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Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap/Cold Cap for Hair Loss

Scalp cooling helps reduce hair loss from chemotherapy

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Why do people living with cancer recommend this product?

"I used the cold caps and got to keep my hair. I know it does not work for everyone but I must say I am pleased with the result in my case." 

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About Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap/Cold Cap for Hair Loss

The Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap can help reduce hair loss or hair thinning that is caused by chemotherapy.

Elasto-Gel Key Features

  • Highly effective in 50-65% of women
  • Safe, comfortable, and reusable
  • Remains flexible and stretchable when frozen
  • No more than 30 minutes per application
  • Easy-adjust chin strap for the perfect fit
  • Product weight - 2.5lbs. Made in the USA.

Cold Caps Information

Scalp Cooling works by chilling and contracting the blood vessels to the scalp. When the blood vessels are narrowed, fewer chemotherapy drugs are carried to the hair follicles. At the same time, exposure to cold can slow down cell growth in your follicles. This means that your follicles are less likely to be affected by the chemotherapy drugs and your hair is more likely to be preserved.

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 Cap works differently - like a big ice pack. The cooling cap is kept in a freezer right up until it is worn. Over the course of your chemotherapy session, the cap will thaw. Depending on the length of your treatment, you might find that it is necessary to change caps 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".

Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss, but your hair may thin, or you may still lose it completely. Talk to your doctor about whether scalp cooling is suitable for you.

***Please note this product is for personal use only***


 Scalp cooling is not suitable in the following circumstances:

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

Elasto-Gel FAQs

How does the Elasto-Gel Cooling 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 chemo. 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.

How do I use the Elasto-Gel Cap?

Apply the Elasto-Gel Cap for 15 minutes before and after chemotherapy treatment. Continuing to use the cooling cap during and after treatment generally helps to minimise hair loss further, and your treatment is long (above 45 minutes) we recommend using a second cap that you can keep frozen until needed.

Will the Elasto-Gel 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.

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

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

Both the Elasto-Gel Cooling 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.

How do I use the Elasto-Gel Cap?

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: 20 minutes before your treatment begins, remove the cap from the freezer and fit it to your scalp using the adjustable strap. Ensure that the cold cap is affixed to your scalp at least 15 minutes before your chemotherapy treatment starts. Keep the cold cap on for the duration of your treatment, and for 15 minutes 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. 

Customer Reviews

  1. Excellent product!

    Teresa O.O.Wednesday, 07 October 2015

    Meets your expectations! Really useful for avoiding hair lose because of chemotherapy. Doctors should recommend it. There are even investigations made on it.

  2. Four Stars

    Carolyn B.Tuesday, 06 October 2015

    very good, but doesn't stay cold very long,

  3. Cool caps

    Pearl S.Monday, 05 October 2015

    I had to find out that you can only use it for 30 minutes. It starts to get warm. I have 5 more therapy sessions then I will know how well caps did.

  4. The Hypothermia Helmet

    Mike S.Saturday, 03 October 2015

    It fits well and sure keeps my head cool. I just do not know what I would do without it. I am going to get a spare, so I always have one in the frig getting cold

  5. i got the caps days before i started my chemo ...

    L.A.Friday, 02 October 2015

    i got the caps days before i started my chemo which was herceptin and paclitaxel every week for 12 weeks. The dr. and nurses said i'd lose all my hair after the 2nd treatment. I had 4 caps which i kept on dry ice until they were -15 degrees. I started them 20 minutes before the paclitaxel and 30 minutes after. I had very thick hair and still have about half. it was definitely worth it

  6. Worked for me...sort of

    Happy CookThursday, 01 October 2015

    Hello! I am a Stage 4 cancer patient, and have lost my hair twice, completely. Needless to say, I've gotten tired of wearing scarves, hats, and wigs, and just longed to keep my own hair! After growing a couple inches of hair back, I bought 6 caps to hopefully save my hair. I keep them in our home freezer, and as getting dry ice is complicated (and a continuous expense for someone in my condition!), I bought a small freezer to take along when I get chemo. The caps get between -13 and 5 degrees, and I keep careful tabs on them (using a infrared thermometer) to make sure the cap on my head doesn't get higher than 48 degrees. I put them on 20-30 minutes before chemo, and a couple hours after, changing hats every 20-30 minutes, depending how cold it was at the start. Well, it's been just over two months since I started my latest chemo, and I still have hair! I've thinned a lot (lost maybe half my hair), but with My Hair Secret hair spray on my scalp, hair-colored eyeshadow for in front of my ears and to fill in my hairline, and very careful styling, most people don't know I lost any hair! I have lost my eyebrows and lashes already, and my body hair is thinning, so I expect without the cold caps I would be long bald! In summary: the caps have not worked as well as I hoped, but they've worked well enough to give me a normal appearance, which is what I'm going for. :) By the way, in spite of having Stage 4 cancer (no remission, yet), I am 3 years post diagnosis and doing fine! And I'm waiting and hoping for real healing from my Father God! Best wishes to all!

  7. It Worked For Me

    GoTeamAnnWednesday, 30 September 2015

    I have been on chemo for 11 months and have successfully kept my hair. My body hair and eyebrows are gone. The key is getting the caps cool the night before with dry ice. I start scalp cooling about 30-45 minutes before infusion, during infusion and about 3 hours or more after. I have Stage IV metestatic breast cancer and this allows me to have a little bit of normal in my life. research this and try it if you are a candidate.

  8. It worked for me, I'm so glad I bought these!

    Julie S.Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    I completed chemotherapy in June 2012. I wore these caps during my treatment according to the instructions sent to me by Surfwater in Santa Cruz, CA. I lost a lot of hair, but with strategic use of hats and scarves I just looked like I was changing up my look and not suffering from cancer. I also found that on days I didn't want to wear a hat or scarf I could change my part (yes, combing-over worked) and because I'm tall and because people don't pay as much attention to us as we think or because people lied to me, I was told they couldn't tell that I had lost hair. I wore my caps for at least half an hour before treatment started and for at least 3 hours after. I had 5 in rotation, changed every 30 minutes, that I numbered so that I knew which one had been in the dry ice the longest. If they're properly cold enough, they will give you an ice cream headache every time you put one on, but I got kind of used to it. I had 4 chemo treatments and each time I kept thinking that I should give up on it because I was losing hair. So this is my last tip -- if you have dark hair, use Bumble + Bumble brown dry shampoo to hide thinning. It is like spray painting your head, but this also helped me get through. If you are reading this, then you must either know someone who has cancer or you have it yourself. I'm so terribly sorry. I wish you the best through treatment. These caps allowed me to feel normal while going through an abnormal experience.

  9. Elasto Gel Caps Worked for Me, thank God!

    S. B.Monday, 28 September 2015

    I used the Elasto Gel cold caps on my third round of chemo after having lost my hair during the second round. I had Adriomicin & Cytoxin 4 dose dense cycles. And I have definite thinning, but plenty left, you cannot tell I even had chemo. I bought 5 caps, used dry ice to keep them at -30 degrees below zero. I would change caps every 25 minutes. I started using them 40 minutes before treatment (during premeds) and of course all during chemo and then 4.5 to 5 hours after treatment. I think that is the key to success, is to continue to use them long after chemo ends. I hope this review helps the next person. Please feel free to contact me at surfwaterbooks at hotmail dot com. Good Luck & God Bless.