotherapy drugs that reach hair follicles, cold caps can sometimes help lessen or prevent the loss of hair expected in certain chemotherapy treatments.

Will the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap work for me?

Cooling caps such as the Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cool Cap has been very responsive in reducing hair loss in a number of research papers.

However, it’s important to do your homework though before buying, because some cold caps work better than others, depending on the particular type of treatment you’re having, so it’s important to speak with your doctor beforehand. 

There are also some cases in which cold caps are not an option. For example, it’s not possible to use a cold cap when being treatment for cancers such as myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma.

Please always consult your doctor before purchasing and using a cold cap.


The Elasto-Gel cap is not suitable if you fall into any of the categories below:

  • you have a haematological cancer such as myeloma, leukaemia or lymphoma
  • you are having high doses of chemotherapy
  • you are having continuous chemotherapy for several days
  • your liver isn't working well
  • you have severe migraines
  • you did not use scalp cooling during your first course of chemotherapy

Is there evidence that shows Elasto-Gel Caps work?

Since the introduction of Scalp Cooling in the 1970’s, many studies have been conducted to identify its efficiency and efficacy. The more information gathered about scalp cooling allows companies to improve their scalp cooling caps and machines. The current evidence shows that those who use cooling caps as per instructions of the makers, and who cooling caps are not contraindicated for (see Will the Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap work for me?) will see a degree of results. These results can not be predicted, however. If you are considering buying an Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap do speak to your treating doctor or nurse before starting chemo to ensure you have the best chance of maintaining your hair.

Scalp Cooling Studies

Scalp cooling, a technique of cooling the scalp before, during and after administration of chemotherapy, has been developed to help combat the side effect of hair loss, and improve the quality of lives for patients. 

Although widely used in the UK and Europe, scalp cooling is not as prominent within the US. Two randomised controlled studies that were published on the 14th February 2017 could provide more insight for prospective users.

The studies conducted by the University of California, San Francisco and The Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, both saw beneficial results. The participants for the studies were women diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 breast cancer. Their hair loss was then compared to participants with the same diagnosis and treatment but who were not given scalp cooling during chemo.

The first study found 36% of participants who wore the cooling cap had only 25% hair loss by the end of treatment, and 5% experienced no hair loss. The Baylor College of Medicine's study found that 50% of all participants kept at least 50% of their hair. The participants that did not have scalp cooling lost the majority, if not all their hair.

Both studies did reinforce that scalp cooling success does rely on the type of chemo, cancer diagnosis, and patient compliance; and consequently may not be suitable for all persons having chemo. But for those who know they need chemo, scalp cooling could alleviate the burden and stress associated with hair loss.

What is the difference between the Elasto-Gel and Scalp Cooling machine?

Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cold Caps look very similar to the caps worn to the Scalp Cooling Machines, such as Paxman.

Both the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap and Scalp Cooling machines work with the same principle in mind. Both techniques require a tightly fitted cap to be worn before, during and after chemotherapy is administered. And both techniques will only be successful for specific chemo regimes and cancer types. However, they function slightly differently, and their effectiveness depends on the type of treatment you are having.

Your doctor will be able to advise which is most suited to your particular treatment plan. A scalp cooling machine is connected to a cap and continuously pumps cooling liquid into it. Cold caps need to be frozen in the freezer in advance and will warm up throughout treatment. For this reason, if your treatment is particularly long, it’s sometimes advised that you purchase two so you change caps within treatment. Not all hospitals have scalp cooling machines, so for some people, a cold cap makes a good alternative.

Does the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap have any side effects?

Cold caps can sometimes cause discomfort and headaches. Some people choose not to use a cold cap for this reason. It’s important to be aware of the potential side effects of using a cold cap before purchasing and using the Elasto-Gel.

You will need to keep your head cold before, during and after treatment. There are two methods of scalp cooling:

1. A ‘cold cap’, which is filled with a chilled gel.

2. A refrigerated cooling system, which pumps liquid coolant through a cap.

This cooling cap uses the first method.

To use:

  • Ensure that the cold cap is affixed to your scalp at least 15 minutes before your chemotherapy treatment starts. Make sure it's a secure fit using the adjustable strap.
  • Keep the cold cap on for the duration of your treatment, and 15 minuts after your treatment has ended.
  • If the treatment is longer than 45 minutes, you may want to have a second cap on-hand to help keep your scalp cold. Many people find that it's necessary to switch their cold caps after 30 minutes. Make sure to keep extra caps frozen until needed - some clinics may have a freezer you can use, or many people also use dry ice to keep the caps cool.

Elasto-Gel Cold Cap for Hair Loss FAQs

  • Individual results will vary, but there is good reason to believe that cold caps will help reduce the effect cancer treatment has on your hair. When the temperature of your scalp is reduced by the cold cap, blood flow to the region will be reduced and therefore less of the cancer treatment drug will reach the hair follicles. This means cold caps are most likely to be effective with drugs-based treatment such as chemotherapy.

  • If you have private medical insurance, it is worth checking whether cold caps are covered by your provider. However, if you are receiving your treatment from the NHS you will need to provide your own cold cap. It is always worth speaking to your treatment centre first, so they can let you advise you as to whether they are able to properly facilitate the use of a cold cap.

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