Asked by mtolady on Wednesday, March 6, 2013


    Hello...has anyone used chemical strightner on their hair..my hair is soooooo curly...will it start to grow back straight in time it's been 6 months from last chemo treatment....Can't do anything with it I look like a poodle...lol...Don't get me wrong I'm so thankful I have hair now..But would like to have it straight and a style of some kind...Thanks for your help..oh also my eyelashes are falling out again is this normal...I guess I still have some chemo left in me...Thanks again!!!! God Bless

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    • abrub's Avatar

      No answer. My hair went dead straight from chemo (different chemo from you). I loved it. However, after about 1 1/2 years the curls came back!

      over 3 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      My hair came in curly. I got the curls cut off eventually and my hair came in straight after that.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Mine was super curly. I got a Brazilian blowout (straightening treatment) 10 months after my last chemo. Hair is just fine (1yr 5 months post chemo now).

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear mtolady,

      I'm very lucky as I'm a BC patient who has managed to escape without needing either radiation or chemo (did have a mastectomy). Oncotype (genetic) testing ruled it out for me. Anyway, I have had my somewhat naturally wavy, frizzy hair defrizzed (and I guess you could say "straightened") by Brazilian keratin treatments from time to time. I've managed in NYC to get coupons for such things on bloomspot.com and livingsocial.com so it's less expensive than my usual salon would charge. They've lasted about 4-5 months before I need them redone. Otherwise my hair is unpredictable and I have too many "bad hair" days...;) I haven't had my hair "keritanized" since my mastectomy.

      I did have my hair chemically straightened once at a salon where the operator was inexperienced and used something with (I suspect) lye in it, which I don't need. It actually literally burned my scalp (I could feel a crusty kind of scab under my hair [fortunately it couldn't be seenI'm sure they would have shaved my head at the ER}] and I had chest pains at the time (I could have/should have gone to the ER, but was too young and stupid at the time) and probablly sued the salon owner as well, but...

      Be careful where you go and be sure to let the person doing your straightening know you were a cancer patient. They have formaldehyde in many of the keratin treatments and while I'm not a healthnut, I'm not sure whether that is very bad. It might be good to have some of the medical professionals on the site weigh in on this aspect of things. Otherwise, it might be better to learn to love curls...;)

      I'm interested in the replies to your very good question as well.

      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I have the same issue. Hair is very very curley. I use the Iron on it but I have found that its really weak and I have to go half of the heat I used to use. I also do not have the amount of hair I used to have before treatment..What I do is allow the head to go curley and then I have the front all layered and I flat iron it. But I use alot of product to keep it in control.

      over 3 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My hair came in very curly at first. I couldn't do much with mine either. I used curlers to make my hair curl, at least, in an organized way. My hair eventually started to grow straighter. It's been about 2 years since my last chemo. I haven't cut my hair since then. My hair is currently a little longer than shoulder length. My hair is now straight except for bottom 2 inches. After it started coming in straight with the bottom of my hair curly it looked pretty good which why I didn't cut it.

      over 3 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      My hair used to be very straight. Now it's coming in curly. I don't expect it to last but I would like to keep a little wave. Since mine was so straight before I think this is a plus.

      over 3 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I, too, had lots of curls but I'm just about back to my pre-chemo straightness (last chemo was in April 2012). Never thought I'd say this, but I miss the curls :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I actually miss my curls! I suggest getting a trim to enhance your curls and get a suggestion for the best hair product to use as it grows out. Most of us have our hair return to it's pre-chemo state after the hair has grown and been trimmed enough. You probably just aren't used to working with curls, but the right cut and product can actually make your hair easier and cuter. I used to be able to wash mine, add product and air dry. Now I am back to styling my fine flat hair again, sigh... And I lost eyelashes & brows very late too, so annoying, but they did finally grow back, Good luck, I am happy you have hair!

      over 3 years ago
    • stizmata's Avatar

      Hi there mtolady!

      My hair is growing back super curly as well!!! I had it cut in a super short pixie yesterday. This seems to help. I asked my hair dresser about the
      straightener. She told me that it would make the hair break off. That's just one opinion. My hot straightener at home seems to relax the curl some. This is for sure shocking as I has arrow straight hair before Chemo. As for the lashes, I'm on my 6th cycle of them falling out and growing back in!! They always come back stronger and thicker which is great!!! Hang in there!!!! I know how frustrating all of this is. God Bless...:)

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      My hair is coming in thick & curly, but that is what I had before chemo, though I wore it very long & layered and the length weighted down the curl to very wavy locks. It has been 11 months since my last chemo treatment, and I can see where the weight of the new hair is starting to resemble the texture of my pre-chemo hair....yay.... actually I am so glad I got my curl back and I haven't bothered to try & straighten it. I have been using head bands, scarves, & barrettes to tame my shorter curly locks. The eye brows did fall out a couple of times but seem to be back now - for good, I hope. Many blessings to you on your journey.

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I am right where you are! Six months out from chemo. I used to have short straight hair with long bangs. Mine is very curly. I use L'Oreal curl activating mousse and just roll with it. My before and after pictures are posted on this sight. I don't think you should process or even blow dry your hair until the curls have grown out. The chemo hair is fragile and might break. Enjoy your curls while they last. At least it's easier than using a blow dryer and round brush like I used to:)

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Oh, and my lashes have fallen out and come back two or three times. Same for the eyebrows. It's always a surprise! I never know how I'm going to look. But, like you, thankful to have hair!

      over 3 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      When my poodle curls got long enough that no product would make them behave, the stylist at the cancer salon announced that I'd entered my headband period. I flat ironed a little bit of bang and pushed the rest back into a cute headband. I actually had strangers comment on how pretty the curl was. It lasted a year or so and is now back to normal. My eyelashes fell out three times after I was all finished with treatment. The life cycle of a lash is 3 months but they are usually in staggered stages so you don't notice one is gone. Chemo gets them all coming and going in one cycle. Good news...you have three layers of lashes, so some will be coming in by the time the last layer falls out.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      Interesting posts--don't know whether it should scare me or make me happy. I am 2 months post chemo and have what I call thick peach fuzz. It isn't enough that I go without my wig in public but it is is so soft and feels like I am petting an animal. I have always had straight hair so I was sort of hoping for some curls just to try it once in my life. I am just hoping for it to be long enough so I can go without my wig by May when I work for my husband at the farmer's market every week. I like the style and color of my $23 wig but I don't like hats and it feels like I have a hat on all the time. I don't wear it at all at home and want to be outside feeling the warm breezes on my head soon. The wig will be too hot in humid, central Illinois this summer. I did notice that is seems my eye lashes have thinned since my last chemo dose but I never did loose any eyebrows. It is all so weird and individualized.

      over 3 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      I think if my hair came in that curly I might get a short haircut and not even comb it, just use some mousse and fluff it around a bit.

      over 3 years ago
    • mtolady's Avatar

      Thank you all for your advice....I will just work with the curls maybe in a few months I will get them cut off, but really don't want to get hair cut just yet.....God Bless :)

      over 3 years ago

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