• Another "hairy" question.

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Another "hairy" question.

    I have completed chemo, and I understand I'll have a couple/few months before I get enough hair growth to feel comfortable going w/out hats (especially in Ohio, in winter!). For those of you who have completed chemo, how long before you noticed that your hair growth rate returned to what it was pre-treatment? My hair would actually grow quite quickly, and I'm hoping that fact will kick my regrowth into overdrive. Either that, or as Gypsyjule suggested, it's time to start using the Miracle Gro! Thanks!

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I think it was a couple of months (Not that I'm a good source considering I'm bald). You go through the "peach fuzz" stage first. That's pretty cool. The hair is really soft. After I shaved that off a few times, it started to grow back in thick. In the places it could grow anyway...

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The growth rate never changed. It began regrowing between each chemo treatment, only to fall out again, of course. After the last treatment it began growing back immediately at what seems like the same rate it had always grown. I had my last chemo treatment in late March last year. The photo I use as my avatar here was taken in early July, so for me it took about 3 months for my hair to grow to the point where I was comfortable without a hat. At this point (almost 10 months after chemo) it has grown out pretty much completely to about the length it was before chemo.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Not sure I can answer your question directly, but I will say that the post-chemo hair growth rate seems really fast because you are starting from nothing. I'd be really happy if I could only figure out how to speed up the growth in the bald patches...

      over 7 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      It took my hair about 3 months before I felt ok not wearing something in public. Now at 7 months I am ready for a real haircut, at least in the back which seems to have grown faster than the rest.I am not going back to my previous length because it is cuter now - "who'd a thunk" Ca would give me cuter hair?

      over 7 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I finished chemotherapy 5 months ago. My hair is coming back slowly. It's thick enough but the length is definitely not at the pre-chemo rate of growth. I don't cover my head at home, but my rule of thumb is, "if you can't tell whether or not you've ever used a comb, then don't inflict it onto the public." So there's no chance of "styling" anything, and it doesn't appear this will be a possibility any time soon. The hair on the lower back of my scalp came back first, so it is a little longer than the rest. I have trimmed some of the rough edges behind my ears and along the neckline, but that is all. At this current rate, I may be able to get my hair styled into a very short cut approximately a year after it all fell out. I was hoping for a quicker return to some normalcy, but as they say, "It is what it is."

      over 7 years ago
    • Marianne's Avatar

      I completed treatment on June 16. By the beginning of Aug. I had about 1/8" hair length. By mid-Sept., about 1/4". Then it started growing like wildfire. I had very dark, curly hair before I started chemo (Taxol & Carboplatin), with about 6 gray hairs (I'm almost 65). My hair is back to the same color with just a few more gray hairs, and twice as curly. I haven't gotten a haircut yet, but really need one to shape it. I can't really tell how long it is because it is so curly. Not complaining. I love it.

      over 7 years ago
    • SettledSue's Avatar

      I finished chemo Oct 4 and my hair is about an inch long now. Last weekend I started going out in public without a wig or hat and I didn't notice any stares. I think I'll wear my wig at work a little longer, maybe a month. As you say, a wig does provide some warmth in winter. Sue

      over 7 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      My hair grew in very slowly. Seemed to take about 2 months to grow 1/4 inch. Chemo ended for me 3/22/l2 & I took my scarf off for good end of June. It was still very short, but I was so very hot under the scarf. I did not think I looked good in short hair, but everyone liked it a lot, so I bowed to the majority. I'm used to it now & don't want it long again! The color & texture of my hair changed completely, from a kinky, mousy brown to a gently wavy gray.

      over 7 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      I forgot, the best thing about when my hair was growing it, it stood upright & was so very soft. My husband said I would run my hand thru it for long periods of time. I never realized I did that until a friend told me to stop or she was going to handcuff me!

      over 7 years ago

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