• 6 months after chemo, hatir growing slowly and thin

    Asked by Ivanrye on Friday, September 22, 2017

    6 months after chemo, hatir growing slowly and thin

    I am looking for encouragement about my hair.

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      Try a little rosemary oil on your scalp for a bit of time before you wash your new locks.

      My hair is thinner than it was. The top of my hair doesnt curl as well as it did before.

      Oh well, we are alive to complain.

      Better hair days are coming.

      10 months ago
    • Razmataz's Avatar

      My first go with chemo was with Taxotere and gmzar. I went from fine but super thick hair to thin hair with some bald spots (got covered as hair grew) It took forever for it to grow back. Then I saw those commercials about Taxotere maybe causing permanent hair loss. I have no eyebrows or eyelashes anymore but hey I'm alive. This time, I did doxerubicin and another chemo that I'm on forever. Got done with doxerubicin and within 3 weeks my hair started growing...its been more than that and is about a half inch long and thick...so exciting except when its on my chin...lol So it will come. Have fun with being "hairless" while you can and have fun with it growing back in...Try out different hairstyles, be creative. I decided this time to keep it short...its so easy this way...lol You got this girl...

      10 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      It seems like it takes forever, but it will grow. Most of us after chemo is over end up with a hunk of hair back onn their heads. Mine grew back quite curly and thick. This was a surprise since my hair was fine and straight prior to chemo. For two years I relished my curly hair. Now , in my third year, the curliness is gone but the thickness remains.

      10 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      My oncologist told me that the speed of hair return depends on a lot of things. In my case malnutrition was a very big factor. Cancer also robs your system of nutrients. You will recover your hair but first your body needs to use its resources to build its infrastructure, Talk to your PCP about nutrition if possible get a referral to a dietitian and find a diet just for you that will build your whole body, bones, muscles, and finally your hair. .

      10 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      My hair also grew back curly and thick and, same as Lynne-I-Am's, is no longer curly but remains thick. Your hair will be back fully, I bet.

      10 months ago
    • lebel's Avatar

      it took some while to regrow my hair..my radiation dr advised me to take fish oil with omega 3..it seem to have worked miracles..my hair began to grow immediately ..I take 2 a day and my hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and fingernails came back...be patient your hair will grow...we are blessed

      10 months ago
    • Song4Him's Avatar

      Everyone is different. Mine has been very slow growing back. It was long and naturally curly like my photo before chemo. It was fine before chemo but now it it fine and straight as a stick. It doesn't help that I'm on Arimedex which can cause thinning and also Thyroid meds. I'm using a product called Monat to help my hair grow. After reading the chemicals in Nioxin I didn't want to use that. Monat is natural. I now have baby hairs growing where it was thin. It's been two years since being diagnosed and my hair is about 4 inches long at its longest. I have had three haircuts to get the ends looking good.

      10 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      My nutritionist recommended not only a diet high in omega 3 but also a diet high in protein and calcium. It was a full year before my hair was full enough to style

      10 months ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I was told Biotin would help hair grow so I took it for several months. My last hair loss chemo was in November 2014 and by late March 2015 I had enough growth to ditch my wig. Truth be told I looked like GI Jane but the wig was so uncomfortable I was glad to get rid of it. My hairdresser used a organic rice o. My hair to darken it because it came back grayge ( gray and blonde). That helped it look like I had more hair. I went on vacation in August and pictures taken then are awful, my hair is frizzy and super short. I didn't look normal until November 2015 a year after my last hair loss chemo. Your mileage may vary because I was on Herceptin until June 2015 and I don't know if it slowed hair growth. Be patient

      10 months ago
    • MaryAnna's Avatar

      I had thick hair and it came back in very think with a bald spot. It was so thin that I was sporting a Mohawk. It didn't have any weight to it. My son thought my Mohawk was cool. He wanted to try wild colors on it. We bought different color sprays. What can you do? I just laughed it off. I get facial hair really bad now. If I don't shave everyday, I get sideburns that could make a man jealous. Give it time. Every one is different. Like they said in other comments, we are alive.

      10 months ago

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