hair regrowth after chemo

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hair regrowth after chemo

by chillywillie on Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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Will  my hair return to how it was before chemo? It is a slightly different color now (2 months post) with  a lot of white hairs and much thinner.

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by cheche on Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 4/29/2008 chillywillie wrote:

Will  my hair return to how it was before chemo? It is a slightly different color now (2 months post) with  a lot of white hairs and much thinner.

I can tell you that I have known four people including myself whose hair did return very similar to their hair pre treatment.  However, in my case the hair that began growing was wiry, grey and patchy when it first came in.  It did not grow uniformly on my head.  The front was more wiry than other areas.  I did go have it cut after 3 months of slow growth and that seemed to help start the process of new hair.  It did take almost a year for my hair to look good again,.  One other thing that happened is that I developed three centers where my hair grew in.  three cowlicks at the back of my head!  one area in the back came back curly,.  the rest of my hair is straight but a little thicker,  I did wear my wig until about 7 months post treatment.  Then it was summer and I just wore my hair very short.  I have always had short hair cuts so it wasn't a big deal for me.  One other item of note.  When I started treatment I made the decision to have my head shaved when the first clump of hair fell out.  I just couldn't handle dealing with that every day.  It may have helped  or not, but it made me feel like I was in control.  I think it took so long because I did have radiation after chemo.  Here's a hug (  )  and a prayer that all goes well for you.

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by justkay on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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It is known that hair can grow back a different colour, especially grey or curly after chemo. I suppose it's as though you've had a chemical perm or colour!

Finished chemo in June 2006 hair started growing back about 3 months
after. As soon as I got stubble on my head...off came the wig!

I had thick, straight hair before chemo and when it grew back it was still thick but quite curly and only a slightly different shade of brown, a bit darker I think.

I hate curly hair but everyone else seems to think I look great with it. I get it cut about every 3 months and it gets straighter every time.

 


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by robatyak on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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My hairdresser said I should shave it again after my hair started coming back. Do you know if that's true? It's coming in weird, about 1/4 inch.

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by sheppey on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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I can relate to the previous response.  My hair grew back very harsh and wiry, I also have 4 cowlicks, I never had one before. My hair is now very strong and grows quite fast. It is now 9 months since chemo and I have a haircut every 6 weeks.  I do like to keep it short however.  I have a few pics of my hair on my livespace. http://www.sheppey2007.spaces.live.com

The problem I have is that the hair on my legs and armpits is incredibly strong and fast growing.  I also suffer very badly with ingrown hairs, so bad that I have had to have antibiotics to try and heal them.  They are mostly on my head and my arms.

anyway the good thing is we are here for our hair to be a problem to us.

cheers

Jayne

 

 

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by Redward on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi. I have lost my hair twice now. My original hair was wavy but no body and about 1/4 gray the rest dirty blond.  The first time it came back it grew in pure grey and looked like I had an afro!  The color changed after about three months back to my original color but the very curly hair stayed (loved it) until I lost it again, 10 years later.  Now, my hair is growing back in a bit thinner but quite straight!  Straighter than it has ever been.  Came in pure gray again, but is changing back to the dirty blond.  I like the new do!

 Robyn

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by LingLing on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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I used to have nice long thick hair b4 chemo. I was done with radiation Aug 06 till now my hair is only 3 inches long center top straight. 10 inches in the back very curly and 15 inches on both side with a little curl. my hair now is so thin that I don't know what to do. I look so weird with this new hair I wish I can have my previous hair back. is anyone know anything about the eye lash? I still don't have any right now.

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by donnalynn on Tue May 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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I also had long thick hair before chemo. I finished my chemo in Feb. of 2007.  My hair is growing, but the top is very thin and you can see my scalp and a wiry texture. The rest of my hair is very curly and full and it looks wierd with the top so thin and the rest thick. My eyelashes came back, but they are a little thinner than they were. I have heard that after time your hair does go back to the way it was. I hope so. I hate it now and I cannot do anything with it. Good luck with you hair regrowth.

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by barbp on Wed May 07, 2008 12:00 AM

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My hair came back the same after chemo (2005), blonde and straight.  It did appear thicker when it was shorter.  But now as it's getting longer, it doesn't seem as thick.  When I received my Dx, I cut my hair short.  When it started coming out, about 21days after my 1st chemo treatment, I had my head shaved.  The female barber gave me some excellent advice.  She told me to continue washing my scalp with shampoo, using contitioner, and to give myself a 'scalp massage'.  This would keep the scalp from getting dry and keep the blood flow circulating.  I also started using a product called 'Nioxin' after chemo.  'Nioxin' stimulates hair growth because it promotes a healthy scalp.  My hair grew fast and I kept getting brush cuts until it started growing in even. 

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by StillKickin on Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello -  I went through chemo and finished with radiation this past May '08.  My hair is still only about an inch long, even after using Nioxin all during my treatments and afterwards.  Does anyone else have hair growing as slowly as mine?

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