• Hair growth after chemo over? Is there anything you can "do" to improve hair growth? My last chemo was was Dec. 13th, 2012.

    Asked by janstar47 on Saturday, February 9, 2013

    Hair growth after chemo over? Is there anything you can "do" to improve hair growth? My last chemo was was Dec. 13th, 2012.

    My hair is growing in very thinned out; and way less on top front of my head. Have any of you used Nioxin, or a type of shampoo which would stimulate growth? I think this question hinges on another question like this for today, 2/9/13. Thank you for response.

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Nope. How fast or how thick your hair grows is primarily a factor of genetics and age.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Nancy is right about age and genetics, but healthy diet, exercise and rest will do wonders for any rejuvenation.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My hiar came in very fine...but it was okay....you are barely two months since last chemo...if I remember correctly, at this point in time, my hair was just longer than peach fuzz!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      An extended family member who is a Therapist that works with Cancer survivors recommended Nisim Shampoo. I tried it and I think it may have helped but I am not sure. It is rather pricey -- but it was less expensive on Amazon than on their own site. In 4 months, I had enough growth to go without my baseball cap. In 7 to 8 months, I had a nice growth --longer & wavy in the back - but shorter on top -- very fine. I seem to be at a plateau now and I am wondering if the Arimidex has any effect. I wish you the best!

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      I finished chemo almost 3 months before you did (Sept 20) and at this point my hair in quite thick with full coverage, and (after trimming the longer stray hairs) almost one inch long. It took quite a while, but I gave up the head coverings after about 5 months.

      Hang in there! Hair will come. It MIGHT come a bit faster or fuller if you use something on it. But it will come.

      over 3 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      I just bought nioxin products myself yesterday. Finished chemo on 1/4, but i did cold caps. I've heard others swear by this product. We'll see. Good luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar

      A good scalp massage works well to stimulate hair growth.

      over 3 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      Hi! I'm two years past chemo and my hair is still thin and I still have bald spots. I've gone from my natural dark auburn to blonde to try to hide the thinness and bald spots. I started taking Biotin at the recommendation of my hairdresser, and it seems to be helping, though it's only been about 1-1/2 months so far. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      You are still early in the process. Figure we grow about 1/2 in/month. The front (bang) area always grows slower. I started taking Biotin last month at the suggestion of my hair stylist (my Oncologist approved it, of course first). I am seeing an amazing growth just this week! Nice side effect is the way is helps nails strengthen and grow as well. I had ridges from Taxol and thickening, seems to finally be growing out. (finished my chemo Aug 2012)

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Yes there is. You can use monoxidil (generic rogaine) and it can make your hair come out faster (my own experience, which I did after reading of a trial by MD Anderson on allopecia in women with Breast Cancer). If you're interested in the citation do a search in this site, I've placed it in several answers. Wishing you gorgeous hair ;)

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I began taking biotin after reading that it might help. My hair was slow coming in on top, also. I am 9 1/2 months post chemo, and my hair is about 4 inches long, and a little shorter on top - about 3 inches, and a little longer in the back. It is also thick & curly, but I had thick & curly locks before chemo. It sounds like you are doing well with your growth, considering that you finished chemo in December. I didn't let go of head coverings in public until I was 7 months post chemo. Hope this helps....

      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Oh, I'm not sure if the biotin really did anything - I was so longing to see more progress that I decided to try it. Actually, I'm still taking it. I guess it is important for me to believe that I'm doing something to help things along.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      I use nioxin dont know if its working or not. But my hair is coming in fast. i also heard you can take bioten, you can purchase at a health food store. supposed to be good for hair, nails and skin.

      over 3 years ago
    • angellinda's Avatar

      Strange things happened to me. I got Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2010. Shortly after my Husband lost his job & insurance in '09. So we had to do this the hard way.. My 13 Cats were my Best medicine!! Erin took a liking to my bald head. After I lost my 3' foot long Angel/Barbie hair. She'd kinda lick it. It hurt. My husband is nearly Bald. She didn't go near his head ever! He'd even ask her and show her his head. Shortly after that. While I was on Taxol. I had ACT Chemo. I had a dream I had Hair. In my sleep I'd toss my long blonde hair. That was long gone!! But in my dream I had short hair! Yes blonde peach fuzz. Thank You Erin!! All of my Cats had a job for me! Stinkie would make the throw up sounds for me, and lay on the bathroom floor as I'd be so ill.. Since I couldn't afford the Emend that was $100.00 pier pill..I have now 16 1/2" inch long., Very Thick, bushy Chemo-curls Frizz. Not my long silky hair. But we still to date have Zero income and are living on Love & a Prayer. I lost 7 cats since then. My husband swears Stinkie took away my TNB Cancer!! I wish I knew how to tame these Chemo curls & Frizz. I can't afford anything. So for me I didn't use anything. But I really do believe Erin helped me! She hasn't touched my head once after my hair returned. My Cats, I owe them a lot. I so wish you healing, wellness and the hair you hope for!! Best of luck to you!! ~~Linda~~

      over 3 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      When my hair started coming back in, it was thick and beautiful, something I never had before. However, in no time it went back to being quite thin. I started using Nioxin and it is a blessing. It takes about a month of continued use for it to work. And take it with you when you go to the hair dresser. You need to use it exclusively in order for it to work. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago

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