• Hair regrowth

    Asked by nancyjac on Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Hair regrowth

    For the first 3 months after finishing chemo, my head hair started growing back almost immediately but very slowly. For the last couple of weeks it seem to be trying to make up for lost time and is growing very rapidly but it has become totally unruly with hair growing in every direction and cow licks everywhere. Did any body else experience this? Does it start laying down at behaving after it gets to a certain length?

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    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Hi nancyjac - Feeling like a poodle, are you? You are experiencing chemo curl! Over time my hair mellowed out and although much grayer (and a bit thinner), is back to it's natural wavy old self. I think it just takes time.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Yes, mine started out very curly and hard to manage. I bought curlers to try to tame it when it got long enough put some in which helped. Now, about a year and 4 months after my last chemo treatment, it is fairly straight on top and just curly on the ends without using any curlers. I have not cut my hair since my last treatment. Mine is about shoulder length in the back now. If I would cut the ends off (inch or two) it would be back to the way it was prior to any chemo treatments - same color as before with some waves.

      over 4 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar

      Omg you totally described my situation! I have never had even a hint of a wave, so I figured, I just didn't t know how to handle it!
      It is going everywhere, if I try to control it it is only cooperative for a short period of time. Have tried a couple of products, but they haven't made a difference. I have now said, " let her go!" and enjoy the curls I always dreamed of having! LOL

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Mine isn't curly. In fact it is pretty much sticking straight out. It's just that it is sticking out in all different directions relative to the shape of my skull. Some hairs jut left, others right, some towards the back of my head, some towards my forehead or ears, and other just stand straight up. But the individual hairs are all straight from scalp to end, just leaning in all different directions.

      over 4 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      I also have the most wildly curly hair, they are Shirley Temple curls. Like Cindy I am a year and four months out of chemo. My hair is curly, thick and white, its about shoulder length. The top is straighter from the weight of my hair. My hairdresser is amazed and astonished, my hair was straight but styleable and just starting to go grey. She spent some time using a straightener and my hair is so long. People want to touch my hair, they ask if it's a perm. The plus side is that I can just scrunch and go. Embrace your curly locks.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i never had curly hair, and that chemo curly hair was .... problematic for me... plus, the comments and comments and comments. one of my friends told me i looked like a muppet. another said - oh - i liked your hair better before.

      it's loaders greyer, which bums me out a bit...

      in the end, i went for the buzz cut. i love it this way.... but with less grey thank you very much!

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My post chemo hair is not curly and it is not grey. The color, texture, and straightness is pretty much the same as my pre chemo hair. The only difference is that it is now totally unruly and growing rapidly in all different directions relative to the slope of my scalp. What I am asking is if anybody has any experience with this type of unruliness and does it become more manageable after the hair becomes a certain length.

      over 4 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Nancyjac:
      When my hair began to grow back, my husband called me his "Chia pet" because that's exactly what I looked like - the hair grew in evenly all around my head and stuck out like, well, like a Chia pet. The texture was very fine, like baby's hair, and it had very little color. Three months later, it's about an inch an a half long, all over my head, and the newer hair has more texture. I identify with leepenn about the grey thing. However, for me, it's simply more grey than I remember only because I had been hiding the grey with chemicals for so long. I won't be doing that again (using hair dyes, that is) so I am getting used to this salt and pepper thing. My hair has always been straight and the new hair seems straight so far. It does stick up, though, but I think it's because it lacks a lot of texture thusfar, and weight. With longer hair, the weight of the hair itself will hold it down. So maybe just give it more time and see what happens. It's definitely interesting to watch this process - face it, the last time this happened to us, we were babies! So maybe remember how your kids' hair grew out as a baby and just give it time.
      Fight On,

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      LOL Patty, I think that's it. In some of my baby pictures (and those of my kids) my hair was just about the length it is now and just as unruly. I'm hoping you may be right about the weight thing. Once it gets longer as has more weight, hopefully that will make it lay down and behave.

      over 4 years ago
    • Statto's Avatar

      I'm so glad you posted this! I am only 3 weeks post chemo and have so many questions about hair regrowth. I had fine thin stick straight hair my whole life....so I am pretty excited about the possibility of curly thick hair.....but it sounds like I'm going to be waiting a while before it really grows back. Guess I better keep that wig handy for a while longer!

      about 4 years ago

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