They have saved the locks of thousands of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Now a local manufacturer of cold caps is on the hunt for anyone who has used them to keep their head of hair.
Fenay Bridge-based company Paxman has launched its Paxman Pioneers campaign to track down cold cap pioneers past and present.
Their stories will be shared on the company’s Facebook page to put off cynicism about the caps and support anyone currently using them.
Cold caps work by chilling blood vessels in the scalp to stop hair falling out during gruelling chemotherapy sessions.
Many patients claim hair loss is the most traumatic part of chemotherapy and affects their self-confidence during their recovery.
One Paxman Pioneer, Sally Maryon from Hampshire, used the cap when she received treatment for ovarian cancer.
She said: “Scalp cooling helped me look well, feel well and receive comments from people telling me I looked great.
“It also meant that I could keep cancer away from my home and family.
“I could forget about it and carry on with normal day-to-day life.”
She added: “Words cannot describe how grateful I am to Paxman; it meant so much to keep my hair.”
The Paxman Scalp Cooling System was founded after Sue Paxman lost her hair follwing treatment for breast cancer.
Her husband Glenn founded the company which has remained a family business ever since.
Managing Director Richard Paxman, Glenn’s son, said: “We would like to hand over to people like Sally so they can share their experiences with and, in return, give others advice and support.”
If you or anyone you know has used a Paxman cold cap with success, email email@example.com.