• Hair Growth

    Asked by momofthree on Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Hair Growth

    My hair has been growing in since August of this year so about 4 months now but I still think it is too short to not wear my wig. How long did it take most peoples hair to grow back before they felt comfortable not wearing their wig anymore?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My last chemo was in late March. I stopped covering my head on the 4th of July, so about 3 months.

      over 5 years ago
    • Wiggy's Avatar

      I would say a good six months before you have something to work with..Also depends on how fast your hair grows..

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Good question! My hair started growing about a month ago but it's really splotchy. Fair-skinned and blond my whole life, I now have patches of very dark hair and some totally bald patches. I feel much more self-conscious about my dark, splotchy hair than I ever did about my nice, smooth hairless head! I think I'll be wearing a wig for a long time.

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I quit covering my hair before I finished chemo, except when I was out in the sun...I hated my wig...it was beautiful, but it wasn't me....I had peach fuzz on my head about 1 month post chemo....I had my DH take a picture of my hair every month on the day I finished chemo so I could track the growth for the 1st year....

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I never wore a wig, just scarves, to give you some perspective. When my hair was half an inch long, around month 3 post chemo, I went topless ;). Now my hair came back very thick and very curly. I attribute the thickness to my use of minoxidil 5% (non branded rogaine, men's strength). I used minoxidil after I read about a small MD Anderson study where 24 breast cancer patients got their hair back in a quicker time frame than those that did not use it. The study was too small for statistical significance, but given how cheap the non branded stuff is ($18 for a three month supply), it was worth trying. Very easy to use as well when you're completely bald. What I wish I had done different is used the 3% monoxidil which is the woman's version, as I grew some cheek hair a month into using it (could have been something else, but you never know).
      My experience with speed of growth was that it was slower than average, a year after chemo (I'm 1yr 3 months post chemo) my hair was 4 inches long, not 6. I think (all speculation), that it had to do with my Herceptin treatment which ended in July. I've noticed that my air is growing a little faster now, it could be that my body is stronger as well, who knows. I also wish I had used the monoxidil longer than 1 month, as it made a big difference in my case, and it's much easier to apply when hair is quite short.

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I finished chemo 4/12/2011 -- and my hair is getting to be a nice length in the back (wavy) -- the top is slower but I am finally getting some bangs to help cover my high forehead. It has come back in a "salt & pepper" color and is very soft & silky. I stopped wearing the baseball cap in August (hated the wig!) -- but felt more comfortable about it by November.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I never really covered my hair or wore a wig. I got a buzz cut, and let the strands fall where they may - it looked/looks kinda of edgy. My cocktail was changed in July and my hair started growing back about a month a go. I like the way it looks and am thinking of getting colored hair gel just because.

      over 5 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      My last chemo was in April 2012 and I did not shed the wig or coverings until 3 weeks ago, November 12. I'm still adjusting to my new short hair look, but I hated the wig and was ready to go natural. My hair before chemo was very thick with curl, dark brown, and long layers, to mid back or longer. It is now not quite 3 inches long except on top where it is taking longer to grow - about 2 inches or so now. It came in thick & curly, but salt & pepper color. My hairdresser colored it with a non-permanent rinse before I ventured out in public with my new do. Hope this helps.

      over 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I bought a few wigs and ended up wearing one once and never wore them again. I just went out with my peach fuzz. I live in Central Florida where it was brutally hot over the summer (the time I was getting my chemo) so the wigs were annoying. It was much cooler to just go bald. I did wear hats when I was in the sun so my scalp wouldn't burn.

      over 5 years ago
    • summerg's Avatar

      Last chemo in June and I am just starting to feel comfortable not wearing the wig, so a good six months.

      over 5 years ago
    • reddingfemale's Avatar

      HI , I went on wearing my wig for as long as I had my hair but, I actually stopped wearingit when my hair was short and curly , but, it depends on what you feel comfortable with . I am sure you look beautiful with or with out hair it is the heart people mostly look at when your dealing with cancer , my three older sisters had cancer too but, they all approached the wig wearing differently . go with what makes you happy and confident . I wore little hats , scarfs , and sometimes just nothing on my head . i suggest if it is not growning as fast as you like . use Horses mane and tail shampoo and conditioner . my hair came back gangbusters. It took my hair about 8 months to grow where I was comfortable without a wig. but, everyones hair grows back differently . but, try the shampoo and conditioner . see if that helps with growing to your length preference. I hope I was able to help you with your question. Feel free to message me anytime with questions, I will be more than happy to help you any time.

      over 5 years ago

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